The IPPA Work and Organizations Division – a forum for scholars, practitioners and organizations to collaborate on positive psychology research and application in the organizational realm – recently elected its inaugural Division President, President-Elect and Secretary. Please join us in welcoming the IPPA Work and Organizations Division Officers:

Giselle Timmerman, Division President

Giselle was part of the Work & Org Division’s initial steering committee in 2012 and was elected President-elect in 2013. She has enjoyed helping to get IPPA’s first professional Division off the ground and is committed to maximizing the Division’s value for its members.

After studying under Martin Seligman in his first Masters class (’05), Giselle has navigated a unique career path, starting as a management and strategy consultant applying positive psychology to strategy, leadership, and organizations. In 2012, she started her own company, Positive Work, where she designs and manages projects that help organizations build positive leaders, engaged and resilient teams, and exceptional work cultures. Giselle has worked with social, public, and private sector organizations, and with a range of global leaders, from community champions to Fortune 100 executives.

Giselle holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Psychology, Sociology, and Public Policy from New York University. She is an American currently living in Barcelona, Spain with her French husband and young daughter.

 
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Gregory Hennessy, Division President-Elect
Gregory Hennessy has been a strategy and organizational development consultant for over 20 years. As a former McKinsey Engagement Manager and Professional Development Manager, he has a history of getting things done. He is transitioning out of industry and into academia, and is currently a doctoral student in Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. He currently holds Master’s degrees in Social Science (Caltech) and System Dynamics (MIT Sloan School of Management).
  

 

headshot JessJessica Londei-Shortall, Division Secretary
A new recruit, Jessica Londei-Shortall is currently completing her Ph.D. in organisational psychology at Université de Montréal. Originally from Montreal, she speaks English, French and an intermediate level of Spanish. She is looking forward to hosting the next World Congress on Positive Psychology in her hometown.
Throughout her studies, she has been involved in many volunteer roles at her University, including the organisation of the departments’ scientific congress and a variety of student academic committees. Her research is on job crafting, which is discovering the elements employees can modify to make their jobs more engaging, meaningful and efficient. She also supervised student research projects, with many submitted to local and/or international conferences.
On the practical side, she has taught and is teaching undergraduate psychology classes on organisational psychology. She also completed an internship in organisational development, in which she contributed to creating a change management model and designing, administering and analysing results for an engagement survey in a call center.
She is glad to volunteer for the IPPA work division as she believes positive psychology is an important aspect of organisational psychology and is looking forward to creating more engagement around positive organisational psychology and working in collaboration with the rest of the leadership committee.
  
Meghana (Meg) Rao, Division Past-President  Meghana A. Rao is a researcher and consultant specializing in positive work relationships, social flow, strengths-driven evaluation, cross-cultural issues in positive psychology, and positive psychology of gender. She serves as the Associate Director and Co-founder of the Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) and is the Conference Chair of WPPA’s first conference in Positive Psychology at Claremont, CA, September, 2014. In her role as Research Associate at the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), Meg heads the research in the Positive Social Relationships Research lab, Positive Psychology of Gender lab, and the International and Cross-Cultural Research and Evaluation lab. Along with her graduate student team, she is currently synthesizing the peer-reviewed empirical research in positive organizational psychology published since the inception of the positive psychology movement to date. Meg is also currently co-authoring two textbooks “Theory-driven Positive Psychology: A Culturally Responsive Scientific Approach”, and “Positive Organizational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Application” and will be serving as a co-editor on two volumes of “The Praeger Handbooks of Positive Psychology”. In addition, as a practitioner, over the past 11 years, Meg has served as an organizational development and evaluation consultant to a variety of non-profits, government, and public institutions. Some of her projects have included using Appreciative Inquiry for strategic planning at a non-profit serving refugees and asylum seekers, evaluating positive psychological effects of environmental sustainability and conservation initiatives in Washington State prisons, strengths-driven evaluation of empowerment of Muslim immigrant women in the U.S. and England, and using a positive lens to combat HIV stigma in South Africa, among others. Meg has a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and an MBA in Human Resource Management. She recently earned a doctoral degree in Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University.

   

Liz Corcoran, Division Communications Lead Liz is now serving as Division Communication Lead for IPPA Work and Organizations Division. She has been a member of IPPA for over 10 years. Liz has attended five World Congresses. She has served as a World Congress volunteer. Inspired by the work of Tal Ben-Shahar and Marty Seligman, Liz has been incorporating positive psychology into her customized communication skills training solutions in her current job as Senior Vice President and Principal of Impact Performance Group, Inc. Liz specializes in research, program design, and development of solutions that enable organizations to deepen client relationships and ignite employee engagement. Over the past nineteen years, Liz has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies to enhance sales productivity, increase service effectiveness, and enable leadership and coaching skills in financial markets, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail industries. Her consulting engagements involve in-depth exploration of current sales process and practices, performance enhancement opportunities, and strategic interventions that achieve tangible returns on investment. Liz brings a wealth of experience, creativity, and energy to the team. Her designs integrate emotional intelligence and positive psychology into all communications skills processes. Liz specializes in C-suite conversations to execute strategy by leveraging an organization’s greatest asset of its people to differentiate itself in the marketplace.

Liz is also an active member of Association of Training and Development(ATD). She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Boston College and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University in Finance and Accounting. She resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her husband, Joe, and her three children. Her son Connor is an IPPA member

 
Beth Eiffert, Beth Eiffert is a Senior Consultant with My Executive Solutions, a leadership consulting and development firm specializing in results-based solutions for large and mid-sized organizations.
As a coach, Beth uses a variety of innovative tools to help clients enhance their ability to communicate, reflect, learn, adapt and improve continuously. As a development expert, Beth translates organizational goals and priorities into dynamic, interactive learning solutions that drive sustained impact. She is skilled at eliciting client involvement to draw from real-world experiences in order to customize learning, make it stick, and have fun!
Beth has a Master’s Degree of Education in Counseling from Boston University, and has a knack for helping leaders understand Positive Psychology concepts for immediate application. Some of her clients include Microsoft, Apple, Valspar, Allergan and the Department of Defense.
In her free time, Beth loves spending time with her husband, Jim, and their two college-age kids, Austin and Kathryn, doing just about anything: cooking, running, kayaking, wake-boarding, and laughing. She also enjoys going on digs as part of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association, which feeds her love of people and their stories.
 

Bijal Choksi is committed to increasing happiness in the workplace. Through her Happier@Work offering, she shows leaders and employees how they can be empowered to decrease workplace stress, be more engaged, and be happier every day.

Bijal holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College as well as a certification in the Science of Happiness from UC Berkeley. Her bachelor’s degree is from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She has worked at prestigious consulting firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM, McKinsey and Co, and Deloitte and Touche. For the last decade, she has her own consulting practice helping organizations with their culture and managing large-scale changes.

Bijal founded a mentoring organization, Minds Matter of Denver, which has enjoyed 100% success rate helping under-privileged students go to college. She has two boys, loves to play tennis, and can frequently be caught reading nutrition related publications.

 
Ruchi Shah, Ruchi Shah Ruchi is an IO Psychologist and has worked in Organization & Leadership Effectiveness since 1998. She enjoys helping organizations leverage psychology, social dynamics and organizational systems to achieve business & operational goals. Her consulting and coaching experience include job analysis, talent management, organization development, performance management & leadership development. She is energized by positivity@workplace. Her signature VIA Character Strengths are Love of Learning, Social Intelligence, Spirituality, Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, and Fairness.
 
Luis Marrero, Author, and the pioneer of meaningful purpose psychology (logoteleology). CEO of The Boston Institute for Meaningful Purpose; international speaker and facilitator, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the International Network for Personal Meaning (INPM); Editor of the INPM Newsletter; Co-founder of the Work & Organization Committee of the International Positive Psychology Association.
  

A special acknowledgement for the team that creates the Positive Work and Organizations – Research & Practice Newsletter:

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Division Advisors

Arnold Bakker, PhD

Arnold B. Bakker, PhD is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology and Director of the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is also distinguished Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Management of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Dr. Bakker is Past President of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. He is particularly interested in positive organizational phenomena, including work engagement, JD-R theory, job crafting, creativity, and job performance. He publishes regularly in the main journals in the field, including the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. Dr. Bakker is editor of “Current issues in Work and Organizational Psychology” (Psychology Press), and “Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology” (Emerald). More information: www.arnoldbakker.com or www.profarnoldbakker.com

Kim Cameron, Ph.D.

Kim Cameron, PhD

 Kim Cameron, PhD is William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education.    His past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, corporate quality culture, and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 130 academic articles and 15 scholarly books. His current research focuses on virtuousness in and of organizations–such as forgiveness, gratitude, kindness, and compassion–and their relationship to performance.  He is one of the co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan and has served as Dean at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Associate Dean in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and Associate Dean and department chair at the University of Michigan.  He was recognized as among the top ten organizational scholars in the world whose work has been most frequently downloaded on Google.

Fred Luthans, PhD

 Fred Luthans received his BA, MBA and PhD from the University of Iowa. After graduation, he served for two years as a Captain in the U.S. Army where he taught leadership at West Point. He then spent his long academic career at Nebraska where he is University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus. A former President of the Academy of Management, Luthans also received the Academy’s Distinguished Educator Award. He received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award and an Honorary Doctorate from De Paul University. Luthans edits three top journals and has authored over 200 academic articles. He is generally recognized as the author of the first textbooks in Organizational Behavior, now in its 13th edition, and International Management, now in its 9th edition. His latest book is Psychological Capital and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has been actively doing teaching, research and consulting not only in the U.S. but also in Europe, South Africa, Australia, Korea, China, and all Southeast Asian countries over the past 35 years. He is currently a Senior Scientist developing and presenting webinars for HUMANeX Interactive Institute.

Marisa Salanova, PhD

 Marisa Salanova is full professor in Positive Organizational Psychology at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, Spain. She is also Director of WANT-Research Team High Performance Group. Currently is salient President of the Spanish Society of Positive Psychology (SEPP)(http://www.sepsicologiapositiva.es) She has about 300 national and international publications on occupational health psychology (job stress, burnout, technostress, workaholism …) and more recently she has focused on Positive Psychology applied to work with publications on work engagement, flow at work , self-efficacy, positive and healthy organizations and organizational resilience. He has published in journals such as Journal of Happiness Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Anxiety, Stress & Coping, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, Work & Stress, Group & Organizational Management, among others. She is actively involved in competitive projects and public funded grants doing also consultancy and advicement to companies on applied positive psychology and development of human resources. She is a member of the editorial board of journals: Applied Psychology: An International Review, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Behavior, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Journal of industrial and organizational psychology, Psicothema and Anxiety and Stress. In addition to her academic work and research, for several years she started a project of dissemination of Positive Psychology outside academia, to share scientific knowledge and to help people and organizations to live more fulfilling and meaningful life and be happier.

Angela Carter

Angela is an Occupational Psychologist trading as Just Development and is a lecturer in Work Psychology at Sheffield University Management School. She is passionate about translating the theory of work psychology into practice to create better work for individuals, teams and organizations. She edits In Practice an open access journal for the application of work psychology and welcomes your input. Her current research focuses on youth employment working actively to create good entry-level roles for young people.

Angela has experience of voluntary working with several membership organizations (British Psychological Society, the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Alliance in Organizational Psychology) and hopes to support the International Positive Psychology Association to grow and expand their offerings and resources.

Robert Easton

Bob Easton was appointed Chairman and Senior Managing Director of Accenture Australia and New Zealand in September 2016.  Bob currently is a member of Accenture’s Global Leaders Council.  Since joining Accenture in 1997, Bob has focused on designing, establishing and operating enterprise business services in large global corporations in the Consumer Products, Healthcare, and Financial Services sectors.  He has also been responsible for architecting and managing a number of Accenture’s largest global strategic transformational client relationships.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University (NZ), a Graduate diploma in Psychology from Massey University (NZ), Master of Defence Studies from Deakin University (Aust), MBA from Macquarie University (Aust), and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania (USA). He is working towards his PHD at Case Western Reserve University (USA), where he has two fellowships.  His study focus is the design and measurement of flourishing human systems and the creation of flourishing organisations.

Bob is globally recognised for the contribution he has made to building trust-based relationships, and has been repeatedly listed as one of the top thought leaders in Trust by Trust Across America – Trust Around the World.  In 2018 Bob was given a life time achievement award in Trust.  Bob also serves on the board of the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

Bob is also a member of the Business Council of Australia and member of the Male Champions of Change STEM group, a group focused on leading and influencing change in women’s representation in STEM.

His linked in profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-easton-a28ba91/

 

 

 


Chris Murchison

Chris Marcell Murchison is a passionate advocate for positive workplace cultures. In his broad career spanning the higher education, for-profit and not-for-profit fields he has focused his energy on developing creative means to building community at work and practices that support an employee experience of deep respect, connection, joy, and generative learning.

In 2014, Chris was named the first Visiting Leader at the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where he advises, connects, and convenes faculty, students, and organization leaders to explore practical applications of Positive Organizational Scholarship. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Joe Goode Performance Group, a San Francisco-based dance-theater company that uses embodied movement and performance to promote compassion and resilience.

Chris currently works as an independent thought-partner, advisor, and consultant to organizations ready to reimagine the possibilities of their culture.

Jim Harter, Ph.D.

Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist for Gallup’s workplace management practice. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, an exploration of the 12 crucial elements for creating and harnessing employee engagement. Dr. Harter’s book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, is based on a global study of what differentiates people who are thriving from those who are not. His research is featured in First, Break All the Rules, and he contributed the foreword to Gallup’s new edition of this groundbreaking bestseller.

Dr. Harter is the primary researcher and author of the first large-scale, multi-organization study to investigate the relationships between work-unit employee engagement and business results. Updated periodically, this study currently covers 82,000 business units and includes 1.8 million employees in 230 organizations, across 49 industries and in 73 countries. His work has appeared in many publications, including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and TIME Magazine, and in academic articles and book chapters.

Dr. Harter received his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies in quantitative and qualitative methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

Patricia Wheeler

Patricia Wheeler is Managing Partner of The Levin Group LLC, a global consulting and leadership advisory firm with extensive experience within complex organizations. An expert in leadership development and executive coaching, Patricia has more than twenty years of experience focused on helping smart, technically talented executives become more effective leaders, creating high performing teams and developing organizational talent and “bench strength.” She works with leaders around the world helping them hone their skills, competencies and executive presence.

Patricia specializes in executive assessment and feedback, executive coaching, developing high performing senior teams, and talent engagement.  She has assisted hundreds of senior leaders and their teams through her assessment and coaching services.  She is known for her experience and research in executive transitions, helping leaders maximize success in bigger and broader roles, and for helping leaders succeed and drive business results in times of rapid change and complexity.  She created the FastForward transition program for senior leaders, which has been used by individuals and organizations across the globe.

Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Georgia State University.  Prior to her association with The Levin Group, she had ten years of management experience.  She served as Associate Professor and Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Medicine and currently lectures at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.  Her work in the area of executive transitions has been published in Forbes, Harvard Business Online and BusinessWeek.  She publishes the executive resource Leading News (www.LeadingNews.org) in collaboration with renowned leadership expert Marshall Goldsmith, and is a contributor to the Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook ,the AMA Handbook of Leadership, Coaching for Leadership, Third Edition and Taking the Stage: Breakthrough Stories From Women Leaders.  The Levin Group is pleased to be named a Top 5 Global Consulting Group by Leadership Excellence