Conference Committee Goals and Progress Report Form 2006-2007

Update: April 2007

Committee Members:
 Douglas Pugh, Conference Committee Chair
 Jeff McHenry, SIOP President
 Leaetta Hough, Past President
 Tammy Allen, Program Chair
 Donald Truxillo, Site Selection
 Joan Brannick, Workshops
 Mindy Bergman, Larissa Linton, Placement
 Robin Cohen, Local Arrangements
 Dave Nershi, Executive Director
 Doug Pugh, Conference Chair

SIOP Vision: To be recognized as the premier professional group committed to advancing the science and practice of the psychology of work.

SIOP Goals:
SIOP will become the…

1. Visible and trusted authority on work-related psychology. This includes:

  • Heightened awareness within lay, business, scientific, and government communities of the role and value of I-O psychology in improving productivity and well-being in the workplace.
  • Greater outreach to the broader field of psychology and related disciplines and organizations (including organizations outside the United States), policy makers, the public, and the media.

2. Advocate and champion of I-O psychology to policy makers.  This includes:

  • Increased efforts to obtain federal funding for I-O research.
  • Increased efforts to monitor and influence policy and legislation affecting human behavior at work.
  • Heightened awareness among top managers in business about the value of I-O psychology and I-O professionals.

3. Organization of choice of I-O professionals.  This includes:

  • Increased enjoyment and satisfaction of members.
  • More members in all categories, including regular, Student, International, Affiliate, and Associate Members.
  • Higher annual retention rate.
  • Increased support for SIOP members in their efforts to study, apply, and teach the principles, findings, and methods of I-O psychology.

4. Model of integrated scientist–practitioner effectiveness that values research, practice, and education equally and seeks higher standards in all three areas. 

  • Increased collaboration and dialogue between academics and practitioners where science informs practice and practice informs science.
  • Increased collaboration and exchange of ideas with non-North American I-O professionals.
  • Decreased perception of fissure between academics and practitioners.
  • Clear and rigorous means of evaluating the quality of graduate training programs.
  • Clear and rigorous standards for practice.

Conference Committee Strategic Planning Goals

Strategic Planning Goals: (Original Conference committee goals are in italics, updates below each goal).

1. Present the world’s best conference on workplace psychology by featuring cutting edge work in science, practice, and education.

SIOP Strategic Planning Goal: Primarily, Goal 3, Organization of Choice of I-O Professionals (through effects on member satisfaction and retention).  Additionally, Goal 1 (Visible and trusted authority on work-related psychology), and Goal 4 (Model of integrated scientist-practitioner effectiveness—see, for example, keynote speaker information below).

A. Bring in a high profile speaker for a session that has clear relevance to our strategic goals.


  • Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University and author (with Robert Sutton) of the book Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, & Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management, will be delivering a keynote address on Friday morning.

B. Feature innovative sessions that are relevant, forward looking, and cutting-edge.


  • Joan Brannick’s workshop committee has developed a lineup of 15 workshops in areas ranging from ethics to talent management to coaching.  This is one more workshop than was offered in 2006.
  • The Sunday theme this year will be on the topic of Globalization, featuring several prominent invited speakers including Dominick Salvatore and Brian Glade (see update from Program Committee).
  • Steven Rogelberg’s Sunday seminar committee has put together for seminars on the topics of evolutionary and genetic perspectives on leadership development, qualitative research methods, linkage research, and a session on the process of journal editing

2. Continue to develop and refine innovations to make the 2007 Conference a great member experience.

SIOP Strategic Planning Goal: Goal 3, Organization of Choice of I-O Professionals (through effects on member satisfaction and retention). 

A. Explore new uses of technology and other innovations to enhance member satisfaction with the conference.


  • All conference sessions will be recorded and offered on SIOP website via streaming audio.  Conference attendees can access for free, non-attendees can pay for access to all sessions or on a per-session fee.  Service provided by Blue Sky.  Plenary session is available via video streaming.  These innovations were initiated in 2006 and will be continued this year.
  • A CE seminar on the topic of ROI on Executive Coaching, recorded at the Dallas meeting, will be available via video streaming over the internet.  CE education credits will be offered. 
  • This year, CE credits are available at 15 workshops, 3 Sunday Seminars, and 3 Master Tutorials.

B. Examine New York location to facilitate logistics for members



  • Exciting, central location in Times Square close to restaurants, theaters, and other destinations of interest.
  • Property is updated and appealing.
  • Many areas for members to socialize and some unique reception spaces (e.g., 16th floor open space with view of Times Square).


  • Meeting space is constrained.  Fewer rooms are available than in past conferences, and available rooms are smaller.  Addition of keynote speaker is putting further strain on room availability.
  • 9th floor has problematic access for persons with disabilities.  
  • Hotel rooms are expensive in comparison with the 2006 conference hotel rate, although they are comparable or better than the rates for other rooms of similar quality in Times Square.


  • We are working with the hotel to make sure we are taking full advantage of available space.  
  • 9th floor issue is resolved.  Elevators now stop on 9th floor.  Signage will indicate directions to elevator.

Room Block Update:

  • As of the beginning of April we had sold a total of 5765 room nights.  This is well above our previous record of 5270 in Dallas.  In addition to the main conference hotel, we have room block contracts with 3 overflow properties, and the service “Room With A View” is being used to find members additional rooms near the conference site (the above total includes those rooms booked through RWAV).

Other issues: New York local arrangements

  • This years tour will be an architectural and cultural tour of the Lower Manhattan Financial District.  We have contracted with Big Onion Walking Tours for this service.
  • There will be no SIOPen this year.
  • Fun Run: Paul Sackett and Kevin Williams have once again done a terrific job in putting together the fun run for Saturday April 28.
  • SIOP web page has links up for theater options
  • Robin Cohen (local arrangements) has prepared a flyer with New York dining options, which will be inserted into the conference bags

C. Other Conference Innovations


The following initiatives are currently being explored by the conference committee

  • Additional volunteers will be assigned to help with CE session sign-in process
  • Due to the resounding success of the Top Posters session in Dallas, we will again feature the highest rated posters during the Friday night reception.
  • SIOP members who reviewed for the conference program will be recognized by a star printed on their name badges.  This recognition will be mentioned in the plenary session and indicated by signs near registration.

D. Continue to Focus on our Constituents


The conference committee is, by necessity, heavily focused on our constituents.  We note, however, the following issues:

  • Conference survey will be rolled out after San Francisco conference.
  • New Faculty.  The Junior Faculty Consortium will be held again this year, coordinated by Wendy Becker.  Currently has 27 registrants.  Summer planning committee meeting will discuss whether there is sufficient demand for this symposium on a yearly basis.
  • Doctoral Students. John Hunthausan and Ken Yusko have organized the doctoral consortium and have an impressive slate of speakers.
  • A Master’s Consortium, coordinated by Dan Sachau, will be held on the Thursday afternoon prior to the conference.  Currently there are 67 participants registered.
  • Although we were unable to coordinate food and receptions across the consortia for New York, at the San Francisco meetings we will coordinate lunches and/or receptions to make more efficient use of space.

E.  Enhance opportunities for networking and feelings of inclusiveness for all members.


The following program enhancements have been proposed.

  • Dual facilitators, one from “science” and one from “practice”, have been proposed for the Communities of Interest sessions.   Feasibility is being explored.  Status: Where possible, dual facilitators have been assigned.
  • Awards this year will include one for the best LBGT-themed paper at the conference.

3. Maintain communication and outreach with membership regarding issues such as:

  • Changes in program/scheduling
  • Member communications about Conference planning decisions and Conference goals
  • Conference activities and events
  • Outreach to all members, e.g., international members, minority members

SIOP Strategic Planning Goal: Primarily, Goal 3, Organization of Choice of I-O Professionals (through effects on member satisfaction and retention). 

We have and will continue to keep members updated through TIP articles and, when necessary, emails (as approved by the president). 

4. Ensure that the 2007 Conference provides a 65-75% return on expenses to SIOP.  This may include:

  • Some increases in registration fees, although any increase is likely to be minor given the increases put in place over the past several years.
  • Eliminating demo booths in the exhibit hall
  • Developing opportunities for sponsors to reach our members while being responsive to member concerns about the commercialization of the Society and Conference.

SIOP Strategic Planning Goal: Primarily, Goal 3, Organization of Choice of I-O Professionals (via the responsible financial management of SIOP). 

The 2006-2007 conference budget was approved.  The budget provides a 71% return on expenses. Because of large increases in fees in Dallas, early registration fees for members and students were kept the same as they were in 2006.  Non-member early registration fees were raised by $20.  On-site registration fees were raised by $10 for members and students, and by $20 for non-members.  Part of our goal for raising only the on-site registration fees is to encourage early registration, which will held in planning and budgeting.  We continue to view conference funding on a long-term basis rather than year-to-year.  Our ability to keep early registration fees the same, for example, is due to the impact of the fee increases in Dallas.

As of April 1, 2007 we were on a record pace for attendance, with 3330 registrants.  Our estimates put total registration at anywhere from 3800 to 4000, but due to differences unique to each city, precise estimates are difficult. 

As of the last week of March, we had $110,000 more in registration fees than at the same time last year, and we are at 85% of our budget estimates for registration. 

It is likely that we will have 55 booth sponsors at 67 tables, producing booth revenue of $130,000.  This is close to the revenue for Dallas ($134K), which was a record.  We identified new sponsorship opportunities with the LCD screens this year, as well as traditional sources including inserts, t-shirts, and bags.

In sum, all signs point to a successful and financially sound conference that will meet, if not exceed, our budget goals.

5. Complete pre-planning for the 2007 and 2008 Conferences, including contract modifications required to ensure that those sites will meet our evolving needs.

SIOP Strategic Planning Goal: Primarily, Goal 3, Organization of Choice of I-O Professionals (via enhancing member satisfaction and retention).

The conference committee began planning for the transition to a 3-day conference at our February meeting.  Note also that several members of the conference committee (Doug, Tammy, Steven, Dave) were also members of the 3-day conference committee task force, chaired by Steven Rogelberg.  The conference committee will work closely with Steven to implement the suggestions of the task force.  The conference committee has our first meeting to plan for the 3-day conference scheduled for June 9, 2007 in San Francisco.

6. Issue RFP and have proposal for 2012 conference site ready for review at January 2007 EC meeting.

SIOP Strategic Planning Goal: Primarily, Goal 3, Organization of Choice of I-O Professionals


  • Done. Contract for 2012 has been signed. 

New Updates on Site Selection

  • John Cornwell has taken over the Conference Committee Site Selection position from Donald Truxillo.  Site visits to Houston have been conducted.  The site selection committee is also considering other locations including Baltimore. 
  • Dave Nershi completed a site visit to New Orleans in March 2007 to visit the Sheraton New Orleans (site of 2009 conference) and overflow properties.  A sleeping room addendum with the Sheraton New Orleans, and an overflow room agreement with the Marriott, were put together, approved by the Executive Director, Site Selection representative, and Conference Chair, and forwarded to Jeff McHenry and Ken Pearlman for signatures.
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