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Seen a Good TED Talk Lately?


by Stephany Below, Communications Manager

SIOP Conference Theme Track to Use TED-style Talk During “Breakthrough: Expanding I-O Psychology Through Connection”

Wish there were TED talks geared toward I-O topics? Look no further than Honolulu! This year’s SIOP Annual Conference Saturday Theme Track, “Breakthrough: Expanding I-O Psychology Through Connection,” is adopting a unique format – all talks will be presented TED-style.

For those who are unfamiliar, TED talks were originally created by TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design), a nonprofit devoted to spreading novel ideas in the form of 18 minute talks.

This means you can expect a group of hand-picked, dynamic speakers presenting on engaging topics in the typical 18-minute, idea-heavy, PowerPoint slide-light TED format. All speakers will focus on “ideas worth spreading” but with the added emphasis of how I-O psychologists can use connections outside the traditional field to foster breakthrough ideas.

“We thought TED-style talks would be an exciting session format to introduce to the SIOP conference,” explained  Kristen M. Shockley, SIOP Program Chair-in-Training and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Baruch College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. “Our goal is to preserve the integrity of the science and practice but make the ideas very digestible—no discussion of Beta weights or p-values here!  The theme track committee has hand-picked all 13 speakers, and I truly believe the audience will be wowed by both their presentation style and the content of the talks.  We're also going to videotape many of the sessions and post online so that the whole world can see the breakthroughs coming from I-O psychology!”

The goal of the Theme Track is to present a series of sessions that describe research, practice, or conceptual ideas about how making connections between various disciplines or schools of thought can enhance I-O psychology.

“As SIOP continues to grow and work toward increased visibility, highlighting our connections with related fields is critical,” Shockley added. “This year's theme track is aiming to serve President Tammy Allen's connection initiative by presenting a series of talks that show how we can make connections both inside and outside of I-O to create breakthrough ideas.”

The track will specifically focus on connections in five areas:

  • East Meets West – three talks on how understanding cultural differences and effectively managing these differences can contribute to individual and organizational effectiveness 
  • Neuroscience Meets Leadership – three presentations focused on the application of neuroscience and cognitive psychology to leadership theory and practices
  • Business Meets Psychology - through the use of a case study analysis, two speakers will highlight connections that psychologists and business practitioners can make to enhance how they work together to help companies achieve greater success
  • Deductive Research Meets Inductive Research – three methodologists will describe how these different research paradigms can jointly facilitate breakthrough discoveries
  • Technology Meets Application - two speakers will showcase different ways that I-O psychologists that can leverage technology to improve our research and practice

In addition to some of your favorite SIOP speakers (Michele Gelfand, Rich Griffith, David Waldman, Steven Poelmans, Bill Becker, Fred Oswald, Ron Landis, Jeff Edwards, Kevin Impelman), the organizers are bringing in three speakers from outside mainstream I-O, including Alanna Conner, Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions; David Dotlich, CEO of Pivot, named one of the Top 50 Coaches in the U.S.; and Ben Waber, Sociometric Solutions and MIT.

“Attendees will benefit from hearing some of the most engaging and knowledgeable speakers in our field and related fields talk about cutting-edge topics,” Shockley said. “We've got everything from socio-metric badges that collect endless data to assessing cross-cultural competencies to using biofeedback to train leaders!  There will certainly be something for everyone.  For those interested in continuing education, this is also a great opportunity to earn CE credits.”

Theme Track Schedule


Theme Track Kickoff/East Meets West



Neuroscience Meets Leadership






Business Meets Psychology



Deductive Research Meets Inductive Research



Technology Meets Application

All theme track sessions offer continuing education (CE) credit for psychology purposes. The number of credits awarded for each individual session is listed here. The theme track sessions were created to appeal to practitioners and academics with a graduate education in psychology. There is no additional cost to attend beyond the cost of basic conference registration. SIOP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SIOP maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Additionally, SIOP is an HR Certification Institute Approved Provider. The following sessions are also available for PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification credits: East Meets West, Neuroscience Meets Leadership, and Technology Meets Application.