LEC Program Committee


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2023 LEC Program Committee

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Kyana Beckles

Kyana is a social entrepreneur; the Founder of Leverage Assessments, a job testing company, specializing in credentialing development, maintenance and administration for Associations.

Kyana holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and got her start in testing supporting the development of Promotional Exams for Police Departments.

Kyana is an expert on credentialing, certification development, accreditation, diversity, remote proctoring, new certifications and professional development support for Industry Groups and Associations. She has worked with NYC Police Department, NYC Department of Education Human Resource Administration, FITSI, PICC Excellence, and EAPA.



Consider This: Guidance for Increasing Fairness for Underrepresented Groups

This presentation will provide guidance for increasing fairness for underrepresented groups in the test development process and maximizing potential for candidate diversity. Topics will include item sensitivity procedures, inclusion of underrepresented individuals in the test development process, and ways of examining diversity outcomes of testing procedures.

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Anthony Boyce

Anthony S. Boyce, PhD, is a principal research scientist at Amazon. In this role, he helps set and execute global pre-hire talent evaluation strategy to support the continued growth of Amazon’s 1MM+ employee workforce. Previously, Tony was a partner in Aon’s Assessment Solutions practice where he directed a team of PhD’s, data scientists, and other colleagues to develop assessment and leadership strategies, tools, and points-of-view that help organizations identify, develop, and retain top talent


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Amber Burkhart

Dr. Amber Burkhart has worked in a variety of roles in the talent management consulting space. Dedicated to first-class service, she has guided organizations of all sizes and across a variety of industries to improve their talent management and development processes. She currently is the Director of Talent and Data Analytics at Valmont. In this role, she leads the organization’s talent analytics and assessment strategy and also supports succession planning and DE&I strategy.

Prior to joining Valmont, Dr. Burkhart was a Team Lead and Senior People Insights Consultant at BetterUp, where she partnered with clients in designing the development, implementation, and evaluation of science-based people development programs that helped organizations achieve their business objectives and indivduals live with great purpose, clarity, and passion.

Previously, Amber was a Manager and Senior Consultant at Hogan Assessments. There she supported the needs of numerous Fortune 500 organizations through managing the development, validation, and implementation of selection and development focused assessment solutions. She also worked at CEB's SHL Talent Measurement Solutions supporting a variety of projects including test development, job analysis, competency model development, interviewing and interviewing training.

Amber received her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University. She has served on multiple SIOP committees and is currently the chair for the Consortia committee.

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Eric M. Dunleavy

Eric M. Dunleavy, Ph.D. is Vice President of the Employment and Litigation Services Division at DCI Consulting Group, where he leads a group of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and Labor Economists involved in a wide variety of personnel selection, work analysis, workforce analytics, and litigation support projects.

Dr. Dunleavy received his M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston. Since then he has conducted hundreds of high stakes applied research projects related to employment outcomes such as hiring, promotion, and pay in various contexts and for broad range of clients, industries, and jobs. He has also published articles in various scholarly journals, reviewed submissions to various scholarly journals and recently co-edited (with Scott B. Morris) the book "Adverse Impact Analysis: Understanding Data, Statistics and Risk" (Taylor & Francis, 2017). He has been adjunct faculty and taught graduate level courses at both George Mason University and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for Workplace Equality (IWE). Before joining DCI, Dr. Dunleavy worked for the American Institutes for Research, where he was involved in large-scale social science and personnel selection research for medical, educational, and federal agency clients.

In 2011 Dr. Dunleavy received the first Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award - Practice from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP). In 2015 he was elected a SIOP Fellow. In 2016 he testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on matters related to big data/people analytics in employment and was one of eleven I/O Psychologists selected to a SIOP committee responsible for revising the SIOP Principles. He has also served on the SIOP Professional Practice Committee and chaired a SIOP task force responsible for dialogue on topics of mutual interest with EEOC. Dr. Dunleavy has served as a consulting or testifying expert on matters related to Title VII, ADEA, Executive Order 11246, and the California Fair Pay Act, and involving outcomes including hiring, promotion, performance measurement and pay. He has also worked as an expert responsible for conducting research in the context of numerous equal employment opportunity settlements.

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Tracy Kantrowitz

Tracy Kantrowitz is Chief Product Officer at Personnel Decisions Research Institute (PDRI) where she leads assessment product development and implementation programs. She has published in leading journals on assessment science and has led large-scale assessment development and validation programs for U.S Office of Personnel Management, Air Force, Army, NASA, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, members of the intelligence community, and Google. A SIOP Fellow, she recently served as its Professional Practice Officer. She has been awarded the Distinguished Early Career Contributions – Practice and M. Scott Myers Award for applied research in the workplace, and serves on the editorial board of the Professional Practice Series and Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

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Ryan O’Leary

Ryan O’Leary, Ph.D. is Chief Solutions Officer for PDRI, where he works with great enthusiasm in close partnership with each customer he serves to surface their most pressing priorities and ensure the right technical solutions are created or configured for them.

Ryan’s value to customers comes from his expertise and extensive experience of over 15 years with all different types of talent management systems. His intimate understanding of talent management system integration enables him to connect the dots in ways others can’t, so that new solutions fit well with existing processes and products and avoid spillover and downstream consequences.

Ryan is passionate about ensuring that PDRI systems, processes, or products make a difference for each customer, which gains high levels of customer confidence and loyalty. His deep drive to do the right things for customers yields unique insights about emerging talent issues that spur important product innovations.

Ryan is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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Emily G. Solberg

Dr. Emily G. Solberg is a Managing Consultant at SHL. In this role, she manages the development and delivery of assessment services that optimize client implementation and administration, quality of hire, and legal defensibility. These services include job analysis, development of tailored and custom assessments, and assessment validation. She has been with the organization since 2003 and has worked with many large organizations in numerous industries including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, customer contact, and retail. She has developed and implemented a wide range of assessment programs including online selection testing, behavioral interviews, managerial simulations, and assessment centers. Dr. Solberg received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has authored and co-authored numerous book chapters, articles, and workshops/presentations on a variety of topics.  She is has been an active member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for over 20 years and is currently serving as the Conferences and Programs Portfolio Officer on the SIOP Executive Board.