IOA Annual Conference

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Vision 2020: Innovation, Importance, and Integrity in Ombuds Work
30 March – 1 April 2020 | Portland, Oregon, USA

The IOA annual conference serves as the premier venue to promote ombuds awareness, increase individual knowledge, and enhance professional skills. The annual conference features keynote and plenary speakers, workshops, presentations, and panel discussions to address a conference theme and provides countless opportunities for connection and engagement.

IOA Has Opened our 2020 Scholarship Opportunities

The International Ombudsman Association is offering two scholarship programs for our 15th Annual Conference, Vision 2020: Innovation, Integrity, and Importance in Ombuds Work, to be held 30 March – 01 April 2020 in Portland, Oregon, USA. These opportunities include an International Scholarship and a New & Aspiring Ombuds Scholarship.

Learn more about past conferences below.

Thank you to those who joined us in April 2019 for the 14th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA!

#IOA2019 Annual Conference - New Orleans LA, USA

Check out some of the photos that were taken on the first day of the conference.

Past Annual Conferences

14th Annual Conference
1–3 April 2019
Professional Development Courses and Specialty Workshops 29–31 March 2019
Sheraton New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

5th Annual Conference
"IOA and New Orleans: Rebirth, Rebuild, Respond!"
7–10 April 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"
15–18 April 2009
The Fairmont Hotel, The Queen Elizabeth
Montreal QC, Canada

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

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

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