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Brian Welle

Brian Welle has been a member of Google's People Analytics team since August, 2006. During that time he has conducted research and designed programs that strengthened Google’s HR initiatives. He currently leads a team of Analysts that has three main goals: (1) guide Google's talent management, learning programs, career development and diversity practices through the strategic use of data; (2) launch surveys that take the pulse of the organization, including the annual employee opinion survey, and empower clients to act on the results; and (3) conduct basic HR research through the People and Innovation Lab (PiLab), an internal HR think-tank focused on understanding (and improving!) manager effectiveness, employee health, and innovation. PiLab research has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive Online, the MSNBC program, Your Business, among others. Prior to joining Google, Brian was a Research Director at Catalyst, a non-profit consulting organization specializing in diversity, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.


Presentation: Deriving insight from data: An analytics-driven approach to talent management

Abstract: The world of I/O psychology is expanding: Our scope, data, and most importantly, organizations’ appetite to use science to make decisions. In this presentation, Welle will describe the journey of Google’s People Analytics team, and the variety of research methods and data -- big *and* small -- that enrich Googlers’ lives.


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