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March 2009

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**Special Conference Issue**

Hotel Reservation Deadline: March 6

If you are planning to attend the 24th Annual SIOP Conference, you’ll need a place to stay! Official SIOP conference hotels offer French Quarter accommodations within walking distance of Bourbon Street while also being close to all the conference action.

For this year’s SIOP Annual Conference we are using two official SIOP hotels for housing: the Sheraton New Orleans and the Marriott New Orleans. The Sheraton New Orleans, our headquarters hotel, has sold out. The Marriott still has rooms available in the SIOP room block, but you need to hurry!
The deadline to reserve rooms is March 6.
The Marriott is a great hotel located on Canal Street just steps away from the Sheraton. It has just undergone a major renovation and has a sensational lobby bar. Booking in an official conference hotel also benefits you. The more rooms booked in official hotels, the more we are able to keep registration fees low. The Marriot is also in a prime location; no sweaty walks from a distant hotel carrying presentation materials! Since it is an official conference hotel, you’ll have plenty of networking opportunities with other SIOP attendees. Please help keep meeting costs down and book at the Marriott.
A special student rate has just been secured at the Marriott. Students, if you haven’t booked your hotel room yet, click here for information and here to book your room. 

The Speakers are Key

In between enjoying the hundreds of program sessions and activities at the SIOP conference, don’t forget to make time to hear the impressive keynote speakers on this year’s schedule:

• SHRM President Laurence (Lon) G. O’Neil as a keynote on Thursday as part of the theme track, “I-O Psychologists as Leading Edge in Evidence-Based Management”
• Peter Gollwitzer, professor of psychology at NYU, as keynote on Friday morning
• APA President James Bray as keynote on Saturday morning
• Steve Kerr, senior advisor at Goldman Sachs and former chief learning officer (CLO), as closing plenary keynote

Following the Closing Plenary and final keynote by Steve Kerr, SIOP will host an entertaining closing reception featuring great New Orleans music and food. SIOP has managed to book New Orleans’ hottest band,
The Bucktown AllStars, a nine-piece band known for its broad appeal! The closing reception will also feature a New Orleans food tasting where you will be able to sample a wide variety of New Orleans specialties. 


Get a Head Start on the Conference with Workshops!
Even in a struggling economy, professional development is a necessity for I-O practitioners. SIOP’s pre-conference workshops offer an excellent value, with relevant topics, qualified experts, CE credit opportunities, and tools professionals can take directly into their workplace.
Fifteen workshops will be offered Wednesday, April 1, the day before the regular program of the conference begins. These engaging workshops add an extra value to the conference, and they fill up fast, so register today to ensure you get the workshops of your choice! For a complete description of the workshops, click here.
Choose your favorite two workshops and register today!
The fastest way to register is by using SIOP’s online registration system. You can also register via mail by completing the “workshops” section of the conference registration form, available here or in the center of the registration booklet mailed to SIOP members. Please see the SIOP Web site for online workshop registration instructions.


And Don’t Forget the Rest…

This year’s SIOP Annual Conference offers so many activities and opportunities in addition to the hundreds of outstanding sessions, everyone will find something to enjoy. When you are planning your schedule, don’t forget to include some of these activities:
• Community of Interests Sessions
Informal sessions throughout the conference based on a particular topic. 
• Featured Posters
Once again this year the top-rated posters (nearly perfect ratings) will be showcased at the Thursday evening all-conference reception between 6 and 6:50 p.m.
Friday Seminars
Provides an in-depth look at a particular area or issue.  CE credits are offered.
Thursday Theme Track / Saturday Theme Track
This new feature allows for a deep dive into critical topics that affect a broad range of SIOP members.
Master Collaboration Series
Provides the state of practice and science on an important topic. Held on Friday, April 3.
Doctoral Consortium
Designed for upper-level students nearing completion of doctorate. Held on Wednesday, April 1.
Master's Consortium
Designed for students enrolled in master’s programs. Held Wednesday, April 1.
Junior Faculty Consortium
A discussion forum for junior faculty that takes place Wednesday, April 1
Extracurricular Conference Activities
This year attendees can enjoy golf, fun run, a post-conference tour cooking, and a community outreach activity where SIOP makes over a local elementary school
Make sure you don’t miss a thing by taking advantage of SIOP Conference Planner tool. First view the conference program, then choose the sessions you want to attend.  Print out your schedule and take it with you to New Orleans as your personal conference itinerary!


Call for IOP Journal Commentaries
Two focal articles have recently been accepted for Volume 2, Issue 3 of SIOP’s journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. They are now available for comment on the SIOP Web site.
Commentaries must be submitted no later than
March 24, 2009.
The first focal article is by Douglas McKenna and Sandra Davis, titled “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Active Ingredients of Executive Coaching.”  The second is by Ronald Bledow, Michael Frese, Neil Anderson, Miriam Erez, and James Farr, titled “A Dialectic Perspective on Innovation: Conflicting Demands, Multiple Pathways, and Ambidexterity.”
The focal articles can be downloaded by clicking on the IOP journal link on the left-hand side of the SIOP Web site, or by going directly to the journal page here.  The journal page also contains details on the process of preparing and submitting a commentary.  Please contact Editor Paul Sackett at with questions about the journal or commentary process.



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