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2022 SIOP Consortia—Thank You to Our Presenters and Attendees!

Debbie DiazGranados, Consortia Chair

Wow, it was so great to have the opportunity to be back in person for 2022 SIOP! The SIOP Consortia provided virtual and in-person programming this year, and once again, the consortia team put together an outstanding docket of presentations and speakers for the professional development at varying career levels of our membership base. We are happy to provide a summary of what was offered and invite you to consider this as part of your SIOP conference experience next year.

Master’s Consortium

The Master’s Consortium this year was completely virtual, Christopher Rosett and Brandon Riggs hosted four 2-hour sessions spread out across the 2 weeks prior to the SIOP conference with an overall attendance of 35 SIOP members.

This year’s consortium consisted of five keynote speakers representing internal and external I-O practitioners who spoke about experiences serving as consultants and I-O experts in both the private and public sectors. Sebastian Unger spoke about experiences as a VP and HR global leader with Prudential Financial, and Ashley Keating provided her own perspective on the best practices and pitfalls she has encountered as she has made her journey from I-O master’s student to VP of Global Functions Talent for Citi. Daniel King provided his perspective on working in the assessment space, and Neena Kaur spoke about her experiences as a consultant working with and for consulting giants such as McKinsey and EY. Finally, Ferry Fleurimond spoke about an I-O career in government and offered a fun and lighthearted but informative presentation for the last session of the consortium.

Several additional presentations were developed and delivered by Chair Chris Rosett and Cochair Brandon Riggs. The consortium kicked-off with a speed networking activity, and later Chris presented on the best practices and considerations for newly graduated students as they begin the interview process, while Brandon presented on several key points for ensuring your work aligns with the strategic objectives of the business.

Postevent feedback was positive. Attendees were asked what they enjoyed most about the consortium; one student responded, “Networking and hearing all the speakers! I really appreciated their answering our questions within their presentations. I also really enjoyed learning from them through their storytelling of their lives.” An overwhelming proportion of participants felt the content was relevant to their career and future needs and goals. Attendees also offered helpful feedback for future opportunities. SIOP is pleased to participate in the launch of new I-O careers, and the Master’s Consortium is one of the great ways SIOP is able to contribute. From all the members of the Master’s Consortia Committee, thanks for participating, and we wish you all the best in the future!

Lee Hakel Doctoral Consortium

The Lee Hakel Doctoral Consortium celebrated another successful year, with 56 doctoral students from over 30 programs participating in a series of virtual professional development sessions. Students interacted with panelists from academic and applied backgrounds to discuss how to build a successful career in I-O psychology.

Consortium week 1 kicked off with two sessions where attendees learned how to create professional impact through their work (with insights from Herman Aguinis, Ben Butina, and Janice Gassam) and then collaboratively set their own professional impact goals (facilitated by consortium chairs Manny Gonzalez and Elliott Larson). On Day 2, attendees gained insights on how to create new research ideas from Derek Avery, Winny Shen, and Louis Tay (together with the Early Career Faculty Consortium), and then learned from Anthony Boyce, Sandra Hartog, and Kathryn Niles-Jolly about the array of possible applied career paths that I-Os could pursue. Attendees rejoined the ECFC on Day 3 to meet editors from some of the top outlets in our field (Erich Dierdorff, Lillian Eby, Brian Connelly, Morela Hernandez, Maryam Kouchaki, Lisa Lambert Schurer, Christian Resick, and Laszlo Tihanyi) and receive advice on the publication process.

Consortium week 2 then drilled down into the nuts and bolts of navigating grad school, the field of I-O, and careers. On Day 1, Nitya Chawla and Jeff Dahlke—whose dissertations were both recognized by SIOP—discussed how to thrive during the dissertation process. Then, attendees were able to discuss what life as an I-O psychologist looks like after graduation and how to stay connected to the field, with insights from Lawrence Houston III, John Scott, and Emilee Tison. Day 2 was “Academia Day” with students getting tips and insights about how to find an academic job (Alicia Grandey, Kevin Ford, and Tony Kong) and how to have a strong start to an academic career (Rachel Jang, Jorge Lumbreras, and Logan Watts). The virtual part of the consortium then wrapped with Day 3: “Practitioner Day.” Attendees heard advice on finding applied jobs (John Agosta, Leah Ellison, and Tiwi Marira) and how to successfully kick off an applied career (Shannon Cheng, Soner Dumani, and Andrea Valentine). Of course, a consortium is not complete without opportunities to network, so we gathered for an in-person social hour and networking reception in Seattle!

After an eventful Doctoral Consortium in 2022, we’re even more excited for what next year’s consortium will have in store for SIOP’s late-stage doctoral students! Anyone interested in participating should keep an eye out for an announcement toward the end of 2022 with details on how to be nominated by your program chair.

Thanks to the attendees, panelists, and everyone that made this year’s Doctoral Consortium a success!

Early Career Faculty Consortium

We are pleased to share that the 2022 Early Career Faculty Consortium was a success! Panelists shared valuable insights in response to participants’ thoughtful questions related to Teaching and Mentoring Tips and Tricks (led by Jose Cortina and Talya Bauer), Funding and Data Collection Strategies (led by Eden King and Beth Campbell), and Networking for Successful and Efficient Publishing (led by Klodiana Lanaj and Laurie Barclay). It was also great to join forces with the Doctoral Consortia to learn about generating new research (led by Derek Avery, Winny Shen, and Louis Tay) and best practices in publishing from the editors at top journals in our field. To the panelists and participants, thank you for generously sharing your valuable time and insights with us!

Early Career Practitioner Consortium

The 2022 Early Career Practitioner’s Consortium returned as an in-person event and was attended by over 20 practitioners. This year’s ECPC emphasized the importance of SIOP’s professional skills competency (i.e., communication, project management, business development) in becoming a successful practitioner. The consortia included a full program of I-O experts who shared their career trajectories, career blunders, and ways to further develop behaviors related to the professional skills competency.

Attendees and presenters engaged in discussion, formed connections, and had fun! Participants completed the Hogan Personality Inventory prior to attending the consortia. Jessie McClure (Hogan Assessment System) set the day’s tone with her opening presentation on using personality to predict performance in the workplace along with a group debrief of assessment results. Her presentation helped frame a positive perspective of self-awareness and embracing self-development as the program moved to skills needed to be successful practitioners.

Scott Erker (Korn Ferry), Alexis Fink (Meta), Tyrone Smith (Udemy) and Amanda Muoneke (Amazon) next shared their personal early career experiences and discussed skills not taught in graduate school but critical to success. They shared the importance of remaining curious, operating with purpose, learning to influence and obtain buy-in, telling stories with data, forming connections, and balancing depth of experience with breadth.

Rawn Santiago (YSC Consulting), Rachel Callahan (Humu), Robert Stewart (Amazon), and Caitie Jacobson (Dell) served as mentors for the day. These senior-level leaders walked through the career paths leading to their current roles. They described the decisions made and trade offs balanced at each major career step, from finding a first job through climbing the ranks. Although no one expert’s path was the same, they shared perspectives for developing a career brand and approaching new opportunities in relation to one’s career goals.

Attendees spent much of the time joining breakout groups with the mentors and presenters. They had the chance to ask their top-of-mind questions, linking the day’s content to their own paths. This time also allowed attendees to practice applying skills needed to become successful practitioners along with forming connections with each other. ECPC 2022 was a success, and we hope to see you next year at ECPC 2023!

And just like that, my role as Consortia Chair comes to an end. I have absolutely enjoyed meeting new colleagues and making new friends as I’ve chaired the Consortia Committee these last few years. I’m excited to hand the baton over to Amber Burkhart and know that next year’s consortia will also be a success. A sincere thank you to all the cochairs of the consortia (Chris Rosett and Brandon Riggs—Master’s ; Elliott Larson and Manny Gonzalez—Doctoral; Andrea Hetrick and Lauren Locklear—Early Career Faculty; and Stephanie Murphy and Nchopia Nwokoma—Early Career Practitioner), the AO, the presenters, and all the attendees. We ended the consortia with an in-person reception in Seattle for all those attendees who were in person at the conference. We had a great time connecting and getting to know one another! See you next year at SIOP in Boston!

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