2017 Annual Conference

Advance registration has closed. 

On-site registration will be available starting Friday, April 21,
at the IOA registration desk on the 4th floor of the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.

The hotel is located at 30 S. 7th Street in Minneapolis.

IOA's Annual Conference is a great way to network and learn from other ombuds from all around the world. We have an outstanding program planned for you this year including: 

  • Thirty-six concurrent sessions on a very diverse set of issues and topics
  • Three keynote speeches with Ilene Butensky, CO-OP, Loraleigh Keashly, PhD and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky.
  • Two plenary sessions
  • Volunteer Recognition and First-time Attendees Luncheons to show your support and network with colleagues what you've learned each day
  • An opportunity to hear from the IOA Board of Directors and ask questions
  • Time to connect with others in your ombuds practice sector
  • The compelling Pecha Kucha presentation
  • And much, much more...

Join us before the conference, from April 21 - 23, for our Foundations and Specialty Courses!

Hotel and Travel information is available here

In the meantime, learn more about Minneapolis and things to do there, here


New Travel Information: The U.S Customs and Border Protection has issued an Immigration Advisory Notice with regards to new U.S immigration entry requirements affecting the nationals of the following countries:
Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen
Nationals from these countries may travel to the U.S. only if they are in possession of a permanent resident card (Green card) or any of the below visas:
  • A1 and A2 (Government Officials and immediate family)
  • C2 (Travel to U.N.)
  • G1 and G2 (Representatives and employees of international organizations)
  • G3 and G4 (Representatives to and employees of international organizations)
  • NATO
For more information, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection site.

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