IPAC 2017 Conference

Birmingham, AL
July 16-19, 2017

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Assessments of Steel

Pre-Conference Workshops for Sunday July 16, 2017

All Pre-Conference Workshops have been approved for 3.5 continuing education credits with HRCI and SHRM

Diversity Metrics & Workforce Analytics: Identifying opportunities with data (8am - 12pm)

Keli WilsonDCI Consulting Group
Samantha HollandDCI Consulting Group
Yesenia Avila, DCI Consulting Group

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Description In this workshop, practitioners will discuss how to use metrics to identify gaps and opportunities in employment activities related to diversity and other workforce considerations. Specifically, speakers will provide strategies for creating a metrics driven approach to understanding current and future employment opportunities to increase diversity. Approaches to harnessing existing data to identify potential improvement areas within the workforce will also be discussed. The following learning objectives will be covered in the workshop: how to identify data sources and create comparable workforce benchmarks, how to analyze talent acquisition outcomes, how to assess the current workforce profile, and how to measure the retention of diverse talent. In addition, a case study will be presented to allow for attendee collaboration in understanding stakeholder involvement and the deliverables needed for different audiences, discussing the pros and cons of grouping and aggregating data, interpreting results and creating action items for improving future workforce outcomes.

Keli Wilson, M.A.
Principal Consultant

Keli Wilson is a Senior Compliance Manager of EEO Compliance, Diversity and Inclusion, Principal Consultant, at DCI Consulting Group (DCI), headquartered in Washington, DC. She provides client-focused consulting to organizations in equal employment opportunity (EEO), affirmative action (AA) regulations and diversity and inclusion (D&I). She trains, mentors, and manages employees in compliance related analytics. Her area of expertise includes diversity metrics, AAP reporting, strategic audit discussions, mock audit projects, pay equity analyses, compliance training and development, and reduction in force analyses. She has publically shared information through the OFCCP Blog Spot (http://ofccp.blogspot.com), a blog hosted by DCI Consulting Group, as well as through web-based training materials, speaking engagements, and white papers.

Keli has a Master of Arts degree from Xavier University and more than 11 years of human resource risk management expertise. She is a current member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association (APA), Baltimore Industry Liaison Group (BILG), DC Metro Business Leader Network (BLN), The Society for Diversity, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Samantha Holland, Ph.D.

Samantha Holland is a Consultant at DCI Consulting Group whose work centers primarily on employee selection validation and consulting on best practices. Samantha’s areas of expertise include test development and validation, data visualization, job analysis, and quantitative methods related to employee selection and retention.

Samantha received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at George Mason University. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degrees in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Psychology from Northwestern University. During her graduate studies, Samantha led scale development efforts and presented research on best practices for moderated mediation model justification and analysis. She also gained applied experience in areas of training, competency modeling development and validation, and test development via internships at several D.C.-based consulting and non-profit organizations.

Yesenia Avila, M.P.S.
Associate Consultant

Yesenia Avila joined DCI Consulting Group as a graduate intern in April 2012. She has since remained with DCI and is now an Associate Consultant. Since joining DCI, Yesenia has utilized job analysis data to develop new job descriptions and has supported Equal Employment Opportunity research projects related to employee selection, pay equity and EEO enforcement. Her primary focus is to provide support for clients on affirmative action planning, compensation equity analyses, audits and employment discrimination. Additionally, Yesenia has worked with Senior and Principal Consultants on various projects focused on developing new selection systems, conducting job analyses, and performing test validation and validity generalization research.

Before joining DCI, Yesenia worked in areas of talent acquisition, training, development, operations and sales for a multi-channel global retailer for 10 years. Yesenia earned a Master’s of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Web scraping and machine learning for employee recruitment and selection: A hands-on introduction (8am - 12pm)

Richard Landers, Old Dominion University

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Description: This hands-on workshop will teach participants the ins and outs of unstructured internet-sourced data curation using a family of techniques from data science generally referred to as “web scraping.”  By learning this family of techniques, workshop graduates will have the tools they need to algorithmically harvest data from any online source, especially those created by social media, to develop an analyzable dataset.  Workshop contents will include discussion of the tradeoffs inherent to various internet data sources and a technique to evaluate potential sources, an overview of the process used to conduct web scraping, presentation of automated data curation tools for those seeking to dabble in web scraping, a brief primer and example of the level and type of computer programming necessary to scrape literally anything on the internet, an interactive discussion of use cases in the selection and assessment context, and a presentation of risks and potential consequences in that context.

Richard N. Landers, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Richard N. Landers is an Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Old Dominion University. He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. His research program concerns the use of innovative technologies in assessment, employee selection, adult learning, and research methods, with his work appearing in Journal of Applied Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives, Computers in Human Behavior, Simulation & Gaming, Social Science Computer Review, and Psychological Methods, among others. His research and writing has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Science News, Popular Science, Maclean’s, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Computers in Human Behavior, Simulation & Gaming, and the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations. In 2016, he was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for his research on big data presented to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and in 2015 was his university’s nominee for the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award in the “Rising Star” category.

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Emergent Risk Areas: What is ‘Hot’ in the Employment Legal Arena? (1pm - 5pm)

Richard Tonowski
Kayo Sady, DCI Consulting Group

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Description: The focus of this workshop will be to outline several emerging or recently ruled on areas of legal concern in employment law. We plan to provide a general legal update, with a transition to several specific topics including:
  • LGBTQ protection
  • Age discrimination
  • State pay equity laws
  • Miscellaneous legal issues including background checks, FCRA, and big data

We provide analytic toolkits on Age Discrimination analyses and Pay Equity analyses as part of the workshop. The session concludes with an overview of the direction we suspect compensation EEO enforcement is heading.

Richard Tonowski

Dr. Richard Tonowski joined the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2001 as a Psychologist, worked as the assistant HR director for strategic policy and planning from 2003 to 2006, and then became Chief Psychologist. In that role he reviews test validation documentation, conducts statistical analyses regarding employment practices, and consults with EEOC attorneys and investigators. He also serves as an expert witness in EEOC lawsuits. Currently he writes the “On the Legal Front” column in The Industrial Psychologist and teaches a graduate course covering I-O psychology, employment law, and professional ethics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has participated in several recent sessions at annual SIOP conferences involving equal employment opportunity issues as well as Big Data issues. Prior to his time with EEOC, he had over 20 years of experience involving public sector test development and validation, performance appraisal, employee surveys, diversity management, and labor relations.

Kayo G. Sady, Ph.D.
Associate Principal Consultant

Kayo G. Sady, Ph.D., is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and Associate Principal Consultant at DCI Consulting Group where his practice centers on employee selection and compensation equity evaluation. Kayo’s primary areas of expertise are employee selection measures, validation strategies, compensation practices, and quantitative methods in the equal employment context.

Dr. Sady received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a concentration in quantitative methods (statistical analysis) from the University of Houston. Prior to joining DCI Consulting Group, Kayo worked at Valtera Corporation (now CEB Valtera) as a Consultant in the Assessment and Selection Group. At Valtera, Kayo managed validation projects employing criterion-, content-, and construct-validation strategies and advised clients based on complex HR risk management analytics. His work at DCI Consulting Group has expanded to include questions of compensation equity and services related to expert consulting in EEO litigation and OFCCP audits.

Kayo is a regular presenter on EEO and other personnel selection matters at national conferences such as the annual SIOP and NILG conferences. He is a co-editor and contributor to a recently published volume titled Practitioner’s Guide to Legal Issues in Organizations. This edited book includes guidance on a range of topics including validation research, disparity analyses, job analysis, pay equity research, and other legally sensitive HR issues. In addition to his consulting practice, Kayo serves as an adjunct faculty member at University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he teaches graduate courses in both Introductory and Advanced Statistics.

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Bringing Biodata to Life: Developing and Implementing a Robust Biodata Instrument (1pm - 5pm)

Phil Walmsley, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Jeff Cucina, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Julia Bayless, Capital One

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Description: This workshop will focus on identifying conditions in which biodata assessments are potentially appropriate, and provide hands-on experience and guidance in item development, scale assembly, and scoring options.  Additionally, participants will work through not only building the business case for biodata assessments, but also validation approaches, implementation strategies, and ongoing maintenance of biodata instruments.

Philip T. Walmsley, Ph.D.
Personnel Research Psychologist

Philip T. Walmsley, Ph.D. is a Personnel Research Psychologist in the Personnel Research and Assessment Division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Prior to joining CBP, he worked in the Assessment and Evaluation Branch of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Phil conducts job analyses, develops and validates the use of a variety of pre-employment assessments, develops and administers leadership assessments, delivers testing- and assessment-related trainings, and conducts large-scale data analyses. A substantial portion of Phil’s work has been focused on law enforcement occupations, including Police Officers, Special Agents, and Investigators throughout numerous Federal agencies. Phil has also participated in personnel selection working groups held by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Army. He presents regularly at professional and scientific conferences and has published work in the Handbook of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Human Resources Management Review, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Human Performance, The Leadership Quarterly, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. Phil received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities.

Jeffrey Cucina, Ph.D.
Personnel Research Psychologist

Jeffrey Cucina is a Personnel Research Psychologist at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) where he develops and validates entry-level employment tests.  He has extensive experience developing biographical data instruments and has published work on this topic in Personnel Psychology and the International Journal of Selection and Assessment.  He earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the George Washington University.  He is an active member of SIOP, IPAC, PTC/MW, and APA.

Julia Bayless, Ph.D.
Director of Selection Consulting

Julia Bayless is Director of Selection Consulting at Capital One, focusing on identifying top talent through robust and innovative solutions across the Capital One enterprise. Prior to her position with Capital One, , she worked in talent development at Sodexo, and in assessment and selection for U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company in Detroit, MI. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She has also served in leadership capacities and presented frequently at SIOP, IPAC, PTC/MW, and APA.

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