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Five Reasons You Need to Be at SIOP's LEC!



Early Registration for “The Virtual Workforce” Ends August 29

Although traditional work meant hours spent at a brick and mortar office, today’s organizations encounter the limits and opportunities of work that is no longer confined to the cubicle.
This October, “The Virtual Workforce: Designing, Leading, and Optimizing”will bring together thought leaders from academia and practice to discuss virtual work and exchange ideas and expertise in this exciting field.
The Virtual Workforce, SIOP’s 7th Annual Leading Edge Consortium(LEC),will include a series of engaging presentations and discussions of virtual work and virtual collaboration, virtual teams, social media, and the use of technology for recruitment, selection, performance, and management—all taking place in general session, an intimate environment conducive to discussion with presenters and attendees.
This year’s Consortium will take place October 14-15, 2011 at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Kentucky.Registration is $425 on or before August 29 and $495 thereafter, so be sure to take advantage of the early registration rate and register today!

To register, please visit:
In addition to the timely topic and early registration discount, here are five more reasons you shouldn’t miss this year’s consortium:
1. Networking opportunities- The Leading Edge Consortium is unique in its approach by bringing together leading-edge thinkers – practitioners, researchers and HR executives – to examine issues in an intimate setting that fosters stimulating dialogue among colleagues. Each presentation takes place in general session, a setting conducive to interaction with presenters and networking with leaders in the teamwork field. This event is a terrific opportunity for practitioners to seek guidance, knowledge, and wisdom from mentors who have “been there and done that.” Another popular feature is the networking dinners where attendees can select from an assortment of area restaurants to sample Louisville cuisine while enjoying great discussion in the company of new and old friends.
2. Knowledgeable speakers- The Leading Edge Consortium is an opportunity to learn from some of the most notable experts in the field of virtual work on topics ranging from virtual collaboration to social media to technology for recruitment, selection, performance, and management. Opening keynote speaker Courtney Hunt and closing keynote speaker Wayne Cascio will offer interesting perspectives form their own distinguished careers. Cascio will speak on developing a global virtual workforce, and Hunt will draw from her experience as founder of Social Media in Organizations (SMinOrgs), a professional community whose mission is to provide information and guidance about the organizational implications of social media. To see a complete list of speakers and topics, visit the LEC page!

3. Practical information for your organization- In addition to expert speakers and cutting edge science, the LEC also arms attendees with practical knowledge and tools they can implement directly into their organization. The LEC speakers are professionals who have worked in the field and who know the strategies that make for an effective virtual workforce as well as the specific challenges different industries will encounter when developing virtual workforces. Read the LEC agenda here!
4. Professional development-The LEC allows attendees to expand their knowledge of the field of virtual work while gaining practical strategies they can take to any organization. In addition to the information and knowledge attendees will gain at the LEC, they may also earn up to 10 continuing education credits through the American Psychological Association and 8 credits through HRCI.* To learn more, visit the CE page.
5. Because you can’t afford not to- As technology continues to advance, companies are faced with both the opportunities and limitations of the virtual workforce. This consortium will be devoted to the latest practice and research in the field of virtual work while offering practical advice and strategies for organizations that wish to utilize the virtual workforce. For anyone charged with developing or improving the virtual workforce in their organization, this LEC will offer invaluable information, strategies, and research.
We hope to see you in Louisville!
General Chair: Kurt Kraiger
Practice Chair: Andrea Goldberg
Science Chair: Lori Foster Thompson
Research Chair: Allen Kraut

*SIOP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SIOP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. SIOP intends to submit this program to HR Certification Institute for review to determine if recertification credits for PHR, SPHR, and GPHR can be awarded.