Conference Details

The conference will take place from Friday afternoon, October 21st to Saturday, October 22nd, 2016. All conference sessions are hosted in the University Center at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Chris Cunningham via email at or by phone at 423-425-4264.



Friday afternoon - free student-focused sessions

Note: Free parking in Lot 10 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm 

Both sessions held in the UTC University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room

  • 2:30 - 3:25 PM, Taking your education to the next level: getting into graduate school, Dr. Chris Cunningham, Dr. Alex Zelin, and Dr. Tim Huelsman
  • 3:30 - 4:20 PM, So you want to get a job with a psychology major, Dr. Bill Gentry and Jacqui Z. Bergman 


Friday evening - Student social and networking event

  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM
  • Downtown Chattanooga, Big River Grille and Brewing Works
  • Ask for the CHAIOP/RCIO group and have fun 


Saturday (full-day) - registration is required (follow instructions at right)

8:00 AM, Registration Opens, Information Booth. Light refreshments served.

8:45 - 8:55 AM, Welcome Address (UC Auditorium)

9:00 - 9:55 AM, Keynote: How to Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For, Dr. Bill Gentry, Center for Creative Leadership:

10:00 - 10:55 AM, Poster Session (UC Tennessee Room)

11:00 - 11:50, Session One (various rooms)

  • Dynamics of power in the organization, Clyde Howell
  • Leadership, Graduate School, and Professional Development: Project, Process, and Personal Improvement, Dr. Shawn Bergman, Bridget Wasowski, Casher Belinda, & Katherine Lesniak
  • Your Attention Please! Careless Responding as a Threat to Data Quality, Dr. Nathan Bowling

12:00 - 1:20, Lunch & Chat (UC Chattanooga Room)

1:30 - 2:30 PM, Session Two (various rooms)

  • Leader behavior and follower work behavior: The influence of follower characteristics, Dr. C. Allen Gorman & Jason Gamble
  • Current Leadership Development Practices: A GE Example, Nicole Wild

2:40 - 3:40 PM, Session Three (various rooms)

  • Adaptive leadership and the millenial generation, John Harbison
  • High Tech Leaders: A portrait of leadership in the digital age, Gabe Weaver & Jeff McGehee

3:50 - 4:30 PM, Poster awards & Wrap-up panel discussions, all conference presenters (UC Auditorium)


Poster Session 

Posters should be approximately 3 feet by 3 -4 feet in size and will be displayed on top of tables using either the provided poster backing boards that UTC I-O provides or on tri-fold boards that presenters may bring for themselves.



Presentations at this year’s RCIO Conference are scheduled to last 50-60 minutes including time for Q&A. This typically means that you should prepare 35-40 minutes of content and plan to facilitate discussion and answer questions from the audience. Each presentation room will be equipped with a projector, screen, laptop computer, and internet connectivity. If other equipment will be needed, please specify in comments box in the registration form. Presenters should bring their presentations on thumb drive or have their presentation accessible via some form of internet storage source.