Volume 55     Number 4    Spring 2018      Editor: Tara Behrend

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I-O Practice Events at the Chicago SIOP Conference and 2018 LEC

Rob Silzer, William Shepherd, Lynn Collins, Mark Morris, and Ben Porr

Your fellow SIOP members have been working very hard to provide numerous SIOP conference programs, courses, and events for I-O practitioners. They have been designing and delivering programs that focus on meeting the needs of SIOP practitioners.

Below are practitioner events that are available to you at the SIOP Conference in Chicago in April and at the Leading Edge Consortium in Baltimore in October. We encourage you to take a close look at them and participate in them. Please forward this information to other members in your professional network who might be interested.

We need your support and engagement: to continue offering and expanding the services and programs that SIOP provides for our practitioners. 

1.        Individual Leadership Assessment Course

There has been a need in SIOP for more advanced professional development courses for practitioners. The objective of this course is to provide extended professional training and development of practice skills, expertise, and knowledge to those experienced in this specialty.

If you currently provide Individual Leadership Assessments as a psychologist then we encourage you to register for this course. You will learn from the top thinkers in leadership assessment and the course will benefit from your interactivity and leadership assessment experience. 

  •  Module 1: An Overview for Experienced Assessors (Morning session only, Chicago, April 18, 2018).
  • Module 2: Interviewing Skills for Leadership Assessment (Afternoon session only, Chicago, April 18, 2018).

You can register on the SIOP conference website.

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2.        Early Career Practitioner Consortium (ECPC)

The second annual SIOP Consortium for Early Career Practitioners will be on Wednesday, April 18, 8 am–5 pm during the SIOP conference in Chica­go. The consortium focuses on the career needs and aspirations of Practitioners who have up to five years of post-degree (PhD. or terminal Masters) work experience. This is a one-day career development expe­rience that includes an overview of employment trends and emerging issues related to developing your career, an assessment of your skills along with a profile and guidance on developing a career plan, and small group mentoring discussions led by experienced I-O psychologist mentors.

This consortium was a sold out success at last year’s conference. Participation is limited. Interested SIOP members can register online!


3.        Speed Benchmarking

The Professional Practice Committee will be hosting a new event this year at the SIOP conference for mid-career and senior level internal / external Practitioners. More experienced I-O Professionals can network and benchmark with other Subject Matter Experts facing similar challenges. The benchmark topics will include employment surveys. performance management, big data in hiring, legal issues, leadership development, hiring contexts, interviewing, and succession planning. See the SIOP website for greater details.

You will have the opportunity to participate in two 30-minute facili­tated benchmarking sessions on key topics. Speed Benchmarking will take place on Thursday, April 19, 5:00–6:30 PM. Spots are limited, please reserve your spot and select two benchmarking topics of your choice

See SIOP website

4.        Speed Mentoring

Back by popular demand, the Professional Practice Committee is again hosting Speed Mentoring. This event is designed for early career professionals. There will be limited seats available for student participants, as well. This event is a terrific opportunity for Practitioners to seek guidance, knowledge, and wisdom from highly seasoned professionals.

Participants will have the opportunity to par­ticipate in two 30-minute roundtable topic-driven discussions. Spots for the topic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Speed Mentoring will occur on Friday, April 20, 5:30-7:00.

If you would like to participate, please sign up on the SIOP website!


5.        Practitioner Reception: A Networking Event

The SIOP Practitioner Reception at last year’s annual con­ference was a huge success, so we are doing it again! The SIOP Professional Practice Committee is hosting the Practitioner Reception–A Networking Event, presented by Quintela, on Thursday, April 19 from 6-7:30 pm in the Shera­ton II and III ballrooms. This event will feature fun activities (e.g., photo booth), Chicago-style food (e.g., deep dish pizza, hot dogs, sausages), and free giveaways (first 100 people to complete the networking challenge will receive a free drink ticket).

Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with your practitioner peers!

6.          Great I-O Psychology Practice Debate

One of the many practitioner-focused sessions at the annual conference will be the Great I-O Psychology Practice Debate, which will showcase five leading I-O practitioners who will address critical challenges facing I-O practitioners: Are we psychologists? How are PhD level I-O practitioners different from master’s graduates and other professionals? The debaters include Rob Silzer, John Scott, Doug Reynolds, Jeff McHenry, and Erica Desrosiers.

Over the last 20 years I-O psychologists have gained great influence and have had significant impact in organizations.  They are helping organizational leaders be more strategic and make smarter decisions regarding human resources.  This has resulted in I-O psychologists being identified as one of the top growth professions for the future.  But will this continue?  

Please join us for a lively and informative debate on core I-O practice issues

  • Friday, April 20, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 12:50 PM,
  • Room Chicago 6, SIOP Conference, Chicago, Grand Sheraton

See the conference program for other practitioner focused sessions!


2018 Leading Edge Consortium

SIOP will offer another major program for I-O Psychology members and Practitioners in 2018.

The 2018 Leading Edge Consortium will be held October 19-21, 2018 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

High Potentials: Identifying, Developing and Retaining Future Leaders

The Organizing Committee includes cochairs Rob Silzer and Allan Church, and Members John Scott, Lorraine Stomski, David Baker, and Raphael Prager.

This will be a significant event for I-O practitioners who assess, identify, develop, evaluate and retain high potential talent. The program will take a talent management approach to HiPos. Look for forthcoming program announcements and information on keynote speakers, workshops and other LEC related events. This will be a must-attend event for SIOP members working with HiPos and HiPo programs.

It takes a strong commitment to peers for your colleagues to develop and deliver such a high volume of high quality programming and events. Take advantage of these superlative programs for your ongoing professional development and expand your network at the same time.

Thank you and see you in the Windy City and the Inner Harbor!



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