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SIOP’s Impact Hits San Diego!

Lisa M. Finkelstein
Conference Chair
Northern Illinois University
Deborah Rupp
Program Chair
Purdue University

It may not have been entirely sunny, but San Diego was buzzing with the impact of the 4,109 SIOPers that attended our conference! Our conference theme was Impact, and the conference was alive with sessions and conversations celebrating the impact we have on individuals, groups, organizations, and society. We hope you left the conference as excited as we were to continue and increase the high-impact work that we do. Allow us to summarize just some of the memorable moments of this successful event.


Liberty Munson’s Workshop Committee developed and delivered a set of 12 cutting-edge workshops. After the workshops, registrants and presenters were treated to the can’t-be-missed workshop reception.
Mark Frame chaired a fantastic set of sessions for new faculty members at the 7th Annual Junior Faculty Consortium.

Linda Shanock and Tracey Rizzuto hosted an outstanding set of sessions for the 40 advanced doctoral students nominated from around the world at the Lee Hakel Industrial-Organizational Psychology Doctoral Consortium.
Alison Cooper hosted a very stimulating and informative Master’s Student Consortium. Now in its sixth year, this consortium continues to provide valuable information and great networking opportunities.
Mark Ehrhart organized not one, not two, but three cool tour opportunities! The first tour was to Petco Park stadium, the next was to San Diego Gas and Electric’s Energy Innovation Center, and the last was a Q & A from retired Rear Admiral Len Hering Sr. with a corresponding tour of the USS Midway.

Deborah Rupp and Kim Smith-Jentsch (Membership chair) hosted a welcome reception for attendees who were new to the SIOP conference. After a lively introduction to the wonderful events planned for the conference, and a few pointers on the nuts and bolts, networking opportunities facilitated meaningful new contacts among new and seasoned members. Many SIOP Ambassadors also attended to meet with their ambassadees.
Although our main welcome reception was moved indoors due to inclement weather, that didn’t stop excited conference attendees from enjoying the refreshments and meeting up with friends, old and new.


Opening Plenary

Lisa Finkelstein kicked off the conference by welcoming attendees to the 27th conference. She was quite pleased to be looking out from the stage to a very full house! Incoming Awards Committee Chair Leaetta Hough recognized the 57 award, grant, and scholarships winners, and Fellowship Chair Wally Borman introduced 23 new SIOP Fellows. Next, our SIOP Foundation president, Milt Hakel, provided a report on the SIOP Foundation. President-Elect Doug Reynolds delighted the group with a funny and warm introduction of our president, Adrienne Colella, who then took the stage to introduce her theme of impact. She shared several insights on the meaning of impact to us all (it’s a broad construct!) and provided several important examples of the things that we’re doing that make a difference.

After the presidential address, Adrienne Colella announced the winners of this year’s elections: Kathleen Lundquist is our new Financial Officer/Secretary, Allan Church is our new Publications Officer, Eric Heggestad is our new Membership Services Officer, and Tammy Allen is our new President-Elect. Congratulations to these new SIOP stewards!
Lisa Finkelstein closed the plenary session by touting several special features of this year’s conference.

Other Features

Our timely Thursday Theme Track was “Science and Practice Perspectives on Contemporary Workplace Discrimination,” chaired by Eden King. This well-attended theme track featured an opening keynote by EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien, a mock settlement negotiation, and many expert panelists and speakers.

Robin Cohen and Lisa Finkelstein hosted a roundtable reflecting on ways that the SIOP conference can stay relevant throughout one’s career. Robin will be bringing many shared ideas back to the planning meeting for the Houston conference.

The Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs held its annual meeting, followed by a wonderful reception.

The International Affairs Committee hosted a lively International Members’ Reception.

For the sixth year we highlighted the top-rated posters during the Thursday evening all-conference reception. This year, going with our theme, we also hosted a “Scavenger Hunt for Impact.” Willing attendees received a set of nine objectives (e.g., “find a practitioner who has been in the field more than 20 years and ask them about their impact.”). The activity facilitated networking and kept the “impact” conversation going throughout the evening.


This year, our Frank Landy fun run took place on Friday morning. A beautiful course just steps from the hotel and bay got our SIOP runners out of bed and moving. Thanks to Kevin Reindl and Paul Sackett for organizing this event.

We were honored to have an invited address by Alice Eagly, who spoke about women as leaders.

Ashley Walvoord and her Friday Seminar Committee hosted four outstanding and well-received sessions on the topics of quasi-experimentation in organization, followership, internationalizing I-O graduate programs, and formal mentoring.

Adam Ortiz hosted the 4th SIOP Master Collaboration series, which  highlighted two presentations—one on the design, development, implementation, and validation of a world class coaching solution, and one on the development and marketing of a personality assessment focused on entrepreneurial success.

After holding its annual meeting, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Committee held a fun reception for LGBT members and allies.

The Executive Board sponsored an Alliance session that brought back together the keynote speakers from EAWOP’s small group meeting on the aging workforce that took place in Italy in November (organized by Franco Fraccaroli and Donald Truxillo). Ruth Kanfer, Annet de Lange, Lisa Finkelstein, José M. Peiro, and Mo Wang highlighted their keynotes and provided the audience with ideas for research directions to increase our understanding of the aging workforce around the world.


Did you hear the roar of a crowd coming from Elizabeth C on Saturday morning? That was the lively group enjoying the IGNITE session on impact. This year we heard compact and fast-moving insights from Steven Ashworth, Julian Barling, Michael Campion, Allan Church, Autumn Krauss (chair), Jeff McHenry, Elaine Pulakos, Steven Rogelberg, Mark Schmit, William Shepherd, and Nancy Tippins We are already looking forward to the third annual IGNITE session in Houston!

Equally exciting was the invited panel chaired by Elizabeth Kolmstetter (Office of Director of National Intelligence), focused on large scale impact in intelligence, national security, and defense, featuring Stephanie Platz-Vieno (CIA), John Mills (Dept. of Defense), and Jeffery Neal (ICF International).

Our program concluded with a thoughtful and provocative invited address by Howard Weiss focused on working as human nature.

Closing Plenary and Reception

If anyone saw the two of us nervously pacing around by the concierge stand at noon on Saturday, it was because we could hardly contain our excitement as we waited to escort Dr. Albert Bandura to lunch! What a career highlight for us both. Dr. Bandura, our distinguished keynote speaker, is the David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Science in Psychology (Emeritus) at Stanford University. He is known for his innovative scholarship and pioneering work in social modeling, self-regulatory mechanisms, and human agency. His talk, “Toward a Psychology of Human Agency,” was a perfect way to cap off our Impact theme. For example, the film clips he provided demonstrate the use of serial dramas shown to millions of residents in several countries written and produced to provide relevant social modeling for overcoming serious social challenges.

Immediately following the closing plenary, the crowd shifted gears and headed over to the Manchester Ballroom for the SIOP beach party! We enjoyed some beach-themed treats (hot dog bar, anyone?) and conga-lined to the fun tunes of Joe Rathburn’s Island.

Throughout the Conference

John Donovan coordinated a timely lineup of 13 Community of Interest sessions this year.

Adam Hilliard and Matt O’Connell and their committee served 347 job seekers and 53 employers at the Placement Center. Adam also conducted some interview training sessions with new job seekers in the Exhibitor’s Showcase.

Tori Culbertson coordinated 88 student volunteers! Tori and the student volunteers made sure the conference ran smoothly by helping with many behind-the-scenes tasks including conference bag stuffing, sign deployment, traffic flow, registration, and the like. Some of them even got up at the crack of dawn to assist with the fun run.

Superman (aka Dave Nershi) and the magical Administrative Office staff did, per usual, an outstanding job of keeping the conference on time, on track, and loads of fun. The my.SIOP cutout and photo booth were definite attractions in the wi-fi lounge. A twitter feed in the lounge also kept people buzzing.

We write this article just days after returning from the conference, not nearly recovered from the incredible and exhausting week we spent in San Diego. We are thrilled with how it all came together and so thankful to all of you who worked so hard with us on this event and those of you who shared your excitement about it with us. Believe it or not, by the time you read this, the first 2013 conference planning meeting in Houston will have already taken place and the new team will have the wheels in motion for an exciting 28th Annual Conference! We welcome new conference chair Robin Cohen and new program chair Eden King and wish them the best of luck on this exciting endeavor. We are grateful for the opportunity we had to serve the SIOP community. See you in Houston!