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2017 Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award - Practice

Megan K. Leasher, Macy’s Inc.

In the relatively brief time since graduate school (Wright State University, 2007), Dr. Leasher has become a consummate scientist-practitioner able to balance the needs of her organization with the values and practices of I-O. She has been successful at articulating the technical, analytical, and data/evidence-based aspects of her initiatives in ways that management understands and how the results align with organizational strategy. She has developed and validated a number of innovative programs at Macy’s spanning all business functions and roles in the challenging retail environment. Her contributions have been recognized with several corporate awards, including Macy’s “Best of the Best: Support Team of the Year” for her collaborative leadership in the merger of the stores and e-commerce merchant and marketing organizations for both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. She also was honored with the “Make Magic: Team Leadership Award” for the highly successful design, implementation, and effectiveness of an assessment center used for developing and promoting talent. Last year, Human Resources Executive magazine selected Dr. Leasher for the “Rising Star Award” as one of five HR professionals who have demonstrated the ability to launch significant HR initiatives and programs and the ability to tackle major HR-related challenges. She contributes broadly beyond her own organization including making presentations at high schools, nonprofits, local HR meetings, and university I-O, HR, and management classes. She also presents frequently at SIOP conferences and has served on several SIOP committees.


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