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:

Liz Corcoran, Division President
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.

Gregory Hennessy, Division Immediate Past-President

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).

Scott Donaldson, President-Elect

Scott I. Donaldson is a doctoral candidate in Psychology with a concentration in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods and a co-concentration in Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. He received his BA in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his MS in Organizational Psychology from the University of Southern California. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of positive psychology interventions at work. Scott just accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Jennifer Sniderman, Secretary

In addition to her role as Secretary for the Work & Organizations Division of IPPA, Jennifer recently left the corporate world to establish a boutique agency specializing in strategic communication and positive organizational development. As she said farewell to her corporate job, one of her super-smart colleagues asked her, “Of all the things you could do now, why this?” Here was Jennifer’s answer: “I believe it’s possible for people to have work that is meaningful, environments in which they flourish while creating value in the world and I’ve found a couple of people who are audacious enough to believe that we might just be able to help people and teams work better.”

For nearly 20 years, Jennifer helped leaders transform business and improve performance through stakeholder dialogue and by designing innovative customer and employee experiences. Now, she aspires to help people connect with their purpose, foster dialogues to drive growth, develop business strategies, set shared goals and create work groups that are inspiring, energizing and innovative.

Prior to founding her boutique agency, Jennifer was Director, Strategic Leadership and Transformation Communications for The Hershey Company. There, she developed communication practices to drive organizational change and set strategy for a wide range of initiatives including senior executive on-boarding, corporate restructuring, acquisitions and divestitures and financial reporting. She learned that in this environment, she was at her best when helping Hershey leaders facilitate effective communications supporting key company initiatives, events, and external announcements as well as to engage with investors, stockholders, customers, and employees.

Jennifer discovered a passion for working at the intersection of Communication and Organizational Development during her 12 years at Sprint Corp. where she lead Employee Communications and carved out a role to help corporate employees have a larger impact in consumer-facing initiatives.

Giselle Timmerman, Division Past-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.

Donald Officer, Digests & Dialogues

Donald R. Officer, The Intention Coach, is a practising writer, editor, researcher, coach, facilitator, consultant, trainer and lecturer with over 30 years experience in the workplace, field and classroom. A regular contributor to several blogs, websites and e-zines, he is a also a certified facilitator developing and delivering workshops to business, education, and public sector organizations. He has taught applied psychology to university undergraduates and maintains blog. His goal is to help others better understand our changing workplace and culture while contributing to positive and applied psychology, through publication of science based books and articles.

Ruben Chaumont, Digests & Dialogues

Ruben Chaumont is passionate about helping organizations build empowering workplace cultures that unleash their employees’ full potentials for synergy, flourishing, creativity, and performance.

For the last ten years, he has been helping organizations across various industries mostly in France and in the Philippines apply the latest research discoveries from the field of Positive Organizational Psychology to build governance, management, organizational and HR practices that bring out the best in their people.

He is the Founder & CEO of Intentional Work Communities, a management consulting firm based in the Philippines. He is also an Adjunct Faculty at the Asian Institute of Management under the Leadership & People Management department.

During 2012 and 2015 he has conducted a three-year PhD research in Management focused on the field of Positive Organizational Psychology under the supervision of Professor Sir Cary Cooper who was elected in 2014 the most influential thinker in HR in the UK and who is the Founding President of the British Academy of Management and the current President of CIPD.

Lucy Rattrie, Research-Practitioner Committee

Dr Lucy Rattrie is a BPS Chartered Psychologist who believes in the power of developing psychological strengths for enabling people and teams to thrive with health, wellness and performance in all areas of life and work, achieving this with applied research, business advising, workshops, training and coaching. Lucy creates lasting change in behaviours, thoughts, emotions, quality of life, careers and organisations by focusing on positive experiences, traits and environments, blending her work with natural and lifestyle methods.

With fifteen years of experience in academic institutions and organisations ranging from high-end designer fashion, to industry leaders in global mobility, law and the biggest global accommodation brand, plus mind-set coaching for athletic professional and semi-pro athletes, and an international scholarship-funded PhD on engagement, burnout and performance of travelling professionals, Lucy understands how to develop people and teams in a way that generates positive returns for the organisation.

Add to that the fact she is a co-founder of the Business Travel Wellbeing Community, an author, international speaker, guest TV presenter, has been a road-warrior business traveller, an expatriate in four countries, and visited over 50, it becomes clear Lucy is uniquely positioned to achieve her mission: to inspire, enable and empower wellbeing and performance in one million international professionals through the joy of positive psychology.

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

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: or

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)( 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.

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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).

Alex Bailey

Alex Bailey, is a pioneer of Applied Positive Psychology and Strengths Based Working in the UK and Internationally. She has a particular focus on Positive Psychological Wellbeing and offers a futuristic perspective on this for the world of work. She has been designing and delivering large scale cultural evolution programmes that feel human and have immediate positive impact for over 15 years across all organisation types, sizes, markets and industries. Alex regularly shares success stories and methods at CIPD conferences, Seminars and Guest Lectures at University of Brighton and Edinburgh, London School of Economics, Kings College on a range of Masters levels courses across HR and Business.

Alex loves to engage with leaders to help evolve organisations and maximise their success individually and in teams. Passionate about improving and cultivating work through innovative yet simple and clear interventions, Alex is always keen to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners in making a practical and powerful impact to the world of work.

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 ( 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