Aaron T. Olson of A.T. Olson Consulting, LLC., began as a consultant in August of 2003. His specialization is Human Resources and Training. His company is Certified by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) as a Verified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB); and the State of Oregon's Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) as a Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SDVBE) and Emerging Small Business (ESB).
Mr. Olson uses an effective methodology to identify the needs and measurable outcomes for his clients. He works with individuals, pairs, teams, and large groups as each job dictates. His consulting services are useful for businesses, unions, non-profits and all levels of government.
Diversity in Employment
Equity in Employment
Inclusion in Employment
Cultural Diversity Awareness and Competency
Customized Training and Curriculum Design
Leadership and Management
Workshops for Immigrants and Refugees
Background Experience: Mr. Olson has over 26 years of police experience managing assignments in communications, recruitment, and patrol. He supervised and evaluated both police and non-police employees. He was a member of the OSP Procedures and Rules Advisory Committee and worked with Oregon's Department of Justice in rewriting and validating OSP's trooper and cadet applicant hiring process. Mr. Olson had the honor of being a member of the first Oregon State Police Affirmative Action Recruiting Team.
As a patrol supervisor, Mr. Olson directed major crime scenes and traffic crash investigations. He reviewed and approved administrative, police, and use of force reports.
Mr. Olson also investigated allegations of police officer misconduct, conducted background checks, and participated in specialized tasks in community policing, dignitary protection with the U.S. Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies.
In reaching out to new immigrants and refugees, Mr. Olson initiated the "Police and Emergency Services" workshops at the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Olson is a regular adjunct professor at Portland Community College (PCC), Portland, Oregon, and Eastern Oregon University (EOU), La Grande, Oregon. At PCC, Mr. Olson currently teaches cultural diversity online and campus criminal justice classes. He also teaches an online class on civil liability in criminal justice. At EOU, he teaches an online multiculturalism in emergency services course. He established history by designing the first cultural diversity courses and curricula for PCC's criminal justice program in 2001, fire protection program in 2009, and EOU's fire service administration program in 2011.
Clients need to know what an expert witness does in the review of an employer’s handling of a workforce complaint. The complaint could be regarding discrimination, sexual harassment, misconduct, or retaliation, any of which could potentially lead to the accused’s termination. An expert who has the experience of conducting employment investigations will be able to assess if the employer’s handling of the workforce complaint, actions or omissions was satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
A classic text in peacekeeping, cultural awareness, and diversity in law enforcement. It provides practical information and insight to prepare officers for culturally sensitive policing. The content explores the pervasive influences of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation in the workplace and in multicultural communities.
As the fire service becomes a microcosm of American society, this book provides a useful tool to effectively address key issues and challenges of cultural diversity. It offers valuable lessons on cultural competence, the value of cultural differences, and the acquisition of cross-cultural skills to be used in fire science college courses or fire academies at the city, fire-district, state or federal level.
MCS Associates is a nationally recognized consulting group that has provided financial, operations and regulatory/compliance consulting services nationwide to financial institutions, insurance companies and regulatory agencies as well as real estate and financial services organizations for over 40 years. Expert Witness and Litigation Consulting are a primary focus of our services. We undertake expert witness assignments throughout the United States and our clients include several hundred leading law firms around the country, working on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant financial institutions, borrowers, depositors, investors, developers, insurance companies and their insured, securities/insurance/real estate brokers/agents, regulators and government agencies, and individuals.
Together with MCS Associates’ specialized resources in banking, financial services and real estate, we also draw on key strategic alliances in insurance, economics, academia and the securities industry to meet a wide range of expert witness needs. Our litigation experts include experienced bankers, lenders, consultants, regulators, managers, brokers & agents in insurance, real estate, and securities; insurance claims and underwriting managers; economists, accountants, appraisers, real estate analysts, and academics.
Dr. Caren Goldberg, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned professor of Human Resource Management. She provides expert witness and litigation support services in employment law cases.
Dr. Goldberg has written over 50 peer-reviewed papers and three book chapters on Diversity, Discrimination, Stereotypes, and Sexual Harassment. She has been quoted in numerous magazine and newspapers, and has appeared on Dateline, NBC, Voice of America, and numerous local affiliate news programs to discuss discrimination and harassment.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) honored Caren as one of 100 diversity thought leaders from business, consulting, government, and academia, based on her research contributions in this area. More recently, SHRM appointed her to a task force charged with developing professional standards in Diversity and Inclusion.
Litigation Support - Professor Goldberg has been retained by both plaintiff and defense attorneys to testify on matters such as Stereotyping and Harassment / Discrimination climates. In addition, she has testified on the extent to which HR practices are consistent with the scholarly and practitioner literature in HR and how subjectivity in HR practices such as selection, compensation, promotion, appraisal, and termination decision may introduce bias.
Dr. Goldberg provides a variety of services including:
Assistance Preparing for Depositions and/or Trials in Discrimination and/or Harassment Cases
Test Validation Services
Assistance with or Outsourcing of Diversity and/or Sexual Harassment Training Programs
Assessment and Critique of Opposing Expert's Assumptions, Conclusions, and Prior Research
Consultica Worldwide is a management consulting firm with a reputation for resolving strategic and operational issues in Business, International Education, Management, and Human Capital. The firm was established in Sydney, Australia in 2003 and provides consultancy services in management, strategy, quality, business, and international education.
Consultica specializes in assisting with RTO quality and development, university advisory, higher education service provider (HEP) services, tertiary quality, start-up, and strategic planning. Their services cover the following:
Quality Development, Enhancement
Registration and Re-registration Services
Harnessing Strategic Synergies
Creating Quality Cultures
Developing Corporate Talent
Aligning the Workforce to Strategy
Strengthening High-impact Leadership
Principal, Mo Kader, PhD, is a business and commerce professional specializing in three areas of expertise: Business Start-up and Development, Human Capital and Corporate Training, and International Education and Institutions. He has an in-depth knowledge of the education, corporate training, learning and development fields and of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and larger commercial enterprise.
Dr. Kader assists SME's and large businesses in a range of sectors to start up or develop or grow. This is done through business management principles and with a range of human resource and organizational development approaches. These help increase the start-up business success rate and streamline its processes, as they do with larger businesses looking for better performance.
Dr. Kader's understanding of management, business development, new company growth strategies, and change management aid in providing a pragmatic, driven approach to business. He has worked as Business Development Manager, National Business Manager, Head of Sales, General Manager, and Managing Director, and has a high degree of acumen in international business, export development, new enterprise start up, and in resolving business and commercial issues via good business practice and human capital programs.
Mo Kader is experienced in the regulatory framework of compliance for Registered Training Organisations (RTO's), Higher Education Providers (HEP's), and Universities. He assists RTO's with initial registration and ongoing compliance. The establishment of Higher Education Providers and Tertiary Education Institutions is also his forte. With an ability to assist from the inception and Strategic Planning phase to the development of internal policies and procedures that provide the institute with a Quality Framework, Dr. Kader is able to impart sound advice and implementation support.
Employee Motivation & Performance Assessment, Inc.(EMPA) has designed Employee Assessments and has provided Survey Research Services for more than 7 million employees, including Performance / Skill Assessments, Employee Surveys, and Program Assessments. Its domestic and international clients span 45 countries and include large companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies that have 1000 or more employees.
Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels is EMPA's founder and CEO. He is a Research Psychologist with over 25 years of extensive training and experience in Statistical Analysis and Assessment Design. He received a Master of Arts degree in Research Methodology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Philosophy degree and a Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Columbia University. A well sought out expert, Dr. Morrel-Samuels has
Testified before the U.S. Congress on employee motivation and its linkage to objective performance metrics,
Provided assessment services for non-profit organizations (e.g., Blue Cross-Blue Shield, University of Michigan), government agencies (e.g., the Department of Justice), and Fortune 500 companies (e.g., FedEx, IBM, GM, California Edison, Bank of America, Xerox, Coca-Cola, and Disney),
Been an expert resource for the New York Times, the Washington Times, and the Wall Street Journal,
Conducted research for IBM, EDs, the University of Chicago and Yale University,
Been a faculty member at Antioch Graduate School and the University of Michigan Business School
Lectured extensively on survey design and organizational communication,
Authored several patented employee and leadership assessments, and
Published articles in The Journal of Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Research Methods, The Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, California Management Review, Physician Executive, and Harvard Business Review, among others.
Dr. Morrel-Samuels currently teaches courses on survey design and research methodology at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and the School of Public Health. He is also serving as the President of the Workplace Research Foundation, a nonprofit responsible for the National Benchmark Study® - a nationwide survey that sets BenchmarksTM and measures the causal linkage between employee motivation and subsequent stock return.
This might come as a shock: Employees in large corporations sometimes mistakenly believe that they have been discriminated against. Admittedly, discrimination does occur, both in society and in the workplace. And as most attorneys know, many discrimination cases concern claims of either adverse treatment or adverse impact. In both types of litigation, employees believe that they have been discriminated against because of their minority status. In disparate treatment cases, plaintiffs must show that they were treated differently because of that status, and incriminating statements-express or implied-must be admitted as evidence to suggest a discriminatory intent. In contrast, disparate impact cases typically address the discriminatory impact of an ostensibly neutral policy, decision, or program, so plaintiffs rely upon objective data from the entire corporation to prove a discriminatory outcome.
THERE'S NO DOUBT that companies can benefit from workplace surveys and questionnaires. A GTE survey in the mid-1990s, for example} revealed that the performance of its different billing operations, as measured by the accuracy of bills sent out, was closely tied to the leadership style of the unit managers.
This might come as a shock: Employees in large corporations sometimes mistakenly believe that they have been discriminated against. Admittedly, discrimination does occur, both in society and in the workplace. And as most attorneys know, many discrimination cases concern claims of either adverse treatment or adverse impact.
Effective evidence-based managelnent requires analyzing data from a broad array of sources and conducting carefully designed pretest-posttest comparisons. However, our experience suggests that few businesses take that process to the next level by building merged datasets that can be used for rigorous pretest-posttest comparisons and meaningful statistical analyses.
No contemporary guide exists for using statistics to prove causality in court. We outline a new theory explaining comprehension of causal graphs, and claim four hallmarks of causality are critical: Association, Prediction, Exclusion of Alternative Explanations, and Dose Dependence.
We distinguish between reverse discrimination and over-correction, arguing that the former should be used only to describe cases where well-qualified non-minority applicants are unjustifiably denied positions in organizations run by and/or staffed by minorities. Similarly, we argue over-correction should be used to describe well-qualified non-minority applicants who are unjustifiably denied positions in organizations run by non-minorities.
Page Engineering Inc., established in 1994, is an Ergonomics and Industrial Engineering consulting firm. They have provided services to clients throughout the United States and Canada. Their hands-on approach is backed by the extensive application of ergonomics, human factors, epidemiologic, and occupational medical scientific literature. Page Engineering experience includes conducting ergonomics analyses and research in the railroad industry, primarily, and in heavy industry, in general, for over 22 years. Their clients include Union Pacific Railroad, Kansas City Southern Railways, Association of American Railroads, Fedex, American Petroleum Institute, Food Marketing Institute, Food Distributors International, Blue Water Bridge Authority, and USPS.
Consulting Services - Page Engineering provides ergonomics services, integrating multiple disciplines (industrial engineering, safety, health, business, regulatory) to provide effective results, whether in the application of job analyses and job improvement processes or in physical job demands analyses. Their services include:
Ergonomics Exposure Analysis and Workplace Improvements
Organizational Risk Analysis
Health and Safety Information Systems Development
Expert Witness Services
George B. Page, CPE, is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Since founding Page Engineering, Mr. Page has been providing ergonomics services, integrating multiple disciplines (industrial engineering, safety, health, business, regulatory) to provide effective results, whether in the application of job analyses and job improvement processes or in physical job demands analyses. His experience includes conducting ergonomics analyses and research in the railroad industry and in heavy industry for over 30 years. Mr. Page's expertise includes job exposure assessments, physical demands assessments, accident reconstruction, forensic engineering.
Greg G. Weames, CPE, CCPE, CRSP, has been a practicing Ergonomist since 1994, after obtaining his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in kinesiology. Mr. Weames has spent several years as a corporate ergonomist for large organizations as well as has worked for several years in consulting. Currently, with Page Engineering, Inc., he has provided expert witness services, consulting services for various facilities projects, workplace, equipment, machine and tool analysis services, and job exposure analysis services. Over his years as an ergonomist, Mr. Weames has co-authored scientific publications, served on Federal, Industry and Corporate level committees, developed and authored corporate programs and training, and has worked extensively across all departments of organizations, levels of management and employees.
Stephen D. Fleming, CPE, CXLT, is an Industrial Engineer / Ergonomist whose background includes analyzing work environments and work tasks using industrial engineering work measurement methods and risk assessment models for different body regions. His expertise is in assisting industrial clients in applying ergonomics to workplace processes, tools, and equipment, including all major North American railroads, FedEx, Ford Motor Company, Lear Seating, USPS, and the Blue Water Bridge Authority. Mr. Fleming has been acknowledged for developing and implementing a methodology for measuring and analyzing exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV) and hand-arm vibration (HAV).
Virginia Rhodes, EdD has over 35 years experience in Urban School District Policy, School Development, Administration and Teaching. Dr. Rhodes' specialties include persistently failing city schools, new school start-ups, intentional school design
District and individual school strategy for equity
Replacing factory model district & school structures with highly engaging models
Replacing punitive discipline with developmental systems
*STEM start-ups and environmental school design
Innovative teacher hiring, and teacher-led school models, including in districts with collective bargaining
Replacing toxic district or school culture with human-friendly models
Effective school security and safety--beyond electronics to the human side
Collaborating with community grassroots organizing partners
Background - Dr. Rhodes has provided consulting services to an international firm on certain aspects of U.S. public school practices prior to their exploration of a related market sector. She acted as a consultant to the University of Cincinnati Career Center assisting in the development of pre-service teacher hiring expectations. Dr. Rhodes was retained by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to co-investigate a study for mental health and achievement factors related to excessive student mobility.
As a consultant on AdvancedEd School Accreditation Teams, she has evaluated high school performance. Dr. Rhodes has researched and written numerous articles on school mobility, achievement, culture, and STEM (NSF). She has conducted numerous training workshops and spoken on urban school district policy and other related topics to various community groups and national educational organizations.
What does it take to improve science performance in an inner-city high school? Could a science "immersion" strategy change motivation and interest in science? How can we meet a key strategic goal of our urban district: "All students graduate and are prepared for postsecondary education, successful careers and productive citizenship."
Creative professionals in team-based work settings value work communications skills among their colleagues. As public schools create professional learning communities and experiment with teacher-led curriculum and program development, traditional interview processes may prove inadequate for these new collaborative environments. New and creative selection models may be needed to enable teacher or other professional teams to choose candidates with the 21st century skills needed for success. In public sector environments, work rules are often highly developed and professionals are entitled to interview. Qualifications, training, experience and seniority as determinants often get reduced to transfer rights using seniority as the main or only criteria. This trend detracts from creating a competitive environment in which to attract & retain a high-quality teaching staff. Solutions can be found within existing contract parameters, however, if the attributes necessary to teach 21st Century skills are actually required to be demonstrated, not just described, in the interview process.
Critical to a dynamic STEM school is a high level of instructional rigor. While this is true in all STEM schools, it is a particular challenge in those programs that serve populations inexperienced with high levels of rigor in their previous coursework.
Establishing a STEM High School (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), and the Aiken Environmental, Ohio's first public environmental high school proved to be successful strategies to increase student engagement and raise standardized scores in science. High-poverty urban students from declining academic and disciplinary environments produced significant gains on science test results and credit attainment towards graduation. Using multiple overlapping rigor and SEL strategies, students experienced "science immersion," project-based learning, and a social-emotional curriculum that emphasized personal development and team/community-building skills.
Rose Porterfield Group (RPG) has over 30 years of experience providing Business Performance and Human Resource services. At RPG we take a practical and aggressive approach to consulting. In three decades, RPG has worked with hundreds of companies in almost every industry sector. We have developed thousands of executives, built better teams, handled crises and mergers, and helped our clients avoid employment-related lawsuits. Our firm has published articles, books and columns on the use of consultants, testing, assessment, and developing executives in industry. Consulting Services Include:
Assessment for Hiring and Promotion - RPG specialists include PhD level psychologists, experts in testing, interviewing and assessment, and whose full time endeavor is helping businesses raise the performance bar in their organization by hiring and promoting on the very best "fits."
Teambuilding and Individual Coaching - RPG evaluates teams and measures their ability to overcome personal conflicts and office politics that disrupt group dynamics. They understand the effect of individual behavior on group productivity and appreciate the different communication styles of individual members.
Crisis Conflict Solutions - RPG mediation is a cost effective, humane, and useful way to resolve workplace conflicts. Mediation works because a neutral third party facilitates meetings between parties, enabling them to stay productive and allowing participants to develop the solutions to their problems before they escalate.
Executive Development - RPG uses sophisticated psychological assessments and tailors programs to match both the goals of the organization and the individual.
Change Management - RPG serves as an expert adviser to help senior executives achieve company goals by providing innovative, integrated and practical solutions to align an organization's people and business strategies. Robyn W. Porterfield, PhD - Managing Principal at RPG, spent over ten years in sales and marketing prior to completing her PhD in Industrial Psychology. While completing her PhD, Dr. Porterfield served as Director of Client Services for a Texas-based on-line psychological testing firm, consulting to management on such issues as individual and team fit, conflict resolution, hiring, coaching, and management succession planning. As a consultant,
Dr. Porterfield has assessed executives in such diverse industries as financial management, food service, telecommunications and retail. For five years, Robyn and Bob co-wrote a column for the Dallas Business Journal titled, C-Level Coach. Robyn is also a professional mediator and currently mediates for Dispute Resolution Services of Tarrant County, Texas.
Robert G. Rose, PhD, Principal at RPG, received his PhD from Florida State University. Since 1976 he has served as consultant to organizations in virtually every industry including health care, retail, IT services, manufacturing, construction, aviation, and many others. In his over 30 years as a consultant,
Dr. Rose has encountered virtually every problem that an organization can experience, and has seen that good teamwork - from hiring to development - always benefits both the individual and the company. Bob is the author of numerous articles on communication, crisis handling, and conceptualizing purpose and culture within organizations, and his books on consulting are required reading by major corporations.
In this article we are speaking primarily to men in business management roles. We are not saying you are a harasser. On the contrary, we’re aware that more than likely, you are not a harasser, but your position and gender put you in the position to come across as one
As an employment attorney, or perhaps as General Counsel for your organization, you have probably been fielding more and more questions about bullying in the workplace-we certainly have. While bullying isn't illegal - yet - you also probably know that it costs a lot in terms of its effect on production. Plus, you know it's not right-not really. So, what's the right approach? Our rule of thumb is not to overact to simple, appropriate work behavior, but you also can't put up with bullying either. We'll share some examples from our practice; see if any of these sound familiar.
If you are the CEO or General Counsel of your company, you should be preparing for a new challenge. The gaining momentum of the #metoo movement means there will likely be an increase in sexual harassment complaints. Raghu and Suriani certainly think it's already happening (#METOOWHATNEXT: Strengthening workplace sexual harassment protection and accountability, nwlc.org, 2017.), and our clients are certainly calling us more often to investigate claims. To better prepare, here are some suggestions we urge you to consider.
Let's say you have Bill who is a good guy in many ways but he can be a grouch. He is particularly likely to nag the young female accounting staff for inquiring about his expense reports. He looms over them and talks loudly sometimes shaking his finger, and using occasional mild profanity. You've talked to him and he always gives a half-hearted sheepish apology - and then does it again the following month.
Almost all of us have been to the yearly company football game, company barbeque, or happy hour. Organizations often think these events create closeness, trust, a sense of "teamwork", or even a sense of family. We love a good burger and a beer as much as anyone but in our experience the injuries, harassment and other complaints that can come from company social events may cause problems for employers. And we find that the defense that the events were "voluntary" may not hold up.
Eric Kimberling, MBA, is one of the most recognized and respected independent Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems experts in the world, giving 100% unbiased advice to clients for more than 20 years.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kimberling has helped hundreds of high-profile enterprises worldwide with their ERP initiatives, including Nucor Steel, Petro Masila, the Yemen Government, the City of Charlotte, NC, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Kodak, Samsonite, Coors, Boeing, Duke Energy, Filson, and Lucent Technologies, and the Alaskan Native Tribal Health Consortium, to name a few.
Mr. Kimberling has helped manage ERP implementations and reengineer global supply chains in countries as diverse as China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Lebanon, and the United States. He has won numerous industry awards for his experience and contributions, including Supply Chain Pro to Know and Best Independent ERP Blog award from ERP Focus.
ERP Software Selection
SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, Epicor, Infor, and other ERP Systems
Organizational Change Management
Implementation Project Management
Independent Verification and Validation
Merger and Acquisition Business Integration via Strategic Planning
Business Process Reengineering
Mr. Kimberling has dedicated himself to giving keynote speeches at industry conferences and universities worldwide, and has been quoted in thousands of articles in newspapers, magazines, and books, including the Wall Street Journal, CIO Magazine, and Fortune. He has authored, published, and presented more than 50 ERP articles and white papers, and is the author of Panorama’s series of ERP Reports, quoted in dozens of publications per year. He is also the author of the acclaimed book, “Lessons from 1,000 ERP Implementations.”
Mr. Kimberling holds an MBA with an emphasis in operational strategy and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He is also Six Sigma certified and a certified practitioner of multiple ERP solutions, including SAP, Siebel, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, Epicor and Infor, among others. He has won numerous industry awards for his experience and contributions, including Supply Chain Pro to Know and Best Independent ERP Blog from ERP Focus.
I have been involved with Microsoft Dynamics implementations for nearly 20 years now. I have also spent the last decade providing Microsoft Dynamics expert witness testimony in implementation failures and lawsuits.