2018 LEC Organizing Committee Members

Dr. Rob Silzer, Co-Chair, Leading Edge Consortium, 2018

Dr. Rob Silzer is managing director of HR Assessment and Development, Inc. and doctoral faculty in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Baruch, Graduate Center, CUNY.  He has consulted with business leaders in over 150 organizations, focusing on executive/leadership assessment, identification, selection, coaching and development; high potential talent; and strategic talent management.

He currently serves as SIOP Practice Officer.  Rob was awarded the 2015 SIOP Distinguished Professional Contributions Award and the 2016 International Award for Excellence in Consultation by the Society of Consulting Psychology (APA Div. 13).  He has been elected a Fellow of SIOP, APA, APS, and SCP (Div. 13).  He has served on the editorial boards of Personnel Psychology, IO Psychology Journal, Organizational Dynamics. and TIP, and has delivered 20 professional workshops at SIOP, APA, and Metro-New York.  Rob originated the first SIOP Leading Edge Consortium and is co-chair for the 2018 LEC on High Potential Leadership Talent.  He has authored 16 book chapters and has 4 books in the SIOP Professional Practice Book Series, including Strategy-Driven Talent Management, The 21st Century Executive, Individual Psychological Assessment and Practice of Organizational Psychology (in development).  Dr. Silzer holds a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  He actively pursues adventure travel around the world, including high altitude mountain trekking, and lives in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City.


Dr. Allan H. Church, Co-Chair, Leading Edge Consortium, 2018

Allan H. Church is the Senior Vice President of Global Talent Assessment and Development at PepsiCo. He is responsible for setting the enterprise talent strategy for high-potential identification and development, and strengthening the leadership pipeline via the talent review process. Previously he held a number of positions in the talent management and OD areas at PepsiCo during his 17 years with the company. Prior to PepsiCo. he spent 9 years as an external OD consultant working for W. Warner Burke Associates and several years at IBM. On the side he has served in various external professional leadership roles including chair of the Mayflower Group, SIOP Publications Officer, TIP editor, and SIOP Professional Practice Book Series co-editor. Currently he is on the Executive Committee of the Conference Board’s Council of Talent Management and on the Board of Directors for HRPS the Executive Network of SHRM. He is also an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science; he also sits on the editorial boards of several academic and practitioner publications including Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Consulting Psychology Journal, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and the OD Practitioner. He has authored several books, over 35 book chapters, and over 150 practitioner and scholarly articles. Allan received his PhD from Columbia University and is a SIOP, APA and APS Fellow.

Dr. David Baker is an Executive Vice President at IMPAQ International, LLC in Columbia, MD.  At IMPAQ, he leads IMPAQ’s health policy and research division, IMPAQ Health. For 25 years his work has focused on high performing work teams in high risk environments. He has developed national training programs and assessments for military, aviation, and health care teams. His work on health care teams received SIOP’s 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace. He has published and/or presented over 100 papers on his work. David is a Fellow of SIOP, past Awards Chair and recently served on the SIOP Fellowship Committee. David resides in the Baltimore area and is looking forward to his home city hosting the 2018 LEC.


Dr. Karen Grabow is a consulting organizational psychologist with deep experience in strategic organizational effectiveness consulting, leadership development and executive coaching.  She is the retired chief human resources officer and senior vice president of Business Development Services at Land O'Lakes, Inc. Her prior roles included vice president of Human Resources at Target Corporation and vice president and director of Organizational Effectiveness at Personnel Decisions, International. She currently consults, coaches, and teaches.

She has lectured at the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology Annual Conference, American Psychological Association conferences, Minnesota Professional Psychologists at Work, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, and Macalester College, the Ag Retailers Association Annual Meeting, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Annual Meeting, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  She is a visiting assistant professor at Macalester College and affiliated faculty member at Purdue University.

Karen’s current community and board service includes Fairview Health System, where she chairs the Audit & Compliance Committee; past Chair of the Human Resources Committee, Jewish Family and Children’s Service—Minneapolis; The Northside Achievement Zone where she is past Development chair; past chair of Friends of the Future; and Fiduciary Counselling, Inc. where she chairs the HR Committee.  Karen is past-president of Minnesota Professional Psychologists at Work, The Blake School Board, the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, and the Learning Works Advisory Board.

Karen has a PhD in Industrial-Organizational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota.

Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Prager is a director on the Global Talent Assessment and Development CoE at PepsiCo, responsible for designing and delivering the Senior Leadership Development Center 2.0 program as well as preemployment selection programs across the enterprise.

Prior to his role at PepsiCo, Rafi held consulting roles in the Talent practice within Aon Hewitt’s Talent Consulting organization, based in New York City. He primarily consulted in the areas of assessment, selection and leadership development. Some examples of his professional experience include job analysis, assessment development, criterion validation of selection tools, competency model development, leadership assessment, and coaching. Rafi was also instrumental in leading the development and validation of accelerated learning and high potential models, measurement tools, and feedback reports.

Rafi received his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the Graduate Center (CUNY). As part of his doctoral work, Rafi taught several college-level psychology courses, including Research Methods in Psychology and Interviewing Techniques. Rafi’s dissertation focused on managerial learning motivation in the workplace. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychology (METRO).


John C. Scott is chief operating officer and cofounder of APTMetrics, a global human resource consulting firm that designs sophisticated talent management solutions for corporations and market innovators. Dr. Scott has 30 years of experience designing and implementing talent management and assessment systems across a variety of global, high-stakes settings. For the past 20 years he has directed the talent management and leadership assessment practice at APTMetrics.

John is coeditor of the award-winning Handbook of Workplace Assessment: Evidence-Based Practices for Selecting and Developing Organizational Talent and is coeditor of the newly published handbook, Next Generation Technology-Enhanced Assessment: Global Perspectives on Occupational and Workplace Testing.  He also coedited The Human Resources Program-Evaluation Handbook and coauthored Evaluating Human Resources Programs: A 6-Phase Approach for Optimizing Performance.

Dr. Scott is a Fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the American Psychological Association (APA).  He is SIOP’s senior representative to the United Nations and has served as an APA Council representative. John is a recipient of SIOP’s Distinguished Service Award, serves on the board of the Psychology Coalition at the UN, and is the former editor-in-chief of SIOP’s premier journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.


Lorraine Stomski, PhD, is the vice president of Global Leadership, Learning and Selection for Walmart.  Dr. Stomski has over 25 years of experience in leadership assessment, strategy and development.

Prior to joining Walmart, she was the Global Practice Leader for Assessment and Leadership at Aon Hewitt.  In that role, she has worked with several large employers in the Fortune 500. Lorraine’s experience includes the development of global high potential programs, assessment/development centers, talent strategy, executive assessment, and succession planning. Her specialties include leadership development, retention and development of top talent, top team effectiveness, executive coaching, and increasing women’s presence at the top.

Dr. Stomski received her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Stomski is a frequent speaker on the topic of best in class practices within the field of leadership globally. She is one of the authors in the books Strategy Driven Talent Management: A Leadership Imperative (2010), Advancing Executive Coaching: Setting the Course for Successful Leadership Coaching (2011), and Advancing Human Resource Project Management (2014).

Dr. Stomski has also been featured as a blogger for Harvard Business Review.