Friday Seminars




Friday Seminars

Welcome from Carrie Ott-Holland, SIOP Friday Seminars Chair!

The annual SIOP Friday Seminars provide the audience an opportunity to dive into the latest topics and learn from scholars and practitioners in our field. Friday Seminars are interactive sessions offered on the Friday (April 21) of the Annual Conference. Of the seminars, 3 will be fully in-person and 1 will be virtual.

Whichever seminar you choose to attend, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • All sessions are 3-hours in length, with short breaks incorporated into the sessions.
  • All seminars are interactive, regardless of which format you choose. You’ll be able to interact with not only the presenters but also the other attendees so it’s a great opportunity to network!
  • Registration is capped at 50 to facilitate intimate, small group discussions.
  • Registration fee is $199 per Friday Seminar.
  • Please note that Friday Seminars will NOT be providing continuing education (CE) credit this year.

Friday Seminar Schedule

9 a.m. – noon ET

Inclusive Language and Disability in the Workplace (in-person)


  • Michael A. Knott
  • Eileen M. Linnabery

Coordinator: DaHee Shon

Language evolves constantly, sometimes in ways that can be overwhelming and even intimidating. For example, people could avoid a topic completely with concerns over using the wrong words and not knowing how their language impacts others, like people with disabilities. In this session, participants will learn how language has changed over time, what inclusive language is, and how to have inclusive conversations around disability. Participants will have facilitated discussions using recorded exercises/presentations and participate in role-plays to practice having inclusive conversations.


12-3 p.m. ET

Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Training Leaders & Developing Resources (in-person)


  • Jennifer Dimoff
  • Leslie B. Hammer

Coordinator: David Mendelsohn

The World Health Organization recently published best practice guidelines on ‘mental health in the workplace’, two of which are focused on the roles of managers. In this interactive seminar, participants will learn actionable, evidence-based strategies that managers can use to (a) protect employee mental health, (b) intervene if mental health becomes compromised, and (c) provide accommodations. By showcasing best practices in workplace mental health and supportive leadership, this seminar will provide participants with practical suggestions on how to promote mental health and support workers.


12-3 p.m. ET

Immigrant Employees Experiences: How to Build an Inclusive Workplace (virtual)


  • Aditi Rabindra Sachdev
  • Mariya Dubrovina
  • Myia S. Williams

Coordinator: Myia S. Williams

While the number of immigrant workers in the workforce is rising, there is a lack of understanding of their unique experiences in the workplace. Immigrant employees experience very different challenges from other minorities (e.g., persistent insecurity, assimilation), however, their concerns have been largely absent from research and organizations’ inclusion strategies. In this seminar, we will dive deep into the experiences of immigrant employees, help incorporate systematic approaches to understand their challenges, and discuss evidence-based inclusion strategies for immigrant employees.


3-6 p.m. ET

What Gets Measured, Gets Done – Why Should DEI Be Any Different? (in-person)


  • Sertrice Grice
  • Lindsay Johnson

Coordinator: Aspen Robinson

The events of the past couple years have spurred organizations to invest in DEI more than ever, however, many DEI initiatives still do not take full advantage of relevant scholarship or scientific methods to guide their efforts. This is particularly the case when it comes to measurement. As a result, many DEI practitioners continue to face challenges such as assessing real time data that adequately captures insights needed to advance critical business outcomes. Our goal is to facilitate the integration of DEI science and practice and challenge participants to consider ways to optimize metrics.