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Master Collaboration Session (Session 198)
1 CE credit

S. Bartholomew Craig

Our field has long acknowledged the existence of certain “gaps” among different constituencies within our community. Two of these are the scientist-practitioner gap and the internal consultant–external consultant gap. All too often, professionals on opposite sides of these apparent divides speak different languages and fail to recognize what the other has to offer. This session will demonstrate what can be accomplished when we reach across the divide to form teams where members have the complementary perspectives and skills that only these types of collaborations can provide. Each presentation will highlight a different type of collaborative effort to meet a real-world organizational need and discuss the promises and pitfalls of working with “the other side.”

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain how to structure collaborative partnerships for implementing organizational strategy and achieving learning goals
2. Describe key success factors in academic-practitioner and consultant-client collaborations
3. Discuss the concept of a multilevel organizational development structure
4. Identify process elements that drive realism and engagement in assessment centers

An Academic-Practitioner Collaboration to Create High Engagement Executive Assessment & Development Experiences

• Lee J. Konczak, Senior Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis
• David E. Smith, President, EASI-Consult, LLC

Lee J. Konczak is a senior lecturer in organizational behavior and leadership development in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. His primary interest areas are leadership assessment and development, personnel selection, and team development. Lee has taught organizational behavior and human resource management at Washington University, Webster University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He holds a PhD in I-O psychology from the University of Missouri at St. Louis and an MA in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University. Before joining Olin, Lee worked at Anheuser-Busch Companies as director of Executive Development and Employee Selection Systems. Prior to Anheuser-Busch, Lee worked as an independent consultant. He also held senior management positions with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

David E. Smith is the founder and president of Expert Advocates in Selection International, LLC (EASI•Consult®). His career includes over 20 years in the field of assessment and development for management and leadership positions. His company provides Human Capital Management consulting to private sector and public sector organizations. David holds a PhD in I-O psychology from Colorado State University and an MA in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is a member of the Equal Employment Advisory Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Employment Testing in Washington, D.C. and is one of the founders of the International Assessment and Selection Council. David is licensed as a practicing psychologist by Missouri's State Committee of Psychology. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen research articles and studies in leading professional journals. His work has been reprinted in books on human resources management, both domestically and internationally.


Creating a Leadership and Management Development Framework: An Internal-External Collaboration

• K. Adam Ortiz, Managing Partner, Executive Leadership Consulting
• Beth Moore, Vice President of Talent Management, The Guardian Life Insurance Company

K. Adam Ortiz is the managing partner of Executive Development Consulting. He provides executive assessment, coaching, and leadership development consultation services aimed at creating sustainable improvements in individual and organizational performance. Adam brings a broad and pragmatic perspective that has evolved over the last 20 years through working with leaders from around the world and across a wide range of Fortune 500 companies in industries such as financial services, technology, manufacturing, retail, and energy. Adam has held executive leadership positions at Time Warner and Bank of America, where he was instrumental in the design and implementation of talent management and development solutions. He began his career with the United States Air Force, where he worked with Air Force leaders in environments such as the Persian Gulf to adapt their skills to the special demands of the military. Adam holds a Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota.

Beth Moore is vice president of Talent Management at The Guardian Life Insurance Company. She is responsible for leading talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness and learning, employee policy, and engagement. Beth oversees the creation and implementation of initiatives that drive business strategy through enhanced organizational performance and employee engagement. Major initiatives underway include performance management enhancements, leadership development initiatives, talent acquisition process improvement, and measurement and improvement of employee engagement. Before joining Guardian in 2009, Beth served as senior vice president, Human Resources Business Partner for Wachovia, where she had overall responsibility for defining, aligning, and implementing people initiatives to achieve business results. While at Wachovia she was accountable for change management, coaching, communications, diversity, and human capital planning. Beth also held multiple human resources positions at TRW and James River Corporation. Beth has a BA in history from the University of Virginia and holds her SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources) designation.