IOA Committee Updates July 2022


At each IOA Board of Directors Meetings, our association's Committees submit a report about the progress they are making on their latest projects. Each Committee and Task Force has been hard at work supporting our members and helping to advance the organizational ombuds profession.  Please take a moment to read the latest updates from the last couple of Board Meetings.

Conference Committee, June 2022

Conference Committee is beginning the planning process for #IOA2023 in Seattle and would like your input. We are seeking to build upon lessons learned from our virtual experiences in 2021 and 2022 while creating a true feeling of belonging and reintegration from our long separations. If you would like to work with our team, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form with the Volunteer Coordination Committee or contact the Conference Committee co-chairs, Katie Manderson and Bina Patel.

DEIB Committee, June 2022

Our committee efforts are currently centered around the transition of our co-chair leaders, Brett Harris and Jai Calloway, to our new leaders, Jennifer Swann and Heidi Stensby effective 5 May 2022. In addition to our leadership changes, we developed the proposed submitted framework as a tool to help guide our continued work towards integrating DEIB throughout IOA.

The aforementioned framework has been formally approved by the Board of Directors.

International Outreach Committee (IOC), July 2022

The four Regional Committees that make up the International Outreach Committee have been focusing on a range of priorities during the reporting period. Both the European and Asia Pacific RACs have maintained a regular program of meetings building their communities, providing support, and sharing experiences of the challenges that members are facing. The African Committee has engaged in activities promoting the profession in that region, whilst the Latin American and Caribbean Committee has undertaken professional development activities as well as developing a strategic plan to guide the growth of the profession in that region.

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