The IPPA Work and Organizations Division – a forum for scholars, practitioners and organizations to collaborate on positive psychology research and application in the organizational realm – recently elected its inaugural Division President, President-Elect and Secretary. Please join us in welcoming the IPPA Work and Organizations Division Officers:

Giselle Timmerman, Division President

Giselle was part of the Work & Org Division’s initial steering committee in 2012 and was elected President-elect in 2013. She has enjoyed helping to get IPPA’s first professional Division off the ground and is committed to maximizing the Division’s value for its members.

After studying under Martin Seligman in his first Masters class (’05), Giselle has navigated a unique career path, starting as a management and strategy consultant applying positive psychology to strategy, leadership, and organizations. In 2012, she started her own company, Positive Work, where she designs and manages projects that help organizations build positive leaders, engaged and resilient teams, and exceptional work cultures. Giselle has worked with social, public, and private sector organizations, and with a range of global leaders, from community champions to Fortune 100 executives.

Giselle holds a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Psychology, Sociology, and Public Policy from New York University. She is an American currently living in Barcelona, Spain with her French husband and young daughter.

Gregory Hennessy, Division President-Elect
Gregory Hennessy has been a strategy and organizational development consultant for over 20 years. As a former McKinsey Engagement Manager and Professional Development Manager, he has a history of getting things done. He is transitioning out of industry and into academia, and is currently a doctoral student in Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University. He currently holds Master’s degrees in Social Science (Caltech) and System Dynamics (MIT Sloan School of Management).


headshot JessJessica Londei-Shortall, Division Secretary
A new recruit, Jessica Londei-Shortall is currently completing her Ph.D. in organisational psychology at Université de Montréal. Originally from Montreal, she speaks English, French and an intermediate level of Spanish. She is looking forward to hosting the next World Congress on Positive Psychology in her hometown.
Throughout her studies, she has been involved in many volunteer roles at her University, including the organisation of the departments’ scientific congress and a variety of student academic committees. Her research is on job crafting, which is discovering the elements employees can modify to make their jobs more engaging, meaningful and efficient. She also supervised student research projects, with many submitted to local and/or international conferences.
On the practical side, she has taught and is teaching undergraduate psychology classes on organisational psychology. She also completed an internship in organisational development, in which she contributed to creating a change management model and designing, administering and analysing results for an engagement survey in a call center.
She is glad to volunteer for the IPPA work division as she believes positive psychology is an important aspect of organisational psychology and is looking forward to creating more engagement around positive organisational psychology and working in collaboration with the rest of the leadership committee.
Meghana (Meg) Rao, Division Past-President  Meghana A. Rao is a researcher and consultant specializing in positive work relationships, social flow, strengths-driven evaluation, cross-cultural issues in positive psychology, and positive psychology of gender. She serves as the Associate Director and Co-founder of the Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) and is the Conference Chair of WPPA’s first conference in Positive Psychology at Claremont, CA, September, 2014. In her role as Research Associate at the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC) at Claremont Graduate University (CGU), Meg heads the research in the Positive Social Relationships Research lab, Positive Psychology of Gender lab, and the International and Cross-Cultural Research and Evaluation lab. Along with her graduate student team, she is currently synthesizing the peer-reviewed empirical research in positive organizational psychology published since the inception of the positive psychology movement to date. Meg is also currently co-authoring two textbooks “Theory-driven Positive Psychology: A Culturally Responsive Scientific Approach”, and “Positive Organizational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Application” and will be serving as a co-editor on two volumes of “The Praeger Handbooks of Positive Psychology”. In addition, as a practitioner, over the past 11 years, Meg has served as an organizational development and evaluation consultant to a variety of non-profits, government, and public institutions. Some of her projects have included using Appreciative Inquiry for strategic planning at a non-profit serving refugees and asylum seekers, evaluating positive psychological effects of environmental sustainability and conservation initiatives in Washington State prisons, strengths-driven evaluation of empowerment of Muslim immigrant women in the U.S. and England, and using a positive lens to combat HIV stigma in South Africa, among others. Meg has a Master’s degree in Organizational Development and an MBA in Human Resource Management. She recently earned a doctoral degree in Positive Organizational Psychology at Claremont Graduate University.
Beth Eiffert, Beth Eiffert is a Senior Consultant with My Executive Solutions, a leadership consulting and development firm specializing in results-based solutions for large and mid-sized organizations.
As a coach, Beth uses a variety of innovative tools to help clients enhance their ability to communicate, reflect, learn, adapt and improve continuously. As a development expert, Beth translates organizational goals and priorities into dynamic, interactive learning solutions that drive sustained impact. She is skilled at eliciting client involvement to draw from real-world experiences in order to customize learning, make it stick, and have fun!
Beth has a Master’s Degree of Education in Counseling from Boston University, and has a knack for helping leaders understand Positive Psychology concepts for immediate application. Some of her clients include Microsoft, Apple, Valspar, Allergan and the Department of Defense.
In her free time, Beth loves spending time with her husband, Jim, and their two college-age kids, Austin and Kathryn, doing just about anything: cooking, running, kayaking, wake-boarding, and laughing. She also enjoys going on digs as part of the St. Augustine Archaeological Association, which feeds her love of people and their stories.

Bijal Choksi is committed to increasing happiness in the workplace. Through her Happier@Work offering, she shows leaders and employees how they can be empowered to decrease workplace stress, be more engaged, and be happier every day.

Bijal holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University’s Teachers College as well as a certification in the Science of Happiness from UC Berkeley. Her bachelor’s degree is from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She has worked at prestigious consulting firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM, McKinsey and Co, and Deloitte and Touche. For the last decade, she has her own consulting practice helping organizations with their culture and managing large-scale changes.

Bijal founded a mentoring organization, Minds Matter of Denver, which has enjoyed 100% success rate helping under-privileged students go to college. She has two boys, loves to play tennis, and can frequently be caught reading nutrition related publications.

Ruchi Shah, Ruchi Shah Ruchi is an IO Psychologist and has worked in Organization & Leadership Effectiveness since 1998. She enjoys helping organizations leverage psychology, social dynamics and organizational systems to achieve business & operational goals. Her consulting and coaching experience include job analysis, talent management, organization development, performance management & leadership development. She is energized by positivity@workplace. Her signature VIA Character Strengths are Love of Learning, Social Intelligence, Spirituality, Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, and Fairness.
Luis Marrero, Author, and the pioneer of meaningful purpose psychology (logoteleology). CEO of The Boston Institute for Meaningful Purpose; international speaker and facilitator, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the International Network for Personal Meaning (INPM); Editor of the INPM Newsletter; Co-founder of the Work & Organization Committee of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Division Advisors

Arnold Bakker, PhD

Arnold B. Bakker, PhD is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology and Director of the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is also distinguished Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Management of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Dr. Bakker is Past President of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. He is particularly interested in positive organizational phenomena, including work engagement, JD-R theory, job crafting, creativity, and job performance. He publishes regularly in the main journals in the field, including the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. Dr. Bakker is editor of “Current issues in Work and Organizational Psychology” (Psychology Press), and “Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology” (Emerald). More information: or

Kim Cameron, Ph.D.

Kim Cameron, PhD

 Kim Cameron, PhD is William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education.    His past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, corporate quality culture, and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 130 academic articles and 15 scholarly books. His current research focuses on virtuousness in and of organizations–such as forgiveness, gratitude, kindness, and compassion–and their relationship to performance.  He is one of the co-founders of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan and has served as Dean at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Associate Dean in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and Associate Dean and department chair at the University of Michigan.  He was recognized as among the top ten organizational scholars in the world whose work has been most frequently downloaded on Google.

Fred Luthans, PhD

 Fred Luthans received his BA, MBA and PhD from the University of Iowa. After graduation, he served for two years as a Captain in the U.S. Army where he taught leadership at West Point. He then spent his long academic career at Nebraska where he is University and George Holmes Distinguished Professor of Management, Emeritus. A former President of the Academy of Management, Luthans also received the Academy’s Distinguished Educator Award. He received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award and an Honorary Doctorate from De Paul University. Luthans edits three top journals and has authored over 200 academic articles. He is generally recognized as the author of the first textbooks in Organizational Behavior, now in its 13th edition, and International Management, now in its 9th edition. His latest book is Psychological Capital and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has been actively doing teaching, research and consulting not only in the U.S. but also in Europe, South Africa, Australia, Korea, China, and all Southeast Asian countries over the past 35 years. He is currently a Senior Scientist developing and presenting webinars for HUMANeX Interactive Institute.

Marisa Salanova, PhD

 Marisa Salanova is full professor in Positive Organizational Psychology at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, Spain. She is also Director of WANT-Research Team High Performance Group. Currently is salient President of the Spanish Society of Positive Psychology (SEPP)( She has about 300 national and international publications on occupational health psychology (job stress, burnout, technostress, workaholism …) and more recently she has focused on Positive Psychology applied to work with publications on work engagement, flow at work , self-efficacy, positive and healthy organizations and organizational resilience. He has published in journals such as Journal of Happiness Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Anxiety, Stress & Coping, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, Work & Stress, Group & Organizational Management, among others. She is actively involved in competitive projects and public funded grants doing also consultancy and advicement to companies on applied positive psychology and development of human resources. She is a member of the editorial board of journals: Applied Psychology: An International Review, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Behavior, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Journal of industrial and organizational psychology, Psicothema and Anxiety and Stress. In addition to her academic work and research, for several years she started a project of dissemination of Positive Psychology outside academia, to share scientific knowledge and to help people and organizations to live more fulfilling and meaningful life and be happier.

Lea Waters, PhD

Professor Lea Waters (Ph.D.) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is the first Australian to be appointed a Professorship in Positive Psychology and has held an academic position at the University of Melbourne for the past 20 years.

Lea is the president elect of the International Positive Psychology Association and holds affiliate positions at Cambridge University and the University of Michigan.

She is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the Australian Psychological Society and is on the Advisory Board for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

She was listed in the Financial Times and Westpac Bank 100 Women of Influence (2015)

You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ProfLeaWaters

You can learn more about Lea at her website.

You can watch her TEDx talk.

Lea’s Youtube talk on ‘Gratitude at work’.

Lea’s Youtube talk on Positive Education.