Christina Fleck earned her M.A. in I/O Psychology from Xavier University and her Ph.D. in I/O from Hofstra University. She currently works in Leadership Development as part of the Interventions Research and Analytics unit at Deloitte. Previously, she worked on both the Global Culture and Engagement Team as well as Global Talent Assessment and Development team at PepsiCo. Within the field of I/O, she leads the Research Committee for the Mayflower Consortium and serves as a reviewer for the journal Mentoring and Tutoring.
Roza Jankovic received her M.S. in I/O Psychology from CUNY Baruch, and a Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University, where she studied teams and taught research methods. She drives leadership excellence and development on PepsiCo's Global Talent Management team, leading global leadership assessment and development feedback surveys (360, manager feedback) and strategy, and leading the Internal Executive Coaching program to ensure the thriving and success of PepsiCo's leaders. Roza held previous PepsiCo Global TM roles in the Culture and Engagement team and other TM/OD roles, managing general people processes while driving talent analytics for strategic talent management.
Daniel Simonet received his M.A. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Tulsa. He is an Associate Professor in the Industrial/Organizational Program at Montclair State University. His research emphasizes applying integrative and dyadic personality models to work, including the unique nature of dark-side tendencies, interpersonal effects of personality in work relationships, and the self-determined process of human empowerment. He teaches quantitative courses, including Data Science in R, Psychometrics, Personnel Selection, and Multivariate Statistics. Previously Dan was a research associate at Hogan Assessment Systems where he supported the development, validation, and consultation on existing and new products, including personality-oriented job analyses.
Jared Weintraub earned his M.A. from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Hofstra University. He is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and the founder of The Flow Group, LLC., an organizational and business development firm that works with individuals and companies to create and maintain happy, healthy, and productive workplaces. He has taught various graduate and undergraduate courses, and worked with start-ups, Fortune 500 companies, and organizations across various industries. His research investigates how companies can leverage "nudge" technology and Positive Psychology - specifically Mindfulness and Flow Theory - in the workplace to help individuals, teams, and organizations flourish.
Logistics and Registration
Ashley Busing has been an active METRO member for 10 years and supports operational management of all member events. She received her Psychology BA from the University of South Florida and M.A. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Baruch College where she taught Intro to Psychology, I/O Psychology, and Theories of Personality. She currently works as a Senior Analyst for the New York State Unified Court System in the Office of Court Research. She aspires to apply her analytic skills in people operations and, in her spare time, puts on three classical ballet performances a year.
Johanna Seppalainen works to develop and expand METRO's sponsorship relationships. She received her M.S. in I/O Psychology from San Francisco State and has over a decade of experience in Learning and Development. She has specializes in integrating assessment results into developmental goals, which she has applied to projects in talent management, executive development, group facilitation, and the delivery of organizational development initiatives. In addition to consulting, Johanna is an adjunct in the business schools for both Baruch and NYU.
Femi Olu-Lafe manages METRO's social media accounts to distribute events, ideas, and content. Femi received her PhD in Psychology from Boston University and MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology at University College London. She is a consultant in YSC's New York office using expertise in cognitive psychology and data analysis to provide leadership insights, executive coaching, and top team development to a range of Fortune 500 companies.
Lily Blocker oversees the foundation, coordination, and management of METRO's annual Career Day. She holds a Ph.D in I/O Psychology from Penn State and completed a post-doctoral fellowship studying terrorist deradicalization. Dr. Blocker is currently an Associate Professor of Management at Stony Brook University where her research focuses on leadership failure and the dynamics of team innovation.
Technology and Audio-Visual
Jamie Forman manages all recording, editing, and technological innovations for METRO events. She is a PhD. student in the Applied Organizational Psychology program at Hofstra University with research interests in talent management, job satisfaction, diversity, and occupational health. She is also a certified sign language interpreter specializing in medical, mental health, and deaf blind populations.