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  • 03/04/2018 7:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Kaila Simpson Jacoby
    PTCMW Treasurer
    American Institutes for Research

    PTCMW Snapshot

    PTCMW is pleased to report another wonderful year in 2017, our 40th year offering professional development and networking opportunities for I/O professionals in the DC area and nationwide! We continued to have a healthy budget thanks to our supportive sponsors and member participation.  As a non-profit organization, our funds are always used to support new ventures and continue to bring in high quality speakers at our monthly events. Below is a snapshot of the health of our organization, followed by a summary of 2017 actuals and 2018 budget.

    2017 Actuals and 2018 Budget

    As shown below, PTCMW has planned a 2018 budget in line with the actuals from 2017. Note that—due to the comfortable amount that we have in assets ($47,204)—we have planned investments in our organization that result in a slight loss (in 2017 and 2018). We reevaluate this target each year.


    2017 ACTUAL

    2018 BUDGET

    1.1 Monthly Events



    1.2 Graduate Student Consulting Competition



    1.3 Fall Event 



    1.4 Membership Dues (not including those from the fall event) 



    1.5 Miscellaneous 







    2017 ACTUAL

    2018 BUDGET

    2.1 Monthly Events 



    2.2 Graduate Student Consulting Competition



    2.3 Fall Event 



    2.4 Website and Software 



    2.5 Finance Charges 



    2.6 PTCMW Professional Organization 



    2.7 Membership Benefits 



    2.8 Miscellaneous 









    2017 Actuals

    In 2017 we continued hosting monthly events at McCormick and Schmick’s in Crystal City.  Our paid events tend to be a near break-even for the budget. In 2017 we also offered several events free to members, including a Speed Networking event and a joint PTCMW/SIOP Reception.

    The 2017 Graduate Student Consulting Competition, sponsored by PDRI, had yet again a strong showing of students working together to solve a real organizational challenge. The event provides participants with a realistic job preview, an expanded professional network, and an opportunity to enhance their communication and consulting skills.  We had 17 students register for the competition, working in teams to develop a proposal and presentation. We offered an award of $2,000 (split among the first and second place team members) and continue to be impressed with the caliber of our competitors each year – this money is well-deserved! The event sponsor covers meeting costs, therefore the only costs PTCMW incurs are the prize and the happy hour for participants.

    Our largest source of income (and expenses) each year is the Fall Event, and George Washington University continued to be a hospitable and convenient location. As has been the case each year, the event was a success, with an impressive panel of speakers, strong support from our sponsoring organizations (our largest sponsorship year to date!) and participating government agencies, and invaluable opportunities to network and win prizes. We even had an additional gold sponsor this year, which meant we handed out four iPads to lucky raffle winners.

    Other Income: Our largest membership gain during the year is during the fall, when we pair Fall Event registration with membership dues. However, we do have steady membership growth during the year, and this is a modest source of income for PTCMW.

    Other Costs: You may have noticed that in 2017 we made some website improvements in the name of rebranding and better organization of information. (Visit our site to see how they turned out! http://www.ptcmw.org/) In 2017, one of the membership benefits we offered was free entry, food, and drinks at our PTCMW 40th Anniversary member event. The event was a huge success, with nearly 100 attendees. We also incurred standard professional organization expenses such as our mailbox and Adobe Systems software for our newsletter. Lastly, PTCMW is thankful for our strong support from partners each year, and we continue to support these partnerships through contributions to conferences and awards. Currently, we contribute each year to the IPAC conference and Stephen E. Bemis Award.

    2018 Budget

    In 2018, we are expecting another strong year. We will continue to hold monthly meetings, with at least seven of those being paid. We also plan to hold one workshop event in the summer, which has a slightly higher registration cost due to the extended format. By periodically offering attendance/membership bundles, we aim to convert new faces into long-term members. We look forward to the same level of participation in the 2018 Graduate Student Consulting Competition, and will again reward the winning teams with a healthy prize of $2,000 to split. We have already begun initial planning for the 2018 Fall Event, and as always the event will include high quality presentations, food and beverages, and plenty of PTCMW gear to get you through the year. In 2018, we expect other recurring costs but have not planned any significant new expenses.

    Comments or Questions?

    Feel free to email me with any comments or questions about the budget at treasurer.ptcmw@gmail.com. We are always open to considering alternative event locations that may be even more convenient for members and cost-effective for PTCMW. If you have suggestions for event improvements, please email our Vice President, Gee Rege (vp.ptcmw@gmail.com). If your organization would like to partner with us on future monthly meetings or workshops, please reach out to me for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

  • 11/30/2017 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Submission Period: November 8 – December 22, 2017

    2018 IPAC Conference
    July 29 - August 1, 2018
    Alexandria, Virginia

    IPAC is the leading organization of applied HR selection and assessment professionals, with members actively engaged in practice, research, and training to meet the needs of both public and private-sector organizations.

    Visit www.ipacweb.org/2018IPAC to view the call for proposals—open November 8 through December 22, 2017. Session formats include symposia, panel discussions, debates, roundtables, tutorials, paper presentations, and student posters.

    Registration details to be announced soon.

    If you have questions, please contact the conference committee at conference@ipacweb.org.


  • 11/16/2017 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Survey Best Practices: Benchmarking and Trends

    The Organization Development - Culture and Engagement Team at PepsiCo is looking to investigate the current and future trends of organizational surveys. PepsiCo is administering a series of benchmark surveys that cover various survey components, to better understand the current and future state of organizational surveys.

    PepsiCo is seeking input from professionals who are heavily involved in the design, implementation, and/or analysis of surveys within an organization. This survey should take about 25 minutes to complete. It has been requested that only one respondent per company complete this survey.

    Here is a link to the survey (Click or Copy and paste to your web browser): https://pepsicosurvey.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6wWFZOWF1dXtzO5   

    Feel free to share this link with other professionals in the organizational survey space. This is a snowball sampling approach with the goal to have as many survey practitioners and experts to participate. Please submit your responses by November 22, 2017.

    Please note: While this post is on behalf of PepsiCo, the results will be presented to PTC members in the spring. Additionally, PepsiCo’s commitment is to summarize and share aggregate results with all respondents who provide their email address in the survey. If you have any questions/input, feel free to send an email to: surveys@pepsico.com.

    This survey is not affiliated with any organization other than PepsiCo. Results are being gathered for research purposes and to help shape our survey strategies. All responses will be held in confidence.

    PepsiCo’s Culture and Engagement Team thanks you in advance for your input!

  • 08/24/2017 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    PTCMW’s Fourth Annual Graduate Student Consulting Challenge Competition 

    How Does the Consulting Challenge Work?

    1.    The first 30 students to register will be able to participate.

    2.    Students will then be placed on one of 5 teams with students from other universities.

    3.    PDRI will present teams with an RFP that outlines a real organizational challenge.

    4.    Teams will work together to develop a proposal and presentation.

    5.    PDRI representatives and expert I-Os will judge presentations and rate proposals.

    6.    One team will win the challenge and be awarded with $1,250, prize structures vary for all other teams.

    Team Composition: PTCMW leadership will review applications in regards to previous work or research experience, university affiliation, and year in school in order to develop diverse and fair teams.

    Why Should You Participate? 

    Experience A Realistic Job Preview: PTCMW and PDRI will present a real challenge local organizations are currently facing in a realistic RFP (request for proposal) format. Students will present as if they were external consultants bidding on a consulting project. Solutions will be judged by expert practitioners based on theory, technical merit, and innovation. 

    Expand Professional Network: Students currently enrolled in local I-O and related programs will be assigned to a group made up of students with differing expertise, knowledge, and program affiliations. After students get assigned into teams, everyone is invited to connect with PTCMW board members at a Happy Hour in DC. 

    Develop Consulting Skills: Teams will be responsible for building an effective team, developing products, and presenting results. 

    Build Communication Skills: Each team will present to an independent panel of expert I-O judges and receive invaluable feedback.                  

    Win Prizes: The winning team will receive $1,250, and the runner-up team will win $750. In addition, every participating team will receive free 2017 PTCMW student membership, and the top three teams will also win free admission to PTCMW’s 2017Talent Connection & Networking Event, where they will be recognized in front of over 200 local I-O academics and practitioners. 

    Student Testimonials:

    "The consulting challenge was an amazing experience. It was such a great opportunity to network with the other graduate students, work on a real-word RFP, and to get great feedback from experts in the field.  I will definitely be signing up for the next one." 

    “I gained invaluable practical experience that will undoubtedly enhance my career prospects. In addition to working on a diverse project team comprised of I-O graduate students from prestigious universities across the east coast, we were provided developmental feedback from esteemed I-O psychologists from the most renowned consulting companies.  This experience generated a level of self-confidence in my professional skills and ability to become an elite researcher and practitioner. Perhaps most importantly, the Graduate Student Consulting Competition allowed me to become visible to the large network of respected I-O psychologists in and around Washington, D.C.  I am very much looking forward to participating in PTCMW’s 2015 Graduate Student Consulting Competition and further developing my professional skillset.”

    "The PTCMW Consulting Challenge was my first taste of applied I-O practice. I learned valuable lessons about the industry that will prove vital in future organizational consulting. Through the Challenge, Iestablished professional connections with both graduate students and I-O professionals that I still maintain today. It really was a cool experience. It’s a great entry-level opportunity for I-Os to get some early experience under their belt.”

    Event Details:

    Day 1 (in-person attendance required)

    When: Thursday September 14th, 4:00-9:00pm

    Where: GWU Foggy Bottom Campus: Monroe Hall; Room 113

    Who: Students & PTCMW Leadership


         Meet the PDRI Challenge Representative

         Learn the challenge topic (in RFP form)

         Network with students and practitioners

         Meet your team (PTCMW Leadership will assign you to a team)

         Begin planning and working with your team

         Food and drinks will be provided at the happy hour

    Days 2-4

    When: Friday through Sunday

    Where: Students designate meeting locations

    Who: Students


         Work independently with your team

         Draft a 5-page response to the RFP

         Create a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation 

    Day 5 (in-person attendance required)

    When: Monday September 18, 7:30am-2:00pm

    Where: PDRI Campus, Rooms TBD

    Who: Students, PTCMW Leadership, PDRI Representatives, & Expert I-O Judges


         Deliver a 30 minute PowerPoint presentation to a panel of I-O judges

         Engage in 30 minutes of Q&A with the panel and get feedback

         Stick around for free bagels, coffee, and networking

         Winners will be notified before the fall event

    How to Register: 

    Registration Deadline: Apply by Wednesday, September 13th. 

    Eligibility: Students must be in a Master’s or Doctoral program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Management or related program. Students must commit to being in person for the event and to contribute equally and fairly to their team. We encourage students from outside of the greater Washington, DC Metro to participate also. PTCMW membership is not required to participate!

    Application Materials:

    ·        Complete online application on ptcmw.org

    ·        Resume/CV

    ·        $15 application fee 

    Email Resume/CV to: Nikki Blacksmith nikkiblacksmith@gmail.com 

    Questions? Contact: Nikki Blacksmith (nikkiblacksmith@gmail.com) or Andrew Naber (AndrewMNaber@gmail.com)

    About Your Sponsor:

    Since 1975, PDRI, a CEB Company, has been a recognized, industry-leading provider of talent solutions. PDRI’s professional service offerings help commercial and government clients hire, train, certify, develop, manage, and motivate diverse workforces in high-performance organizations. PDRI is a wholly owned subsidiary of CEB, the leading member-based advisory company and the largest employer of I-O Psychologists around the globe. We are happy to support the I-O community, including PTCMW, and are always on the lookout for outstanding I-O psychologists – including recent graduates – to support our vibrant and growing business. Please visit our web-site for more information: https://www.pdri.com/ 

  • 08/09/2017 6:34 PM | Anonymous

    Call For Nominations: Service Award

    The Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington (PTCMW) Service Award is a unique award which recognizes individuals for their service to PTCMW and support in achieving the goals and mission of PTCMW.

    Established in 1977, PTCMW and its members seek to advance the science and practice of I/O psychology and related fields through high-value professional growth and networking opportunities. Connecting with other I/O Psychologists, sharing the latest research and applied approaches, and growing as a professional are what members expect of PTCMW.

    Summary of Award Process

    • PTCMW members or professional associations submit nominations
    • Past PTCMW Presidents vote to choose recipient
    • The award is presented during PTCMW’s annual Fall Event


    Individuals nominated for this award should most nearly emulate and provide support for the tenets that PTCMW was founded on. The award is given to individuals who have volunteered significant time to further the goals of PTCMW as a member of PTCMW. These activities may include (but are not limited to): serving as a member of the PTCMW board or as a PTCMW committee member or volunteer, presenting at PTCMW events, or otherwise exchanging ideas and best practices with members of the PTCMW community. Nominees do not need to be a current member of PTCMW.

    Thank you for your contribution in helping recognize people for their service to PTCMW and the I-O community.


    Submissions for this award should specifically explain how the nominee has met the criteria listed above.  

    Please use the following procedures:

    1.      Include contact information (see nomination form below):

    a.   The name, telephone number, and e-mail address of the nominee;

    b.   The name, telephone number, and e-mail address of at least one person who is familiar with the contributions to PTCMW and personal qualities of the nominee; and

    c.   The name, telephone number, and e-mail address of the person who prepared the nomination (if different from b. above).

    2.      Provide a narrative:

    a.   A description of the nominee's prior and on-going commitment to PTCMW and the I-O community (e.g., through colleague or board member testimonials); and

    b.   Listing of PTCMW board and/or committee positions held, PTCMW event participation, and general impact to PTCMW and the I-O community.

    Please provide as much pertinent information as possible. It is advisable to include information regarding the results of the nominee's contribution(s) and actions, as well as a description of the contribution itself.

    Please send nominations to:  President-Elect at presidentelect.ptcmw@gmail.com



    FRIDAY, September 22, 2017


    YEAR                RECIPIENT                               

    2016                Ted Rosen

    2015                Ted Hayes

    2014                Lance Saberhagen




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    PERSON SUBMITTING NOMINATION (if different from above)


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    NARRATIVE: Please include a description of the nominee’s prior and on-going commitment to PTCMW and the I-O community (e.g., through colleague or board member testimonials), making note of the results of the nominee’s contribution(s) and actions.  Please provide a listing of PTCMW board and/or committee positions held, PTCMW event participation, and general impact to PTCMW and the I-O community.

  • 07/18/2017 1:53 PM | Anonymous

    The July 2017 PTCMW Newsletter is available for member download (member sign in required).

    Among other great updates and content, this issue includes:

    • Note from PTCMW President, Jim Kurtessis
    • Save the date announcement for 2017 PTCMW Fall Event
    • Part III of the featured mini-series on adverse impact: Tools to Increase Diversity and Validity in Hiring Police Officers, Joel Wiesen, Applied Personnel Research
    • Part II-b of the regular column advancing the use of computer science in I-O Psychology:The Other IO: Computing in I-O PsychologyGarett Howardson, Tuple Work Science, Limited
    • Research Highlights: Managing Work-Family Conflict, Debra Major, Old Dominion University
    • Budget Overview from Kaila Simpson Jacoby, AIR; PTCMW Treasurer
    • Peer Tips Column: How to Prepare for Behavioral and Situational Job InterviewsJames Wilcox, OPM, & Jacob Miller, CSRA
    • Announcement for opening on the PTCMW board for a Newsletter Editor
  • 06/30/2017 5:47 AM | Anonymous

    Data-driven decisions in the business environment (whether Federal, association, or commercial) yield purposeful, defensible, and insightful effects. Regression analysis is the process of quantifying the strength of relationships between variables in a given situation. In this course, attendees will learn key driver analysis and business application examples of regression across human resources, marketing, operations, and finance. Using programs like Excel and SPSS, attendees will learn how to apply regression effectively, regardless of their previous experience.

    To learn more about the workshop and to register, visit: https://sites.google.com/view/iopsych-mason-workshops/regression-workshop

    Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    Time: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Location: 1010 N Glebe Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22201


    Seth Kaplan, Director of the Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Ph.D. Program, George Mason University

    Dr. Seth Kaplan is an associate professor of industrial and organizational psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His focus is on employee well-being, team performance, and flexible work arrangements. He also teaches doctoral-level courses in psychometrics and advanced statistics. http://psychology.gmu.edu/people/skaplan1

    Reeshad Dalal, Associate Professor, Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, George Mason University

    Dr. Dalal is an associate professor of industrial and organizational psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His research interests are in the areas of employee performance and decision-making, person-situation interactions, job attitudes and emotions, and psychological approaches to cybersecurity. http://psychology.gmu.edu/people/rdalal

  • 04/19/2017 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    You are invited to be a part of the premier personnel assessment conference for HR and I/O assessment professionals.  Join us at the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) Conference in Birmingham, AL on July 16-19, 2017.  This year’s IPAC Conference focuses on building Assessments of Steel–a tribute to Birmingham’s heritage in the steel industry!  We have a fantastic lineup of keynote speakers and cutting-edge preconference workshops in addition to engaging breakout sessions.  Conference registration is Now Open!!

    Early Bird Conference Registration

    Enjoy Early Bird conference registration rates through June 16.  Visit the conference registration webpage for additional rates and registration details.  Register Today!

    Keynote Speakers

    Pre-Conference Workshops

    This year’s cutting-edge half-day workshops will be presented by leaders in the personnel assessment industry and address innovative topics.  Visit our conference webpage for additional details.       

    Register for pre-conference workshops before July 10!  IPAC Professional and Student Members will receive a special gift with early registration.  Non-members benefit from Early Bird rates.

    Hotel Reservations

    The official 2017 IPAC Conference venue is the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. Special room rates for the conference hotel are available.  Reserve your room at any time using the following links.

    Questions can be submitted to the 2017 IPAC Conference Planning Committee at conference@ipacweb.org.  We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham!

  • 04/13/2017 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    The March 2017 Newsletter is available for member download (member sign in required).

    Among other great updates and content, this edition includes:

    • Part II of the featured mini-series on adverse impact: Tools to Increase Diversity and Validity in Hiring Police Officers, Joel Wiesen, Applied Personnel Research
    • Part II-a of the regular column advancing the use of computer science in I-O Psychology:The Other IO: Computing in I-O PsychologyGarett Howardson, Tuple Work Science, Limited
    • Research Highlights, David Costanza, George Washington University
    • Recurring Columns:
      • Early Career Column: How to make Yourself More Valuable: Important Skills to Develop, Kyana Beckles, Leverage Assessment
      • Cultural Acumen: Wolves and Sheep, Romella Janene El Kharzazi, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission & Allemore Consulting
      • Peer Tips Column: Preparing for your First Professional Networking Event, James Wilcox, George Mason University & Angelica Garza, FMP Consulting
    • 2016 PTCMW Service Award Winner: Theodore Rosen; including A Brief History of the Service Award, and, Theodore Rosen's Accomplished Service to PTCMW, M.J. Kolze, George Mason University
    • 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: John Campbell
    • Announcement of the winners of the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Consulting Challenge!
  • 01/26/2017 8:59 PM | Anonymous

    IPAC 2017

    Birmingham, AL

    July 16-19, 2017


    Announcing the 2017 International Personnel Assessment Council Conference!

    The International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) is the premier organization of assessment professionals who develop and deliver state-of-the-science testing and measurement services within the HR community. IPAC members actively engage in practice, research, and training to meet the needs of both public and private-sector organizations.

    This year’s IPAC conference, Assessments of Steel, will be held in Birmingham, AL on July 16 to 19. The conference will showcase the work of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists and Human Resources professionals in the area of personnel assessment. 

    The Call for Proposals is open for the 2017 IPAC Conference, and we invite you to share your work and innovative ideas. Anyone may submit a proposal for consideration. IPAC Membership is not required. There are a variety of session formats to share your experience and expertise, including symposium, panel discussions, debates, roundtables, tutorials, paper presentations, and student posters. Proposals must be submitted using IPAC’s online submission system by 5:00 PM PST on February 6, 2017. Please visit our call for proposals for submission requirements at http://www.ipacweb.org/2017CFP.

    Stay tuned to our 2017 IPAC Conference Homepage, http://www.ipacweb.org/2017IPAC/, for conference details, including our fantastic lineup of keynote speakers. Information on registration and pre-conference workshops is coming soon.

    We hope to see you in Birmingham!

    2017 IPAC Conference Planning Committee

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