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 Workshop Titles, Presenters, and Abstracts

 Interested in HRCI Credit? Click here for a list of accepted workshops.

 Wednesday, April 25, 2012; 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

To attend any of the following workshops, you must register for the conference and include the workshop fee on your registration. While registering, you will be prompted to select which two workshops you would like to attend. For more information about a particular workshop, including learning objectives and presenter bios, click the titles below.

1. Innovations in Computer-Based Testing: Implications for Science and Practice. 
 Craig R. Dawson, SHL, Adam W. Meade, North Carolina State University; Coordinator:  Lorin Mueller, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
 Computer-Based Testing (CBT), including advanced applications such as Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) and computer simulations, are becoming increasingly common as selection devices used for hiring. This workshop will teach those familiar with selection system design and validation the best practices around understanding, implementing, validating, and improving CBT programs. Scientific and practical implications of advanced computer-based techniques will be addressed.

Target Audience: This workshop is appropriate for selection professionals of all levels. Participants should be familiar with selection system design and testing, including validation strategies and basic psychometrics.
2. The Art and Science of Selection: Loading up for Implementation and Sustainability. 
 Rich Cober, Marriott International, Inc., Nancy Tippins, CEB Valtera Corporation; Coordinator: Rob Michel, Edison Electric Institute
 The sustainability of a selection program depends on the design as well as the implementation of the instruments. However, sustainability is rarely covered in most I-O graduate programs. This workshop reviews the critical questions to be addressed prior to the development, validation, and implementation of a selection program.
Target Audience: All levels of experience
3. Competencies as a Foundation for Integrated Talent Management. 
 Alexis A Fink, Microsoft Corporation, Juan I. Sanchez, Florida International University; Coordinator: Chris Lovato, Kenexa
 This workshop reviews the value-added by competencies as a key piece of the infrastructure supporting strategically integrated talent management beyond traditional HR practices. We will propose innovative solutions to a number of pending measurement, practice, and compliance issues in the emerging field of competency modeling.
Target Audience: All levels of experience
4. Engaged Employees in Flourishing Organizations. 
 William H. Macey, CEB Valtera Corporation, Arnold B. Bakker, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands; Coordinator: Brigitte Steinheider, University of Oklahoma
 This workshop will examine how employee engagement is conceptualized by both practitioners and scholars and the implications for applied work. Particular attention will be given to the drivers of engagement and how engagement survey findings should be interpreted at different levels of analysis including the individual, unit, and organizational levels.
Target Audience: All levels of experience
5. Reaching for the Stars: Building High Potential Talent Programs for Organizational Advantage. 
 Rob Silzer, HR Assessment and Development Inc./ Baruch College, CUNY, Sandra Davis, MDA Leadership Consulting, Jeff McHenry, Rainier Leadership Solutions
Coordinator: Paul Yost, Seattle Pacific University
 Designing and implementing an effective high potential program requires an organization to determine strategic objectives; define high potential; identify, assess and develop high potential talent; and evaluate program effectiveness. Workshop presenters will help practitioners understand and address these issues in order to build a program that best meets organizational needs.
Target Audience: Seasoned professionals who are working with high potential individuals or who are developing a high potential talent program
6. Coaching That Fits: How to Tailor the Design and Delivery of Coaching to Achieve Greater Results. 
 Anna Marie Valerio, Executive Leadership Strategies, LLC, Paul Tesluk, University at Buffalo, School of Management Coordinator: Michel Buffet, Fisher Rock Consulting
 Although coaching a preferred way to increase executive and high-potential effectiveness, it is labor intensive and costly. As a result, coaches are constantly asked to tailor the design and delivery of coaching to maximize impact while minimizing costs. This workshop will provide the skills and resources to do just that.
 Target Audience: This workshop should be of interest to seasoned practitioners (in internal or external roles) who are responsible for developing or implementing coaching programs in medium to large-size organizations.
7. Beyond the Misery of Change Management:  Getting Change Leadership Right. 
 John B. McGuire, Center for Creative Leadership, Charles J. Palus, Center for Creative Leadership
 Coordinator: Christina Norris-Watts, Macquarie Group Limited
 An interdependent form of change leadership is required to significantly improve the probability of successful change efforts and to sustain them over time. This workshop will describe this evolving view of leadership as a social process that produces outcomes of direction, alignment, and commitment, and provide relevant change management tools.
Target Audience: All levels of experience
8. Talent Management in Action: Game of Thrones. 
 Allan H. Church, PepsiCo, Janine Waclawski, Pepsi Beverage Company, John Scott, APTMetrics
 Coordinator: Erica Desrosiers, PepsiCo
 Talent management is the process of identifying, assessing, developing, planning, and moving talent throughout the employee lifecycle to meet strategic business objectives. This workshop will provide a realistic preview of talent management applied in organizational settings based on different perspectives. Case examples and exercises will be used to build capability.
Target Audience: This workshop should be of most interest to those internal and external practitioners with entry-level to intermediate-level experience in the talent management and succession planning process and/or others who have a general interest in moving into this area at some point in the future.
9. Little Things (Can) Mean a Lot! Practical Statistics for Small-Sample and Group-Level Data. 
 Rodney A. McCloy, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), Paul J. Hanges, University of Maryland
Coordinator: Cheryl Paullin, HumRRO
 This workshop will focus on practical issues faced by I-O psychologists when dealing with real-world data sets, including analyzing categorical data, applying statistical tests appropriate for small samples, using multi-level techniques (multilevel factor analysis, HLM) appropriately, and using statistical techniques to identify and remove aberrant raters from a data set.
Target Audience: This workshop is intended for I-O psychologists who are responsible for conducting statistical analyses or for evaluating the quality of analyses conducted by someone else. A working knowledge of descriptive statistics, correlations, and regression, as well as a basic understanding of Item Response Theory (IRT) is required to benefit from this workshop. The workshop will be of most relevance for persons who work with organizational data sets and do not have access to expert statistical consulting assistance.
10.  Avoiding the Blank Stare: Communicating Research Findings to General Audiences. 
 Nathan R. Kuncel, University of Minnesota 
 Coordinator:  Emily Solberg, Valtera Corporation
 I-O psychologists often struggle with communicating our research and helping others use it effectively. This workshop will help participants learn how to effectively communicate results from research demonstrating the effectiveness of personnel selection processes and will provide methods for identifying decision biases and techniques for debiasing the decision making process.
Target Audience: All levels of experience
11. Legal Update: Insights and Best Practices From Plaintiff, Enforcement Agency and Employer Perspectives. Eric M. Dunleavy, DCI Consulting Group, Cyrus Mehri, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC;  Coordinator: Laura Heaton, The Hershey Company 
 This workshop will review significant workplace discrimination case law and settlements from 2010 and 2011. Emphasis will be placed on recent class action rulings, enforcement agency updates, statistical methods for identifying discrimination, and best practices for mitigating and eliminating workplace discrimination. Plaintiff, enforcement agency, and employer insights will be shared.
Target Audience: Participants should be familiar with basic EEO concepts and laws related to workplace discrimination, but participants do not need to be experts in the subject matter.


12. Shades of Gray in Ethical Landmines: Provoking Participative Provocateurs. 
 Greg Gormanous, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Louisiana State University Alexandria; Coordinator: John Howes, Kenexa
We do not know “what we do not know.” Explore the complexities of ethicality/legality/morality in a workshop where participants serve as provocateurs/discussants on contextually varied ethical scenarios—reflecting shades of gray—in order to provoke discussion/disagreement. Scenarios include workplace issues, such as conflict of interest, flirting/romance, selection, ethnic/cultural/women's issues, and stress.
Target Audience: Early and mid-career psychologists, practitioners, and graduate students interested in better understanding that ethical situations often involve shades of gray and complexities.