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SIOP’s 25th Conference in Atlanta
Welcome From the Conference Chair
April 8–10, 2010 (preconference activities on April 7)

Julie B. Olson-Buchanan
California State University, Fresno

It’s our silver anniversary! Whether you are new to SIOP or a seasoned veteran, you won’t want to miss the 2010 SIOP conference as we celebrate this special milestone. Our anniversary celebration will be woven throughout the conference as we reflect on the past 25 years, examine our present, and push toward our future. We’ll cap it off with a stimulating closing plenary address and an elegant, fun-filled closing reception on Saturday evening.

Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of innovative SIOP volunteers, we have an extraordinary conference in store for you. From our highly interactive preconference activities, to our stimulating, cutting-edge conference program, to our unique networking opportunities, you will find more interesting, relevant activities than you can squeeze into your day.

And, you’ll be doing all of this in the heart of Atlanta! A timeline and some highlights are listed below.

Immediately, if not sooner
Make hotel reservations. The conference hotel is terrific, and the hotel rate is nearly reminiscent of the 1st SIOP conference (only $131/night). So, the first thing you will want to do is make reservations at the newly renovated Hilton Atlanta. You can book online using the convenient link on the SIOP Web site conference hotel information page or call 1-404-659-2000 (be sure to explain you are with SIOP). Not only will staying at the conference hotel provide you with the most convenience for all the conference events, the Hilton Atlanta has been recently renovated and offers excellent conference facilities, sleeping rooms, and amenities (including outdoor and indoor running tracks, tennis and basketball courts, and a pool).

Register for conference and preconference activities. To get the best conference registration rate and receive a copy of the program booklet in the mail, you need to register for the conference by February 15. Plus, the earlier you register, the more likely you will be able to get into the terrific workshops, pre- and postconference events, and Friday Seminars! If you register after the early registration deadline, you can pick up a copy of the program at the conference while supplies last. Or for quicker access to the information, use the online program and online conference scheduler! We are also debuting the SIOP Conference Ambassador Program, which will informally match new SIOP conference attendees (“Newcomers”) with seasoned SIOP conference attendees (“Ambassadors”) to help connect the newcomer and provide a better overall conference experience for all.

Preconference Wednesday, April 7, 2010
SIOP has a number of interactive, informative ways for you to engage in a preconference activity. See below for some brief descriptions.

Workshops. Wednesday, April 7, 2010 is workshop day. The Workshop Committee headed by Robin Cohen has prepared 15 outstanding workshops for the 2010 conference. These professional development opportunities include a diverse selection of innovative topics designed to meet the many different needs of SIOP members. Check out the extraordinary panel of nationally and internationally recognized experts from both inside and outside of I-O who will be leading this year’s workshops. And a great deal gets even better! If you get someone who has not previously attended the workshops to attend this year, you and your colleague get a $50 rebate on your registration fee after the conference. (Details at
www.siop.org/conferences.) Register early to ensure your first choices!

Placement Center. Placement Center is a one-of-a kind resource to connect I-O psychologists seeking employment opportunities with hiring employers. Employers and job seekers get access to a database that features new searching functionality to more efficiently match job seekers and employers before, during, and after the conference. Kevin Smith and Ryan O’Leary manage Placement activities, including the onsite component that provides some meeting space to conduct interviews as well as IT resources to facilitate the interview scheduling process. Onsite services are provided from April 7–10.

Master’s Consortium. The Master’s Student Consortium will be making its 4th appearance this year (from 1:00 to 7:00 pm). The consortium is designed for students who are enrolled in master’s programs in I-O psychology and OB/HRM. The program includes an impressive lineup of speakers who graduated from master’s programs and have excelled as managers and consultants for some of the nation’s most successful organizations. Speakers will meet with small groups of students and participants will attend two workshops, a question and answer roundtable, and a social hour. Master’s programs may nominate two students per program to attend the conference. Nomination forms were sent out in November to the master’s program contact. If you have any questions about the consortium, please contact Pauline Velez at Pauline.velez@allstate.com.

25th Annual Lee Hakel Doctoral Consortium. The consortium is designed for upper level graduate students in I-O psychology and OB/HRM doctoral programs, generally third- or fourth-year students who have completed most or all course work and are working on their dissertations. Presenters at the consortium will include academic and practitioner experts who can offer unique perspectives on the opportunities and challenges faced by I-O psychologists today as well as the key developmental experiences that can lay the groundwork for a successful career in industrial and organizational psychology. Doctoral programs may nominate one student per program to attend the conference. Nomination forms will be sent out in January to the doctoral program contact. For further information on the 2010 consortium, please contact Larry Williams at ljwilli1@vcu.edu.

Junior Faculty Consortium. The Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Consortium (JFC) will continue to serve as a vital resource for SIOP’s pretenure faculty members. Sessions will encourage lively discussion and will cover topics such as research, funding, dos and don’ts regarding the tenure process, and advice on publishing and serving as a reviewer. The 2010 JFC will include plenty of time for discussion, networking and socializing, and a forum for discussing relevant issues in detail and setting goals to ensure participant success in the upcoming year. For more information, contact Mark Frame at Dr.Mark.Frame@gmail.com.

SIOPen Golf Tournament.Dave Woehr is in charge of the annual golf tournament, which will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Stone Mountain Golf Club. Stone Mountain is located 16 miles from downtown Atlanta. This year’s event will be held on the Lakemont Course, one of two courses at the Stone Mountain Golf Club. Georgia native John LaFoy designed the Lakemont Course. It features incredible views of Stone Mountain along with the famous Confederate Memorial carving of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson on horseback. The front nine holes of the Lakemont Course wind around Stone Mountain Lake, with six holes having water in play. The back nine offers beautiful holes as well, with rock outcroppings and four holes where water comes into play. More information on Stone Mountain Golf Club can be found at http://www.marriott-vacations.com/leisure/golf-courses/stone-mountain-golf-club/course-overview.jsp. The tournament fee is $85 and includes golf, cart, prizes, and transportation to and from the course.
New member/conference attendee reception. Program Chair Sara Weiner and Membership Chair Adrienne Colella invite all new SIOP members or first-time conference attendees to attend “How To Get the Most From the SIOP Conference.” This session is held at 5:00. The session will start with a short introduction to the conference, followed by some terrific networking and mingling opportunities, as well as some cocktails and appetizers.

Welcome reception. Finally, everyone is invited to SIOP’s general welcome reception from 6:00–8:00 p.m. This is a great way to connect with other conference goers.

Conference: April 8–10, 2010
Opening Plenary. The conference officially kicks off with the all-conference opening plenary session on Thursday morning, April 8. After the awards (Chair Anna Erickson) and new Fellows (Chair Ann Howard) are presented, SIOP’s incoming president, Eduardo Salas, will introduce our SIOP president, Kurt Kraiger. Kurt will present his long-anticipated presidential address (and I distinctly heard him mention something about bobbleheads).

The not-to-be-missed program. Of course the highlight of the SIOP conference is its program. Program Chair Sara Weiner has devoted countless hours (and no doubt has been foregoing a substantial amount of sleep) to putting together an outstanding conference program. Please see her article in TIP for the full details. A few of the (many!) key highlights of the program include:

• Thursday Theme Track “Exploring the Potential and Pitfalls of Virtually Connected Work”
• Saturday Theme Track “Reengineering I-O Psychology for the Changing World of Work”
• Special Invited Speakers including:

• Marshall Goldsmith, Alliant International University, management   consultant and author, closing speaker for Saturday Theme Track
• Arnold B. Bakker, Erasmus University Rotterdam, president of the   European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, on Friday

• Four Friday Seminars with CE Credit
• 12 Community of Interest sessions 

Fun Run. Paul Sackett, Pat Sackett, and Kevin Williams return as organizers of the 5K Fun Run. Set your alarm early for a 7 a.m. start on Saturday, April 10. We will need to bus you to a nearby park this year, as downtown Atlanta is not amenable to a running event.

Networking. The program has been designed to provide multiple networking opportunities for conference attendees, so be sure to take advantage of them! Some of these networking opportunities include sponsored coffee breaks during the conference (mid-morning and mid-afternoon), general receptions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, as well as International, CEMA, and LGBT and Allies receptions.

Closing Plenary. We are extremely pleased to announce our closing plenary speaker for our 25th conference, Dr. David Ulrich. In recognition of our anniversary, Dr. Ulrich will present a talk entitled “Looking Back and Moving Forward: Why and How Rigor and Relevance Can Coexist.” A professor of business at the University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, Dr. Ulrich’s research and consulting work focus on how organizations can build capabilities of speed, learning, collaboration, accountability, talent, and leadership through leveraging human resources. Dr. Ulrich has published over 100 articles and book chapters and 20 books. Some of his most recent co-authored books include HR Transformation (2009), Leadership Code (2008), and HR Competencies (2008). Having conducted research or consulting with over half of the companies in the Fortune 200, Dr. Ulrich’s influence on the field is well known. HR Magazine has identified him as the most influential person in the field of HR three times (2009, 2008, and 2006), Businessweek named him the #1 management educator and guru (2001), and Forbes identified him as one of the top five executive coaches. Dr. Ulrich has also received six lifetime achievement awards, including one from ASTD and SHRM.

After Dr. Ulrich’s stimulating address, President Kraiger will hand over the SIOP gavel to the incoming SIOP President, Eduardo Salas, who will present an overview of his plans for his term.

Silver Anniversary Closing Reception. Following the closing plenary, SIOP will host its 25th Anniversary Closing Reception. Featuring very special entertainment, delicious appetizers, a silent auction (with unique treasures), and great ambience, you won’t want to miss this celebration!

Postconference Activities: April 11, 2010
SIOP volunteer project.
Due to rave reviews over SIOP’s volunteer event in New Orleans, we have decided to offer the opportunity for SIOP members to work together after the conference as volunteers in the Atlanta area as well. As the volunteers from last year will attest, this is a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with your SIOP colleagues while connecting with the local community in a meaningful way. The final details are being worked out at the time this article is written, but more details will be online by the time registration begins. The space is limited, so sign up now.

In addition, we also continue to encourage donations to the Make-It-Right Foundation to build homes for Hurricane Katrina victims in the 9th Ward in New Orleans. The total raised since the 2009 conference in New Orleans is an astounding $22,000. To make a donation to THE HOUSE THAT SIOP BUILT, go to www.makeitrightnola.org, click “Donate Now,” click “Make Donation,” complete the requested information, and select “The House the SIOP Built” from the pull-down menu in the Team Sponsored Home Options.

Atlanta Heroes. Local Arrangements Chairs Carolyn Facteau and Jeff Facteau invite you to a unique historical tour. The tour starts with a walk down Sweet Auburn Avenue where we will visit Martin Luther King Jr.’s Center for Social Change, where his grave site is located and where you can see Ebenezer Baptist Church and note the birth home of MLK. Next we will enjoy a delicious brunch at Livingston, located in the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel (where Clark Gable stayed for the Gone with the Wind premiere). Finally, we will visit the Margaret Mitchell home, the site where one of the world’s most beloved novels, Gone With the Wind, was written in secret.

Immediately Afterward: Post Postconference Activities
Conference evaluation. After you have returned home and are fully recovered from SIOP 2010, expect a postconference survey from Conference Evaluation Chair Eric Heggestad. We will use your feedback to help us plan our next conference in Chicago 2011.

See you in Atlanta!

For the online conference registration book, click here.

For a printable conference registration book, click here.  (This may take a while to load.  You must have Adobe 7.0 or higher to view.)