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.
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.
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
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.
Arnold Bakker, PhD
Kim Cameron, PhD
Fred Luthans, PhD
Marisa Salanova, PhD
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.
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 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, 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 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