Leading Edge Consortium: Let's Meet in St. Louis
SIOP members, along with other human resource and
leadership professionals, will meet Oct. 28-29 at the Westin Hotel in St. Louis
to take part in a seminal event that promises to provide an in-depth look at one
of the key issues facing organizations and businessestop-level executive
Call it thinking out of the box or looking at the future.
For the first time, SIOP is hosting a leading edge
Consortium designed to focus on a single topic. This event will be quite
different than the annual SIOP Conferences held each spring, said Leaetta
Hough, SIOP president and general chair of the Consortium, which is entitled
Leadership at the Top: The Selection, Globalization and Ethics of Executive
The Consortium will give participants an opportunity to
examine a subject in much greater depth than is possible at the spring
conference. Another difference, the organizers say, will be increased
opportunities for discussion and interaction with speakers and other attendees.
An impressive list of speakers, including some who
are not SIOP members, has been assembled. There will be three keynote
presentations and six modules, each concentrating on different leadership
aspects, such as selection and ethics. Each module will feature several
speakers, who will also take part in a panel discussion following each set of
Participants will be able to hear and take part in
all presentations, which will be given sequentially and not simultaneously.
A special feature of the day and a half program
will enable participants to have lunches and dinner according to their
interests. Dinner, which will be held at various St. Louis restaurants, will be
topically based to enable continued discussions.
The Consortiums practice chair Rob Silzer
(the science chair is David Campbell)
said the proceedings will appeal to seasoned SIOP members. The Consortium is
a response to members who have expressed a desire to have an opportunity to deal
with a current topic at an advanced level.
Silzer said the Consortium is also designed to help
market I-O psychology. We are making a concerted effort to appeal to other
practitioners and HR professionals outside of SIOP in order to help them better
understand our skills and expertise and what we can offer their
Frankly, he added, we need greater
visibility among HR and leadership professionals and
this Consortium is an opportunity to further establish our credentials
and contributions to organizations.
Silzer urged SIOP members to invite professional
colleagues and organizational clients who may be interested in executive
leadership issues to attend the Consortium. In addition to hearing leading
edge thinking and hot off the press research on executives, the events
format will enable participants to feel more engaged and involved in the
To register, make hotel reservations and access
further Consortium information, simply go to the Fall Consortium Web page at http://www.siop.org/lec/default.aspx.