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Member Spotlight: Sertrice Grice

Sertrice Grice

Co-Founder & Chief Consulting Officer of Mattingly Solutions

How long have you been a SIOP member?
Seven years

What roles have you had within SIOP?
Institutional Research Committee Member for 2 years --> Currently the Chair of the Survey Oversight Subcommittee

Interest Area(s)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Measurement Strategy Development

What sparked your interest in I-O psychology?
I enjoyed my psychology course in high school so I knew right away that would be my major in undergrad. But I also had an interest in business so when I learned about I-O it was a perfect fit. They say we spend 1/3 of our lives in the workplace, yet so many people suffer from things like burnout and stress from work. I went into I-O because I wanted to help improve the experience employees were having in the workplace and by default hopefully impacting their lives in a meaningful way.

What role do you see I-O psychology playing in the future of work?
I-O psychology impacts so many pieces of an organization. From culture to talent management to learning and development. My hope for the future of I-O is for it to become a more well-known industry, improving our ability to impact the future of work.

Which of the Top 10 Work Trends for 2022 do you most strongly relate to and how can I-O psychology practitioners, educators, and students impact this trend?
I am the champion for Trend #8, Creating Effective DEI Interventions. I resonate with this trend because it is at the center of what I do at Mattingly Solutions along with fellow SIOPer Victoria Mattingly. We actually just wrote a book related to this called Inclusalytics: How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leaders Use Data to Drive Their Work. Inclusalytics was created and designed for those leading diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts within an organization who want to take a more data-driven approach to their work.

Organizations have embarked on a newfound commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), catalyzed by the social justice movements of 2020. Whether due to pressure from internal or external stakeholders, competition for top talent, or a moral imperative, businesses are increasingly acknowledging that DEI work needs to be done, and done right. Yet as they dive into this work, many companies fail to achieve results through their interventions. In fact, some don’t even know what results they are looking for in the first place. I strongly believe that is how I-O psychologist can impact this trend, helping organizations determine the what, why, and how related to developing impactful DEI interventions.

What advice would you give to students or early practitioners?
Get involved in SIOP (and stay involved after graduating)! Whether that is volunteering or simply attending evens. Through my SIOP experiences I have made a plethora of connections that have helped me get a number of different opportunities.

What is one of your favorite SIOP Annual Conference memories/highlights?
SIOP is how I got my first job! I will never forget my excitement and confusion after realizing I had just sat through an "accidental interview" with Jeff Saltzman, CEO of OrgVitality, before he sent me through a few others. A couple weeks later I had the job offer and the rest is "her-story"!

Please share one non-I-O-related bit of information about yourself
I am a huge fan of musical theater! I have seen at least 12 shows on Broadway, 2 in the West End, and countless regional theater shows. Just don't ask me to pick a favorite :)

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