PTCMW News and Update - August 2021

08/25/2021 9:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

Monthly Educational Sessions

Earlier this month we had Dan Putka and Martin Yu from HumRRO present on the research HumRRO has conducted over the past few years that explored leveraging natural language processing (NLP) in fun and interesting ways to address measurement development related challenges. Namely, streamlining item development processes and forecasting how items may perform in the absence of pilot/field test data. It was a very successful event and networking session with over 50 in attendance.

Then this week we will have a panel and workshop on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) in Organizations: Moving from Reactivity to Proactive Strategy. This will occur this Wednesday, August 25th starting at 4pm EDT. This workshop will be focused on the current state and future directions in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. And specifically examine how we move from a reactive state to build a more proactive, forward-looking DEIB strategy. Sertrice Grice (Consulting Officer & Co-Founder of Mattingly Solutions); Caren Young (President at The Professional Adult); Mahesh Subramony (Professor of Management at Northern Illinois University); and Keli Wilson (Senior Manager of EEO Compliance and Diversity, Principal Consultant at DCI) will serve as expert panelists. And Ruth Imrose (Research Science Specialist at McKinsey & Company) and Shannon Cheng (Research and Knowledge Fellow at McKinsey & Company) will serve as workshop facilitators.

And in September we will have a presentation from Anne Scaduto (Senior Manager, Talent Assessment at Capital One) and Ann Kwak (Talent Assessment, People Strategy and Analytics at Capital One) on Burnout. The date and time for the September monthly event is still TBD, but specific sign-up details will be sent out in early September.

Just a reminder that members can access the recordings of any of our 2021 (and earlier) sessions in our webinar library.

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 continue to be busy implementing the blog/resource sharing strategy. In early July we posted a blog by Matisha Montgomery on how we need to do a better job of collecting and examining data to ensure equity outcomes can be accurately evaluated. Members can access this blog at The Point.

And then in late July we posted a blog by Don Lustenberger examining office ergonomics for the post-COVID-19 world.

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 (blog@ptcmw.orgor me directly (

2021 Bemis Award Announcement

We want to congratulate Dr. Nancy Tippins who is this year’s Stephen E. Bemis award winner. Nancy was co-nominated by both PTCMW and IPAC and the award was announced at the 2021 IPAC Conference in July. For awareness, the Stephen E. Bemis award is presented to an individual in our profession who is:

  • An accomplished personnel measurement practitioner, recognized for their ongoing commitment to the principles of merit and fairness;
  • A professional who has made an impact in the field by their practical contribution(s) that have either resulted in an improved or new procedure; and
  • A concerned individual who is recognized for their commitment to assisting, being available, and freely calling on fellow practitioners.

Congratulations to Nancy, as she is a well-deserved recipient of this award!

Graduate Student Consulting Challenge

The 2021 Graduate Student Consulting Challenge (being held virtually) will be occurring October 15th-18th. FMP Consulting has agreed to sponsor the event this year. Similar to years past, there will be five teams of 6 members (students) participating. And the registration fee will be $15. A call for student participants will be occurring in September, so be on the lookout for more information soon!

PTCMW Board Member Spotlight – Marni Falcone – PTCMW President-Elect

I am currently a Managing Consultant at FMP Consulting ( I received my MA in I/O from George Mason University in 2008 and started my career at Fields Consulting Group developing assessment centers for public safety organizations (police, fire, and corrections) both locally and at various larger jurisdictions across the country. Fields provided me with the opportunity to directly apply my studies in a real-world setting, which is where I fell in love with the “I” side of I/O. In 2012, I moved over to FMP Consulting to gain broader human capital experience. Since working at FMP, I have led many of our larger scale competency development and implementation work to include competency model development, gap assessment/analysis, career pathing, selection and assessment, and strategic training needs analysis. I also lead some of FMP’s projects related to employee engagement, program evaluation, strategic planning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. I support a wide variety of clients across the federal government to include the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as some state and local clients.

Outside of FMP, I am active in presenting at conferences (IPAC, SIOP, and SHRM) and lead some of FMP’s thought leadership activities relating to competency development and strategic implementation. I live in Alexandria with my husband and two young boys. With what little free time I have, I enjoy taking a Barre3 class, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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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