Upcoming I-O Psychology Conferences

• Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium
• SIOP 33rd Annual Conference
• Total Worker Health 2nd International Symposium
• SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition
• Employee Engagement 2018 Conference

Continuing education in the form of industrial-organizational psychology conferences is essential for the United States’ 1,020 I-O psychologists to expand their toolkits for addressing workplace problems. Conferences are yearly summits where attendees are invited to share their research, products, and insider insights in seminar-style sessions. As this social science niche has grown quickly by 22 percent since 2010, so have the choices for I-O psychology conferences. Picking any workplace-related meetings could help industrial-organizational psychologists enhance their expertise for promoting human welfare on the job.

Mark your calendar for these five exciting conferences for I-O psychology in 2018.

1. Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium 2018: Savannah, GA

March 6-7, 2018

Sponsored by BLR, the Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium in Spring 2018 will provide two days of jam-packed scheduling at the Andaz Savannah for industrial-organizational psychologists to share actionable tips on crisis management. As an SHRM recertification provider, the symposium offers 10.5 CEUs in breakout sessions on workplace bullying, gun control, employment law, and threat assessment. With an Early Bird rate of $899, this conference draws attendees from Intel, Wells Fargo, OKC Dodgers, AutoZone, and more.

2. SIOP 33rd Annual Conference: Chicago, IL

April 19-21, 2018

In April, the SIOP will mark its 33rd year of hosting the largest industrial-organizational psychology conference worldwide at the Sheraton Grand Chicago on Water Street. Partnering with CEB, the three-day event will charge $300 to I-O psychology members wishing to attend hundreds of interactive sessions on the latest workplace mental health research. The schedule includes the LGBT & Allies Social Hour, Frank Landy 5K, Speed Mentoring, and Keynote Address for 4,500 anticipated attendees.


3. Total Worker Health 2nd International Symposium: Bethesda, MD

May 8-11, 2018

At the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, the NIOSH-sponsored Total Worker Health 2nd International Symposium will be held in May. Integrating Zumba classes, the four-day conference has attracted keynote speakers like Dr. Kimberly Jinnett and Tony Buettner. Ideal for industrial-organizational psychologists, the conference has partnered with the APA to center on the theme “Work & Well-Being” to discuss methods for promoting safer work designs that improve employee physical and mental health.


4. SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition: Chicago, IL

June 17-20, 2018

Presenting Malala Yousafzai and Adam Grant as keynote speakers, the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is bringing its world-renowned, four-day event to Chicago’s McCormick Place this summer. Industrial-organizational psychologists can peruse over 60 vendors and select from 200 sessions tailored into tracks like Total Rewards and Professional Development. Those with SHRM-CP credentialing will earn CEUs while networking with 15,000 industry colleagues and attending workshops like “FearMotional Failure.”


5. Employee Engagement 2018 Conference: Denver, CO

July 30-August 1, 2018

Charging $1,995 for a three-day pass, the Employee Engagement 2018 Conference will be hosted by the Human Capital Institute in July at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. Previously featuring keynote speakers like George Wu and Barbara Trautlein, the conference allows I/O psychologists to use empirical approaches from neuroscience for nurturing close-knit, cohesive workplace cultures. Similar HCI events include the Workforce Planning & People Analytics Conference in February and Inclusive Diversity Conference in April.


I-O psychologists who convince their bosses to send them to conferences will benefit greatly from thought-provoking discussions, networking events, certification credits, and some stress-relieving downtime in another city. Attending one of these five worthy industrial-organizational psychology conferences could also spark a cutting-edge research idea for studying today’s diverse labor needs.

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