Category: The Performance Improvement Conference
A little over a month ago, I was having a hard time believing that it had already been a year since ISPI Toronto. Seemingly out of nowhere, I found myself in Reno, Nevada, along with nine other Chico State students and friends, ready to tackle ISPI’s latest conference. Initially, Reno felt like a perplexing city and was quite unfamiliar. However, after reuniting with ISPI’s April Davis, Craig Grimm, Brian Gresham, and event coordinator Ellen Kaplan, I felt at completely at ease.
This year, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) bestowed three special honorary awards that recognize outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to human performance technology (HPT) and to the Society itself. These awards include the Honorary Life Member Award, Thomas F. Gilbert Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Service Award.
ISPI is proud to honor excellence in student research through our Distinguished Dissertation Awards. This initiative is funded by the Society’s Research Committee, chaired this year by William L. Solomonson, CPT, PhD, Oakland University. The recipients were recognized on April 15, during ISPI’s Awards Luncheon in Reno, Nevada.
The annual conference has always been an amazing week-long adventure that blurs into one day of constant motion. The running around from one place to the next, jumping through fiery hoops, scaling stairs in a single pounce, delivering printed materials to the next room, making sure all the rooms are set up correctly, tweeting, “Facebooking,” posting on LinkedIn, and helping attendees find the correct course is, for a lesser use of the word, awesome! It is always worth it to me to see something that has taken so long in planning finally come together.
The CSC is a friendly and competitive learning opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning in their graduate programs in a simulated, yet authentic, performance improvement scenario. During the competition, student teams work through a consulting case and receive valuable feedback from experts in the field. This year’s participating teams are from University of New Mexico and Concordia University.
ISPI’s focus on evidence-based practices and its scientific approach to creating change and boosting performance within organizations sets it apart from other professional societies. THE Performance Improvement Conference’s Research to Practice Symposium, on Tuesday, April 16, is specifically designed to help performance improvement practitioners learn about the latest research on the innovations and practices that drive human performance improvement.
Are you a budding professional or new to the performance improvement field? If so, sign up for the fifth annual Emerging Professionals Speed Mentoring Session on Sunday, April 14, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at THE Performance Improvement Conference 2013 in Reno, Nevada. Connect with dedicated ISPI professionals in these mini-introductory sessions. Mentors will answer your questions and provide insightful advice and guidance.
ISPI chapter leaders–make your plans now to attend the Chapter Leader Workshop on Sunday, April 14, from 7:30 am– 5:00 pm at THE Performance Improvement Conference in Reno, Nevada. This workshop will provide chapter leaders with valuable resources and information they need to improve both their effectiveness as a leader and the success of their chapter.
In today’s competitive job market, professionals need to take the time to manage their careers. The Career Center services at THE Performance Improvement Conference provide the tools and knowledge to do just that. Mark your calendar for Career Center group sessions and one-one-one coaching sessions led by career coach Marshall Brown.
In uncertain economic times such as these, most of us are feeling apprehensive at best about our job security. Every day we hear or read about an organization downsizing, layoffs, and so forth. Companies are going out of business, consolidating and forcing staff furloughs. Doesn’t feel very powerful, right? Well, there are still some strategies you can use to improve your current job situation now.