Make a Connection Through the SIOP Ambassador Program

SIOP 2019 attendees networking at the Ambassador Program’s Newcomer Reception


Did you know that 25% of SIOP conference attendees are first time newcomers?

With the annual conference growing every year, SIOP can be very overwhelming, particularly for those who are new to the event. Since 2010, we have supported our newest attendees through the SIOP Ambassador Program by matching them with other SIOP members willing to share what they’ve learned from past conferences. 

Serving as an ambassador is a relatively small commitment of time that can have a tremendous impact on our newest SIOP attendees, including a positive introduction to the SIOP community.  Here’s what some past newcomers and ambassadors have to say about the ambassador program:

Getting to speak with my ambassador prior to the conference helped me get a better idea of what to expect.  Dehlia Mahoney, Graduate Student at Montclair State University

I have been an ambassador since this program started - I just like helping others.  And I just really LOVE SIOP, so I like to spread the joy.  Nicholas Salter, Assistant Professor at Hofstra University

My Ambassador did an excellent job of preparing me for how to navigate the conference.  Sarah Keen, Graduate Student at the University of Maryland - College Park & Technical Director at the Department of Defense

I participated as a Newcomer and found the program really helpful, so I'm happy to be able to give back by serving as an ambassador.  Jensen Mecca, Senior Associate at Modern Hire

Thanks again to all our past SIOP ambassadors who supported their newcomers SIOP journeys!      


Ambassador Program’s requirements:



Program Requirement

Registered for 2020 SIOP Annual Conference


Has already attended at least one Annual Conference


Attending for the first time

Agree to follow all program expectations

Provide information needed for matching process


Review available Ambassadors and select preferred match


Confirm Newcomer match invitation

Connect by email or phone at least once before the conference

Meet at least once in person at the conference


How to sign up: Anyone wanting to participate as an ambassador or newcomer can sign up within the 2020 SIOP Annual Conference registration process.  If you’d like to submit your details and interest, please complete this form.

We’re very excited about the 2020 SIOP Ambassador Program and appreciate your participation!

If you plan on being a part of the Ambassador Program, you may want to arrange your conference so that you don’t miss our events designed just for you:





New Member Education Session


April 22, 2020

4 – 5 pm

Newcomer Reception


April 22, 2020

5 – 6 pm

Ambassador Coffee Break


April 23, 2020

10 – 10:30 am


Any questions? Please contact us at


Newcomer Dustin Bauer and Ambassador

Jenna Roman pause for a selfie before the SIOP 2018 closing reception.