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Welcome to the The Point, PTCMW's new Blog - a replacement of our quarterly Newsletter.

Articles will be posted here throughout each month comprizing of long time standbys, new additions, and updates from the president and board.

As members, please feel free to post your comments and thoughts in relation to each article.

  • 06/14/2019 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    Good afternoon PTCMW Members and friends!

    This issue of the PTCMW newsletter covers important upcoming events, news from around the industry, and provides a brief update on our recent past events, membership and financial operations.

    Upcoming Events

    There is still room for folks to attend the June 18th workshop at GW, “The diversity characteristic that affects us all… eventually: A primer on contemporary EEO issues related to age.” The workshop will be conducted by Eric Dunleavy and Don Lustenburger of DCI Consulting, and Martha Hennen of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. This is an incredibly important topic for the aging federal workforce, not to mention private sector employers running into hiring issues related to low levels of unemployment and encore career applicants. If you want a better understanding of how age discrimination relates to other forms of discrimination, from legal, measurement, and intervention perspectives, this is a fantastic workshop, and a great value. The workshop is only $40 for members, $50 for non-members, and now FREE for students with code: workshop2019. Register here: http://ptcmw.org/event-3418060

    On July 24th, we have an educational event at McCormick & Schmick’s in Crystal City, VA, led by Gilad Chen, PhD of the University of Maryland, entitled “The state of I-O psychology research: Where have we been and where are we going?” Dr. Chen is a recent editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP), and will cover some key issues from the JAP Centennial Issue as well as important research and publication trends from recent history and the foreseeable future. This presentation is sure to be thought-provoking for those of us looking for new ways to integrate new thinking into our practice. Register here: http://ptcmw.org/event-3418082

    By the way, if you’ve never attended an event at McCormick and Schmick’s, it’s a great venue for PTCMW. It’s right on the blue and yellow lines, so it’s very convenient for Metro riders. There is also free parking at 4 PM in all the underground Crystal City lots. The venue provides free appetizers and wine, and the event is during happy hour if you prefer something else. After the event, there are plenty of nearby bars and great restaurants for dinner, including right there at M&S.   

    We’re also planning a networking happy hour in late July or early August. Be on the lookout – registration should open within the next few days.

    We will also be making announcements soon about the Fall Event, Student Consulting Challenge, and seeking nominations for the PTCMW Service Award. So keep checking your email!

    Industry News

    Register now for IPAC 2019! The International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) conference runs from July 14-17th in Minneapolis, MN. The theme is “MAX Assessments in MINneapolis”, which is a pretty good one if I am judging it in terms of dad humor. IPAC is always a top notch educational and networking conference for folks doing work in the private sector. More information: http://ptcmw.org/blog/7577261

    The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) is seeking ideas for Merit Systems Studies. If you don’t know about the MSPB’s work, it’s amazing. Their website and newsletters are incredibly informative resources for understanding how the federal hiring, evaluation, and promotion system works and much of their work can easily be applied to private sector applications. More information: http://ptcmw.org/blog/7577289    

    PTCMW Update

    We’ve had an exciting 2019! PTCMW continues to put on thought-provoking and productive educational events, and we’ve been happy to provide networking opportunities for members and friends to get together in a professional environment.

    The Point Blog. The PTCMW board is constantly reviewing our operations, event, and partnerships to better understand how we can provide better services to our members. As a first step in that process, Andrew Naber, the PTCMW Membership Committee chair, reviewed the data from our member database. The results are very interesting. You can read Andrew’s article here: http://ptcmw.org/blog/7570078

    The next step in this process is to conduct a member survey to evaluate how PTCMW is doing and how we can serve you better. We will eventually use that information to conduct some strategic planning regarding the future of PTCMW. So be on the lookout for that survey! Your feedback is highly valued and if you have any thoughts about how we can serve you better, we would love to hear them!

    Events. We had some terrific events in the first few months of 2019. Past President Josh Isaacson started us off with a fantastic presentation about knowing when is the right time to make a job change, and how to do it when you do. He drew on personal experience as well as getting input from other PTCMW Past Presidents. In February, UMBC and Past President Matt Fliesher hosted our Career Panel, featuring insights from Amanda Allen (Edison Electric Institute), Funda Sinani (The World Bank Group), Kayo Sady (Amazon), and Matisha Montgomery (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The event was well attended and got great reviews! In March, we went technical with Mike Aamodt discussing issues relating to the persistent wage gap, how we can better measure it, and what we as I-O psychologists can do about it. Mike always finds great ways to make the technical stuff more tangible. In April we had researchers from UVA-Darden and SHL come in to talk about leader derailment. Jasmein Khattab led the presentation with input from Mark Van Buren and Morela Hernandez. The presentation led to a rich discussion about identifying leaders at risk for derailment and what we can do about it. In May, Rich Cober (MicroStrategy), Julisara Mathew (US Dept. of State), and Allison Yost (BetterUp) discussed alternative career paths for I-O psychologists. The panel shared terrific insights on how the tools you gain through studying and working as an I-O can be utilized in a wide variety of work settings.

    All of these presentations are available to members in the webcast library. Make sure you log into your PTCMW account and follow the link under “Events”. It’s a great benefit of membership to be able to revisit these presentations when you find yourself recalling their relevance!

    While all of that was going on PTCMW served as a sponsor for the SIOP Conference at National Harbor. PTCMW sponsored the Newcomer Reception and made several good connections with people new to I-O psychology, many of whom will be in the DC region in the near future. We also had an ad in the conference program and hosted an unbelievably well-received hospitality suite with IPAC. Lastly, we established a number of connections with local I-O groups from other regions to exchange information on how to keep these organizations providing high levels of service to members in an ever-changing world.

    Budget. Lastly, financially, PTCMW is financially well-positioned, but this year we had a number of unique expenses that have affected our net cash position in a negative direction. First and foremost, the SIOP activities represented a unique opportunity to reach out to potential new members now and in the near future, to enhance our relationship with SIOP, and to provide additional networking opportunities for our members. From what we’ve seen, that expenditure was justified. We did get a few new members, we made lots of contacts with SIOP student members, we have a few joint projects moving along with SIOP (which will be announced soon), and we received a lot of positive feedback about our networking event with IPAC.    

    Second, we needed to replace the PTCMW laptop and some accessories so that we could provide more reliable webcast service. If you attended a webcast in late 2018 or early 2019, you might have noticed a high rate of technical glitches. In some cases, we issued refunds as a result. We updated our equipment, and delivery method, and that seems to have addressed the problems. Special thanks goes out to Semret Yibass for her work on this issue!

    We’re looking for sponsors for our educational events. So if your organization is interested in sponsoring a PTCMW educational or networking event, please let us know: president.ptcmw@gmail.com.


    The PTCMW Board      

  • 06/13/2019 8:55 AM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) conducts studies of the executive branch workforce to ensure that Federal personnel management continues to be implemented consistent with the merit system principles and free from prohibited personnel practices. Most studies are drawn from a multi-year research agenda that MSPB develops after reviewing suggested topics from the public. MSPB is updating that agenda and seeks suggestions about possible topics of study.

    MSPB has conducted research on many aspects of Federal workforce management, including employee recruitment and selection; fair treatment; employee development, motivation and engagement; and effective management. Recent studies have addressed topics such as preventing nepotism in the Federal civil service, training and development in the Senior Executive Service, adverse personnel actions, and how the merit system principles guide management of the Federal workforce. MSPB study publications are available at www.mspb.gov/studies.

    MSPB will solicit research ideas from Federal employees and supervisors, unions and other employee groups, agency Chief Human Capital Officers, and other stakeholders during the next several weeks. We also invite the public’s participation in identifying the most important workforce management issues facing the Federal government. Anyone interested in providing input to this effort may use the feedback form available through the “Research Agenda 2020” link at www.mspb.gov under “Of Note” (the preferred method) or may email ideas to researchagenda2020@mspb.gov. All submissions received may be posted, without change, to MSPB’s website (www.mspb.gov) and may include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. There is no requirement to include any personal information with your submission.

    MSPB is an independent, quasi-judicial agency that protects the merit system principles and promotes an effective Federal workforce free of prohibited personnel practices.

    Contact:      Vernetta Johnson                                 

                         (202) 254-4517                                      

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                         Please Call Via Relay

  • 06/13/2019 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    The International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) conference is rapidly approaching, and we are very excited to share that IPAC has been named one of the "Best Government Conferences of 2019" by GovLoop. 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.  Our annual conference provides a venue for thought leadership, best practices, and networking with top professionals, academics, and talent in HR, I-O Psychology, and related fields.

    Practitioners and academics will be traveling from all over the world to join us in Minneapolis, Minnesota from July 14-17th.  We currently have a wide range of international and domestic presenters from over 20 different organizations.  Join us as we explore this year's conference theme: "MAX Assessments in MINneapolis!"

    If you are interested in attending the conference in any capacity or would like additional information, please contact Lindsay McFarlane at Conference@ipacweb.org or visit our conference website. If your organization is interested in partnering with IPAC through becoming a sponsor, please reach out to Alexis Avery at sponsor@ipacweb.org

  • 06/10/2019 9:26 AM | Anonymous

    Andrew Naber has created a membership update. Please see the attached document.

    PTCMW Membership Update.docx

  • 05/28/2019 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    Author: Emilee Tison

    Come join us for our upcoming speaker series! Here is what we have on the books for the next few months:

    May 29, 2019 – Panel Presentation:

    Taking the Path Less Traveled: Non-Traditional I-O Roles

    Richard Cober (MicroStrategy), Julisara Mathew (U.S. Department of State), and Allison Yost (BetterUp) will provide insights and experiences from their I-O careers – highlighting how the I-O skill set can be leveraged across a variety of settings, even in seemingly non-traditional roles.

    Shonna Waters(BetterUp) will moderate this session.


    June 18, 2019 - Workshop:

    The diversity characteristic that affects us all ….eventually: A Primer on contemporary EEO issues related to age

    Eric M. Dunleavy (DCI Consulting Group), Martha E. Hennen (U.S. Security and Exchange Commission), and Don Lustenberger (DCI Consulting Group) will review recent case law and EEO agency activity, and focus on key issues in evaluating, both legally and analytically, age-related EEO and civil rights issue.


    July 24, 2019 - Presentation:

    The state of I-O Psychology research: Where have we been, and where are we going?

    Gilad Chen (University of Maryland) will summarize key milestones and trends in the I-O psychology research (based on the recent JAP Centennial Issue), discussing emerging trends and the important interplay between academic/scientific and practice/applied issues in the field.


  • 05/23/2019 1:06 PM | Anonymous

    Author: Lorin Mueller

    The 2019 SIOP Conference at National Harbor represented a good opportunity for PTCMW to broaden our reach. PTCMW worked with SIOP to make the most of these opportunities. Below are some of the highlights of PTCMW’s activities at the conference. 

    • In exchange for helping promote the conference locally, SIOP gave PTCMW a discount on sponsoring the Newcomer Reception. PTCMW leadership and volunteers attended the reception, passed out some leftover giveaways from previous Fall Events, and introduced ourselves to new prospective members. The PTCMW Board thought the Newcomer Reception was a good opportunity to identify new SIOP members who are local to the DC area, or soon would be. We also promoted the PTCMW webcasts to people who were not local to the DC area.
    • As part of the sponsorship, PTCMW got a full page ad in the program. We offered a discount to new members in the month of April. A few people have made use of this discount and presuming that they attend a few PTCMW events and maintain their membership for more than a year, the expenditure should be cost-effective, other benefits of sponsorship notwithstanding.   
    • PTCMW leadership participated in a couple of executive sessions focused on local I/O groups. We made some good connections and shared some ideas on the topics of maintaining a leadership pipeline, getting routine maintenance activities done, identifying event speakers, and generating revenue.
    • As an exclamation point on the conference, PTCMW and IPAC jointly sponsored a hospitality suite for our members and a few guests. To describe it as “wildly successful” would be an understatement. Although we had some hiccups getting the room set up, the event was highly attended, and guests reported having a great time. Several people noted that it was the highlight of their conference. It was great seeing our members relax and connect after a long day of conference activities.

    Many thanks to everyone who volunteered to help out with the conference! We expect to see the benefits of our efforts pay off in the years to come.

  • 04/14/2019 7:38 PM | Anonymous

    Author: James Wilcox

    Please see the attached document for an update on PTCMW's budget: 2019 Budget Overview.docx

  • 02/17/2019 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    Author: Daniel Shore

    In the Spring of 2018, I won a competition (and cash prize!) being hosted by George Mason University called the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT). The idea behind the competition, which was first held at the University of Queensland and is now annually held at over 200 universities around the world, is to push PhD students (who have successfully proposed their dissertation) to distill their entire dissertation into a succinct 3-minute pitch. The pitch must clearly and engagingly explain their work to a lay audience. The goal of the competition is to enhance presentation and communications skills for doctoral students.

    As a doctoral student in an applied field such as I/O Psychology, I view it as imperative that I can communicate with those outside of the academic world about I/O research. In particular, my line of research in graduate school has focused on the “unintended consequences of employee recognition” (that’s the opening to my elevator pitch). Thinking in lay terms, my 3MT pitch based on my dissertation was framed as, “how do those working hard react when those hardly working are rewarded?”

    Guided by the 3MT guidelines, my pitch had three sections. Below, I share some excerpts from the script I wrote for my presentation.

    Section #1: Connect to the audience with a relatable analogy for the research concept.

    “IMAGINE. You’re assigned a partner on a class project. And YOU end up doing all of the work. You submit the project with both names on it. You get an A for all the hard work you did. They get an A for all the hard work…you did. Project #2. Same partner. This time, you start by assigning tasks. And immediately, your partner starts… asking you for help on their tasks. A lot. So then you have to decide how and how much do you help. And are you willing to keep working with them on Project 3? Or 4? Or what about a 6 month project when they’re your co-worker?”

    Section #2: Explain the study design.

    “I examine two personality traits. One trait is how strongly you feel that that your rewards should be proportionate to the work that you put in. A second trait is how sensitive you are to fairness in team settings. I measure these with a survey at the beginning and then the fun begins. It’s a Lego building activity where a participant works with an undercover research assistant of mine. On Task 1, my assistant barely helps. After completion, rewards are given, and my assistant, gets a larger reward. Overclaiming when underperforming. In Task 2, they work separately, and my assistant asks for help. A lot of help.”

    Section #3: Bring it back home with the WHY for why the research matters at all.

    “In some industries such as tech, where a majority of employees are already Millenials, recent surveys have shown that over 1/3 of employees who are quitting their jobs are quitting because of…unfair treatment. So, we need to make sure that employees perceive their treatment as being fair which means becoming more aware about what practices induce these feelings and understanding how and why employees perceive fairness differently…If we want them to stop quitting their jobs.“

    The full video of my 3MT pitch, if you have time for a 180-second break, can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/266941313#t=1441s

    Feel free to reach out (dshore@gmu.edu) if you want to talk more about distilling your research and/or if you are interested in entering your university’s 3MT competition!

  • 02/13/2019 9:02 PM | Anonymous

    Author: Lorin Mueller

    Hello PTCMW Members!

    I am reaching out to welcome new board members and key volunteers, share some great news about PTCMW’s recent agreement with SIOP to sponsor and help promote the 2019 SIOP Annual Meeting, announce new board members and committee chairs, review 2018 highlights, and share some goals for 2019!

    Welcome New Board Members

    I am pleased to welcome newly elected 2019 PTCMW Officers: Recorder Semret Yibass, Secretary Angela Lee, Treasurer James Wilcox, Vice-President for Programs Emilee Tison, and President-Elect Shonna Waters. Joining this fantastic group are committee chairs and key volunteers: Andrew Naber (continuing Membership Committee Chair), Lauren Lanzo (Special Events chair), Kira Foley (Calendars chair), Cliff Haimann (continuing Blog Editor), Winnie Kirkos (incoming Webcast Producer) and Jenna Eagleson (incoming Webmaster). I want to thank these professionals for their support over the incoming year. PTCMW is lucky to have them!

    We’re always looking for committee members and volunteers, so if you’re interested in helping out with a committee, event or project, please let one of us know!

    Exciting Partnership with SIOP!

    For several years, PTCMW and SIOP leaders have been working hard to identify ways that we can better work together to serve our members and promote our profession. We are pleased to announce that PTCMW and SIOP have reached an agreement to partner for the 2019 SIOP Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD.

    PTCMW will receive a full page ad in the conference program and sponsorship of the Newcomer Reception on Wednesday, April 3, from 5:00-6:00 PM. PTCMW leadership felt that the Newcomer Reception gave us the best opportunity to promote our organization to people who are new to I/O psychology, and in the DC region now or in the near future. If you are interested in attending the Newcomer Reception as a PTCMW representative, let us know!

    In return, PTCMW is helping to promote the conference to our members.

    Preconference Workshops: You might have already seen PTCMW Rob Michel’s article on the preconference workshops on The Point blog (http://ptcmw.org/blog/7142705). If not, it’s worth a read. Several PTCMW members are involved in the workshops as committee members or presenters. Having been a workshop committee member, presenter, and attendee, I can tell you they are well worth your time and money!

    Special Preconference Event: SIOP is hosting an event for HR leaders at the National Press Room on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:30 PM called “Top Minds Bottom Lines”.  This event will discuss how HR professionals from some of the most innovative and reputable companies in the world are using HR data to generate meaningful insights, drive action, and improve business.

    An expert panel will share actual examples of the various ways their organizations (Google, Capital One, & Twitter) have applied data-based decision making and organizational science to business-relevant talent issues throughout the employee lifecycle. Tickets are $20 and include a catered networking reception and cash bar before and after the formal presentation.

    Please share this event with HR leaders in your organization or broader professional network! 

    Sponsorship Opportunities: The SIOP conference is just seven weeks away! Let the attendees know your company is there.  Support SIOP as a sponsor or exhibitor and get your company’s name in front of 5,000 IO Psychologists and HR professionals.  Contact Susan Rogers, SIOP Manager, Business Development, at srogers@siop.org ASAP for details or visit http://my.siop.org/Conferences/2019-Conference/2019-Partners.

    You can get an idea of what SIOP events and promotion opportunities are still available here: http://ptcmw.org/announcements/7149172.

    2018 In Review

    I want to thank Past-President Josh Isaacson and the members of the 2018 PTCMW Board for doing such a great job providing us with educational and networking opportunities. We’re lucky to have a deep bench of committed professionals to run an organization like this.

    Last year was highlighted by another outstanding Fall Event, which was attended by over 200 professionals and 30 sponsors with PDRI as the Platinum Sponsor. In addition to the Fall Event, our 9 educational events were well attended and informative. We were pleased to honor Ilene Gast as the winner of the PTCMW Service Award (http://www.ptcmw.org/blog/7131640), and the team consisting of Sabina Diyarova, Cierra Everette, Alexander Fernandes and Jerod White took top honors at the 2018 Consulting Challenge, sponsored by Aon.

    Looking Forward to 2019

    The current PTCMW board is lining up a great series of events for 2019, including a strong slate of educational sessions, and some new ideas for networking events. We’re actively seeking sponsors for our events. If you or someone in your organization is interested in promoting their organization through sponsoring a PTCMW event, please reach out to us. We hope to be able to use sponsorship money to bring in some interesting speakers from outside of the DC region. 

    We’re also gearing up for a member survey to learn how we can better serve our members in the future. Your feedback is important – we really do listen!  We’re hoping to use the information from the member survey to undertake a strategic planning process in the latter half of the year. If you have thoughts or suggestions on how PTCMW can continue to provide an excellent level of service to our members, please don’t hesitate to let us know. 

    And if you have some colleagues who aren’t involved in PTCMW, send them our way. Our educational sessions and networking events are fantastic places to meet new people and share ideas. 




  • 02/02/2019 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    Author: Rob Michel

    The Annual SIOP Conference is taking place right in our backyard this year (for most PTCMW members, anyway), which presents a unique opportunity to take advantage of SIOP’s preconference workshops. The workshops occur on Wednesday, April 3, the day before the conference begins, and provide an intimate setting to learn from some of SIOP’s leading experts. Each workshop is 3.5 hours, with both a morning and an afternoon session, allowing participants to attend two different workshops. If you cannot afford a full day out of the office, there is also a half-day option that allows you to attend a single workshop in either the morning or the afternoon. This year’s list of workshops includes several topics of particular interest to PTCMW members, including new approaches to pre-hire assessment, validation 201, structured interviews, contemporary EEO developments, and many others. The full list, including detailed descriptions of each workshop and presenter bios, can be accessed on SIOP’s website by clicking here.

    In addition to learning from some of SIOP’s leading authorities on cutting-edge topics, the workshops offer an opportunity to interact with colleagues who share similar interests and are facing many of the same challenges. And the networking extends beyond the workshops themselves, with a sit-down lunch in between the morning and afternoon sessions (full-day participants only) and an evening workshop reception, considered one of SIOP’s premiere social events.

    Registration for the workshops is done via the online conference registration process. If you have already registered for the conference, it is easy to go back in and modify your registration by adding the workshops. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

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