2015 IOHRM Professional Development Conference

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our second IOHRM Professional Development Conference on Friday, October 2, 2015! With our first conference held in 2013 being such a huge hit, we are thrilled to hold our next one.

The 2015 conference will be a one-day event that will feature several speakers from the IOHRM program and it will offer alumni the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. 

The conference will be held on the Friday before our homecoming game against the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday and will begin at 9:00 am in the morning and last until the evening, ending with a dinner and cocktail reception.

We were fortunate enough to have sixteen alumni attend our 2013 IOHRM Professional Development Conference, and we hope to have many more of our wonderful alumni in attendance this year.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Pre-Conference Reception (not included in the registration)

  • Location: Café Portofino (970 Rivers Street, Downtown Boone)

Friday, October 2, 2015 

9:00 am - 9:30 am: Coffee, Greetings, and Registration

  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Blue Ridge Ballroom

9:30 am - 10:00 am: IOHRM Welcome and Program Update

  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Blue Ridge Ballroom

10:15 am - 11:15 am: Session: Social Media and HR Analytics: What You Need to Know

  • Presenters:
    • James Westwood, Appalachian State University
    • Jon Powers, Appalachian State University
    • Dea Kamberaj, Appalachian State University
    • Shawn Bergman, Appalachian State University
  • Abstract: Organizations are increasingly looking into the use of social media and big data in employment decisions. This presentation will provide an overview of how analytics are and can be used to help with employment decisions, review research on their effectiveness, and discuss the ethical and legal concerns regarding their use.
  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Linville Falls Room

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Networking Luncheon

  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Blue Ridge Ballroom

12:30 am - 1:30 pm: Session: Sustainability in Business

  • Presenter: Jim Westerman, Appalachian State University
  • Abstract: This presentation examines the need for sustainable business practices, the potential for business sustainability initiatives to enhance a firm's competitive advantage, and the critical role human resource management can perform in supporting such initiatives.
  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Linville Falls Room

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Session: What’s Hot in Change Management

  • Presenter: Cynthia Miller, Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Abstract: With the pace, volume and complexity of change increasing all the time, change management professionals are in high demand. Some of the trends emerging in the discipline will be highlighted, and we’ll discuss the relevance of change management principles and best practices across other Industrial-Organizational related work efforts.
  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Linville Falls

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Session: Professional Advocates on Current Trends

  • Panelists:
    • Jennifer Cline, TIAA CREF
    • Sarah Light, ECRS
    • Stacey Hussey, MDI
    • Derrick Swing, Brevard
  • Abstract: Experts will share their perspective on the current and emerging trends in Human Resources and related fields. Panelists are involved in a variety of industries will share their knowledge, experiences, and expertise to answer questions in an open panel discussion.
  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Blue Ridge Ballroom 

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Break (mingle, change attire, head back to the hotel, etc.)

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Cocktail Reception

  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Blue Ridge Ballroom

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Family Friendly Dinner

  • Location: Plemmons Student Union - Blue Ridge Ballroom

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Appalachian State’s Homecoming Football game will be held against the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday, the time is still TBA. Tickets can be bought here.

This will be the fourth game played by our Mountaineers in the season, and our second home game. So make sure to get your tickets early!

Registration for the Conference

Registration will begin in early July. Details on how to register will be posted soon.

Registration closes Monday, September 28, 2015

  • Registration Costs:
    • Registration before September 1, 2015: $150.00
    • Registration after September 1, 2015: $180.00
  • Registration includes:
    • On-campus parking
    • Morning coffee, light breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy-hour reception on Friday
    • Professional development workshops, which are eligible for continuing education credits

* All events will be held on the ASU campus. Friday evening will be a family-friendly dinner for alumni and their families. All other scheduled conference events are for alumni only.

There are no formal events scheduled for Saturday to allow alumni additional opportunities to socialize with their classmates, go to the homecoming football game, and have time with their families to enjoy the High Country.

Hotel Information 

Hotel Reservations for the IOHRM Conference - Friday, October 2, 2015

  • Rooms have been blocked at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Boone
    • Discount rates are:
      • $73.00 for Thursday, October 1, 2015
      • $89.00 for Friday, October 2, 2015
      • $89.00 for Saturday, October 3, 2015
    • Taxes are additional at 12.75%. You may reserve a room for one, two, or three nights. Each room has either a king bed or two double beds.
  • These special conference room rates will expire September 1, 2015.
    • To make your reservation, please call the Baymont Inn and Suites reservation line at 828-264-0077 and identify yourself as part of the IOHRM Alumni Conference.

Let Other IOHRM Alumni Know About the Conference!

It is possible that many of our IOHRM alumni will not see our initial announcements of the conference posted on the “IOHRM at Appalachian” LinkedIn group or on our "Appalachian State University IOHRM" Facebook page. These groups have been the primary way that we have tried to communicate with IOHRM alumni and announce the publication of our IOHRM newsletter “Eye on IOHRM." If you are not a member of our LinkedIn group, please consider joining. 

If you are in contact with any of your classmates, please let them know about the conference as we would like to have as many alumni coming back as possible. We hope you all can make the trip back to Boone and help us celebrate 30 years of ASU’s IOHRM program!

If you have any questions or suggestions about the conference, please feel free to contact Dr. Shawn Bergman (bergmans@appstate.edu).