October 28, 2019

Call for Presenters: IOA 2020 Conference in Portland

The International Ombudsman Association seeks proposal for its annual conference taking place March 30-April 1, 202 in Portland, OR. IOA's 15th Annual Conference, "Vision 2020: Innovation, Integrity, and Importance in Ombuds Work," will draw participants and presenters represent professionals in academia, corporations, government, non-profits, healthcare, faith communities, and many other organizations. 

General topics of interest include:
  • all aspects of conflict engagement and ombuds practice
  • new and/or alternative means of providing ombuds services
  • maximizing ombuds’ positive impact on organizations
  • sector-specific constituent issues
  • ombuds as coaches, facilitators, and trainers
  • working with others within an organization, including legal counsel, human relations, compliance, and risk management officials
  • the ombuds role in preventing and addressing sexual harassment
  • updates on relevant legal and regulatory frameworks
  • the value of CO-OP certification
Specific topics requested by previous conference attendees include:
  • ombudsing in light of shifting cultural norms and organizational imperatives
  • ombuds and equity, justice, and diversity and inclusion work
  • self-reflection, personal growth, and self-care for ombuds practitioners
  • working with data - collecting, analyzing, communicating, effectively and ethically reporting, leveraging for change
  • how to direct and/or work within an ombuds team - set-up, roles, challenges, best practices
  • techniques drawn from models such as Gestalt, Non-Violent Communication, Narrative Mediation, and Restorative Justice practices
  • ombuds’ relation and value to leaders, decision-makers, and stakeholders
  • advanced content designed specifically for very experienced (15+ years) ombuds
Proposals are due by November 21, 2019. (IOA 2020 Call for Proposals.)

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