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Member Spotlight: Liz Pavese

Liz Pavese

Senior Business Psychologist, Workday

How long have you been a SIOP member?
I joined in 2008 as a graduate student.

What roles have you had within SIOP?
Each year I participate as a reviewer for the SIOP Annual Conference, regardless of my attendance. I've participated as a mentor for Speed Networking at the annual conference as well as for the CEMA graduate student mentoring program. For the past three years, I've been a member of the Practitioner Development Committee and have co-led the Practitioner Mentoring Program.

Why do you volunteer with SIOP?
Volunteering offered a new way for me to engage with the SIOP community at my current career and life stage. It’s been reinvigorating to be involved in the committee and programs that support development - something that I benefited from earlier in my career. It’s great to help others on their journey and with an organization that has supported my own. 

Interest area(s)
HR technology, coaching, early leader development, employee listening and analytics

What sparked your interest in I-O psychology?
I think I was lucky to have an intro to I-O course as part of my undergraduate studies. I owe that initial spark to Dr Monica Schneider at SUNY Geneseo.

What role do you see I-O psychology playing in the future of work?
I-O is the study of human behavior at work, so this field is always relevant to existing and emerging topics. We have a responsibility and opportunity to actually shape work with our applied practice.

Which of the Top 10 Work Trends for 2023 do you most strongly relate to, and how can I-O psychology practitioners, educators, and students impact this trend?
#6. Reshaping work to address employee’s mental health and well-being. Humans are central to the workplace, that will never change. Unless we are whole people we cannot thrive in any sphere. Our working structures, practices, etc. are very outdated for the modern world and there is tremendous opportunity to practice our science in a way that may organizations a better place for thriving.

What advice would you give to students or those early in their career?
Be intentional about how you build relationships and more importantly how you nurture them. The world is a small place and relationships are currency. Don't let your “curse of knowledge” get the better of you.

What is one of your favorite SIOP Annual Conference memories/highlights?
So many great memories. The best part, in my opinion, about the SIOP Annual Conference are the coffee chats, late night drinks to connect with former colleagues and build new relationships. This is the most impactful and fruitful part.

Please share one non-I-O-related bit of information about yourself.
Community is important to me - building it and participating in a community wherever I am in the world. Lately, I've been spending time volunteering at a local pet rescue, feeding into my community while helping to care for animals.

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