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Speed mentoring for
Creating scientific impact


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i-o mid career growth exploration


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Speed Mentoring & Benchmarking for Practitioners


I-O Entrepreneurs Networking


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Speed Mentoring for Creating Scientific Impact

The SIOP Scientific Affairs Committee is delighted to welcome interested SIOP members attending the annual conference to participate as protégés and interact with accomplished mentors at the seventh annual “Speed Mentoring” special event on Friday, April 24, 2020, 4:30-6:00PM in Room 208 of the JW Marriott Austin.

This year’s event will focus on a variety of topics related to creating scientific impact. This event complements several other conference events focused on improving science advocacy by providing SIOP members with information and resources to help them enhance the impact of their scientific work. To participate you must be a SIOP member of any type, including Student Affiliates.

About Speed Mentoring

  • Protégés that sign up for this special event will get the opportunity to engage in two (2) consecutive 30-minute small group discussions guided by leading experts in the field.
  • This event is an excellent opportunity for participants to network and seek advice from experienced mentors on a variety of topics relevant to creating scientific impact.

How to Participate

  • Spots are limited! If you would like to participate as a protégé, please reserve your space registering here
  • Registration will remain open through April 13th or until all available spots have been taken.
  • We will do our best to align protégés to their topics of greatest interest. However, topics will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

This Year’s Topics

  • Generating impactful research ideas
  • Developing cross-disciplinary partnerships and collaborations
  • Using social media and other tools to increase the visibility of your research
  • Translating research for different audiences (e.g., practitioners, general public)
  • Strategies for securing research funding
  • Leveraging big data in research
  • Collaborating with consulting firms and organizations on research
  • Ensuring the scientific integrity of your research

If you have any questions about the SIOP Speed Mentoring for Creating Scientific Impact event, please contact Brad Bell (

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I-O Mid Career Growth Exploration

Target Audience:

The target audience is for practitioners who have worked in the I/O field for more than five (5) years after completing their Ph.D. or terminal Master’s degree in I-O Psychology or a related field.  We will explore various I/O Practitioner career paths which could appeal to a wide range of attendees in nine (9) different discussion breakout groups (described below under Program Format. 

Who should attend?  Is this program for YOU?

  1. Individuals curious to hear how others in a similar setting have managed their career progression
  2. Individuals who want to become I/O practitioners but have previously served in non-I-O jobs
  3. I-O’s wanting to change career direction from Academic to Practitioner or blending the two
  4. I-O practitioners who desire to move to a different work setting or new role within a similar situation.

Participants will share their career path journeys to gain insight and learn from one another.

If this seems right for you, sign up here:

Objectives of the program:

  • Provide insights into viable I/O practitioner career paths and risks associated with each.
  • Provide support for mid-career I/O professionals in making viable career transitions
  • Explore the competencies required for successfully working in various I/O roles and work settings.
  • Create networking opportunities for mid-career practitioners, especially related to career growth options.

Program Format:

The program will consist of 2 half-hour discussion sessions, with 2 mentors/facilitators and up to 10 participants per table. There will be time for networking and refreshments during the sessions. The number of tables and people at each will vary depending on the amount of participation we receive.  Participants will have the option to move from a chosen breakout discussion to another table group discussion if the conversation does not suit their needs. The basic themes or career paths will approximate some combination of the following:

  • Sole Practitioner/ Entrepreneur – explore a variety of career paths that include: retiring from corporate jobs, government agencies, consulting firms, or academic jobs related to I/O and/or HR and building a business as a freelancer or sole proprietor of a “boutique” I/O consultancy.  Additionally, building an I/O, HR Services or related technology business/partnership of the sole practitioner’s own which may include employing others and developing a book of repeat business, leverageable intellectual property (e.g. apps or technology) or products which create wealth in addition to fees for their own labor.
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures – how one’s career path can be impacted by his or her company merging with or acquiring another organization and/or being in a part of the company that is moved out of the original organization to become a new separate business entity.
  • Corporate Individual Contributor – this could include a variety of career paths for external consultants, in-house contributors, or corporate HR or OD roles.
  • Large-firm consulting – what are the various career paths in an I/O or Management Consulting firm.
  • Leadership and Executive roles – what are the various career paths of Senior Management Executive roles in a mid-to-large size corporation, NGO, or I/O or Management Consulting firm.
  • Transition from Individual Contributor (IC) to Manager - career paths transitioning from IC project work or specialty role to a Mid-level Management role. Career paths can include transitioning from an I/O or OD IC role to HR Management or to a “line” management job outside the profession.
  • Career benefits of I/O volunteerism (local I/O groups, SIOP, etc.) –  what are the career growth benefits of Mid-Career Practitioners volunteering for local I/O groups and or for SIOP committees.
  • Career benefits of academic activity (teaching and research) – what are the career growth benefits of Mid-Career Practitioners taking on adjunct teaching roles and/or participating in academic research projects.
  • Government I-O Careers – what are the various career paths working in a Federal, state, or local government setting practicing I-O as an individual contributor, subject matter expert, researcher or leader in settings which could possibly include the military, law enforcement, judiciary and many others.

You can sign up here:

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Speed Benchmarking:

Benchmark with experts in the field!  The Speed Benchmarking event is back for its third year.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet with other practitioners facing similar challenges!

If you’re a mid-to-late career practitioner, you’re invited to participate in the Professional Practice Committee’s Practitioner Speed Benchmarking Event taking place on Thursday, April 23, from 5:00-6:30 pm.

About Speed Benchmarking

  • Participants will have the opportunity to participate in two 30-minute facilitated benchmarking discussions with other experienced practitioners on key topics of interest.
  • View the available topics and sign up using this link:

  • Registrants will receive an email confirmation of participation once all slots have been filled and registration has closed.  We will do our best to align participants with their topics of greatest interest.  Topics will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and spots are limited, so sign up now!  Registration will remain open through March 20.

For Practitioner Speed Mentoring:

Are you interested in Mentoring from experts in the field? Come to the Practitioner Speed Mentoring Event at SIOP!

SIOP welcomes interested early career practitioners to participate as protégés to interact with accomplished Mentors at the Speed Mentoring event taking place on Friday, April 24, from 5:00-6:30 pm.

About Speed Mentoring

  • Participants will have the opportunity to participate as protégés in two 30 minute roundtable topic-driven discussions guided by experienced Mentors in the topic area.
  • Please review the available topics and sign up here:

  • Registrants will receive an email confirmation of participation once all slots have been filled and registration has closed.  We will do our best to align protégés with their topics of greatest interest.  Topics will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up now!  Registration will remain open through March 20.

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I-O Entrepreneurs Networking

Have you ever dreamed about starting your own business or consulting practice, and want to learn more? Have you started your own business and are looking for a community of mentors, recruits, and/or supporters? Are you graduating or newly graduated and interested in joining an I-O owned and operated business or new venture?

If you said "yes" to any of these questions, stop by the first SIOP networking event designed for I-Os interested in entrepreneurship.

Whether you're fully launched or just getting started, join us for food, drinks, and networking with I-O entrepreneurs building or planning their own consulting practice, business, or startup. This networking event will take place in the Conference Hotel (Marriott Room 305) on  Thursday, April 23rd, from 5-6pm.

We'll gather to connect with entrepreneurs and folks interested in entrepreneurship AND we'll also host the first "Startup Village," a showcase of early stage I-O practices/businesses/ideas going to market. No sign-up is necessary to attend, so please come for refreshments and a great hour of networking with like-minded people!