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New York Metropolitan Association of Applied Psychology

Pop Culture & I/O: MCU Leaders Assemble!


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Pop Culture & I/O: MCU Leaders Assemble!

Title Detail: Leaders Assemble! Leadership in the MCU by Gordon B. Schmidt

Please join us in person for first Speaker event of the year! 

I-O Psychologists are committed to providing clients with effective evidence-based practice. I-Os often search for innovative ways in which to discuss the science of I-O psychology with their clients. The book Leaders Assemble: Leadership in the MCU uses the Marvel Cinematic Universe to help executives, students, and workers of all kinds develop their leadership skills. The book provides a unique way for coaches, trainers, and leaders to discuss and apply leadership theory.

Using a case study approach, Dr. Islam will discuss the value of pop culture as examples for I-O psychology students, academics, and practitioners to help their clients implement evidence-based practice.

Participants will learn how to

  • Develop one’s own leadership through pop culture and leadership examples from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Communicate evidence-based science with clients using a unique pop culture approach

If you cannot join us in-person we will be attempting to livestream this and registrants will receive a link day of!

Presenter: Dr. Sy Islam

Dr. Sy Islam is a co-founder and Vice President of Consulting with Talent Metrics Dr. Islam has over 15 years of experience providing data analytic, training, and organizational development support to organizations in a variety of workplace settings. He received his PhD from Hofstra University in Applied Organizational psychology.  Dr. Islam’s consulting work was recognized by the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, when he won the Scientist-Practitioner Presidential Recognition Award for his focus on science driven practices in training and talent development. Through Talent Metrics he has consulted with fortune 100 companies like IBM and teams like the Florida Panthers.  Dr Islam has also served in leadership roles with ATD NYC and ATD Long Island. His book is entitled “Leaders Assemble! Leadership Lessons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe” was published by Emerald Publishing on June 7th, 2022.

Event Details


Tuesday, October 18th


Cocktails & Networking 6:00pm-6:30pm


NYU Wasserman Center

The Wasserman Center for Career Development is New York University’s central career development resource, providing services and support to undergraduate students, graduate and graduate certificate students, postdocs, and alumni with a bachelor’s, master’s, graduate certificate, or doctoral degree from nearly every NYU school. In the past, Metro has partnered with this center to host its in-person events, and we are happy to be welcomed back for our in-person events this year!

We will try to livestream the event as well, so if you are not in NYC you do not need to miss out! We do not guarantee it will be flawless, but hope to have it as an option to any of our members who cannot physically attend! More details to come.

 133 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003 

IMPORTANT: NYU's Vaccination Policy

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Vaccination Verification Process

To access METRO events all attendees must have proof of COVID vaccination status or exemption status verified within the NYU system prior to arrival. All current METRO members will receive an email from NYU with a form to enter your information and upload proof of vaccination. Please submit as soon as possible as processing takes 3-5 business days. Once approved you will need to download the NYU app and complete Violet Go to generate a pass to show to security upon entering NYU premises. The pass gives access for all future events. 

For non-members the NYU policy has two routes to verification:pre-approval and same-day verification. We suggest pre-approval as the easiest route but this requires all guests and non-members to register for the event 14+ days in advance. We will submit a list of non-members to NYU two weeks before the event. You will receive an email to upload information about 1 week prior to the event and then can complete the Violet Go app on event day to access NYU premises.  

If registering less than a week before the event then you can visit the on-site vaccination check station at the Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center (50 West 4th street) which is open from 8 am to 6 pm. You will need to bring an id and proof of vaccination after which you will receive a printed vaccination verification receipt good for one week. Note this site is 15-20 minute walking distance from the career center and may be busy so plan accordingly if you desire to attend cocktails and happy hour. 

Note anyone registering less than 5 days before the event may experience issues with on-site vaccination. METRO will try its best to coordinate with NYU officials to get you in their system but can't guarantee they will verify your status before your status as an attendee is uploaded. 


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