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A Silver Celebration: SIOP 2010 in Atlanta

Julie B. Olson-Buchanan, Conference Chair
California State University, Fresno

Sara Weiner, Program Chair

From baubles to bobbleheads, SIOP conference attendees celebrated our silver conference anniversary with flair! Here are just a few of the ways we paid tribute to our 25th conference:

  • Attendees at the opening plenary were treated to commemorative anniversary pins (baubles) and all attendees had the opportunity to purchase a commemorative piece of glass art (more baubles).
  • There was a designated History Lounge in the exhibit hall where conference goers could learn more about our SIOP conference history including opportunities to:
    • View the 25 posters created for each of the 25 conference years, which were filled with factoids and other interesting information. A big thank you to Paul Levy and his History Committee for making this happen!
    • View the sign from the first conference which was signed by the first conference goers (thank you to Stan Silverman for sharing this with us!). Sign a banner for the 25th conference, which will no doubt be displayed at our 50th conference!
  • There were special historical tributes at the opening plenary (see below), as well as special performances by SIOP artists at the closing reception and SIOP treasures (including bobbleheads!) in the silent auction.

In addition to celebrating our past, we also introduced some new features at this year’s conference including:

  • A new registration process (eShow) that kept the lines, well, pretty much nonexistent
  • New conference bags that can be used as reusable grocery bags
  • New badges where you can actually read someone’s name without getting too close!
  • A new mentoring program (Ambassador program) that matches new conference goers with more seasoned conference attendees

And there were plenty of SIOP members on hand to celebrate! In fact, we had 3,938 conference registrants from 36 countries breaking the 3rd place record attendance set in Chicago in 2004.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the other key events at the conference.


Robin Cohen’s Workshop Committee developed and delivered a set of 15 cutting-edge workshops. After the workshops, registrants and presenters were treated to the can’t-be-missed workshop reception (complete with the traditional shrimp).

Mark Frame chaired a terrific set of sessions for 28 new faculty members at the 5th Annual Junior Faculty Consortium.

Larry Williams hosted an outstanding set of sessions for the 31 doctoral students at the Lee Hakel Industrial-Organizational Psychology Doctoral Consortium.

Pauline Velez hosted a very stimulating and informative fourth Master’s Student Consortium for 45 students currently enrolled in master’s programs.

Sara Weiner and Adrienne Colella (Membership chair) hosted a welcome reception for attendees who were new to the SIOP conference. Networking opportunities facilitated meaningful new contacts among new and seasoned attendees.

Dave Woehr organized a very successful SIOPpen Golf Tournament at Lakemont Course, one of two courses at the Stone Mountain Golf Club, for 40 golfers.


Opening Plenary

Julie Olson-Buchanan kicked off the conference by welcoming attendees to the 25th conference. In recognition of our silver anniversary, three of the organizers from the first SIOP conference then shared some interesting reflections on how the conference started. Thanks to Irv Goldstein (president and Conference Committee member during the first conference), Stan Silverman (1st Conference chair), and Rich Klimoski (1st Program chair). Awards Committee Chair Anna Erickson recognized the 33 award, grant, and scholarships winners, and Fellowship Chair Ann Howard introduced 13 new SIOP Fellows. Next, our SIOP Foundation president, Milt Hakel, provided a report on the SIOP Foundation. Using Kirkpatrick’s four levels of evaluation as a framework, President-Elect Eduardo Salas gave an introduction to Kurt Kraiger’s talk that won’t soon be forgotten (think fashionista!). Kurt Kraiger kicked off his presidential talk with SIOP’s first music video, which featured a pictorial description of his year as president and a tribute to some of the SIOP members who had served SIOP in a unique way over the past year. Focusing on the contributions I-O psychology has made over the past 25 years, Kurt closed his talk by highlighting some of the recent ways SIOP members have been making a difference in society.

After the presidential address, Eduardo Salas announced the winners of this year’s elections: Lori Foster Thompson (External Relations officer), Joan Brannick (Professional Practice officer), Milt Hakel (Instructional and Educational officer), and Adrienne Colella (President-Elect).

Julie Olson-Buchanan closed the plenary session with a description of the highlights of the conference.

Other Features

The first theme track of the 2010 conference was presented on Thursday and was chaired by Shawn Burke. This theme track explored the potential benefits and pitfalls of virtually connected work.

The International Affairs Committee hosted a lively International Members’ Reception.
The Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs held its annual meeting, followed by a well-attended reception.

For the fourth year we highlighted the top-rated posters, S. Rains Wallace Award winner, and Flanagan Award winners during the Thursday evening all-conference reception.


Arnold B. Bakker, Erasmus University Rotterdam, president of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, presented a special keynote presentation.

Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang and her Friday Seminar Committee hosted four outstanding and well-received sessions.

Scott Mondore hosted the 2nd SIOP Master Collaboration series that highlighted two subjects (each featuring a leading researcher and a leading practitioner).

After holding its annual meeting, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Committee held a reception on Friday.

The Executive Board sessions included an invited address by Robert Roe (University of Maastricht). Suzanne Tsacoumis worked with the Executive Board to identify the full day of outstanding presentations and speakers.


At 7:00 a.m., 159 members participated in this year’s Fun Run at Grant Park in Atlanta, once again hosted by Paul Sackett, Pat Sackett, and Kevin Williams.

The Saturday theme track, chaired by Mariangela Battista, focused on a series of sessions on the topic “Reengineering I-O Psychology for the Changing World of Work.” This special track ended with an invited address from Marshall Goldsmith.

Closing Plenary and Reception

The conference culminated in the closing plenary. David Ulrich (University of Michigan and RBL Group) gave an extremely interesting, engaging, and thought-provoking keynote plenary address on “Looking Back and Moving Forward: Why and How Rigor and Relevance Can Coexist.” His talk will no doubt stimulate a valuable discussion about SIOP’s future. At the end of the plenary, Kurt Kraiger passed the gavel to our incoming president Eduardo Salas who then announced his theme for his presidency: celebrating our science and practice.

Immediately following the closing plenary, we enjoyed our 25th anniversary reception. Attendees were treated to delicious appetizers and a terrific jazz trio. Special SIOP guest artists included an encore performance of Paul Sackett’s “I Am the Very Model of the Scientist–Practitioner” song from 1994 (updated to include the presidents from the last 16 years) and two clarinet solos by Victor Vroom (including a reprise of “When the Saints..” from the 2009 opening plenary). Attendees had the opportunity to bid on hundreds of items at the silent auction including some first edition I-O books (signed!) and, of course, the presidential bobbleheads. The silent auction raised over $6,500 for the SIOP Foundation. A special thank you to John Cornwell, Gene Johnson, and LGBT Committee who worked so hard on gathering the items and organizing the auction.


Second annual volunteer activity. Carolyn Facteau and Jeff Facteau (Local Arrangement co-chairs) coordinated a group of dedicated SIOP members who volunteered to sort surplus medical supplies for MedShare. Our group of SIOP volunteers were able to sort over 180 pounds of excess medical supplies that otherwise would have gone into a U.S. landfill. These supplies will be shipped to countries around the world, primarily to developing countries that don’t have basic medical equipment. As the representatives noted, the hours our group spent on this project would serve to save the lives of people around the world. This was a rewarding experience for all of those involved.

We also continue to raise money for Make it Right in New Orleans, a project to build homes for those who lost their homes during Hurricane Katrina. We have a team-sponsored home: The House That SIOP Built. Thus far we have raised over $25,000 toward the $100,000 needed. See page 145 for donation instructions.

Throughout the Conference

Linda Shanock coordinated an interesting lineup of 12 Community of Interest sessions this year.

Ryan O’Leary, Kevin Smith, and their committee served 314 job seekers at the Placement Center.

Tracey Rizzuto coordinated 88 student volunteers. Tracey and the student volunteers made sure the conference ran smoothly by helping with many behind-the-scenes tasks including conference bag stuffing, sign deployment, registration, and the like.

Dave Nershi and the Administrative Office staff did an outstanding job of keeping the conference on time, on track, and loads of fun.

Remember, if there’s a session you missed because there was just too much to do, check out the SIOP Web site. There you will find a video of Kurt’s presidential address and the SIOP Learning Center, where you can subscribe to access audio streaming of many conference sessions.

See you in Chicago for the 26th Annual SIOP Conference!