News & Events

LEAD Distinguished Speaker Series

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen speaking at the LEAD Distinguished Speaker Series.

Michael Mullen speaking at the 2016 LEAD Distinguished Speaker Series.

The department’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program hosts the annual LEAD Distinguished Speaker Series to bring current and former military service people to campus to discuss leadership principles. Past speakers include four-star Admiral Michelle J. Howard, NASA administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden and former U.S. Sen. James Webb Jr.

Past LEAD Events

Stay Connected

Read Our Newsletter



Exclusively for alumni, the Organizational Sciences I-O Psychology newsletter features alumni and department updates as well as event information. If you are one of our alumni, update your contact information with the GW Office of Alumni Relations to start receiving this and other exclusive alumni benefits. And don’t forget to send an email to the department with your life updates for future newsletters.

Oral Advocacy Showcase and Competition

The five student speakers who competed in the 2018 Oral Advocacy Showcase and Competition.


Featuring GW’s top students in public speaking, the annual Oral Advocacy Showcase and Competition welcomes students, faculty, staff and university community members to watch students deliver an original persuasive speech on a contemporary issue. Competitors are nominated by their peers from each section of the Public Communication (COMM 1040) course. After a preliminary round of judging, five speakers advance to the competition where they give their speech in under nine minutes. Audience members have the opportunity to ask questions following each speech.

Past Competitions


Department News

Gelaye Debebe headshot

Fresh Ideas for Developing Women’s Leadership

Associate Professor Gelaye Debebe’s 2019 book, Women's Leadership Development: Caring Environments and Paths to Transformation, offers an interdisciplinary framework of leadership effectiveness and brings this framework to life with detailed and illuminating descriptions of four leadership transformations. The book will be of interest to academics who teach leadership or conduct leadership research, HR professionals who are seeking fresh ideas for how to maximize the impact of leadership training for women, and anyone with a passion for personal growth and development.

Lauren Lanzo headshot

Lauren Lanzo Wins 2019 SIOP Scholarship

Lauren Lanzo, PhD '25, won the prestigious George Thornton Graduate Scholarship Award for outstanding scientist-practitioner from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student in industrial-organizational psychology who exemplifies the scientist/practitioner model. Lanzo's winning submission was entitled "Relationship Quality and the Impact on Team Effectiveness."

A group of three students stand around an award plaque reading "2019 John Flanagan Award"

Undergraduate Wins Best Student Poster at SIOP Conference

Organizational Sciences minor Ian Siderits, BA '19, won the 2019 John Flanagan Award for the best student contribution at the annual Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference. Siderits accepted the award along with his co-authors Jerod White, Sarah Zarsky, Dan Ravid and Associate Professor Tara Behrend. Their poster, “Twenty Years of Technology at SIOP: Are I-O Psychologists Lagging?” examines the timeliness of technology research at SIOP conferences since 1998. Learn more about their winning poster on the WAVE Lab website.

Meina Liu headshot

New Paper Highlights Negotiation Challenges Across Cultures

Meina Liu, associate professor of communication, recently published a paper in Communication Research focusing on the ways individuals from Hong Kong and the United States handle negotiations. Liu believes that a better understanding of these cultural differences will help people learn how to maintain composure during a dispute and prevent it from escalating to an impasse.

Book cover of "Workforce Readiness and the Future of Work" by Tara Behrend.

Applying Industrial-Organizational Psychology to the Job Market

How do we prepare students for the future of work? Associate Professor Tara Behrend co-edited the book Workforce Readiness and the Future of Work (Routledge, 2019) that addresses this question. This volume of contributions from leading scholars argues that the large-scale multifaceted efforts required to ensure a reliable and strong supply of talent and skill in the U.S. workforce should be addressed systematically, simultaneously and systemically across disciplines of thought and levels of analysis.

Professor Katrina Pariera

Professor Studies Link Between Communication, Sexual Behavior

Katrina Pariera, assistant professor of communication, recently published a paper in the International Journal of Sexual Health that looks at how women talk about sex with their female friends. “Sex is at the heart of many of our most vexing social issues, and helping people become better communicators about sex is one way we can address some of those issues,” Pariera says.

People from different generations seated in a meeting room.

Millennial Stereotypes Often Rooted in Myth

David Costanza, associate professor of psychology and organizational sciences, put together a special issue of the journal Work, Aging and Retirement called Generations, Age, and the Space Between and found that a lot of what we think we know about millennials is not backed by research.