One of the longest running student organizations at CGU

With 11+ years of connection to the CGU community, Org Talks is a speaker series of presentations, panels, and meetings designed to promote dialogue between students, researchers, and practitioners. Discussions cover topics in organizational behavior, industrial and organizational psychology, positive organizational psychology, and evaluation.

Anyone with an interest is welcome— speakers include academics and practitioners, alumni, and visiting psychologists. This student organization typically meets once a month during the semester.

Org Talks is led by current CGU students. Contact these leaders directly with questions or event suggestions.

2022-2023 Leadership

Burkle Classroom with students

2022-2023 Event Schedule

Strategies for Building Employee Engagement in the New Normal with Kimberly Allain

11:30 Am – 12:30 pm
Burkle 14 and zoom*

Kimberly Allain is a respected and trusted business leader with extensive experience in
human resources, currently serving as the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for California State University at Cal Poly Pomona. Kimberly is an expert in modernizing engagement strategies and has transformed her team into a customer-focused and people-first culture, achieving institutional satisfaction scores of 95%. She is a
skilled business and people strategist who has developed a modernization strategy for the future of work and has improved efficiency by 22% by integrating technology solutions and predictive analytics. She has also been successful in establishing a data-driven approach to effecting change and influencing culture. Kimberly has a Master
of Arts in organizational leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She
is a member of Chief, the Society for Human Resources Management, and the
Association of Training and Development.

*email for zoom link

Rounding Out Your Experience as an Applied Psychologist with Jeremy Watson (recording)

11:00 Am – 12:00 pm
Burkle 14

Jeremy Watson, PhD, has more than 17 years of experience in the areas of industrial/organizational, consumer, and clinical psychology. He has developed expertise in leadership development, talent management, and individual and organizational assessment. In his role as a Senior Consultant at Vaya, Jeremy focuses on executive talent selection, succession planning, and coaching leaders to reach their full potential.

Jeremy received his PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He holds a certification as a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Executive Coach. He also earned a MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. He resides in Los Angeles, CA, with his husband, son, and two dogs.

The Power of Strengths and Finding Your Professional Sweet Spot with Eileen Coskey Fracchia (recording)

12:00 Pm – 1:00 pm
Burkle 14

Org Talks is excited to feature Author, Executive Coach, Public Speaker and Professor, Eileen Coskey Fracchia for our March event. Eileen is the Founder and CEO of El Camino Group, LLC, providing strength-based leadership and professional development services. She is passionate about creating more inclusive, appreciative, and productive work environments, and specializes in helping individuals, teams and organizations identify their strengths and reach their full potential. Eileen is known for her expertise in strategic and organizational effectiveness planning, executive and professional coaching, and the development of customized learning solutions. Her clients come from a variety of industries in both the profit and non-profit sectors, including Facebook, Coca-Cola, and Lionsgate/Starz. Eileen has also served as a member of Loyola Marymount University’s EMBA teaching faculty and is a Founding Fellow, Strategic Advisor, of the Institute of Coaching, a Harvard McLean Medical School Affiliate. She holds an MS in Executive Leadership and is certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Eileen is a published co-author of The Great LeadHERship Awakening, released March 13, 2023.

View The Great LeadHERship Awakening here.

Thesis Proposal Presentations

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
11:45 am – 1:30 pm
Burkle 14

Directed Research (OB and Pos Psych) students will be presenting their thesis proposals for the first Org Talks event of the 2022-2023 year. This is a great opportunity to hear about some very interesting research studies in Org Behavior and Positive Psychology at CGU. First-year students are encouraged to attend in order to gain insight into the thesis process from their peers. Food and drinks will be provided.

In person attendance recommended, but if wanting to join virtually, send an email to

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Past Events