April 2011

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**Special Conference Edition**

26th Annual Conference Around the Corner!

SIOP’s 26th Annual Conference is just around the corner. This year’s annual conference will take place April 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago.  If you haven’t registered yet, sign up today! If you are already registered and would like to add to your registration, you can do so at the Attendee Service Center.

The backbone of any SIOP conference is its program, and this year’s list of sessions and speakers is an impressive one. Notable program features include:

  • 12 Preconference Workshops (To read five reasons you should attend the workshops, click here!)
  • Thursday Theme Track: “Managing HR for Environmental Sustainability”
  • Saturday Theme Track: “Using Data to Influence Organizational Decisions and Strategy”
  • Special Invited Speakers and Panels
  • Four Friday Seminars with CE Credit
  • 12 Community of Interest (COI) Sessions

The conference will also close with an impressive keynote speaker and closing reception!

Cialdini Closing Keynote-Dr. Robert Cialdini will close the conference with his keynote address based on the Six Principles of Influence, approaches he considers to be the universally effective principles of persuasion. Cialdini is president of Influence at Work, an international training, speaking, and consulting organization based on the “Six Principles of Influence.” His clients include such organizations as Google, Microsoft, Coca Cola, Kodak, Merrill Lynch, and NATO. To read more about Cialdini and his keynote address, click here!

Closing Reception-Psssssst...It’s a speakeasy. Do you know the password? Pay attention throughout the conference and you will! All are welcome and encouraged to join us in sending this conference out on a high note!

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Follow SIOP Online and on Your Phone

If you plan to attend the 2011 Annual Conference, let us help you get the most out of you conference experience!
The SIOP conference offers so many presentations, special activities, receptions, and plenary sessions that it is impossible for one person to attend them all. Make it easier to attend the events you want and create a personalized schedule through the Searchable Conference Program and Personal Scheduler. You can then access the program and your personal schedule on your smartphone using SIOP’s recently launched Mobile Planner. The personal scheduler and mobile planner work together to make sure you always have access to your schedule!

You can access the mobile planner at m.conference.siop.org or scan this code with your phone:  

*Mobile planner made possible by PDRI, an SHL company*

Also, make sure you follow the SIOP Exchange throughout the conference for daily posts featuring photos and videos!

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2nd Annual Speed-Mentoring Event Planned

SIOP welcomes all interested practitioners to attend the second annual Speed-Mentoring Event, to be held during the 26th Annual Conference, on Friday, April 15, 2011, from 5- 6:30 p.m. in Northwest 2 at the Hilton Chicago.

At the Speed-Mentoring Event, practitioners will have the opportunity to participate in two separate 25-minute roundtable discussions with one or two seasoned professionals on pre-determined topics of interest. This event is a terrific opportunity for practitioners to seek guidance, knowledge, and wisdom from mentors who have “been there and done that.”

For a complete list of mentoring topics, click here!

To participate in this event, you must be a SIOP Associate, International Affiliate, Member, or Fellow engaged in professional practitioner activities. We have limited space and openings for this event, so please reserve your space as soon as possible. To sign up, respond via email to Mentoring@siop.org with your NAME, EMPLOYER or ORGANIZATION, and THE TOP FOUR (4) TOPICS you would like to receive mentoring on, in rank order. We will reserve a maximum of six (6) participants for each topic, and these will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. Upon receipt of your request, you will receive confirmation of your participation.

If you have any questions about the Speed-Mentoring Event, or the SIOP Practitioner Mentoring Program in general, please contact Mark Poteet at mlpoteet@verizo
n.net or Samantha Ritchie at Samantha.Ritchie@pdri.com.  

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LGBT Committee Plans Outreach in Chicago

The SIOP LGBT Ad Hoc Committee decided to leverage the talents and skills we possess in I-O psychology within the community. This year, the committee will work with The Night Ministry, which connects with Chicago’s vulnerable youth and adults through street outreach, youth shelter, and supportive services. The youth are 14 to 21 years old. Many have not applied for a job before, so they need guidance on resume writing, interview etiquette, social media best practices, and how to pursue and finance a college education.

The committee will offer this youth group an interactive session on the above topics, with smaller individual coaching stations. The outreach program will take place on Saturday afternoon, April 16, from 1 to 4 pm. Volunteers are still needed to help provide one-on-one coaching sessions on a variety of topics (e.g., one-on-one resume review, mock interview, etc.).

To volunteer, contact Brian Roote at brianroote@gmail.com, (Chair-elect, LGBT Ad-Hoc Committee).

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SIOP Sessions Preapproved for HRCI Credit

The 26th Annual SIOP Conference has been preapproved for 17.5 hours of general credit toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute*.
Additionally, select Preconference Workshops and one Friday Seminar have also been approved under separate program ID numbers.

Details can be found at here!

SIOP is an HR Certification Institute Approved Provider.  For more information about PHR, SPHR, or GPHR certification or recertification, please visit www.hrci.org.

SIOP is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This year’s conference includes several opportunities to earn APA continuing education credit, including the preconference workshops, Friday seminars, and the Thursday and Saturday theme tracks. For more information, visit the CE page here.

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Advancing SIOP's Advocacy Efforts

SIOP’s advocacy interests are served in part through two organizations, the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS). Both APA and FABBS have electronic newsletters that describe their efforts in regard to federal-level advocacy particularly as it relates to funding for psychological research. Both organizations also use email advocacy alerts as part of their strategy (e.g., emails for members to contact their representatives on specific matters coming to a vote). 

To sign up for the APA science advocacy newsletters and alerts, click here.

To register for FABBS newsletters and alerts, click here

If you are interested in SIOP’s efforts to advocate on both science and practice matters, please plan to join us at SIOP for a session on Improving SIOP’s Advocacy Efforts, hosted by SIOP’s External Relations Committee. This session will include participation from several partner organizations (e.g., APA, APS, ATP, SHRM) and will be held Friday from 9:00-9:50. Additionally, a session on A Strategy for Building an Infrastructure for Science Advocacy Within SIOP will be hosted by the Science Advocacy Task Force at 12:30-1:20 Friday in the same meeting room (Joliet).

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Volunteer for a SIOP Committee

One of the best ways to become more involved in SIOP is through committee service.  With only a small administrative staff and a membership of over 8,000, SIOP relies heavily on volunteers to support and maintain the organization’s vitality. When you volunteer for a SIOP committee, you are taking an active role in furthering the initiatives of your professional association and advancing the field of industrial-organizational psychology in general.

The annual SIOP committee-forming period will begin soon, and we now invite you to submit your volunteer application via the online SIOP Committee Volunteer System (CVS).* Committee chairs will use the CVS to locate potential volunteers in the coming months, with a July deadline to submit committee rosters. Please act soon and submit your volunteer application to ensure you are properly considered for membership on the committees that most interest you. A list of SIOP committees can be found here.

It’s easy to submit your volunteer application. Click here!

For technical assistance when using the CVS online program, please contact Emeka Ewuzie at eewuzie@siop.org or 419-353-0032. For questions about volunteering, membership or SIOP in general please contact siop@siop.org.

*If you are currently serving on a committee and wish to continue to serve on that committee, please disregard this email. Chairs will deal with their current volunteers directly.

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