6:00 pm18:00

Doug Reynolds - A closer look at measures of potential and the benefits of high-potential identification programs

To fill the growing gap in leadership bench-strength, organizations are increasing turning to talent management professionals to design early identification programs to find new leaders sooner and develop them faster.   The tools designed for high-potential identification are an important aspect of these efforts, but little is known about how these tools work in practice.  This presentation will shine new light on these practices and share implications for the design of high-potential programs.  Data will be shared from two different forms of potential assessment and evidence of the organizational gain from these programs will be reviewed.  Implications for practice in this area of growing interest will be also be discussed.

Doug Reynolds, PhD is senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer at Development Dimensions International (DDI), where his departments develop and implement software-based assessment, testing, and learning products in Fortune 500 companies.  His consulting work has recently focused on the deployment of Internet–based behavioral simulations used for executive and leadership evaluation. Doug also has served as an expert witness regarding personnel selection practices, and he has published and presented frequently on topics related to the intersection of I-O psychology and technology.  He recently co-edited the Handbook of Workplace Assessment, and coauthored Online Recruiting and Selection.  Reynolds is a Past President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2012-2013).

6:00 pm18:00

Marc Sokol - Executive Coaching 2.0: How to Leverage The Leadership Environment

  • NYU Wasserman Center

Powerful as executive coaching can be, we only scratch the surface when we restrict our work to one-to-one interaction.  Some coaches shadow the executive in action, but many find this time consuming or beyond the scope of contracted work.  In contrast, I believe we increase impact as we embed ourselves in the executive environment and work with multiple leaders across the same organization.  Coaches often miss out on such opportunities because of over-generalized assumptions regarding privacy that keep the coach only working behind closed doors, over-reliance on narrow professional skillsets, as well as business models that limit our positioning to be where the action occurs.  This session presents an alternative view of how I-O Psychologists can simultaneously engage with several leaders in the same organization, while partnering with HR and senior executives to increase impact with the leaders we seek to develop.  The presentation is based on years of professional practice, sharing illustrations of different ways to expand our approach to executive coaching. 

Marc Sokol has more than 30 years in this profession, working in public and private sectors, internal and external roles, across 30 countries, and as principal of his own business for the past five years.  Marc is also executive editor of People + Strategy Journal, on the editorial board of Consulting Psychology Journal, President-elect for Minnesota Professional Psychologists at Work, and an advisor to the Masters Program in I-O Psychology at University of Maryland, which is also were he received his PhD.  Last year was part of a SIOP panel on sole proprietorship, featuring several members of METRO.   

CANCELLED | Tricia Naddaff - Can leaders really be both caring and achievement focused?
6:00 pm18:00

CANCELLED | Tricia Naddaff - Can leaders really be both caring and achievement focused?

  • NYU Wasserman Center


Leaders have always been expected to achieve results. Over the last thirty years there has been a growing expectation that effective leaders should also demonstrate a level of care and concern for people in order to work collaboratively, effectively coach and develop others, and build employee engagement. Is this a reasonable expectation? How difficult is it to lead with a shared emphasis on both people and results?

Join us for this interactive session as we share surprising results from one of MRG’s most provocative research studies and explore neuroscience insights into the challenging balance between focusing on people and focusing on results.


Tricia Naddaff is the President at Management Research Group (, an international leader in creating high-quality assessment tools and conducting extensive research in the areas of Leadership, Sales and Career Development/Personal Growth. Tricia works extensively with MRG’s worldwide network of consultants and clients providing thought leadership and coaching to assist in their development work with both individuals and organizations. Tricia speaks globally to audiences who want to increase the positive impact they have in their organizations and the world around them. A contributing author to the book “Enlightened Power”, she has a particular interest in engaging in the exploration of gender in leadership, and leading authentically and cultivating wisdom, courage and compassion in organizations. Tricia has been consulting to individuals, teams and organizations for over 30 years and her experience includes coaching, product design, research, and business development. Tricia received her graduate degree in Management from Lesley University and her undergraduate degree from Boston College.

10:00 pm22:00

METRO Networking | Houndstooth Pub

FREE networking event for our members at Houndstooth Pub at 520 8th Avenue @ 37th Street in NYC from 6-9 PM on October 18th.  Let's reconnect with one another as we haven't seen each other since June and talk about what's new in our lives and careers and what's new in our Applied Psych field.  We will have our own private room (lower level) and all you need to do is show up and ask for the "METRO Networking Event."  

Beer and wine are FREE FOR THE FIRST HOUR from 6-7 PM so don't be late!  There will be incredibly tasty FREE food, as well!  Drinks from 7-9 PM and mixed drinks from 6-9 PM will be paid for by you (or a colleague if you can swing it)!  Who knows?  There may be a few fun surprises, too.  See you all there! 

This event is for current Metro Members only, but feel free to bring a guest for $10 at the door.

Houndstooth Pub was New York's first gastropub - 520 8th Avenue @ 37th Street, Fashion Center, NYC, 10018.

6:00 pm18:00

Kathleen Lundquist - New Challenges from the Court Room: Emerging Areas of Concern for I/O

  • NYU Wasserman Center

Several recent court decisions, emerging state and local legislation and more aggressive regulatory enforcement efforts by the EEOC and OFCCP have led to an increase in the number and types of expected legal challenges to HR processes. Since the decision of the Supreme Court in the landmark Dukes v. Wal-Mart case, class action claims have continued to evolve as plaintiffs seek to specify the particular challenged employment process or the “glue” that holds a particular class together as similarly affected by an employment practice. As a result, there has been a renewed interest in challenging the validity of tests and such formerly-ignored areas as previous experience requirements, criminal background checks and participation in teams. This presentation will review the significant new court decisions and initiatives of regulatory agencies relating to employment practices and discuss the implications for the design and implementation of selection, compensation, performance management, and succession planning processes.

Kathleen K. Lundquist, Ph.D., is a nationally-recognized organizational psychologist who testifies frequently as an expert witness in employment discrimination class-action lawsuits. In addition to testifying for both defendants and plaintiffs, she has been appointed by courts to implement settlements of litigation involving organizations such as Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Dell, Sodexo, The Coca-Cola Company, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ford Motor Company and the FBI. Dr. Lundquist is president and CEO of APTMetrics, Inc., an international firm which consults with Fortune® 100 employers on the design and implementation of HR processes.


6:00 pm18:00

Dr. Sheldon Zedeck - Non-Cognitive Testing in High Stakes Testing Arenas

  • NYU Wasserman Center

This presentation will focus on the efforts in college and post-graduate admissions decisions toward the use of non-cognitive tests and assessments (e.g., situational judgment tests, biodata, personality, and emotion recognition) to provide incremental validity over the traditionally used cognitive measures such as the SAT, ACT, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT.  The emphasis will be on a review of the measures used, recent efforts to initiate change in admissions procedures, discussion of the criteria (both academic and non-academic) they are intended to predict, and the benefits they yield with respect to diversifying the entering classes of various programs.  Specifically data from the use of the LSAT as a predictor of lawyering effectiveness will be presented and discussed.

Dr. Sheldon Zedeck is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Professor of the Graduate School, in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.  He has been at Berkeley since 1969 when he completed his Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  At Berkeley, he served from 2007-2010 as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Welfare.  Prior to this administrative position, he also served as Chair of the Department of Psychology from 1993-98 (and as interim chair for the 2003-04 year) and was the Director of the campus' Institute of Industrial Relations from 1988-92.


6:00 pm18:00

Dr. Michael J. Burke - 100+ Years of Occupational Safety Research and Practice: The Contributions of Applied Psychology

  • NYU Wasserman Center

Starting with initiatives dating back to the mid-1800s, this presentation will provide a high-level review of the key events, trends, developments, and pioneers in the application of psychology to the field of occupational safety.  The discussion will be organized around three time periods characterized by major historical events, legislative developments, and applied research contributions that have led to significant advances in worker and workplace safety. Major lessons learned over the last 100+ years will be summarized with respect to our understanding of individual differences as predictors of safe work behavior, the efficacy of worker safety training, the role of frontline supervisors, and the criticality of a positive safety climate and culture.   

Michael Burke is the Lawrence Martin Chair in Business at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Prior to moving to New Orleans, Professor Burke was an Associate Professor of Management at New York University’s Stern School of Business.  Presently, his research and practice efforts are focused in the areas of workplace safety and organizational research methodology.  In 2006, he was awarded the Decade of Behavior Research Award for his research on workplace safety from a federation of professional scientific associations and, he has served, by appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, on the Safety and Occupational Health Study Section of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  Professor Burke is a Past-President of SIOP and former Editor of Personnel Psychology.  

6:00 pm18:00

Workplace Bullying Panel: Dr. Jerry Carbo & Dr. Sharon Brennan

  • NYU Wasserman Center

Panelist #1 - Dr. Jerry Carbo

Understanding and Eliminating Workplace Bullying:  A general overview of the problems with defining, understanding and eliminating workplace bullying and the steps that can be taken to effectively prevent, detect, remedy and eliminate bullying in the US workplace.

Dr. Jerry Carbo is an Associate Professor of Management at the Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University.  He teaches courses in Business and Society, Sustainability, Labor Relations and Employment Law.  He has researched and worked in the areas of Workplace Bullying and Harassment for the past 18 years and is currently a member of the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Workplace Harassment.   Prior to entering academia, he worked as an Employee Relations Manager and Human Resource Manager for two Fortune 50 companies.  He is also a member of the State Bar of West Virginia.

Panelist #2 - Dr. Sharon Brennan

Psychological Perspectives on Workplace Bullying: Why This Is An Issue for Leaders

Dr. Sharon Brennan is a licensed psychologist who received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from New York University.  She completed postdoctoral training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the Adelphi University Postdoctoral Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and the NYU Postdoctoral Program Advanced Specialization in Couple and Family Therapy.  She completed training in workplace bullying at the University of Workplace Bullying in Bellingham, Washington, and is a Fellow of the United States Academy of Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Abuse.  Dr. Brennan has given presentations on workplace bullying, as well as school bullying, including ways workplace bullying is an issue for leaders.  Dr. Brennan is also a former President of the New York State Psychological Association and four NYSPA divisions, including NYSPA's Division of Organization, Consulting, and Work Psychology in 2015 and in 2013, when she organized a very successful conference on workplace bullying that was attended by corporate, university, health care, and union organizations.  She Co-Chaired NYSPA's first Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Program, which honored corporations and such other organizations as the NYPD, NYFD, FEMA, and the NYC Board of Education for their significant efforts in bringing thousands of NYC workers and school children back to work and school after 9/11.  She is committed to the importance of psychologically healthy workplaces and ways we can facilitate this. 

6:00 pm18:00

Audrey Smith, Ph.D. - Leadership in High Resolution: Megatrends from 15,000 executive assessments

Audrey Smith is the senior vice president for DDI’s Talent Diagnostics around the globe, and also serves on DDI’s Operating Committee. Her customer driven thought leadership, experience and expertise have helped shape DDI’s succession, assessment and development offerings across the leadership pipeline, from the C-suite to the front line. Most recently, her team launched DDI’s pioneering mid-level virtual assessment, Leader3 Ready®.  

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University, where she taught courses in psychometrics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University
  • Member, Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology,  American Psychological Association

Key Capabilities and Experience

Highlights of Audrey’s professional career include:

  • Being a key strategist and architect for DDI’s approach, process, and tools associated with executive succession and development programs for high potentials up through C-suite leaders.
  • Collaborating with Fortune 1000 organizations around the world in best-practice talent management implementations across an array of business needs, including succession, selection, mergers and acquisitions, strategy execution, employee testing, performance management, and senior team alignment.
  • Coauthor, Grow Your Own Leaders (2002), a comprehensive guide on how to identify, develop and retain leadership talent. 
  • Coauthor, Leaders Ready Now (pending, with Paese & Byham, 2016), Accelerating Growth in a Faster World
  • Numerous publications and book chapters, (sampling below):

1.     “Executive Selection as a Strategic Business Decision” (article, with Ann Howard, published in the May 2009 Industrial and Organizational Psychology)

2.     The CEO’s Guide to Talent Management—Building a Global Leadership Pipeline ( with Rich Wellins and Bob Rogers); The CEO’s Guide to Innovation (with Ellie Hall)

3.     “Finding Future Perfect Senior Leaders: Spotting Executive Potential” (article, with Bob Rogers)

4.     “High Resolution Leadership : A synthesis of 15,000 Assessments into Big Data about Today’s Leaders” (2015, with Sinar, Paese, Wellins, Watt).

  • Leading DDI’s Global Assessment Operations, responsible for ensuring global quality, accuracy and consistency for leadership assessment around the world.
6:00 pm18:00

Dr. Jeanne Wilson - Myths and Misconceptions about Virtual Work: An evidence-based approach to what we know

  • NYU Wasserman Center

Jeanne Wilson received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior/Theory from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on new organizational forms, particularly distributed work groups. She just finished a year-long longitudinal study of the development of trust, cooperation and performance in co-located and distributed teams at a multinational bank. She is also involved in ongoing studies of knowledge transfer in teams that cross organizational boundaries, attributions about performance in international project teams, and the development of shared mental models in software development teams. This work is supported by grants from the CitiGroup Behavioral Science Research Council, the Carnegie Bosch Institute and the National Science Foundation. Prior to returning to pursue a Ph.D., Jeanne spent thirteen years in consulting, including a stint as a vice president for organizational change consulting. Her clients included Saturn, Unisys, Subaru-Isuzu, Becton-Dickinson, International Paper and GenCorp. During this time, Jeanne published four books for practicing managers, two of which were business best sellers.

6:00 pm18:00

Paula Caligiuri: Building a Pipeline of Culturally Agile Professionals

  • NYU Wasserman Center

While our world is becoming increasingly interconnected through cyberspace and international airports, success in global business requires more than a passport and a plane ticket. Success in global business is a function of professionals who have an ability to operate effectively in intercultural and multicultural situations -- people with cultural agility. 

In this presentation, Paula Caligiuri, author of Cultural Agility:  Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals, will describe how applied psychologists and other HR professionals can help organizations develop a pipeline of cultural agile professionals and global leaders.  

Using examples from both science and practice, Paula will cover the following topics:

The Basics:  A background on what cultural agility is (and isn’t) 

  • Selection and Assessment:  The profile of individuals who can readily gain cultural agility – and the common mistakes that are made within organizations when selecting people with cultural agility
  • Training and Development:  The learning opportunities organizations can offer to develop cultural agility and the features of truly developmental opportunities
  • A Case Study:  The case of international corporate volunteerism programs to increase cultural agility
6:00 pm18:00

Dr. Steve Kerr: How to Change Corporate Culture in Five Easy Steps: The Experiences of GE and Goldman Sachs

  • NYU Wasserman Center

Steve is currently a senior advisor to Goldman Sachs, following a six year term as a managing director and Goldman’s chief learning officer. Before that he was General Electric’s CLO and vice president of corporate leadership development for seven years, where he worked closely with Jack Welch and led GE’s renowned leadership-education center at Crotonville. He has also served on the business school faculties of The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California, where he was dean of the faculty and director of the Ph.D. program. Dr. Kerr is a former president of the Academy of Management, the world’s largest association of academicians in management. He has authored or coauthored six books and more than 80 journal articles, and his writings on leadership and “on the folly of rewarding a, while hoping for b” are among the most cited and reprinted in the management sciences.

Steve is a member of the board of directors of Harvard Business Publishing, The Motley Fool and the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, and is on the advisory board of the University of Pennsylvania’s program in learning leadership. He was a senior advisor to the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security during the George W. Bush administration. Interviews of Steve and articles about him have appeared in Fortune, Forbes ASAP, Investor’s Business Daily, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Financial Times, in two Harvard Business School case studies, and in many international magazines and newspapers. He has also written many op-ed pieces and blogs and has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, PBS, and cable and local (LA) TV.