Spotlight Member Series
The “Spotlight” feature was created to foster a culture that recognizes outstanding work, encourages peer support and promotes Black excellence. Each month we will highlight a Black I/O professional or student on our social media platforms. During the month, current and future members will have the opportunity to engage with Spotlight Members about IO experiences and what they are currently doing.
Preston Lindsay is an organizational psychologist and professor and who specializes in antiracist organizational development and change management with more than 10 years of executive leadership in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors.
Professor Lindsay is a professor of industrial-organizational psychology in the Masters of Professional Studies I/O Psychology program at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is on faculty at several other institutions. Professor Lindsay’s current research centers on human behavior and systems in the workplace. His research takes a phenomenological and constructivist approach to examining how organizational trauma influences worker performance.
Presently, Professor Lindsay serves also serves as Managing Partner and Principal Consultant of Conducere, an organizational development consulting firm that employs anti-racist, and anti-oppressive organizational development techniques to help our clients navigate complex and transformational organizational changes. In his personal time, Professor Lindsay offers his organizational development expertise by chairing a few boards of community-based, social justice organizations.
In order to appreciate the entirety of our journey, it is essential that we take the time to highlight our humble beginnings. Thus, here is the story of how ‘Blacks in I/O’ helped me attain a career goal I have been struggling to achieve.
Bethannie Jamerson received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hampton University in 2017. When the final semester of senior year arrived, there was room for one more elective and Intro to I/O Psychology happened to fit perfectly with her schedule. Being able to apply psychological theories and methods to resolve conflicts in the workplace and improve the overall well-being of employees was the ideal career to fulfill her purpose of serving others.
She went on to pursue her Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State University. After she completed the program she felt like she was ready to start working in the field, but it seemed as if companies did not agree. She received rejection after rejection with the reason being “you just don’t have enough experience”… but that was the reason she was applying; to gain valuable experience. For a year post graduation, she was stuck in the loop hole of “you don’t have enough experience, but we also aren’t willing to take a chance on you and give you the experience”. That was until she stumbled upon ‘Blacks in IO’ on LinkedIn and immediately reached out to Macy Cheeks. They set up an appointment, talked over a few things relevant to the job search and her current situation and she received some great professional advice. The next week she received a job positing from Blacks in IO, sent her resume to the corresponding contact and received an interview. Within three days the Chief Learning Officer was calling back to extend a job offer.
Bethannie says: “We often hear “it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know” and this was demonstrated in this case. I am so fortunate that I stumbled across this organization on LinkedIn and connected with Macy. With her help and the support of Blacks in IO, I was able to achieve something that I have been trying to achieve for a year, in less than 2 weeks. I am a proud member of this organization and looking forward to growing with such amazing professionals!”
Kyana Beckles is the CEO of Leverage Assessments. Her combined experience in recruitment, employment selection, organizational development projects and technology make for a unique suite of offerings. She offers a unique perspective on the challenges of the selection systems. Her expertise is a necessary compliment to your diversity goals.
Kyana is the best person to call when you want to:
– Want to replace your psychometrician
– Evaluate your existing selection process
– Need accreditation support recommendations
Kyana has a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she is a certified Credentialing Specialist with the Institute of Credentialing Excellence. She has 10+ plus years consulting organizations in business development, organizational restructuring, downsizing, turnover, transformative leadership, selection, assessment, entry level, promotions and executives assessments, exam management and recruitment.
As the owner of Leverage Assessments, she leads a diverse team of psychometricians, clinicians, and technologists. The company has serviced clients in a variety of states across the Americas and abroad; to include, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Illinois, Singapore and India. Leverage Assessments solutions are scalable for companies small, large and in between.
Mr. Kenny Jordan, a native of Lathrup Village, Michigan, has over five years of experience in transformational leadership, training development and statistical analysis.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hampton University, he worked for American Red Cross National Headquarters focusing on program development for natural disaster prevention, diversity and inclusion for the workforce, and talent acquisition. During his tenure at American Red Cross,
Kenny received his M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC.
In 2017, Kenny accepted his current role as a Leadership Development Facilitator with Kaiser Permanente where he drives operational excellence and creates a culture of engagement for colleagues and patients.
Kenny is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, 2018 Kaiser Permanente recipient of the R.J. Erickson National Award for Diversity and Inclusion, and he holds a Change Management Certification from Prosci and the Change Management Learning Center.
Confirming her passion through the marriage of psychology and business with a hint of statistics, Alexis Avery, M.A. has an abundance of experience in employee engagement, organizational assessment, and data analytics.
Alexis elevated her I/O career by leading employee engagement, leadership development, and recruitment initiatives at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. •
After she earned her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2017 from the University of Georgia, she moved to D.C. and now works in the Personnel Research and Assessment Division for U.S Customs and Border Protection managing the Border Patrol promotions assessment program, agency wide exit survey, job analysis, and other organizational transformative initiatives.
Alexis is a member of the Personnel Testing Council Metropolitan Washington and serves as the Vendor & Sponsorship chair on the conference planning committee for the International Personnel Assessment Council.
Dalyn Allen, M.S. has over 5 years of experience and an established wealth of knowledge in data analysis, data reporting, and data visualization.
Dalyn earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Morgan State University.
He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and he holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
Jasmine Duke, MPS has been working in the I/O psychology field for 6 years with a focus and expertise on employee engagement and workplace culture transformation. Since receiving her Masters in I/O from UMBC in 2014, she has worked on the national employee engagement team for USPS headquarters and currently on the global employee engagement team for Lockheed Martin.