November 21st 2017 MPPAW Meeting

Join us for our social hour at 5:30 complete with complimentary food and beverages for purchase. There is plenty of time to network before the speaker presentation begins at 6:20.

Carol Lynn Courtney, Ph.D. President Courtney Consulting Group
Dick Olson, Ph.D., L.P., President and Founder Olson Consulting Group
John Fennig, Ph.D., L.P., CEO DRI Consulting
Kristie Campana, Ph.D., Associate Professor Minnesota State University Mankato
Natalie Sokol, Assessment Consultant at MDA Leadership Consulting

Topic: Applying Psychology for Good Around the World
Location: Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown: 1500 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 5545

Program Description:

This will be a panel discussion. More information coming soon.

Carol Lynn Courtney, Ph.D.
Courtney Consulting Group

Dr. Courtney consults in the areas of Executive Coaching, Individual Assessment, Organization Development, Team Facilitation, Selection and Development Systems. She has worked with individuals and teams throughout the U.S. and internationally. She has been an invited speaker and lecturer in the areas of competency modeling, organization change, and management and team development.

Prior to founding Courtney Consulting Group, Carol Lynn spent close to 20 years working as an internal/external consultant, staff contributor, and in various management and executive roles in large and small companies such as Quaker Oats, Motorola, Pillsbury, and Malt-O-Meal. Examples of work performed include team development and facilitation, individual development and coaching, competency modeling (technical and non-technical competencies), multi-rater feedback systems, and employee surveys. Most recently, she was Vice President of a consulting firm in Minnesota where she helped start-up and co-manage a new division.

Carol Lynn chose to gain experience inside companies to better understand the client perspective. She worked with or supported many different organizational functions including manufacturing management and front line production, engineering, marketing, customer service, sales, IS/IT, and human resources. At one time, she even worked as a production manager in a manufacturing plant to help her evaluate the effectiveness of the high performance work teams she implemented in that facility. These types of practical experiences have enhanced her assessment and coaching skills.

Dr. Courtney has a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Applied Experimental Psychology. She has a dual concentration in industrial/organizational psychology and program evaluation. She is a member of the Association for Psychological Type (APT). She is also a member of MPPAW (Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work) where she was formerly the Vice President of Programs. Passionate about her work, she brings an equal amount of energy to her hobbies and interests. Carol Lynn is the saxophonist in The Options, she enjoys traveling, exercising, biking, and kayaking, and she takes dance and language classes.

Carol Lynn explains that she likes to continually challenge herself to avoid the risks associated with becoming too comfortable or complacent. More specifically, She says, ” I like to get afraid every once in a while because we ask people to change their behaviors everyday and that’s a scary thing for them.” Carol Lynn also engages in a variety of volunteer work with non-profits and ensures that an ongoing percentage of her practice goes to pro bono work.


Dick Olson, Ph.D., L.P.
President and Founder
Olson Consulting Group

Dick Olson consults in the areas of executive and management appraisal, selection testing, executive coaching, leadership development, and organizational change. He has worked with a range of professionals from first line supervisors to CEO’s in America’ s largest companies, including manufacturing organizations as well as leading professional service firms.

Leveraging people’s strengths in conjunction with addressing people’s limitations serve as the underlying foundation of his work. In his over twenty years of consulting experience, he has worked with a variety of organizations, including many Fortune 500 companies as well as family owned businesses in many different industries.

Founding Olson Consulting Group more than twenty years ago, he has developed innovative and effective approaches to leadership development, organizational development, and matching people to jobs. Having taught statistics and psychological measurement, he has applied this expertise to help develop and revise approaches to performance feedback as well as selection testing. He has written in the areas of executive coaching and leadership. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and is a Licensed Psychologist.

Prior to starting Olson Consulting Group, he was vice president of a large consulting firm and an executive in a Fortune 200 firm. He has spoken to many groups in the areas of leadership and organizational change.

He has recently served on the boards of the following organizations: Camp Unistar and Association for Psychological Type (APT). APT is a 4,000 member group where he has served as both the Director of Finance and the Director of Training and Development. In addition, he is a former President of Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work (MPPAW). Dr. Olson enjoys running, swimming, and minor house maintenance. He usually takes time off in the summer to go mountain climbing, and spends his time at home maintaining his collection of antique and collector automobiles. His latest addition is his first motorcycle.


John Fennig, Ph.D., L.P.
CEO, DRI Consulting
APA Fellow

John Fennig is the proud father of 3 great kids, husband of a talented eye doctor, and avid doubles tennis player.  This is his 30th year as a member of MPPAW, and 35th year in the human resource and organization development world.  John started DRI Consulting in 1991 and has had the tremendous pleasure of supervising the internships of over a hundred students in organizational consulting psychology over the years.  John is former president of Division 13, The Society of Consulting Psychology.

Specific to this panel, John has been involved in humanitarian and pro-social work his whole “very blessed” life.  Projects include: Cuban refugee resettlement, post Katrina organizational rebuilding, ongoing work with churches, schools and hospitals, and most recently as co-chair of the Catastrophe Aid and Rebuilding Effort (CARE).

John encourages us to ask ourselves, are we doing what’s truest and best for others and ourselves?  (The basic definition of love).


Kristie Campana, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Minnesota State University Mankato

Kristie Campana, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she teaches courses on employee selection and statistics.  She is also a senior consultant at the Organizational Effectiveness Research Group, a student-run consulting group that works with international, national, and local clients. As part of her responsibilities at the university, Kristie organizes international trips for MA degree candidates to locations such as Turkey, Eastern Europe, and Ireland. Service work is sometimes a component of these trips. She also has worked with a number of groups to do pro bono service, including Planned Parenthood Minnesota–South Dakota–North Dakota, CADA House women’s shelter, and the Minnesota Council of Churches refugee services. She has also provided her services to local nursing homes, charity groups, manufacturing firms and other entities. Kristie received her B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Natalie Sokol
Assessment Consultant
MDA Leadership Consulting

Natalie Sokol consults in the talent assessment space, spending most of her time conducting business simulations and analyzing assessment data for purposes of employee selection and development.  She assesses talent for a wide range of roles and organizations, and is passionate about partnering with clients to make smart hiring decisions informed by fit and culture. She has also consulted in global change management, training development and logistics, and communications roles to facilitate large-scale technology implementations.

In her free time, Natalie enjoys practicing and teaching Baptiste yoga, salsa dancing, reading novels, canoeing and camping around the lakes and rivers of MN, and seeking out new cultural experiences through international travel. She is passionate about second language learning, teaching in all forms, and finding new ways to connect with and serve the Minneapolis community where she lives.


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