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Fulkerson, John

John Fulkerson has more than 30 years of global experience enhancing the performance of individual executives, teams, and global organizations.  His experience encompasses a wide range of programs and initiatives for Leadership Development, Building High Performance Cultures, Cross-Cultural Effectiveness, Change Management, Workforce Effectiveness, Organization Design, Team Development, Competency Development, Assessment, Succession Planning, Executive Coaching, 360’s, Performance Management, e-learning, Surveys, and Facilitations.


He has served as Vice President for Leadership Development at PepsiCo; as Vice President for Leadership and Organization Capability at Cisco Systems; and as Vice President for Organization Development at Young & Rubicam.  He has also served as an assessment psychologist for the identification and development of high ability staff officers for the Central Intelligence Agency.  He has additional experience as a consultant, as Vice President for Organization Development during the initial turnaround at Kmart, and has experience with the Young Presidents’ Organization.  His practical approach to leadership and organization issues is enhanced by having served as the Chief Personnel Officer and as a Director of member bank boards for a multi-bank holding company.


Mr. Fulkerson has extensive international experience and has traveled to more than 60 countries working on leadership and workforce development issues. He is the author of book chapters, articles, and is a featured speaker on Leadership and Organization Effectiveness.  He graduated from Texas A & M University with a B.S. in Psychology and also from Baylor University with a Ph.D. in Psychology.


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Silzer, Rob
HR Assessment and Development Inc

Rob Silzer is Managing Director of HR Assessment and Development Inc.  For the past 30 years he has consulted with executives and managers in over 100 organizations focusing on executive leadership, selection, and development, succession planning and strategically driven HR practices and systems.  Clients have included Merrill Lynch, Honeywell, BellSouth, AT&T, Capital One Financial, Hartford Insurance and PepsiCo.


Rob holds a Ph.D. in industrial / organizational psychology and counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.   He has written numerous articles and frequently delivered workshops and presentations for professional and client audiences.  He has served as President of Metropolitan NY Applied Psychology Association, President of PDI - New York, Senior Director of Human Resources at Fieldcrest - Cannon Inc., Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota and New York University and a member of the editorial board for Personnel Psychology.  He enjoys trekking, mountain climbing and scuba diving around the world.  Over the years he has trekked many mountain ranges including hiking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and hiking the Inca Trail in Peru.   

Recent publications and presentations include:

Jeanneret, R. & Silzer, R. (Eds.). (1998). Individual Psychological Assessment: Predicting Behavior in Organizational Setting. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Silzer, R. F. (Ed.). (2002). The 21st Century Executive: Innovative Practices for Building Leadership at the Top. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Silzer, R.F. (2002). Selecting Leaders at the Top: Exploring the Complexity of Executive Fit. In R. Silzer (Ed.) The 21st Century Executive: Innovative Practices for Building Leadership at the Top. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Silzer, R.F., & Adler, S. (2003). Selecting Managers and Executives: The Challenge of Measuring Success. In Edwards, J., Scott, J., & Raju, N. (Eds.) The Human Resources Program Evaluation Handbook. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Silzer, R.F. (2004). Executive Development and Coaching. In C. Spielberger (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology. International Association of Applied Psychology and Academic Press / Elsevier.

Silzer, R.F.  (2005)  Playing Three Dimensional Chess: The Complexity of Executive Success.  Presentation at the SIOP Leading Edge Consortium.  Leadership at the Top: The Selection, Globalization and Ethics of Executive Talent, St. Louis, Mo.


Hollenbeck, G., McCall, M. & R.F. Silzer. (2006). Do Competency Models Help or Hinder Leadership Development: A Debate.  Leadership Quarterly. Pergamon Press.

Silzer, R.F., (2006).  Making a Difference in Talent Management.  In the symposium: Talent Management: Will the High Potentials Stand Up?  Allan Church (chair).  Annual Conference of the Society of Industrial / Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX. 

Silzer, R.F.  (2006).  Critical Issues in Talent Management.  In the symposium: Myths and Realities in Talent Management, Handan Sinangil & Rob Silzer (conveners).  26th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Athens, Greece.

Silzer, R.F.  (2006). Complexity of Executive Success: Why Situational Context Matters.  In the symposium, Executive Leadership at the top – Leading Edge Issues, Rob Silzer (chair).   American Psychological Association Annual Convention, New Orleans.