Psychology Benefits Society, the online newsletter of the American Psychological Association's Public Interest Directorate, reprinted Professor David Yamada’s blog article, "Conferences as Community Builders," making the case for academic and professional conferences that foster community, and citing as an example Professor Yamada’s experiences at the just-concluded "Work, Stress, and Health" conference co-sponsored by the APA:
http://psychologybenefits.org/2015/05/13/conferences-as-community-builders/