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New York Metropolitan Association of Applied Psychology

Storytelling with Data

  • 16 Feb 2023
  • 5:45 PM
  • Wasserman Career Center: 133 E 13th Street, 2nd Floor, NY NY


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Storytelling with Data

Please join for us for our first in-person event of 2023! 

Data storytelling is the process of translating data analyses into layman’s terms in order to influence a business decision or action. Story telling is so effective because it is memorable, persuasive, and engaging. Our session aims to energize our colleagues to go well beyond the traditional ways we typically present data to decision-makers and other stakeholder audiences and instead provide them with approaches to, and an experience with, data storytelling.  After describing some key principles of data storytelling, illustrated with powerful examples, we will ask participants in small teams to co-create their stories on a timely I-O topic. Following this activity, teams will share the data stories they constructed for different target audiences, and we will draw out key lessons learned. 

Unfortunately, due to the incredibly collaborative and interactive nature of this event, we will not be live streaming this one!

Our Presenters

Seymour Adler

Seymour Adler, Ph.D. is Global Head of Leadership Assessment and Development at Kincentric.   He has spent much of his long career attempting to influence organizational leaders to implement sound, empirically-supported practices based on carefully constructed data analyses, often with limited success. He deeply recognizes the gap many of us feel in the ability to tell a more compelling data story with visuals that go beyond colorful PowerPoint graphs.

Seymour was a founder and principal of Assessment Solutions Incorporated, a firm he helped take public in 1997, which was acquired by Aon in 2001. In 2019 the entire Talent practice at Aon was sold to Spencer Stuart and set up as an independent division, Kincentric. In addition to a 40+ year career as a practitioner, Seymour has taught in graduate I-O programs at Purdue University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, New York University, and currently is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University’s doctoral program in Applied Organizational Psychology.  A graduate of the Doctoral Program in I-O at New York University, Seymour is a Fellow of SIOP, APA and APS and has served as President of METRO.  In 2019 Seymour received the SIOP Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions. He has contributed extensively to both the scientific and practitioner literatures in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is the co-editor of the SIOP book, Technology Enhanced Assessment of Talent (Wiley, 2011).

Miriam Nelson, Ph.D. is a Senior Partner in Korn Ferry’s Assessment and Succession Practice and is on the leadership team for North America. She leads the client teams for several of Korn Ferry’s largest clients and is building practice-wide capability around assessment innovations. Miriam formerly led Aon Hewitt’s Leadership Assessment and Development practice in North America, working broadly with leading organizations on their talent management practices.

Miriam holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from Hofstra University, and Bachelors’ degrees in Business and Psychology from American University. Miriam is admittedly an inquisitive novice in the area of data storytelling, but she is passionate for the need for I-Os to build this capability. She has co-facilitated several highly interactive alternative and roundtable sessions at SIOP in past years.

Amy D. Grubb, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed speaker who has presented numerous keynote addresses and workshops on leadership, change, working with others, engagement, performance, organizational culture, and storytelling.  She has worked directly for three C-level functions (CHRO, CFO, CIO) for the past 14 years, currently serving as a special assistant to the Chief Information Officer at the FBI and is the founder of Organizational Insights, LLC. An organizational psychologist by training. Amy has worked in the “people” space of talent, organizational development, and leadership for over 20 years.

Event Details


Thursday, February 16th


5:45 pm-7:45 pm


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 Street, 2nd Floor, NY NY


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