Annual Conference

The IOA annual conference is intended to help attendees increase awareness, knowledge and skills in order to become more effective catalysts for change within their organizations. We intend that keynote and plenary speakers, workshops, presentations, and panel discussions address the conference theme.


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IOA 14th Annual Conference

April 1-3, 2019
Professional Development Courses and Specialty Workshops March 29-31, 2019
Sheraton Hotel New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana USA


13th Annual Conference
April 23 - 25, 2018
Professional Development Courses and Specialty Workshops April 20 - 22, 2018
Richmond Marriott
Richmond, Virginia USA

12th Annual Conference
April 24 - 26, 2017
Professional Development Courses and Specialty Workshops April 21 - 23, 2017
Minneapolis Marriott City Center
Minneapolis, MN


11th Annual Conference
April 10 - 13, 2016
Pre-conference Courses and Professional Development Courses April 8 - 10, 2016
Seattle Westin Hotel
Seattle, WA

10th Annual Conference
April 19 - 22, 2015
Pre-conference Courses and Professional Development Courses April 17 - 19, 2015
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA

9th Annual Conference
April 4-9, 2014
heraton Denver Downtown
Denver, CO

8th Annual Conference
April 19-24, 2013
Hyatt Regency Miami
Miami, FL
 7th Annual Conference
April 13-18, 2012
Hyatt Regency Houston
Houston, TX
6th Annual Conference
April 1-6, 2011
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
Portland, OR

5th Annual Conference
"IOA and New Orleans: Rebirth, Rebuild, Respond!"
April 7-10, 2010
The Marriott New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

4th Annual Conference
A joint conference with
ACCUO - The Association of Canadian College and University Ombudspersons
FCO – The Forum of Canadian Ombudsman
IOA - The International Ombudsman Association
"Evolution of the Ombudsman [1809-2009]: A Rich History, A Promising Future"
April 15 - 18, 2009
The Fairmont Hotel, The Queen Elizabeth
Montreal QC, Canada

3rd Annual Conference
"Making a Difference-The Ombudsman Impact"
April 13 - 16, 2008
The Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, MA

2nd Annual Conference
"Strengthening our Foundations"
April 11- 14, 2007
Adam's Mark Hotel
St. Louis, MO

1st Annual Conference
"Anchors Aweigh: Charting a New Course for Organizational Ombuds"
April 2-5, 2006
The La Jolla Marriott and the University of California
San Diego, CA

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