Happy (almost) fall and welcome or welcome back to TC's campus. This is my first newsletter in the 2019-2020 academic year. I send these monthly to our MA program community to communicate key program information, to share interesting articles, and to spotlight student and alumni accomplishments. Feel free to let me know if there is anything you want highlighted in upcoming newsletters.
During last week's Orientation, I spoke about our program's strengths and values and linked them to things going on in the world right now. Skilled organizational psychologists are clearly needed in every industry around the world, so study hard and get ready! I also offered my best advice for you -- advice I try to tell myself too. If you are interested, see here for my remarks: MA Orientation 2019 Remarks
It has been wonderful to meet so many of you in person after exchanging summer emails, and I'm delighted to reconnect with our returning students too. We've missed you! I am always heartened by the work we do together at TC, and I am looking forward to a great semester and year with you all.
Sarah Brazaitis, PhD
MA Program Director
Current Student Profile
Sofia-Jeanne Roggeveen is fascinated by the making and breaking of cultural patterns (i.e., "attractor states") on an individual, organizational, and national level. She integrates backgrounds in cognitive science, meditation, computer programming, personal development, and group facilitation to explore leverage points for change. Currently a second-year student in the Social-Organizational Psychology M.A. program and President of OHDCC, Sofia-Jeanne lives to learn and apply the knowledge passed down to her in everything she touches. She's dedicated to working with organizations and leaders fostering the evolution of compassionate and equitable cultures that catalyze psychological safety and growth. Over the summer, she completed an immersive internship at a modern monastery in Vermont that focuses on leadership development, social responsibility, and organizational effectiveness.
She's usually reading at least four books at once (topics range from strategy and economics to creativity and spirituality), she likes to posit less popular opinions to shake up conversations, deeply appreciates humor as an enabler of difficult conversations, and strives to be honest, open, and learning in every interaction. One of her goals this semester is to spend as much time as possible with other people--so don't hesitate to say hello!
Jennie Tsang is a 2015 MA program graduate. She currently works as SVP of Talent & Diversity at Citi, managing Performance Management, Talent Management (including Talent Reviews & Succession Planning), High Potential Development and Diversity Initiatives for Citi's Global Consumer Bank, a division that serves over 100,000 global employees. In this role, Jennie partners with HR advisors and business leaders to build organizational capability, implement impactful talent and performance management processes, develop a strong pipeline of diverse talent, and cultivate an inclusive environment to effectively execute the business strategy.
She has been in this role for the past 5 years. In addition to her Talent Management experience, Jennie has also held roles in Talent Acquisition and Learning & Development. Jennie's passion for all things Talent and Development-related is what inspired her to pursue her M.A. in Organizational Psychology from TC.
Jennie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, a 6-year-old son who just started first grade, and a 2-year-old daughter. She loves travelling with her family and tries to go on at least one international trip a year with them.
You can connect with Jennie on LinkedIn
See below for an opinion piece on how personality assessments might work against inclusivity in the workplace.
As with all of these recommendations, feel free to let me know what you think and/or to offer your own suggestions for possible inclusion in upcoming newsletters. I welcome your input.