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APA Congress in Orlando, FL, May 16-20, 2017


Sample Thank You Letter for APA Congress

Memorandum

To: [name of your manager and/or person who approved your request to attend]
cc: Finance
From: [your name here]
Date: [fill in as appropriate]
Subject: Return on Training Investment

Thanks to your support, I recently attended the American Payroll Association's 35th Annual Congress. At this four-and-half- day conference, I learned a great deal that will benefit our operations, and I'd like to share a few highlights.

From government officials and industry experts, I got the very latest legislative and regulatory compliance updates, which will protect our payroll operations from potential noncompliance penalties.

I learned about new methods and technologies that could improve the productivity of our staff and the cost-effectiveness of our processes. I am examining these new practices to see if any would be appropriate for our payroll department.

I networked with payroll professionals who work in comparably sized companies and in similar operating environments. These informal discussions provided some valuable success stories and lessons learned that could help us save time and money. I will study them to see how they may apply to our operations.

[Insert Example(s) of what you learned]

As a Congress attendee, I have online access to all handouts from the conference workshops and have pulled all the relevant material together as a department resource, which will help us keep our payroll operations running smoothly.

Thank you for allowing me to attend APA's Congress and for supporting my continuing education. I assure you that what I have learned and the contacts I have made will help support our continued payroll compliance and the cost-effectiveness of our operations.

OR

Thank you so much for sending me to the APA Congress. Being new in payroll, I was able to gain a great amount of information in each one of the workshops I attended. Now I won't feel so overwhelmed by the everyday tasks given to me which I knew so little about. The speakers at the workshops were very helpful in simplifying direct deposit processing, multi-state taxation and the accounting side of payroll. I view my time in Nashville as a positive turning point in my career.

INSTRUCTIONS
Use one or two of the following examples to illustrate what you learned at the Congress, or create examples of your own.


[Example]
With our company's decision to expand into the global market, the Global Forums educational track at APA's Congress was exactly what I needed to strategize the impact on our Payroll Department. I was able to attend workshop after workshop putting together the pieces to our perplexing global puzzle. The experts in worldwide payments shared valuable insight into compensation, taxation and legal compliance. This was an amazing experience!

[Example]
One of the highlights for me this year at APA's Congress was the Women's Leadership Series of workshops. Thanks to the innovative ideas presented in this series, I have a bright new outlook on my career future and plenty of information to share with my coworkers. That was a boost that I certainly needed. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend.

[Example]
There are real people at the IRS, DOL and SSA! And they had a wealth of information to share about compliance issues at APA's 2016 Congress. It was exciting to meet with representatives of these government agencies and to actually get real answers to some of those nagging questions on the federal issues that have been giving us problems. This is going to save us some major dollars going forward.


INSTRUCTIONS

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