Special Programs & Networking

Special Programs and Networking Events

All participants at the IOA 13th Annual Conference are invited to participate in these programs and events:

Ombuddies Unplugged
Sunday, April 22

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Come join us for an evening of unplugged (no amplification) music, poetry and talent performed by fellow IOA conference attendees. The format will be “open mic,” for up to five minutes per performance. Drinks are permitted if purchased through the hotel. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged. If you would like to reserve a slot, please email Sana.Manjeshwar@chevron.com by 30 March 2018. Bring friends. Join us!

Session with the IOA Board
Monday, April 23

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
This is your opportunity to connect with the IOA Board of Directors. IOA’s strategic plan is in place, and the Board of Directors is committed to continuing the conversation about the state of the association and other emerging topics. Come prepared for an engaging dialogue as we continue to grow as an association and profession.

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon for All Conference Attendees
Monday, April 23

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Each year, IOA volunteers give their time and tireless effort to help our association advance and achieve its goals. Let’s join together during this fun-filled, memorable luncheon to recognize their hard work and thank them for their contributions over the past year.

Welcome Reception for All Attendees (Cash bar)
Monday, April 23

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for light refreshments and networking in an environment where colleagues know what you do for a living and understand you; where they want to hear how you handled a situation; where you can ask their opinion. Catch up with old friends, make new friends, share stories, and discuss the conference sessions you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be served as well as coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
A cash bar will be available.

Sector Networking Break
Tuesday, April 24

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Connect and network with other members of your professional sector. Each sector will be assigned a specific meeting room equipped with note-taking tools. Use this time to discuss issues or topics pertinent to your sector. Capture any questions or ideas the sectors wish to pose to the IOA Board of Directors or IOA Committees. Specify the intended recipient for a particular question as well as contact information for the response.

Lunch for Ombuds New to the Profession and First-Time Attendees
Tuesday, April 24

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Welcome to IOA! Meet representatives from the Membership Committee, Mentoring Committee, and some of our “seasoned” colleagues to learn more about IOA membership benefits, the Mentoring Program, and to network with other new ombudsman practitioners to discuss issues and challenges you have experienced or anticipate in your new role. IOA wants to make your transition to the profession a positive experience. We are here to help and look forward to the opportunity to meet you at this informal luncheon and answer any questions you may have. RSVP is required to reserve space; see the conference registration form.

Pecha Kucha Cocktail Hour
Tuesday, April 24

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Facilitated by: Nicholas Diehl, Ombudsman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Howard Gadlin, Former Ombudsman, National Institutes of Health
Don’t miss this fun, high-energy, fast-moving session! Pique your curiosity with a series of short overviews about an innovative concept or experience which may range beyond the organizational ombuds profession. A Pecha Kucha session is a series of short presentations; 20 slides per presentation, 20 seconds per slide; therefore, each presentation lasts exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds. There is no time allotted for Q&A, but we encourage you to connect with the presenter or take the ideas and explore them more on your own. Pecha Kucha originated among designers in Tokyo in 2003 and the idea has grown in popularity, with sessions held regularly in cities around the world.

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