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Need Mentoring?


by SIOP Administrative Office

Join the 6th Annual SIOP Practitioner Speed Mentoring Event!

SIOP welcomes interested practitioners and students to participate as protégés and interact with an accomplished panel of mentors at the sixth annual Speed Mentoring event, to be held at SIOP’s 30th Annual Conference!

The event will take place from 5:00–6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24th, 2015 in Grand Ballroom F at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. To participate in this event, you must be a SIOP Member engaged in professional practitioner activities. Limited spots are also available for students who are either ABD or in the second year of a terminal master’s program.

About Speed Mentoring

  • Participants will have the opportunity to participate as protégés in two 30-minute roundtable topic-driven discussions guided by seasoned mentors.
  • This event is a terrific opportunity for participants to seek guidance and wisdom from experienced mentors who have “been there and done that.”
  • Topics to be discussed are provided below. Note: Student participants will benefit by participating in roundtables with specially designed topics geared at pressing concerns for upcoming graduates.

How to Participate

  • Spots are limited! If you would like to participate as a protégé, please reserve your space by registering here. You can also copy and paste this link into your browser:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SpeedMentoring2015
  • Registration will remain open through March 31.
  • You will receive an email confirmation of your participation.
  • We will do our best to align protégés to their topics of greatest interest. However, topics will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

List of Topics

For Practitioners

1. Developing Business Acumen: Discussing how business acumen is defined; tips and strategies for seeking out experiences that will deepen business acumen.

2. Leadership Development: Best practices in leadership development and recent trends (e.g., senior management involvement, competency modeling, assessment, development, coaching, evaluation).

3. Assessment for Development: Current trends, challenges, and innovation/technological advancements in assessment for development (e.g., new technologies, simulations, mobile assessment, online assessment center, tying results to development).

4. Selection: Current trends, challenges, and innovation/technological advancements in selection (e.g., EEO, interviewing, high-volume testing, mobile assessment, CAT, validity, legal defensibility, test security).

5. HR/Talent Analytics: Leveraging workforce metrics, predictive analytics, and big data to inform evidence-based HR decisions; defining, designing, and executing big data studies; how I-O psychologists can demonstrate business impact and value.

6. Survey Design and Qualitative Measurement: Tips and tools for designing surveys and measuring the "intangibles" in people and organizations; how to connect to objective metrics; best practices in analyzing and presenting qualitative data to different audiences.

7. Business Development and Influencing Skills:  Defining business development in the context of different I-O roles; how to develop influence skills regardless of role; partnering with sales and other internal stakeholders to build strong business case and gain buy-in.

8. I-O Psychology around the World: Challenges, opportunities, and best practices for I-O practitioners working in global, international, and/or cross-cultural environments.

9. Internal vs. External Consulting: Issues, concerns, how-tos, and risks and benefits of switching one’s career path between internal and external I-O consulting, I-O and HR, and academia and industry.

For Students

1. Landing Your First Job (Student Topic): How to break into the field as an I-O practitioner; implications of networking and internships; navigating the online application process, resumes, cover letters, and references.

2. Navigating the Real World (Student Topic): Building the nontraditional knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in the workplace; aspects of organizational socialization; thoughts on topics you don't learn in graduate school.

If you have any questions about Speed Mentoring, please contact Lizzette Lima at Lizzette.lima@right.com.