PTCMW President's Message

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 ( 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 ASAP for details or visit

You can get an idea of what SIOP events and promotion opportunities are still available here:

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 (, 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. 



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