Ever pondered the path from academic to consultant, consultant to entrepreneur, and beyond? Sandra Hartog, Ph.D., embarked on a journey that transitioned her from a full-time tenure-tracked Industrial-Organizational academic to an independent consultant. She then became the founder of a boutique I/O consulting firm and ventured into technology entrepreneurship by conceiving and leading the development of a groundbreaking technology-enhanced "day in the life" assessment platform.
Her firm, Sandra Hartog & Associates/Fenestra, went on to establish a global business presence that strived to balance the rigor of scientific best practice with the evolving needs of business clients. Her firm was then acquired by the publicly traded global strategy consulting firm BTS. Sandra, along with her exceptional team, played a pivotal role in expanding BTS's offerings and creating innovative assessment and development solutions for a global clientele, thereby shaping a distinctive business practice.
Now, as Partner Emeritus at BTS, Sandra reflects on her journey and contemplates what lies ahead. Join us as Sandra Hartog provides an overview of her career and imparts valuable insights and learnings gained along the way. A significant part of the time will be spent answering any and all audience questions.
As a Partner Emeritus in the BTS Assessment Practice, Sandra’s focus is on thought leadership on high potential assessment and development, strategic succession planning, development, and expansion of the global assessment practice. Prior to BTS, Sandra was President and CEO of Fenestra, Inc., a leading provider of global talent management and technology solutions acquired by BTS in 2014. While leading Fenestra, Inc., Sandra and her partners were best known for creating and deploying some of the first virtual, Day-in-the-Life assessments and expanding technology-enhanced assessment centers. This framework became the cornerstone of much of her work for the next 20 years as she grew her firm and contributed to the larger assessment and development community. Sandra also has extensive experience in strategic succession management, executive coaching of senior and C-suite leaders, individual and group assessment for development and selection, leadership competency studies, enhanced 360° feedback design, assessment and feedback delivery, and developmental action planning.
Sandra has more than 35 years of experience as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and other organizations, including Edward Jones, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, General Electric, UBS, New York Life Insurance, Kellogg’s, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Interpublic Group, Anthem, Mercer, RedHat, MetLife, Siemens, Verizon, and others. Additionally, a seasoned executive coach, Sandra has worked in range of industries with numerous executives and senior leaders across the globe.
Sandra is a frequent contributor to the field of Organizational-Industrial Psychology with over 40 research articles, book chapters, presentations, and workshops. She has served as an international keynote speaker and presents extensively at professional conferences on technology-enhanced assessment, high potential assessment and development, strategic succession management. She has recently co-authored a chapter on Assessment Centers for Adult Development for the Oxford Handbook of Lifelong Learning (2020) and co-authored a chapter for the 2023 SIOP Professional Practice Series on Technology Assessment of Talent.
Sandra began her career as a full-time academic before switching the balance to consulting while continuing to teach. She has taught executive MBA courses on Assessment and Development at the Zicklin School of Business/Baruch College in Singapore and was an Adjunct Professor at New York University in the graduate school of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Sandra is a member of the American Psychological Association, The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychologists.