That's what you get with SQLRally, which next year will be held in Dallas, Texas. Registration just opened for this event and the early bird $299 pricing is available if you register by January 15, 2012. That gives you over a month to discuss with your manager how great a deal this is and try to convince the organization to send you. At that price, if you're in the continental United States it's seriously worth considering, even if you have to pay out of pocket.
Don't forget that events like this one are also great for networking, meaning you build relationships with your technical peers. You never know when you could use a quick tip or an answer from someone more knowledgeable than you on a given SQL Server subject and building up relationships with other Microsoft SQL Server professionals is invaluable in regards to this. In addition, you'll probably find that you have a lot in common with some of the other attendees. So those relationships may go beyond the professional to honest to goodness friends. DBAs and database developer types tend to be isolated trolls in our organizations because of the nature of what we do and because SQL sounds like an ancient language almost lost to the ages for less "techie" types, so building relationships with others who "get you" is always good.
So what are you waiting for? Start the dialogue with your boss today!
Got the approval or paying your own way? Then go to the SQLRally Registration Page.