LEC 2022 Session Speakers

Tammy Allen (USF)
Tammy D. Allen, PhD, is Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. Her work focuses on topics related to work and family, organizational practices such as remote work, and employee career development and wellbeing. Tammy served as president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2013-2014). She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science, the Academy of Management, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). She holds a B.A. from California State University and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee.

Mariangela Battista (International Game Technology, PLC)
Mariangela Battista is vice president of Global Talent Management for IGT, PLC a global lottery and gaming organization. She has strategic oversight and accountability for all global people processes including talent acquisition, performance management, succession planning, learning and development including management and executive development, selection and assessment, culture, engagement and employee communication. Prior to IGT, Mariangela was chief talent officer at XL Catlin, a global insurance firm.  She was also vice president of Talent and Organizational Capability at Pfizer, Inc. where she was responsible for the research center of excellence, including all engagement research; manager development and capability including assessments and organization-wide change management practices. Prior to Pfizer, Mariangela spent 8 years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. as vice president, Organizational Culture and Effectiveness. During her career at Starwood, Mariangela had strategic design and oversight for Internal Communication, Organizational Measurement, Community Affairs and People Programs including mentoring, employee recognition program, ethics and compliance programs and the Starwood Associate Relief Fund. Mariangela was also a key architect in the design of Starwood’s Leadership Success Profile, performance management and 360-Degree Feedback programs, StarVoice (annual engagement survey) and other management development programs. In her 25+ year career, Mariangela has also been part of the human resources function of the Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), American Express, and IBM. She is also a published author in the areas of performance management, global human resources, engagement, talent management, and executive coaching. Mariangela earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the City University of New York.  She is a Fellow of SIOP, a member of the American Psychological Association, and the Academy of Management and is the current chair of the Friday Group, a NY-based consortium of industrial-organizational psychologists.

Shannon Bonner (3M)
Shannon Bonner, PhD, is senior manager, Enterprise Listening, at 3M. During her career, she has led functions responsible for varied talent management programs and tools, including leadership and employee development, competency and skill-based development frameworks, pre-employment and promotional testing, and performance management. In her current role, she is responsible for both formal and informal employee listening programs. She received her doctoral degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida and has over 15 years of applied experience in both external and internal consulting roles.

Allan Church (Maestro Consulting)
Allan is cofounder and managing partner of Maestro Consulting, LLC.  He is a widely recognized thought leader in the fields of talent management, industrial-organizational psychology, and organization development, and has over 30 years of experience in global corporate executive positions and external OD consulting.  Prior to Maestro, he spent 21 years at PepsiCo in a variety of senior talent management and organization development roles was most recently senior vice president of Global Talent Management.  Allan is also an adjunct full professor at Columbia University Teachers College in the Organization and Leadership program where he teaches Strategic Talent management.  He received his PhD in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and is a Fellow of SIOP, APA, APS and SCP.  In 2018 he received the SIOP Distinguished Professional Contributions Award in recognition of his sustained, significant, and outstanding contributions to the field.  An active writer, he has authored seven books, 35 chapters and over 160 practitioner and scholarly articles.  His latest books include The High-Potential’s Advantage with Jay Conger from Harvard Business Review Press, and The Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback from Oxford University Press.  

Arthur Evans (CEO, APA)
Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, is CEO of the American Psychological Association, the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Evans previously served in public policy positions in Philadelphia and Connecticut, where he led the transformation of their behavioral health systems. An unconventional leader, Evans has employed science, research, community activism, spirituality, traditional clinical care, policy and cross-system collaborations to change the status quo around behavioral health. His work has received national and international recognition. Evans holds a doctorate in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Florida Atlantic University.

Alison Eyring (Produgie)
Alison Eyring PhD is the Founder & CEO of Produgie. In 2000 she founded Organisation Solutions in Singapore where she served as CEO until incubating and then spinning off Produgie in 2021. She has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the NUS Business School for more that 15 years where she has taught graduate courses in Organization Design & Transformation and Strategic HR.  She is the author of, Pacing for Growth: Why Intelligent Restraint Drives Long-Term Success. 



Raymond F. Beland (ITG)
Raymond F. Beland is the senior managers of Leadership and Learning at IGT. He leads a global matrixed team to design and execute enterprise-wide leadership & learning initiatives in support of people managers and professionals to build individual and organizational capability, including Leadership Development programs from emerging leaders through senior directors; Digital Learning Strategy; and Compliance programs. Prior to IGT, he was the manager-Talent Management at Cabot Corporation, responsible for the development and delivery of global talent development and learning initiatives, including midlevel manager and high-potential leadership programs, an on-demand platform for developing projectmanagement skills across the enterprise, and other multimodal professional skills developmentsolutions. Prior to Cabot, Ray worked for almost 5 years at GTECH as a senior instructional designer and talent management specialist and in Textron Inc. corporate university. Ray has a Master of Science by Research (M.S. Res.) in the History of Medicine from the University ofEdinburgh- Scotland, Six Sigma and Lean Greenbelts, and is a certified DiSC facilitator.


LeClaire Hammerle (Eli Lilly and Company)
LeClaire Hammerle, MS, is a manager for Global Talent Science: Assessments, Surveys, and Research at Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) where she manages Lilly’s global organizational surveys: employee lifecycle surveys (recruiting, onboarding, quality of hire, exit), employee engagement surveys, leadership feedback surveys (180s), and team effectiveness surveys. She also partners with business leaders and organizations to launch topic-specific surveys for just-in-time data collection and is also part of the extended talent management team at Lilly. LeClaire is a graduate of Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) after getting her M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2018) and a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) with a B.S. in Psychology (minor in Marketing; 2016). LeClaire has been at Lilly since 2018.   


Rob Kaiser (Kaiser Leadership)
Robert B. Kaiser and his firm, Kaiser Leadership Solutions, help companies assess, identify, select, and develop leaders who build great cultures and deliver outstanding business results. He’s well-known for his scholarly and practical articles and presentations on leadership and executive development. Rob is the former editor of Consulting Psychology Journal and a Fellow of SIOP. 

Ruth Kanfer (Founding Director, GT Work Science Center)
Ruth Kanfer is a leading scholar in work motivation, engagement, job search, adult learning and work transitions across the lifespan. She has published over 125 works and is co-editor/author of four volumes on work motivation, emotions, and the age-diverse workforce. She has conducted externally-funded research and consulting in manufacturing, construction, information technology, engineering, healthcare, and aviation. She is a Fellow of SIOP, the Academy of Management (AoM), the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Sciences, from whom she has received national awards for her work. She was the second woman in SIOP history to receive the prestigious Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. She has served on 13 journal editorial and scientific advisory boards, on the Academy of Management (AoM) Board of Governors, and as AoM Organizational Behavior Division Chair. Dr. Kanfer received her PhD at Arizona State University and is currently on the faculties of the School of Psychology, the College of Design, and the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As Direct of the Work Science Center, she contributes to multidisciplinary research on post-pandemic work life and adult learning at scale, and the effects of technology and work space design on identity, engagement, and career outcomes.


Larissa Linton
Larissa Linton is a Senior People Science Consultant at Glint, a LinkedIn and Microsoft company.  Larissa has over 20 years of experience in talent management and organizational development, including employee engagement, leadership development, performance management, succession planning, and change management, among others.  Prior to Glint, Larissa held a variety of internal and external consulting roles, including Director of Learning & Organizational Development at Perrigo, Global Workforce Strategy Senior Consultant at Steelcase, and Team Lead at Personnel Decisions Research Institutes (PDRI) in Washington, DC.  Larissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northern Michigan University and her Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University. 

Meghan Lowery (Eli Lilly and Company)
Meghan Lowery, PhD, leads the Global Talent Science: Assessments, Surveys, and Research group in the HR Talent Management COE at Eli Lilly & Co., and has responsibility for the design, administration, delivery, and analysis of a variety of workforce research/talent analytics projects. She provides consulting expertise to a variety of business partners and executive leadership to answer intriguing questions about the Lilly workforce. She serves on the board of The Mayflower Group, a surveys best practices consortium. She joined Lilly in 2015 after 4 years as Director, Organizational Consulting at Psychological Associates, where she led the Surveys & Feedback department and served as a consultant to Fortune 500 businesses in the areas of talent management, executive coaching, assessments for selection and development, leadership development, and C-suite consultative services. Additional experience has included a Director-level role overseeing a graduate student-run consulting firm, and has held adjunct faculty roles at multiple universities.  Meghan earned a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2010, Southern Illinois University Carbondale), a M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2007, Missouri State University), and a B.S. with Honors in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Communication (2005, Texas State University). See more at www.meghanloweryphd.com.

Meisha-Ann Martin (WorkHuman)
Dr. Meisha-ann Martin has spent almost twenty years as a diversity researcher and practitioner. She earned her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2006, based on her research on diversity attitudes in the workplace. In her current role as Senior Director, People Analytics and Research at Workhuman, Dr. Martin leads a team that focuses on proving the impact of positive work experiences for individuals and organizations. Dr. Martin has a personal passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and loves using data and analytics to identify and remedy inclusion gaps in the employee experience. Dr. Martin is considered a People Analytics/Employee Experience expert as she has led these efforts in companies like Flex, JetBlue and Raymond James Financial and also led the Talent Management function at ServiceMaster. Dr. Martin regularly speaks on diversity related topics at conferences, on webinars and on podcasts; her thought leadership in this area has been featured in Forbes, HR Dive and Benefits Pro.

Chris Mason (KeHe Foods)
Chris Mason leads the Human Resources Technology, Talent, and Total Rewards team at KeHE Distributors. Chris holds a PhD in I-O Psychology from DePaul University and has centered his career on the application of I-O Psychology to HR practice in a range of companies large and small leading teams in Talent Management, Total Rewards (Compensation and Benefits), Organizational Effectiveness, People Analytics, Learning & Leadership Development, and HR Systems and Technology. His passion is the continual reinvention of how we all work in ways that make work more motivating and meaningful and drive real-world impact for our organizations.

Kalifa Oliver (DeepDive Talent Insights and Analytics​)
Kalifa Oliver, PhD, is the managing partner of her own boutique management consulting firm DeepDive Talent Insights and Analytics. She has consulted for several Fortune 500 companies  with a focus on employee experience, organizational listening, employee voice architecture, and people analytics. She is a trusted an advisor and consultant to several  leaders including C-Suite executives across multiple industries .

In her most recent corporate role, she served as the vice president of Employee Voice and Recognition within the Global Talent Development team at Stanley Black and Decker. Prior to that, she was the global head of People Listening, Research, and Insights at WPP. Kalifa has also served in similar leadership capacities as a senior vice president at Wells Fargo and within the Global People Analytics function at Walmart. Her functions in these roles were always focused on designing and customizing employee listening strategies and formulating employee data architecture, governance, and visualization tools aimed at enhancing the employee experience and increasing the quality of executive business decisions. She also hosts a YouTube show and podcast called I Think I Love My Job. She received her PhD in I-O Psychology from Clemson University.

Mary Plunkett (Blue Origin)
Dr. Mary Plunkett serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Blue Origin, a private space company developing vehicles and technologies that dramatically improve access to space for people and payloads. Mary joined Blue Origin in September 2019 and leads recruiting, learning &organization development, talent management, people analytics and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the company.  Mary has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and more than 25 years of experience building talent capability across diverse industries and geographies.  Prior to joining Blue Origin, Mary served in senior leadership roles at Boeing, BP, and Heineken and as a part time faculty member at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Minnesota.

David Rodriguez (former Marriott CHRO)
David is a board director and former Chief HR Officer at Marriott International where he provided oversight for human capital in one of the most significant employment sectors.  During his tenure, Marriott is the only hotel company to be named to Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work For list every year since its inception in 1998 and the first hotel company to be ranked #1 by DiversityInc and inducted into its Hall of Fame.  In recognition of his career achievements, David is one of the first CHROs elected a Fellow of both SIOP and the National Academy of Human Resources.

Nancy Romanyshyn (Syndio)
Nancy Romanyshyn is the Director of Pay Strategy and Partner Success at Syndio, a leading workplace equity software platform.  She works with companies to assess, diagnose and uncover how their compensation programs are delivering pay so they can refine and build rewards with built-in fairness.  Prior to joining Syndio in 2021, she worked at Willis Towers Watson for over 20 years and led the North America Fair Pay team.  She brings nearly 30 years of compensation design and management experience both in-house and leading consulting engagements for a variety of industries

Ben Schneider, KEYNOTE SPEAKER (University of Maryland)
Benjamin Schneider is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Maryland and has also taught at Michigan State, Yale and Bar-Ilan University (Israel, on a Fulbright). Ben holds the PhD in psychology and the MBA. He has published more than 125 professional journal articles and book chapters and 13 books. Ben's research and consulting interests are organizational climate and culture, service quality, work engagement, staffing organizations, and the role of personality in organizational life. Ben has always been an active consultant and since retiring from Maryland has worked with several consulting firms and companies. 

Evan Sinar (Amazon) 
Evan Sinar, PhD, is science manager for Candidate Research & Product at Amazon, where he leads mixed-methods (qualitative + quantitative) research on hourly candidate experience, employee value proposition, and employment branding. His team’s work informs optimization of Amazon’s workforce through market intelligence-based labor planning to find, attract, and retain hourly associates at scale. Evan is a frequent author on topics such as AI, future of work, HR analytics, digital coaching, candidate reactions, and technology-enabled assessment. He is a fellow of SIOP and has served terms on the SIOP Executive Board as Financial Officer and Conferences & Programs Officer.

Mark Smith (SHRM)
Mark Smith, PhD, has over 20 years of experience in HR research and consulting. His primary areas of expertise involve strategic research approaches, test development and validation, and individual assessment. He joined SHRM in 2018 after spending most of his career in consulting roles. At SHRM, he spent 3 years as director of Exam Development for certification before becoming the director of HR Thought Leadership. Mark holds MA and PhD degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida. He is a member of SIOP and has also served as president and board member of the Houston Association for I-O Psychology.

Megan Steckler (Perceptyx)
Megan Steckler brings 15 years of experience in Talent Management consulting, working with clients from a wide variety of industries on surveys from all areas of the employee life-cycle. In her role as director of Customer Consulting, she leads a team of consultants specializing in helping Perceptyx customers develop strategic surveys and uncover meaningful insights from their data. Megan has deep expertise in research methodology, employee engagement, organizational culture and change management. Prior to joining Perceptyx, Megan was a Managing Consultant for IBM's Talent Management Solutions group and Kenexa's global survey practice and employment branding group. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Janine Waclawski (Maestro Consulting)
Janine Waclawski, PhD, is cofounder and managing partner of Maestro Consulting, LLC.  Maestro specializes in talent strategy, c-suite and senior executive assessment, succession planning, and high-potential identification. Prior to this she was a PepsiCo HR leader for 20 years where she held HR business partner and CHRO roles in multiple business sectors.  Most recently she was CHRO of PepsiCo’s Latin America sector (70,000 plus employees and annual revenue of $8 billion). Janine has numerous publications and has served as co-editor of the Professional Practice book series for SIOP. She received her BA in psychology from Stony Brook University and her PhD from Columbia University. 

Wanda Wallace  (Leadership Forum)
Wanda T. Wallace, Ph.D. and Managing Partner of Leadership Forum, LLC, coaches, facilitates and speaks on improving leadership by improving the quality of conversations. She specializes in helping women and men get to the top, stick and thrive.  Prior to founding Leadership Forum she was associate dean of Executive Education at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  She hosts a weekly radio show: Out of the Comfort Zone.  Her latest book is You Can’t Know It All: Leading in the Age of Deep Expertise. Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter @AskWanda and at www.wandawallace.com. Wanda received her B.A. in psychology and mathematics as well as her Ph.D. in Psychology from Duke University.

Allison Yost (Better-Up) 
Allison Yost is the VP of BetterUp Labs, which has the mission to conduct, apply, and share cutting-edge, world-class, interdisciplinary scientific research to understand and accelerate human flourishing. Allison has over 10 years of experience in internal and external consulting as well as internal labs focused on conducting research on leadership and well-being. Her areas of expertise are in human capital strategy, selection, measurement and evaluation, talent analytics, performance management, development, leadership, organizational effectiveness, and organizational development. Allison earned her PhD in Industrial-Organizational psychology from the George Washington University and MA in Quantitative Psychology from James Madison University.