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Organizational and Leadership Psychology Alumni Alliance (OLPAA) invites you to join our collective!

Who are we? We are a collective group of graduates from the Organizational and Leadership Psychology field at William James College. The OLPAA organizes events that vary between workshops, training's, panels of experts, and networking events giving participants an opportunity to stay connected in the community, network with peers, and gain new and exciting knowledge within the field. As an ever-growing community the OLPAA is always improving and expanding; continuing to branch out within a greater network of opportunity.

Who can join? We consist of alumni interested in expanding their knowledge of the OLP field through utilizing collective intelligence to plan and host targeted OLP events. We have an elected group of alumni officers who plan quarterly events and also encourage members' suggestions and help in event planning and facilitation. Most events are free and open to anyone interested in attending.

What are the benefits? One of the most successful strategies for finding employment in OLP is networking. The Alliance gives graduates a place to meet and greet with those currently practicing in the field. Additionally, Organizational Psychology is a constantly evolving field. By attending and participating in Alumni Alliance events one may gain invaluable information and experience personal growth.

What is the commitment? The OLPAA is free to join and does not at this time collect any dues from members. Members attend quarterly events and are encouraged to aid in the organization or preparation of these events. Phone calls are planned monthly for OLPAA board members to check in on event status as well on request. Any members who are interested in joining the board or helping with planning are encouraged to join the calls. As an elected OLPAA representative your time commitment will vary depending on events but can expected to be 1-2 hours a week, mostly remotely.

What to expect? During our events we have had practitioners in the field, book releases, question and answer panels with experts, interactive workshops, model training's, and organized networking events. Each quarterly event is molded and shaped by the Alumni Alliance members and organizers and we want your voice to be heard. If you know someone who would make a good speaker or have an idea on what would be a great area to have training in, we want to hear it.

How can I get involved? Email Charles Allen if you would like to join or find out more information at charles_allen@williamjames.edu.

Meet the OLPAA Co-Chairs

Darlene Piva

Darlene Piva
Organizational Psychology, Class of 2015

Darlene is an organizational development consultant with over 20 years of experience in the financial industry holding a variety of positions in Retail, Operations, and Training and Development divisions.

Darlene has led teams in process improvement projects, technology implementation projects, and interdepartmental team relationship building. She also spent 5 years serving as Program Manager for a management development program responsible for designing, developing, organizing, and delivering a nine-month curriculum to prepare mid-level talent for executive level positions. Currently, she is a full-time graduate student and consults on a part-time basis with a training and communications consulting firm in the financial industry. Darlene is interested in assisting organizations create environments where individuals and groups can flourish and find meaning and purpose in their work while achieving increased organizational performance.

After completing her MA in Organizational Psychology in 2015 from William James College, Darlene entered the Leadership Psychology PsyD program and is expected to graduate in 2019. She also holds a BA in Economics from Providence College.

Brenda Kurtyka

Brenda Kurtyka
Organizational Psychology, Class of 2015
Executive Coaching, Class of 2013

Brenda is an organizational psychologist and Business Area Manager who assists teams and individuals to reach their greatest potential by leveraging a background of over 25 years of experience from positions in the Department of Defense, Commercial Industry, and Executive Coaching.  

Brenda has coached teams and individuals within government, business, and academic organizations.  She works to facilitate team dynamics and develop future leaders by applying organizational development, team leadership, personnel management, and individual coaching skills obtained from her diverse background. Her recent interest is in assisting individuals and organizations bridge communication and work culture gaps within today’s diverse and technology-driven work force. 

Brenda earned her master's in Organizational Psychology in 2015 from William James College (formerly known as MSPP). Prior to that, she earned a certification in Executive Coaching from MSPP in 2013, a Master’s degree in Management from Lesley University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy.