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Past Events

Oct 21, 2020

5:30 - 7:00PM EST

FREE for Members

COVID-19 Peer Learning Event - Change Is In The IO Sphere

A roller coaster, a wild ride, a journey. It doesn’t matter what metaphor you use to describe the changes to how we’ve all worked since the start of the pandemic - it’s been forward motion at high speed with twists, turns, and detours.

This October, BayState IO is getting together as a community and sharing the professional experiences we’ve had over the last six+ months.  What have you improved, changed, or gained as you’ve practiced?

In this discussion-based, peer-learning event, BayState IO is welcoming members to share their experiences from the pandemic in small groups and learn about techniques from their peers regarding adapting to uncertainty and change.  

We're eager to hear how your experience and relationship to organizational psychology has shifted as a result of the pandemic, talk the state of the field, and where it is headed.  

Join us and discuss: 

  • How has your role shifted during the pandemic?

  • Where have you adapted to fit new ways of working, technology, your style, speed of delivery? 

  • Is there a piece of work you have completed that you are exceptionally proud of?

  • How have you developed resilience yourself, or in your organization to meet changing needs? 

  • Have you seen organizational psychology shift as a field since the pandemic started? Where does it still need to evolve

This event is free for BayState IO members.

Sep 24, 2020

1:00 - 2:15PM EST

Create a competency model for sustained success in a changing world

Competency modeling - it isn’t new, but it still serves as the foundation of success for HR practices. With many organizations reevaluating the skills and behaviors needed to succeed in a challenging and changed COVID-world, now is an ideal time to implement or refresh your competency model. Sharing stories from his 10+ years of working with organizations of all sizes, Marc Prine of MIP Consulting will show the benefits of competency modeling, and why it allows you to hire for fit, and develop employees that enable your company culture.

Join us on Zoom and by the end of the program you will:

  • Understand what makes competency modeling valuable and why that matters for long-term organizational success

  • Learn the science and art of competency modeling, how to get started with a new model or refresh your current model

  • Gain talking points to champion competency modeling to non-HR colleagues


A recording of the program and presenter slides will be shared with all paid registrants following the event. Ticket pricing is for individual participants.

Jul 22, 2020

12:00PM - 1:00PM

See Registration page for pricing

Getting Started with Employee Survey Data

​Organizations of all sizes have increased their use of surveys to gather feedback and get a pulse on employee sentiment lately. However, writing survey questions and hitting send is only the first half of listening to employees. Once the responses are gathered and the data is available, then what?

In this interactive webinar Sam Kalsow, Senior Talent Analytics Consultant at Kronos will demonstrate what to do with data once it’s gathered in order to analyze, visualize and uncover insights. Sam will share key tips for engaging leaders in data to create momentum for change. This webinar is ideal for those who are new to surveys or considering dipping their toes into the survey space and want an overview of the end-to-end process with a focus on practical tools and techniques you can use immediately to clean and prepare data and avoid pitfalls in presentation and communication.

During this program you will learn

  • What to consider as you set up your survey to get the data you need

  • Data analysis and visualization cleaning techniques using Excel pivot tables and more

  • Practical tips and examples for communicating data to leaders and decision makers


A recording of the program and presenter slides will be shared with all paid registrants following the event. Ticket pricing is for individual participants.

Zoom links will be shared with registrants 1 week and 1 day before the event.

Jun 29, 2020

4:00 PM


BayState IO's 2020 Virtual SIOP Meetup

The annual SIOP conference has gone virtual this year, and so has BayState IO!


We invite you to join your BayState IO colleagues and to network with other IO professionals; share sessions you've attended from this year's virtual conference, swap past conference stories or your plan for next year in New Orleans. Feel free to bring friends, your beverage of choice, and join us on Monday June 29th at 4PM.

Click Here  to RSVP by sending a confirmation of your interest to the BayState IO Communications email address. Send us your RSVP by 11:59PM Wednesday June 24th and we'll be sure to send you the session information before the event.

Apr 30, 2020

5:30PM - 7:00PM

Free for members - members only opportunity

BayState IO's Spring Peer Learning Event

BayState IO is offering a free, virtual members-only experience on April 30th and we want you to join us!

Let’s get together with our local community of BayState IO members to learn from one another while still maintaining our social distance. This event will be a terrific opportunity for practitioners to seek guidance, knowledge, and wisdom from professional IO psychologists who have “been there and done that.” See the full event format and a description of each topic below.

Not currently a member of BayState IO? View our membership criteria here and join us today. If you have further questions about membership, reach out to

Session Registration Information

We’re offering a selection of breakout sessions on a variety of predetermined topics; topics you’ve told us you’d like to learn more about. 

NOTE: Due to current registration numbers and interest, the number of selectable breakout sessions has been reduced to 1. New registrants will automatically be placed in this session - the session has 4 OPEN SLOTS.

Sessions will continue to be filled on a first-come, first serve basis, and are subject to interest and availability. You’ll receive further communication about your session prior to the event. 

Event Format

• Introductions and Initial Networking - 5:30-6:00

• Peer Learning Breakout - 6:00-7:00

• Wrap Up - 7:00

Participation is limited and pre-registration is required. To ensure a quality experience for all, we’re asking that you register before 11:59PM Monday, April 27th.

Session Options



Large Scale Organizational Change – Organization Development interventions can only be as successful as the rate of adoption through effective change management. Enabling change practitioners across a global organization to practice effective change management and coordinating multiple, simultaneous changes are two notable challenges to large scale organizational change.


Session facilitator Jeff Heitman will share practices to help overcome these challenges in an interactive discussion with session participants.

Feb 19, 2020

12:00PM - 1:15PM EST

Virtual Event - Self-Awareness or Self-Deception? Promoting Informed Leadership Development

By the time one reaches middle management, most professionals have participated in dozens of talent development programs. Such programs largely focus on developing leadership capabilities and most certainly include numerous individual assessments regarding one’s style or type, all designed to hone self-awareness. Yet, substantial evidence now suggests that often well-intended efforts designed to improve self-awareness may in fact be the very activity that is undermining and stalling real development. In this interactive webinar, Dr. Rubin will discuss recent research surrounding self-awareness in individuals and teams and ways in which I/O practitioners can help stakeholders more productively promote self-awareness including developing a language for talking about various types of assessments and interventions.

Knowing and doing learning objectives

• Explain the relationship between objective ability and self-rated ability

• Differentiate the concepts of self-knowledge and self-awareness


• Diagnose a situation requiring improved self-awareness


• Develop action plans for talent development programs targeting improved self-awareness

A recording of the program and presenter slides will be shared with all paid registrants following the event. Ticket pricing is for individual participants.

Oct 30, 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM EST

Virtual Event - Don't be Spooked by your Data: Conducting Workforce Research

You have a hunch that employees within your customer service team would benefit from flexible work hours, or that your skilled office workers need a more nuanced total rewards package to prevent their flight to other organizations. You’d like to make a data-driven decision instead of jumping into a sweeping change or going with your gut. But where do you start? What does it take to answer these questions and make recommendations?

Rachel Callan, Ph.D. will share lessons she’s learned from previous roles conducting internal workforce talent research in a large multinational corporation, at the US government, and from her current experience as an applied researcher at Humu. In this interactive webinar, Rachel will offer suggestions for what to consider in your unique situation; so come with your own questions and curiosities. For those in the planning stages, Rachel can offer some tools to equip you to go forth and do your own workforce research. For those with current projects or just getting started, she can provide tips for tackling common challenges like communication with key stakeholders and advice on how to run A/B testing in organizations.

A recording of the program and presenter slides will be shared with all paid registrants following the event. Ticket pricing is for individual participants. Rachel Callan is speaking as an applied researcher, and not as a spokesperson for Humu.

Sep 10, 2019

11:30AM - 12:45PM EST

See Registration Page for Pricing

Virtual Event - Catching Criminals Quickly with Cultural Transformation: How the FBI transformed it’s human capital practices after 9-11

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) needed to re-make itself as an agile organization equipped to combat terrorism, fight crime, and deter corruption.  Organizational psychologist Amy Grubb led the human capital transformation effort applying Industrial Organizational Psychology techniques at all levels of the Bureau. Her approach and interventions redefined HR practices so that they had far-reaching consequences, including building an organization that could apprehend the Boston Marathon bomber in a matter of hours, rather than the weeks it would have formerly taken.


This interactive webinar will explore the evidence-based tools and practices that IO, Organizational Development and HR practitioners can use to evolve culture, selection, and talent development strategy with practical tips for application.


A recording of the program and presenter slides will be shared with all paid registrants following the event. Ticket pricing is for individual participants.

Jul 24, 2019

6:00PM - 10:00PM EST


BayState IO's Summer Social

Summer is officially here and we're looking forward to celebrating the warm weather with you at our Summer Social! Join us at the Rooftop@Revere Bar for a casual evening of reconnecting with colleagues and networking with other IOs in the area.

When: July 24th, 2019 at 6:00PM

Where: Rooftop@Revere Bar located in the Revere Hotel Boston Common, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02166

Please note this event has no fee to attend and as such attendees will be responsible for their own food and drink purchases

Jun 11, 2019

12:00PM - 1:00PM EST

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Virtual Event - Kick Some Glass: The Research Behind CCL's Latest Women's Leadership Book (And Why It Isn't Just for Women!)

​The facts are clear. Although women are half of the world's population and the majority of college graduates, the equal ratio of women to men at entry levels in the workforce drops significantly beginning at mid-level management. Only a quarter of C-suite roles---at best---are held by women. We (CCL) wanted to understand why and---more importantly---how to address it. Our research revealed actions for women, men, organizations, and policymakers. Let's explore some of them in this session!

A recording of the program and presenter slides will be shared with all paid registrants following the event. 

Presenter:  Jennifer Martineau, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research, Evaluation & Societal Advancement, Center for Creative Leadership


With over 25 years of experience in the leadership development field, Jennifer has served leaders, organizations, and communities globally including healthcare, government, military, educational, community leadership, pharmaceuticals, and energy. Through organizational change, impact evaluation, high impact design, delivery of programs, and research, she brings a deep expertise in leadership research and how to apply it in practical, powerful ways for leaders and organizations. 

Currently, Jennifer serves as CCL’s senior vice president for Research, Evaluation, and Societal Advancement. In this role, she is responsible for the leadership and execution of CCL's world-renowned research, analytics, evaluation, and societal advancement practices. In addition, Jennifer continues to work directly with clients, focusing on women’s and girls’ leadership development as well as transforming organizational capacity for leadership. She is co-author with Portia R. Mount of CCL’s book, Kick Some Glass.

Jennifer earned a B.A. in psychology from North Carolina State University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.

May 21, 2019

6:00PM - 8:30PM EST

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Developing Cultural Agility

While our world is increasingly interconnected through the internet and international airports, cross-cultural success requires more than a passport and a plane ticket. Success today requires people who can comfortably and effectively work in different countries and with people from different cultures and backgrounds -- people with cultural agility.

Dr. Paula Caligiuri, author of Cultural Agility: Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals, will describe how applied psychologists and other HR professionals can support organizations as they develop a pipeline of culturally agile professionals and global leaders. Using examples from both science and practice, Paula will discuss how leaders can develop their own cultural agility while concurrently building a pipeline of successful global professionals in their organizations.

**Please Note** Registration for this event will close at 8pm on Monday, May 20th.


Tuesday, May 21st 6:00PM - 8:30PM EST


Northeastern Alumni Center. 716 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02120

The event will be held in the Pavilion Room, which is located on the 6th floor of the Columbus Place Building (Building #66 on the attached campus map).

Parking options:

Gainsborough Parking Garage: Building #45 on campus map.

10 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115

Renaissance Park Garage: Building #62 on campus map.

835 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

Please click here for more parking info. We recommend public transportation if possible (Green Line E “Northeastern” stop, or Orange Line “Ruggles” stop.)


6:00PM - 7:00PM Networking and light refreshments

7:00PM - 8:00PM Program

8:00PM - 8:30PM Networking

We thank Northeastern University for hosting this event

May 09, 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM EST

See Registration Page for Pricing

Virtual Event - The Savvy IO's Guide to Talent Analytics

The field of talent analytics is growing rapidly, and organizations that are strategically and effectively harnessing their people data are winning big. But for all its promise and potential, this field also presents some unique perils. In this interactive webinar, we will review key issues IOs should know about talent analytics in organizational settings, including: trends, hot topics, reliability/validity, technologies, business cases, and how to mitigate potential concerns (bias, ethics, legality, data privacy, etc.). This webinar is designed for IO psychologists and HR professionals interested in learning more about talent analytics, regardless of experience level.

Apr 04, 2019

7:00PM - 9:00PM EST


BayState IO SIOP Meetup 2019

We're heading to Washington, D.C. for SIOP and we'd love to meet up!


Thursday, April 4th 7:00PM - 9:00PM



Succotash, 186 Waterfront Street, Oxon Hill, MD 20745


Join BayState IO executive team members and your local colleagues for drinks and appetizers at Succotash. Friends are welcome to join us for networking. We encourage you to purchase your own beverages and food to support the bar.


Registration is not necessary

Jan 24, 2019

12:00PM - 1:15PM EST

See Registration Page for Pricing

Virtual Event - Getting the Most Out of Mentoring Programs

One of the best ways to help develop and retain your valued employees is by having them work with a skilled mentor. Many companies have created programs to facilitate the creation of mentoring partnerships, but the programs have not always delivered the desired results, leading to frustration of both protégés and mentors. However, mentoring programs can deliver great results if they are designed well from the start. This session will examine current practice on mentoring programs and will detail how organizations can get the most out of them.

Jan 17, 2019

5:30PM - 8:00PM


New Year Networking Social

Ring in the New Year with BayState IO at our January Networking Social!


Join us in our reserved section at The Brahmin in Boston from 5:30PM - 8:00PM as we come together to share our personal and professional accomplishments from the past year as well as our endeavors and aspirations for the year to come. We welcome everyone to check out our growing community and hope you'll join us in shaping the future of this budding organization together.


Please note, while this event has no fee to attend, in order to support the establishment we ask that all attendees purchase at least one drink or food item.

Registration will remain open until the start of the event.

Sep 26, 2018

6:00PM - 8:00PM


The Past, Present and Future of Leadership Effectiveness

The topic of leadership effectiveness unites us as IO professionals as we seek to apply what we know to improve business results through various HR activities:  selection, onboarding, performance management, strategic workforce planning, and the development of individual leaders and leadership teams. The construct of leadership is among the most debated topics in the social sciences (c.f., Avolio, Sosik, Jung & Berson, 2003).  A quick Google Scholar search nets thousands of responses on what it means to be an effective leader and how leadership can be identified and grown. But what do we really know about leadership effectiveness that can guide our practice in today's complex business environment?


Join a panel of seasoned IO professionals from local industry and academia to explore their perspectives on where we have been, where we stand, and the trends on the horizon regarding identifying, managing and developing effective leadership capabilities.

Aug 14, 2018

7:30PM - 8:30PM


Learning Agility - What is it? Why is it Important? How Could it Contribute to Talent Management Activities?

Have you ever met someone who seemed great at figuring out what to do when you threw them in a new situation but you never knew how they did it? They were probably an agile learner! In a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world, research suggests the learning agile are more likely to succeed!


During this informative session, we will define learning agility, discuss how it differs from cognitive ability, and examine the importance of both skill and motivation. We will introduce Dr. Warner Burke via video and highlight key research underlying his 38-item Burke Learning Agility Inventory developed at Teachers College, Columbia University. The 9 dimensions of the inventory, including key drivers of Speed and Flexibility, will be identified. And we’ll discuss how to leverage applications of both the self-report and 360 multi-rater versions for orientation, leader selection and development and organization development.

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