PTCMW News and Update - June 2021

07/01/2021 10:41 AM | Anonymous

Hello PTCMW Members and Friends! I hope everyone is having a great Summer so far. I wanted to share a few updates on the PTCMW operations.

Monthly Educational Sessions

In May we had Scott Davies, Jim Austin and Mike Zickar present on potential versus fit in predicting success in jobs and career paths. They shared specific examples of how they have used fit to predict factors such as attrition, safety, and job performance. It was a very successful event and networking session with over 30 in attendance.

Earlier this month we had Sonya Stokes from Aon’s Assessment Solution discuss the trends that she and her colleagues are currenting seeing in selection and assessment. She shared insights from case studies from current clients and from Aon’s Global HR Pulse Survey. She also discussed how the past year has shaped selection and is likely to have a continued impact moving forward. Members can access the recordings of the May or June sessions in our webinar library.

Given the IPAC annual conference happening in July, we will be having our “July” event in early August. Specifically, HumRRO’s Dan Putka and Martin Yu will be presenting on some of HumRRO’s automated item generation (AIG) efforts on August 3rd from 5-7 EDT. Specific sign-up details will be sent out in late July.

Then in late August we are planning to conduct a workshop focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This will be a virtual workshop and the date and time is still TBD. But the format is expected to be an expert panel with a Q&A session, followed by a live interactive experience.

PTCMW is continuing to provide members and non-members the option of attending our monthly programs without being charged the normal fee – in light of COVID-19.  To attend the session without charge, simply email the secretary ( to receive a code for registration.

Blog and Resource Sharing

Yesenia Avila and her team have been busy implementing the blog/resource sharing strategy I mentioned in my last message. In June we posted a blog by Charlene Zhang, Martin Yu and Arielle Rogers on Tips for the Job Search for I/O psychologists entering the workforce. Members can access this blog at The Point.

We also just posted a blog by Scott Davies following his May event on how there is still much work to be done on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations for the good of people, businesses and the communities they serve.

We are planning to continue to post at least 1-2 blogs per month. So, if you are interested in generating a blog please let us know! And if you have resources you think would be useful for the PTCMW membership, please let us know that as well. You can reach out to Yesenia ( or me directly (

Mentorship Program

Our 2021 PTCMW Mentorship Program kicked off earlier this month. We have 25 mentees and approximately 20 mentors participating in the program and it is scheduled to run through November. If you missed out this time but are interested in participating in our next session, please be on the lookout for more information in late 2021/early 2022.

IPAC Updates

The 2021 IPAC Annual Conference will be presented virtually from July 26-28. You can register here for the conference. The conference schedule is also available to see all of sessions and events taking place at this year’s conference.

IPAC is accepting nominations for the 2021 Innovations in Assessment Award through July 9, 2021! This award recognizes a person or team for the development and application of an innovative personnel assessment tool or procedure which resulted in improved effectiveness, efficiencies, or cost savings. Visit the IPAC website (here) to access additional award details and to submit a nomination form.

PTCMW Board Member Spotlight

Thank you to everyone who participated in the PTCMW Member Survey. We are still analyzing the data and will then determine what specific areas we want to focus on for improvement or expansion. However, one request that was made via the survey was to include a brief bio about PTCMW board members in the monthly messages. So, I have decided to go first, and we will then incorporate bios for other board members in the future months.

Rob Calderón – PTCMW President

I am currently a Principal I/O Researcher at the American Institutes for research (AIR; I actually began my career at AIR in 1997 just after I received my Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from THE Ohio State University and then continued at AIR until 2003. I then worked for Caliber/ICF, SRA/GDIT, and FMP Consulting before returning to AIR in late 2019. Most of my work over the past 20+ years has focused on job analysis and competency modeling focused on identifying skill/competency gaps (and learning and development strategies to address these gaps) as well as developing assessment/selection tools to assist in the hiring process. I have primarily supported a wide variety of federal clients, but have also done work with commercial, state, and local clients.

Outside of AIR, I am fairly active in presenting at conferences as well as leading/assisting in other thought leadership efforts. And I was also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University early in my career where I co-taught a Master’s-level research methods course for a decade. I live in northern VA with my family and in my free time I enjoy heading to the beach, working out, attending cheer/gymnastics competitions for my daughter and rooting for the Capitals, Nationals, and Green Bay Packers (my original hometown!).

Get Involved with PTCMW – Volunteer Opportunities

If you are looking to get involved with PTCMW, we still have many volunteer positions available. Please reach out and let us know if you are interested. You can email us at or!

We look forward to continuing our efforts to connect, share, and grow with you.

Thank you,

Rob Calderón, PTCMW President

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