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Breaking Barriers: Paving New Paths in I/O Psychology

2024 Inaugural Conference & Gala
Powered by Blacks in I/O Psychology, Inc


 Thursday, February 22nd - Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Atlanta, Georgia

As an Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychologist, your role in the workplace is more vital than ever to breaking barriers. Your expertise and insights into employee well-being and organizational behavior can significantly impact a company's success. However, we understand that navigating this field as a Black professional can come with its unique challenges as well.

BIOP’s mission is to uplift Black voices and experiences within the I/O psychology industry. We’ve created this conference to help support this mission. Throughout the conference, you'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and experts in the field to exchange knowledge and learn from each other.

Our two-day conference will feature inspiring keynote speakers, thought-provoking panel discussions, and engaging workshops from a diverse array of speakers. You'll leave the conference equipped with actionable strategies to implement in your work and empowered to advocate for yourself and the value you bring to the workplace.

In addition to bringing together students, academics, and practitioners in the field of I/O psychology of all backgrounds, this conference is aimed to highlight the achievements of Black psychologists and their allies in the field, and to foster an inclusive environment where attendees can ask questions and share their knowledge, ideas, and perspectives. It will conclude with a gala to honor and celebrate the contributions of our community, including members, allies, volunteers, and donors who have been instrumental in the field of I/O psychology. This celebration will recognize their efforts and achievements in advancing the field and shaping its future.

Click here for more information on submitting a proposal. 

Proposal submissions are due October 16, 2023 by 11:59 PM EST.

Decisions will be made by November 31, 2023.

Join us for a dazzling evening where we magnify and celebrate the stellar contributions of our  members, allies, volunteers, and generous donors who've been pivotal in amplifying the work of Blacks in I/O Psychology. Let's raise a glass to honor our community for their unwavering efforts and achievements that continue to mold the future of the field. 

Let’s come together, celebrate success, and toast to the vibrant future of I/O psychology! ✨

Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park

Location: Main Ballroom 

Time: 6:30pm - 10pm

Attire: Cocktail

  • Tuesday, January 02, 2024 10:40 AM | Macy Cheeks (Administrator)

    Dear BIOP Community,

    As co-founders of Blacks in Industrial Organizational Psychology, Inc. (BIOP), we are filled with gratitude as we reflect on the incredible journey we've embarked on together. Our shared commitment to uplifting Black voices and experiences within the I/O psychology industry has ignited the flame that propels us toward our vision of leaving a lasting impact on this field.

    The support we've received from the I/O community has been nothing short of inspiring. From grassroots efforts to the unwavering dedication of our small conference planning team, each contribution, no matter how big or small, has played a crucial role in paving the way for our inaugural conference. The conference is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd, to Friday, February 23rd, 2024, in the vibrant city of Atlanta, Georgia. This event is a testament to the strength of our community and the impact we can make when we come together.


    The conference is not just a gathering; it's a celebration of our achievements, a platform for learning, and a catalyst for the change we want to see in the I/O psychology industry. As I/O psychologists, you understand the unique challenges faced by Black professionals in this field. This conference is designed to address those challenges, providing a space for connection, knowledge exchange, empowerment, and collaboration with allies.

    Throughout the two-day event, you'll have the opportunity to engage with inspiring keynote speakers, participate in thought-provoking panel discussions, and immerse yourself in interactive workshops. The sessions will not only equip you with actionable strategies for your work but also empower you to advocate for yourself and the value you bring to the workplace.

    We want to honor and recognize the invaluable contributions of our members, allies, volunteers, and generous donors who have played pivotal roles in advancing Blacks in I/O Psychology. The gala promises to be a fun evening, filled with gratitude, camaraderie, and a toast to the vibrant future of I/O psychology.

    JOIN US!

    As we prepare for this landmark event, we invite each of you to be part of this celebration. Join us in Atlanta to connect, learn, and celebrate the success that our community has achieved. Your presence, your voice, and your support are essential to shaping the future of the I/O psychology industry.

    We want to express our heartfelt thanks to each one of you who has stood by us, believed in our mission, and contributed to our cause. If you haven't already, consider getting involved, donating, or becoming a part of our community. Your continued support will help us build a lasting legacy.

    With gratitude,

    Macy Cheeks and Shavonne Holman

    Co-Founders, Blacks in Industrial Organizational Psychology, Inc.

    Register Today!

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