August 20, 2018

International Ombudsman Association Seeks Presenters for 2019 Conference in New Orleans

IOA Conference Committee presentation proposals, speaker, and topic suggestions for its 14th annual conference on the theme of “Ombuds: Providing Calm in a Conflicted World.” The conference is set for April 1-3, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Topic and speaker suggestions and program proposals should help members promote and protect the profession; enhance knowledge relevant to the profession; and/or develop skills and techniques geared towards improving an ombudsman’s ability to assist their visitors and organizations.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • all aspects of conflict management
  • enhancing professionalism of ombudsman work
  • the value of CO-OP® certification
  • cultural and global competencies
  • sector specific constituent issues
  • listening and interviewing
  • facilitation
  • coaching and conducting training programs
  • maximizing an ombudsman’s impact on organizations
  • integrated Conflict-Management Systems Design
  • new and/or alternative means of providing ombuds services
  • working with other offices/support services within an organization, including legal counsel, human relations, compliance, and risk management officials
  • updates on legal and regulatory frameworks that impact ombuds
Program formats
  • Pre-conference specialty workshops (4 or 8 hours, presented on Sunday 31 March)
  • Plenary sessions (60 minutes) – Presentation to all conference attendees
  • Keynote speeches (60 minutes) – Addresses important issues, principles, and policies relevant to organizational ombudsmen
  • Concurrent sessions (90 minutes) – Attendees self-­select which sessions to attend
  • A new model for instruction, dialogue, collaboration, or professional development outside the regular blocks described above
Proposals are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. (IOA Conf Proposals.)

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