The “Spotlight” feature was created to foster a culture that recognizes outstanding work, encourages peer support and promotes Black excellence. Each month we will highlight a Black I/O professional or student on our social media platforms. During the month, current and future members will have the opportunity to engage with Spotlight Members about IO experiences and what they are currently doing.
Derek James is an I/O Professional whose origins started as a seasoned IT professional with fortune 500 companies. Derek shifted from analyzing technology to analyzing the navigation of career development for BIPOC professionals. As his career progresses, he identifies organizational deficiencies and proposes areas of improvement.
He is a PhD Candidate in I/O Psychology and holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and a M.S. in Psychology. He also serves as the head coach for bowling at Stony Brook University where he specializes in physical and mental game development.
Derek has a love for seafood, sushi, and travel and loves to combine them all when possible.
Dr. Gena Cox is an organizational psychologist, executive coach, and keynote speaker. She has worked with Fortune 500 leaders for over 20 years to enhance leader effectiveness and build work cultures in which all employees can thrive.
Gena imagines a day in which the term “diversity and inclusion” becomes just another name for "100% leadership”. She encourages top leaders to lead this change, as explained in her recent Harvard Business Review, linked here. Gena is currently writing a book for C-suite leaders, board directors, and other leaders who want to build inclusive organizational cultures but lack clarity and confidence about their role in making this happen. The book will be published in Fall 2022.
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Dr. Rajanique "Nikki" Modeste is the founder and CEO of Vestigia Organizational Strategies, an Industrial and Organizational Consulting firm. Dr. Moeste is an I-O Psychologist consultant with over 15 years of Human Capital Management experience working for various government contractors in the DMV area. Her expertise includes leadership development, coaching, facilitating, organizational change management and DE&I. Dr. Modeste has a Ph.D., in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Masters in Counseling. Her approach to Leadership Development, coaching and Organizational Transformation utilizes different methodologies such as Transformational Leadership, Positive psychology and Gestalt Theory. She is heavily involved in the social justice movement, helping police agencies reduce the deaths of Black Americans as well as creating an inclusive environment within the police department. Dr. Modeste teaches at the University of Maryland in the I/O department as an adjunct professor.
Shyriah Marshall is a doctoral student at Walden University where she is working to obtain her PhD in IO Psychology with a focus in Leadership and Coaching. Shyriah received a Masters of Philosophy in IO Psychology from Walden University. Previously, Shyriah obtained a Masters Degree in Organizational Management with a focus in Entrepreneurial and Economic Development from Peru State College where she also obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Performance and Systems Management. Shyriah’s love for education began at a very young age, studying IO Psychology has allowed her to build successful working relationships while helping clients and other professionals reach their goals as leaders and business owners.
Shyriah currently works as a Battery Program Specialist where she assists with managing and developing business relationships while helping to maintain, set, and achieve goals set within the organization. While in her current role Shyriah has volunteered for various roles and events such as Big Brothers Big Sisters serving as a lead for the Social Justice team, The Emerging Professionals Group - where she serves in leadership as a Support Specialist, and has assisted with leading teams for Bowl for Kids Sake, The ACS Making Strides Breast Cancer event, and lead a team for the virtual walk for the United Negro College Fund.
Shyriah enjoys working with organizations that desire to help their community through their work. Shyriah is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Blacks in IO, Psi Chi National Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Shyriah is also the CEO and principal consultant of Marshall Career Consulting, LLC. where she assists her clients with interview preparation, resume editing, resume creating, and performance reviews. In addition, as a consultant, Shyriah helps entrepreneurs with developing business plans and best practices, leadership review, and various other projects. Post doctoral degree, Shyriah plans to use resources to create programs and events to help others succeed within the workplace or in their entrepreneurial desires.
Mr. Kenny Jordan, a native of Lathrup Village, Michigan, has over five years of experience in transformational leadership, training development and statistical analysis.
Confirming her passion through the marriage of psychology and business with a hint of statistics, Alexis Avery, M.A. has an abundance of experience in employee engagement, organizational assessment, and data analytics.
Dalyn Allen, M.S. has over 5 years of experience and an established wealth of knowledge in data analysis, data reporting, and data visualization.
Dalyn earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Morgan State University.
He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and he holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
Jasmine Duke, MPS has been working in the I/O psychology field for 6 years with a focus and expertise on employee engagement and workplace culture transformation. Since receiving her Masters in I/O from UMBC in 2014, she has worked on the national employee engagement team for USPS headquarters and currently on the global employee engagement team for Lockheed Martin.