SIOP 2019—Washington DC 34th Annual Conference: National Harbor, Fort Washington, Maryland, April 4-6, 2019 Preconference Workshops April 3, 2019

Tracey Rizzuto Program Chair, SIOP 2019, Louisiana State University; and Scott Tonidandel Conference Chair, SIOP 2019, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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The 34rd Annual SIOP Conference program promises to engage and energize all audiences! SIOP President Talya Bauer’s “I Am SIOP” theme will highlight collaborations, demonstrate impact through partnerships, and feature multidisciplinary approaches to advance our science and practice, with several new features and an outstanding lineup of speakers.

Foundation Spotlight: On Intelligent Fast Failure and Moon Shots

Milton D. Hakel

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Three decades ago I had a colleague in Mechanical Engineering named Jack Matson.  Jack taught a class popularly known as Failure 101.  It was a required introductory course, and the core assignment for each small group of students was to (a) create some “thing,” for example, a mechanical gizmo, (b) run it until it failed, and (c) write up a full analysis of the failure.  Students whose thing did not fail received Fs—the group that made and marketed fudge never succeeded at failing, so they got Fs.

Did Smarter Workplace Awareness Month Pass You By?

Visibility Committee Initiative Gains Momentum

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2018 marks the 5th year of SIOP’s Smarter Workplace Awareness Month. Begun in 2014, the intiative was invigorated this year by concerted efforts of the Visibility Committee’s Media Subcommittee.

Support for Local I-O Groups: Results from the Hub and Spoke Alternative Session

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Many SIOP members belong to grass-root, local I-O groups designed to bring like-minded colleagues together to socialize, network, and learn. The SIOP Local I-O Group Relations Committee hosted a Hub and Spoke alternative session at the Chicago conference to learn how SIOP can support the needs of these groups. In this session, members represented the “spokes” when they join one of four “hubs.” Each hub was designed to listen to member needs based on one of four stages of a group’s development: start up, new, mature, and reviving.

The Innovation & Learning Speaker Series:

Nabila Sheikh, PepsiCo; Anton Botha and Leila Regina El-Hage, United Nations; and Aimee Lace, Columbia University

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In September of 2015, the United Nations of the world adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the aim “to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet” by 2030 (United Nations General Assembly, 2015, p. 1). Last and far from least, the 17th Sustainable Development Goal is labeled “Partnerships for the Goals.” It emphasizes the critical need for strategic alliances, which was underscored in a synthesis report on the post-2015 agenda, titled “The Road to Dignity by 2030,”

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