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Conference Committee Goals

Julie Olson-Buchanan
June 2008

Goals Report
Committee Members:
John Cornwell (Chair, Site Selection),
Robin Cohen (Workshops Chair-in-Training)
Eric Heggestad (Chair, Conference Evaluation)
Gary Latham (President)
Larissa Linton (Placement)
David Nershi (Executive Director)
Tracey Rizzuto (Chair, Local Arrangements)
John Scott (Program Chair)
Lois Tetrick (Past-President)
Suzanne Tsacoumis (Chair, Workshops)
Sara Weiner (Program Chair-in-Training).
Conference Chair:
            Julie Olson-Buchanan
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:
  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).


A.     Develop appropriate feedback measures (post-conference survey and on-site mechanisms) for identifying success factors and areas for improvement related to the conference experience.

B.      Successfully manage and actively promote needed modifications to the 3 full-day conference format

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


2.      Continue to develop and refine innovations to make the 2008 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.

B.     Examine New Orleans location to facilitate logistics for members

C.    Continue to Focus on our Constituents

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


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). 



  1. Examine possible ways to enhance the 2009’s return on expenses to SIOP. This may include:

·        Some increases in registration fees, although any increase is likely to be minor.

·        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). 


  1. Sign contract for 2014 conference site (and possibly 2015).