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On its own, the COVID era would have been remembered as a tremendous challenge for those of us who lead and consult to organizations with the benefit of psychological science. But add to that the killing of George Floyd and other incidents prompting increased sensitivity to racial justice and over policing. Yet again, add to that an increased commitment to meaningful diversity and inclusion. These times are bound to be remembered as the most significant leadership challenge we have seen in a generation or more.

During this time, I am optimistic that our SPIM colleagues are working in many different settings to elevate leadership to meet these recent challenges. For those of you who tried to raise these issues in the past and they fell on deaf ears, now is your time! The nation will benefit from your diligence and preparation. For those of you in different stages of the journey exploring these issues with your teams and clients, thank you for your willingness to deepen your understanding and experience.
When we meet in Alexandria, Virginia, for the SPIM annual conference in April 2021, we will have many insights to share. I look forward to hearing about the personal and professional growth we are all experiencing. Your participation will make it a rich and rewarding gathering.

Tamara S. Lyn, PhD

SPIM President

We are happy to announce the dates of the 2021 SPIM Conference! During these uncertain times the SPIM Board decided to push the dates to April. We feel that this will give us a better chance to meet face to face. The conference theme is Leading Beyond: Through Change to Transformation. More information will be sent in the coming weeks, but please mark your calendars!

SPIM 2021 Conference and Institutes
April 8 - 11, 2021


The Planning Committee for SPIM 2021 is searching for SPIM members who wish to be panelists for the talk:  Lessons Learned and Knowledge Shared: Leadership Pre, During and Post COVID-19.  If you have leadership wisdom to share gained as a result of the current pandemic and are interested in being a panelist, please email Christina Frederick, Planning Committee Chair at no later than September 1st, 2020. 

The Committee is hard at work putting together a conference that ignite members’ passion for leadership.  More information will be provided in the August newsletter. 

We invite the SPIM membership to join the next virtual Cocktails, Mocktails, and Conversation Hours. You will receive a Zoom link in a separate email. We hope you will join us! Our inaugural session on July 9th was very well attended and sparked great conversation!

Date: August 6 @ 7:30 ET
Topic: Positive Leadership in These Challenging Times


The SPIM Board recently approved a change in the membership dues renewal cycle. Current members’ renewals were due by January 1st of each year. Now renewals will be due by July 1st of each year.

This change will lessen the financial burden of membership for the large majority of members pay conference registration fees and membership renewal fees at the same time. This new calendaring separates the interval between dues and conference payments from about 1 month to about 6 months.
Thank you to everyone who has renewed and if you have not, please do so!  We appreciate your continued support of our Society. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Woodward at or 773-331-0457.

If you are not a member and would like to join, go to

One of our esteemed members is featured in Forbes magazine! Please see the link to an article by Jennifer Wisdom, PhD. We are proud of your success, Jennifer, and we can’t wait to see you in other high profile venues in the future. You are a wonderful reflection of our membership!

15 Effective Ways Leaders Can Communicate Core Business Values to Employees

Submitted by: Jennifer Wisdom, PhD


Dr. Beth Parker-Sloat, one of SPIM's own, will be one of two featured panelists in an upcoming free webinar on Tuesday, July 28th. The webinar, of special interest to individuals working in non-governmental organization settings, is entitled, "Building Psychological Resilience & Spiritual Fortitude with NGO staff." It is sponsored by Accord Network, a networking organization for faith-based relief and development organizations, and is open to the public.

Topic:  Building Psychological Resilience & Spiritual Fortitude with NGO Staff

Description: Participants will learn how current events may be impacting their staff psychologically and practical steps they can take to assure a healthy work environment.

Presenters:  Dr. Jamie Aten, Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Dr. Beth Parker-Sloat, Compassion International

Link for Webinar Registration:

Link for the Organization Hosting the Webinar:

Time:  Jul 28, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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