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SIOP Conference Reveries


by Paul Thoresen

Paul ThoresenPaul Thoresen Shares “Random Biennial Reflections” of Past SIOP Conferences

As the 27th Annual SIOP Conference quickly approaches, it’s only natural for new conference-goers to wonder what the experience will be like while experienced SIOP attendees reminisce about their fond conference memories.

In his most recent blog post for the SIOP Exchange, blogger Paul Thoresen discusses his past experiences at SIOP, detailing the benefits he has gained from the conference as well as some of the specific conference and events that are most memorable. In his post, Thoresen muses on his experiences at previous SIOP conferences going back to Dallas in 1998.

“That first SIOP conference was an eye-opening and inspiring experience,” he says in his post. “There were so many great papers, posters, presentations, a few disagreements, and the discipline of I-O was well represented. Meeting some of the movers and shakers of the field was super exciting for me.”

Thoresen also describes his excitement for this year’s conference in San Diego.

“I am excited for this year because I have not made it to the conference for several years. I plan to participate in the Frank Landy Fun Run this year. Running in San Diego will be cooler than Dallas. An added dimension for me personally is that I will be exhibiting for my employer. I am eager to be involved in this aspect of the conference, and although I have exhibited at other conferences, there is only one SIOP. I have been to San Diego before for other conferences and know we will have excellent choices for food in the Gaslamp district, as well as a great harbor view.”

Continue reading the entire first post by SIOP blogger Paul Thoresen here and post your reactions and comments to the Exchange today.

Check back to the Exchange weekly for new posts from SIOP’s bloggers!

About SIOP’s Bloggers

SIOP’s bloggers began posting earlier this month and will contribute regular posts on their specific topics of interest. This group of SIOP members serves as opinion leaders and conversation starters. They will contribute regularly to the content of the Exchange on various topics related to the field of I-O psychology. The bloggers will discuss topics as diverse as innovation in organizations, employee well-being, leadership development/careers and legal issues, education and training of undergraduate and graduate students, groups and teams, I-O and sustainability, selection/assessment, legal issues, entrepreneurs/entrepreneurship, and women in the workplace.

The SIOP blogger crew is also a diverse one, with Members, Student Affiliates, and Associates from science and practice, working in organizations such as Northern Illinois University, Denton Consulting Group, University of Baltimore, Select International, Inc., SAWA Consulting, and as organizational consultants. For a complete list of SIOP bloggers, visit the blogger profile page on the SIOP Exchange here.

If you have any questions about the SIOP Exchange, please contact the SIOP Electronic Communications Committee Chair Chris Rotolo at christopher.rotolo@pepsico.com. For technical questions, contact Stephany Schings Below at sbelow@siop.org. For more information about contributor guidelines, view the Exchange post policy here.