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May 2019 Meeting/Webcast: Panel

  • 05/29/2019
  • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  • McCormick & Schmick's Crystal City


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

Richard Cober (MicroStrategy), Julisara Mathew (U.S. Department of State), and Allison Yost (BetterUp)


  • Food and wine included on-site.
  • Email questions for the presenters to vp.ptcmw@gmail.com by 12pm ET the day before.
Location: McCormick & Schmick's Crystal City
  • Crystal City Shops, 2010 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202 (map)
  • Metro Access and Parking Available


I-O psychologists have a skill set that can be applied across a variety of settings. Because of this, I-O professionals provide a real value-add, even in seemingly non-traditional roles. What roles might this include? Join us for this event to talk to three I-O professionals who have broken the mold on what I-O psychology can do for you in HR leadership roles, in a tech start-up, and in the federal space.

Our presenters will talk about their I-O journeys and the important ways they have leveraged their I-O training to build their careers.

Speaker Bios: 

Richard Cober, Ph.D., is MicroStrategy’s Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Rich leads MicroStrategy’s teams responsible for HR Business Partnership, HR Operations, Talent Acquisition, and Talent Management. MicroStrategy employees nearly 2,500 people globally who are supported by members of Rich’s HR team. 

Prior to this role, Rich worked for Marriott International where he served as a senior HR Business Partner, senior leader within Marriott’s learning organization, and a senior leader responsible for Marriott’s Talent Management Analytics and Solutions (TMAS) Team. Across roles, Rich advised senior stakeholders on People Strategy issues, built plans for designing and deploying HR tools and processes, and built Marriott’s organizational capability through a variety of organizational design initiatives.

Rich began his career earning his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron. Rich was a visiting professor in Cleveland State University’s School of Business and then spent several years working in management consulting. In addition to his professional experience, Rich has published his research in the areas of employee recruitment, hiring, and performance management in academic journals, had research findings cited in the popular press, and is a regular presenter and chairperson at professional conferences. Rich was awarded the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) Early Career Contributions award in 2014.  

Julisara (Juli) Mathew, M.A.is a Management Analyst at the U.S. Department of State, working in the Innovation Directorate of the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation to provide cross-cutting management solutions for diplomatic missions overseas.  After obtaining her Masters of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at George Mason University, she cut her teeth at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), applying theory to practice.  This foundational and formative experience enabled her to leverage her technical expertise to support the Assessment Policy team at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). 

After five years of working on policy for the interagency, Juli returned to the technical side of I/O when she started working at the Department of State, developing competency models for mission critical occupations.  Realizing that expanding her organizational knowledge was paramount to understanding her stakeholders, she completed a detail as a Political/Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy Paramaribo where she advanced U.S. foreign policy goals, managed partnership activities with local law enforcement and criminal justice interlocutors, and provided recommendations regarding foreign assistance programs to the Ambassador.  Though challenging and humbling, this experience opened her aperture to how her background could be applied in a variety of settings.  Subsequently, she worked on then Secretary Tillerson’s Redesign effort, intended to strategically transform the State Department for the future.  She then transitioned into a position as an Evaluator, where at the behest of GAO and Congressional requestors, she assessed the effectiveness of programs and policies, negotiating recommendations with stakeholders to strengthen State’s ability to meet its mission.  Though Juli has moved away from traditional I/O work, her education and technical skills continue to be the backbone of her career. 

Allison Yost, Ph.D.is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at BetterUp, where she works to advance the science and practice of organizational transformation and behavior change, helping people everywhere lives their lives with greater clarity, purpose, and passion. At BetterUp, she has the fortune of working at the intersection of science, technology, and design to help people flourish in their personal and professional lives.

Throughout her career, Allison has leveraged her love of all things data and analytics to help organizations improve the lives of people at work through better leadership, job design, and talent management strategy. Before joining BetterUp, Allison led research on employee engagement and leadership at CEB (now Gartner), and worked in the Talent Management Analytics and Solutions (TMAS) group at Marriott International where she informed strategic talent decisions through people analytics and program evaluation. While in graduate school, she also worked for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a Personnel Research Psychologist where she developed and validated selection and promotion assessments for Federal agencies.

Allison has spent the last 15 years studying the science of leadership, motivation, well-being, personality, and advanced statistics, publishing her research in outlets such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Personality Assessment, and Work, Aging, and Retirement. Allison earned her PhD in Industrial-Organizational psychology from the George Washington University and MA in Quantitative Psychology from James Madison University.

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