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Five Reasons You Need to be at the LEC

8/1/2012-

by SIOP

Early Registration for “Environmental Sustainability at Work” Ends August 29

Organizations are increasingly concluding that environmental sustainability is central to their missions. As organizations transform to minimize, mitigate, and neutralize their environmental impact, now is the time for HR professionals and business executives to lead their employees in sustainability efforts, and I-O psychology is uniquely positioned to help.

This October, “Environmental Sustainability at Work: Advancing Research, Enhancing Practice” will bring together thought leaders from academia and practice to discuss implementing environmental sustainability practices in the workplace through employees.

Environmental Sustainability at work, SIOP’s 8th Annual Leading Edge Consortium (LEC), will bring together an interdisciplinary team of experts and keynote speakers from industry, psychological research, the environmental sciences, and consulting. Sessions will address both interdisciplinary aspects and how I-O science and practice can contribute, the business case for environmental sustainability, and how sustainability can become a competitive advantage, as well as specific issues relevant to I-O practitioners.

This year’s Consortium will take place October 19-20, 2012 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Registration is $425 on or before August 29 and $495 thereafter, so be sure to take advantage of the early registration rate and register today!

To register, please visit: www.siop.org/fallconsortium/

In addition to the timely topic and early registration discount, here are five more reasons you shouldn’t miss this year’s consortium:

1. Networking Opportunities - The Leading Edge Consortium is unique in its approach by bringing together leading edge thinkers – practitioners, researchers and HR executives – to examine issues in an intimate setting that fosters stimulating dialogue among colleagues. Each presentation takes place in general session, a setting conducive to interaction with presenters and networking with leaders in the field of sustainability. This event is a terrific opportunity for practitioners to seek guidance, knowledge, and wisdom from mentors who have “been there and done that.” Another popular feature is the networking dinners where attendees can select from an assortment of area restaurants to sample New Orleans cuisine while enjoying great discussion in the company of new and old friends.

2. Knowledgeable Speakers - The Leading Edge Consortium is an opportunity to learn from some of the most notable experts in the field of environmental sustainability on topics such as the business case for environmental sustainability, how sustainability can become a competitive advantage, and specific issues relevant to practitioners. Keynote speaker Edward Lawler, Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and founder and director of the University's Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), will offer interesting perspectives from his own distinguished career when he speaks on “Creating Sustainable Effective Organizations: Management Reset Needed.” To see a complete list of speakers and topics, visit the LEC page!

3. Practical Information for Your Organization - In addition to expert speakers and cutting edge science, the LEC also arms attendees with practical knowledge and tools they can implement directly into their organization. The LEC speakers are professionals who have worked in the field and who know the strategies that make for an effective implementation of sustainability practices as well as the specific challenges different industries will encounter when developing environmental sustainability policies. Read the LEC agenda here!

4. Professional Development -The LEC allows attendees to expand their knowledge of the field of environmental sustainability in the workplace while gaining practical strategies they can take to any organization. In addition to the information and knowledge attendees will gain at the LEC, attendees will be eligible for continuing education credit for psychology purposes (for licensure, professional development, liability insurance, or other purposes). Additionally, SIOP may submit this program for HRCI review in order to offer CE credit for human resource professionals (toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification). To learn more, visit the CE page.

5. Because You Can’t Afford Not To - As organizations increasingly conclude that environmental sustainability is central to their missions and transform to minimize, mitigate, and neutralize their environmental impact, HR and management professionals now have the opportunity to lead these efforts through their employees. I-O psychology is uniquely positioned to aid in these efforts. This consortium will be devoted to the latest practice and research in the field of environmental sustainability in the workplace, while offering practical advice and strategies for organizations that wish to pursue environmentally sustainable practices. For anyone charged with developing or improving these practices in their organization, this LEC will offer invaluable information, strategies, and research.

We hope to see you in New Orleans!

*SIOP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SIOP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Additionally, SIOP holds HR Certification Institute Approved Provider status.