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President’s Message

When we were last together in Santa Fe, COVID-19 was just at the edge of our awareness.  Who would imagine that a month later our lives would have changed so much?  The nation has been forced to mobilize against a hazard we cannot see.  Many of us are sheltering in place and unable to enjoy the social and recreational activities that brought us pleasure.  Others of us cannot shelter in place because our jobs require that we provide essential services to the public or that we respond to emergencies such as this. Children are unexpectedly out of school.  Workers are teleworking or have been displaced.  Our medical resources and caregivers are stretched to the limit.

But as a psychologist in leadership, you have the expertise to help people and organizations through this crisis.  Whether leading your own team or supporting others as they lead their organizations, you are a role model for leading with wisdom, inclusivity, and a bit of practical magic.  I have witnessed many examples of psychologists encouraging problem-solving, self-care, team work, and flexibility throughout every type of organization, including government, education, the private sector, and health care.  With your help, countless people will weather this crisis.  And after the crisis resolves, psychologists in leadership will be able to distill lessons learned and share it with the public for the benefit of all.

I am proud to call you my colleagues.  Thank you for all you do.    

Tamara Lyn, PhD
SPIM President

Conference Wrap Up
The SPIM 2020 Conference in Santa Fe was a great success!  Thank you to our impressive presenters, sponsors and first-time attendees.  The networking events were a huge hit to welcome first-time attendees with a fresh and energetic vibe.  SPIM’s camaraderie was felt with an intimate yet open atmosphere during group discussions, networking breaks, and offsite dinners.  More conference information/links are listed below. We are currently working on securing a location for 2021 and we hope to have information to you in the coming weeks. 

Health of Conference Attendees
As far as we know, no one who attended the conference in Santa Fe has contracted the coronavirus. Please let or know if you have tested positive for coronavirus, the date you started showing symptoms, the date you tested positive, and whether or not you wish we share your name.

Attendee List
You can access the full attendee list by visiting the link here:

Access the presenters’ slides by visiting the link here:  You must use your login to gain access.  SPIM members will use your membership login and non-members will use the login created when registering. 

The evaluation link has expired, and CE Certificates have been emailed.  If you need further assistance, please contact
2021 Conference

We are looking for volunteers to serve on the 2021 Conference Planning Committee.  Please email the Conference Chair, Christina Frederick at if you are interested.
Congratulations 2020 Awardees
2020 Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award
I. Marlene Thorn, PhD
IMT Consulting Associates, LLC and Center for Creative Leadership Adjunct Feedback Assessor and Executive Coach
2020 Early Career Woman Psychologist in Management Award

Mira Brancu, PhD
Founder & CEO, Brancu & Associates, PLLC

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