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.
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.
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. View the Conference Schedule to learn more.
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.
Welcome to the World of Portland
Efficient public transit, miles of bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly city streets make navigating Portland a breeze.
Turn your smartphone into a local tour guide with apps that help you track train schedules, map food carts, explore public art and more.
From food carts to farmers markets and award-winning restaurants, Portland is a culinary haven for foodies of all stripes.
Things to Do
Like the city itself, Portland attractions are a little unexpected and always inspiring.