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Nancy Tippins - Evaluating Leaders of Leaders

  • NYU Wasserman Center 133 East 13th Street #2 New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Nancy’s talk will focus on the evaluation of leaders of leaders (LOLs) or those who lead other leaders and consider two important questions.  The first question focuses on the criteria for success in LOL positions.  Nancy will review various sets of criteria and their shifts over time.  The second addresses the question of the effectiveness of various leadership assessment tools.  Nancy will review different approaches to leadership assessment and discuss their effectiveness as well as the criteria against which tools should be evaluated.


Dr. Tippins is a Principal Consultant at CEB where she brings more than 30 years of experience to the company.  She manages teams that develop talent acquisition strategies related to work force planning, sourcing, acquisition, selection, competency identification, succession planning, and employee and leadership development.  Dr. Tippins also conducts executive assessments and coaching and provides expert support in litigation. 

Active in professional affairs, Dr. Tippins has a longstanding involvement with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology where she served as President (2000-2001).  In addition, she served on the Ad Hoc Committee on the Revision of the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures (1999) and is co-chairing the committee for the current revision of the Principles.  She was one of the U.S. representatives on the ISO 9000 committee to establish international testing standards.  She also served on the Joint Committee to revise the Standards for Educational and Psychological Tests (2014).  She has served on a number of National Academies of Science committees and currently chairs the committee on Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Culture.

Dr. Tippins has authored numerous articles on tests and assessments.  Recently, she co-authored Designing and Implementing Global Selection Systems, co-edited the Handbook of Employee Selection, and another edited volume, Technology Enhanced Assessments. She has served as the Associate Editor for the Scientist-Practitioner Forum of Personnel Psychology.  She is currently on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, and the Journal of Psychology and Business, and the Personnel Assessment and Decisions.  She is the current editor of SIOP’s Professional Practice Series.

Dr. Tippins received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is a fellow of SIOP (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association - APA), Division 5 (APA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the American Psychological Society (APS), and is an active participant in several private industry research groups.