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Conference Committee Goals

Julie Olson-Buchanan

June 2009

Goals Report
Committee Members:
Mariangela Battista (Program Chair-in-Training)
Robin Cohen (Workshops Chair)
John Cornwell (Chair, Site Selection),
Carolyn Facteau (Co-Chair, Local Arrangements)
Jeff Facteau (Co-Chair, Local Arrangements)
Lisa Finkelstein (Conference Chair-in-Training)
Eric Heggestad (Chair, Conference Evaluation)
Kurt Kraiger (President)
Gary Latham (Past-President)
David Nershi (Executive Director)
Ryan O’Leary (Co-Chair, Placement)
Eduardo Salas (President Elect)
Kevin Smith (Co-Chair, Placement)
Sara Weiner (Program Chair).
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.   Use appropriate feedback measures (post-conference survey and on-site mechanisms) for identifying success factors and areas for improvement related to the conference experience.
Eric Heggestad (Conference Evaluation Chair) used on-site interviews at the 2009 conference as well as in-room surveys. Theelectronic membership survey was sent to all conference attendees immediately after the conference. Results indicate there continues to be a very high overall satisfaction with the conference (90% strongly agree/disagree), a perception that the conference provides opportunities for professional growth (71 %, up 4 %) and is stimulating (80%, up 4 %). A content analysis of the open-ended questions is being used to make modifications for further improvements.
B.   Successfully manage and actively promote needed modifications to the 3 full-day conference format.
We are continuing to meet this goal. In particular we are examining changes in the pattern of hotel nights booked and food and beverage adjustments.
C.   Feature sessions that are relevant, forward looking, and cutting-edge.
 Under Program Chair Sara Weiner’s leadership, a great set of community of interest sessions and Friday Seminars have been developed. In addition, the program committee has developed two innovative, creative theme tracks. The Thursday Theme is entitled, Exploring the Potential and Pitfalls of Virtually Connected Work and the Saturday Theme is entitled Reengineering I/O Psychology for the Changing World of Work. The Saturday Theme Track includes an address from Marshall Goldsmith. On Friday there will be an invited address from Arnold Bakker, president of SIOP.   
2.    Continue to develop and refine innovations to make the 2010 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.
We are exploring several ways to increase the use of technology for the conference. We have an agreement with iClicker to loan iClickers for the conference. We will use these to enhance certain key sessions and the workshops. We will continue to explore the possibility of using professional networking before the conference. We plan on reducing publication costs for the Conference booklet by reducing the number of pages and supplementing the materials with electronic documents. 
B.   Examine Atlanta location to facilitate logistics for members.
The Conference Committee met in June at the Atlanta Hilton to examine the facilities. The newly removed hotel provides a great venue for our conference attendees and will allow most the sessions to be on one level. We have tentative agreements with an overflow hotel that is adjacent to the Hilton (with a walking bridge). This should provide excellent, convenient lodgings for our overflow guests.
C.   Continue to focus on our constituents.
The feedback from the conference evaluation has provided valuable information for modifying our program and conference in accordance with members
D.   Enhance opportunities for networking and feelings of inclusiveness for all members.
Under the leadership of Membership Chair, Adrienne Colella, we are planning on implementing a new mentoring/networking program for first-time attendees. This should help to improve the conference experience for first time attendees while also providing a way for more seasoned attendees to get involved with SIOP.
E.   Identify and implement ways to celebrate our 25th conference.
The plans for this are underway. We will focus on the past 25 years during the opening plenary. Paul Levy, the SIOP historian, is working on gathering information for a poster filled with factoids for each of the 25 conferences. We will focus on the present during the regular program. Then we will end with a focus on the future. I have invited Dave Ulrich to serve as our keynote at our closing plenary and he has graciously accepted. He is going to focus on the role of I/O psychology in the future. Then we will close with a very special 25th anniversary reception. The reception will include a silent auction (LGBT is spearheading this) and several other elegant touches. In addition, we will provide some kind of keepsake (e.g., a pin) for all attendees commemorating the event.
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 initiated several plans for better communicating how we are responding to member feedback. Sara Weiner added a section to the Call for Proposals that explained how we use member feedback to make modifications. In addition, Eric Heggestad and I plan to write a TIP article that explains our response to several of the concerns that are raised by members (e.g., no lunch break, different starting and end times for sessions, etc.).   
4.    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). 
We have improved our return on expenses in 2009 relative to 2008 (return on expenses is back up to 61.7 %, relative to 45.2% last year).  
Given that approximately ½ our attendees are students, we did increase the registration fee for students. However, the student registration fees are still less than what it costs per attendee.