Join us for 18th Annual IOA Conference 

The Westin Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington, USA
3–5 April 2023

Learn, Connect & Have Fun

The IOA annual conference serves as the premier venue to promote ombuds awareness, increase individual knowledge, and enhance professional skills. The annual conference features keynote and plenary speakers, workshops, presentations, and panel discussions to address the conference theme, Ombuds as Change Agent? Reengaging and Transforming Conflict, and provides countless opportunities for connection and engagement.

 Why Attend?

IOA Community:   We know that the event dates run over or are adjacent to a number of major religious holidays including Ramadan, Palm Sunday, and Passover. As an organization that honors diversity and inclusivity, the Conference Committee, staff, and the Board take this issue seriously and we made every effort to address schedule and experience based on these circumstances.  We deeply apologize for the overlap this year, and we will work to ensure that the planning allows attendees time to observe religious activities.

As you may know, the IOA Annual Conference has typically been held in April with the actual dates dependent upon many factors such as hotel availability and pricing. The contracts for the Annual Conference are typically signed two to three years ahead and changing those contracts is exceptionally difficult under normal circumstances. Because we had to cancel and move hotel contracts in 2020, 2021, and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had very limited options for the 2023 Conference.  Going forward, the Committee and staff will ensure we are looking closely at future dates and that all religious holidays are duly noted. Conference leadership and staff recognize that some attendees may need to arrive late and/or leave early.


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