IOA Annual Conference

The IOA annual conference serves as the premier venue to promote ombuds awareness, increase individual knowledge, and enhance professional skills.

Southwest Portland
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Mar. 30–Apr. 1, 2020
Cost: $325-1025
1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201
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Join us for the 15th Annual International Ombudsman Association Conference in Portland, Oregon, USA! We will be celebrating our theme Vision 2020: Innovation, Importance, and Integrity in Ombuds Work and increase your professional connections, knowledge, and skills.

The annual conference features keynote and plenary speakers, workshops, presentations, and panel discussions to address a conference theme and provides countless opportunities for connection and engagement.

Community Building

IOA Conference is a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with hundreds of your fellow ombuds. Between breakout sessions, general sessions, meals, reception events, and more you’re bound to make friends along the way!  This is also a great time to meet our sponsors and exhibitors.

Concurrent Sessions 

Self-select the education that is most relevant to you. We offer a wide variety of breakout sessions hosted by some of the brightest thought leaders in the ombuds community. ​

Keynotes and Plenaries

We choose keynotes that present important issues, principles, and policies relevant to organizational ombuds. This image is from last year’s address “A Swallow’s Broken Leg, Cubism, and Crying in a Korean Grocery Store” by Jon Lee, Association Ombuds from the University of New Mexico Ombuds for Staff Office.


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