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Justify Attending the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference

You recognize the value of attending the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference but in order to attend, you'll need to secure approval from your organization. In this Conference Return on Investment (ROI) Kit, you will find everything you need to present your business case, including an email template that can be customized.

Key Reasons to Attend:

This conference has a high return on investment. It’s a one-stop shop — an efficient and cost-effective way to get everything you need to improve your bank’s results. In just two and a half days, we’ll cover a full gamut of financial crimes challenges. (Suggestion: Review the program and select specific sessions to highlight that will support your efforts to improve your on-the-job performance.) Attend our event and you’ll no longer have to cobble together updates from a multitude of sources like articles, podcasts or webinars.

An advanced, consequential event for financial crimes leaders. We bring you the best in the industry, from bankers to government representatives, lawyers and consultants.

A program built to suit your needs. You’ll discover a lot of content covering a broad range of topics. Most sessions will be recorded, giving you access during the event and two months after. The conference can also be customized for any asset size or job focus (AML or fraud).

Nothing beats an in-person experience. The hallway conversations and the interactions during sessions all lead to a better understanding of not just the current landscape but how others are responding to it. If you can’t make the trip and attend remotely, you’ll still gain a more comprehensive understanding of risks and mitigation tactics by listening to our diverse group of speakers.

Access a wide range of solutions providers in one place. You can “kick the tires,” talk with your own provider or check out some new ones. This saves you time as you research solutions.

Use Our Sample Justification Email:

Customize the email (below) to present as part of your formal request.

Ideas include offering to prepare a short presentation for your colleagues to share what you learn, maximizing your bank’s ROI for your attendance. Mention the tactics, new intel and analyses you’ll gain at the conference that can become a valuable team resource.

For your email, don’t forget to include conference fees and hotel rates found on the conference webpage.

Sample Justification Email

< Date >

Dear <supervisor’s name>,

I am requesting approval to attend the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference, held November 28-30, 2024, in National Harbor, MD, located just outside of Washington, D.C.

Having researched a range of educational offerings in the financial crimes space, I believe this event provides the kind of premier experience and content that can be used immediately at our bank. The nation’s oldest and most trusted financial crimes conference assembles top national leaders to focus exclusively on bank AML compliance and fraud mitigation and controls.

Not only are the speakers top-tier practitioners, they represent different aspects of our industry, including large and smaller institutions, government, law firms and consultancies. This cohort of speakers will lead highly relevant sessions on topics, including the latest policies straight from top government officials, leading practices in risk assessment and mitigation, and threats through a banking and legal lens.

Attending the conference in person offers a rich development environment that will allow me to participate in peer conversations. Building a professional network of contacts in our industry is an invaluable part of this event, and I look forward to growing this network for my future and the future of our bank.

I have included an outline of the costs below. Please let me know if there is additional information I can provide.

Here is the breakdown of costs:

In-person registration fee: $1,850 for ABA Certification Holders/$2,095 ABA Member/$2,450 ABA Non-member

(Please visit aba.com/fce for information about the Remote Access option.)

Travel Costs: Costs include flights to/from Washington, D.C. (DCA is the closest airport), a 3-night stay at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and dinner. Breakfast is provided Tuesday – Thursday, and lunch will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As you can tell, I am extremely excited about this opportunity and the benefits that both I and <insert bank name> will realize with my attendance. Thank you for your consideration.


<Your name here>

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