The 2017 Society of Psychologists in Management Conference (SPIM) brings together leaders and psychologists from business, public policy, academe, and private practice to discuss the importance of both the head and the heart in leadership. Leaders need to have a strong mind and an equally strong ability to identify, evaluate, control, and express emotions. As important, they need to be able to tune into and capture the hearts and minds of those around them.
Some of the exciting and challenging topics for the SPIM 2017 conference include:

  • Words of wisdom from a Native American Sound Healer as he shares how the circle of life in Native American tradition can be used as a format for maintaining personal balance in contemporary society
  • Exploration of what artificial intelligence tells us about the future of human cognition
  • Observation and participation as a masterful executive coach takes us on a powerful journey of in vivo coaching
  • Psychologists-turned-entrepreneurs share their stories of opportunity and struggle as they made the decision to go out on their own.

For psychologists interested in additional continuing education credits, please consider the Institutes occurring before and after the main conference.  Institute topics include:

  • Leadership and Beneficence in the 21st Century: A Paradox in APA’s Ethics Code
  • Preparing Psychologists for Management Positions
  • Encouraging and Coaching your Dream: Starting Your Own Business for Psychologists
  • Women in the C Suite: A Woman’s View from the Corner Office

The 2017 SPIM conference, located at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ, provides opportunities to listen to and engage with leaders and practitioners on important issues of what the heart and mind of leadership really means and what it takes to achieve a necessary balance. The intimacy of a SPIM conference cannot be matched. Nor can the quality of presenters and the networking opportunities. There is not another conference out there like SPIM. We invite you to join us for an unparalleled experience. Listen to both your heart and your head…


Continuing Education
The Society of Psychologists in Management (SPIM) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SPIM maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Over 30 CEs will be offered during the 2017 SPIM Conference. CE chair person: Allen L. Parchem, PhD
Transitioning from Psychologist to Psychologist-Manager: Leadership and Management Skills for Success – Day and ½ Session

Do your boss and staff already expect you to know the job?

The Society of Psychologists in Management (SPIM) can help. We are seasoned psychologist managers. We’ve been where you are and learned how to leverage psychological knowledge into superior management. Come learn from us!

You’ll have the chance to reflect on your own management journey and get advice on how to be more effective. You will learn how your psychological training gives you an edge, and how to use that edge.

You know how hard it can be to translate workshop principles into real life. That’s why you will get three half hour coaching sessions from one of our outstanding faculty members in the weeks after the Institute. Click here for more information

There will be five 4-hour institutes offered pre and post conference. The Sunday, February 26th “Leadership and Beneficence in the 21st Century: A Paradox in APA’s Ethics Code?” institute is APA Ethics approved. You must be register in advance for all institutes.

During the main conference you may earn up to 16.75 CEs. If you attend the training session, institutes and the conference in its entirety you have the opportunity to earn over 30CEs. We have highlighted just a few of our presenters below.

Dan Denison
Daniel R. Denison, Ph.D. is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Denison Consulting, LLC. He is also Professor of Management and Organization at IMD in Lausanne Switzerland.

Prior to joining IMD in 1999, Denison was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business School, teaching in MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs. Professor Denison has taught and lived in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Denison’s research, teaching, and consulting focuses on organizational culture and leadership and the impact that they have on the performance and effectiveness of organizations. His research has shown a strong relationship between organizational culture and business performance metrics such as profitability, growth, customer satisfaction, and innovation. He has consulted with many leading corporations regarding organizational change, leadership development, and the cultural issues associated with mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds, and globalization. His latest book, with IMD colleague Robert Hooijberg, Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations: Aligning Culture and Strategy, was published in June 2012.

He has written four other books, including Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness, published by John Wiley in 1990. He is also the author of the Denison Organizational Culture Survey and the Denison Leadership Development Surveys, which have been used by over 5,000 organizations. His articles have appeared in leading journals such as The Academy of Management Journal, The Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, The Administrative Science Quarterly, and The Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Dr. Dick Kilburg

Dick Kilburg received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. He attended a postgraduate program in mental health administration at the Community Psychiatry Laboratory at Harvard University in 1976-1977 and obtained a masters degree in professional writing from Towson University in 1992. He has held positions in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor; as the Director of the Champlain Valley Mental Health Council, a community mental health center in Burlington Vermont; the American Psychological Association’s offices of Professional Affairs and Public Affairs; the Human Resources Department of the Johns Hopkins University where he directed the human resources development programs; and been in private practice as a clinician and consultant. He was an Associate Professor and Director of the Masters in Business Administration/Organization Development Program in the Carey Business School at the Johns Hopkins University located in Baltimore, Maryland, from 2007-2010. He is the CEO of RRK Coaching and Executive Development, a consulting firm based in Baltimore. He has published widely in the fields of management, professional impairment, and executive coaching. His five previous books, with the American Psychological Association, were Professionals in Distress: Issues, Syndromes, and Solutions in Psychology, How to Manage Your Career in Psychology, Executive Coaching: Developing Managerial Wisdom in a World of Chaos, Executive Wisdom: Coaching and the Emergence of Virtuous Leaders, and The Wisdom of Coaching, co-edited with Dr. Richard Dietrich. His latest book, also published by the American Psychological Association in 2012, is titled, Virtuous Leaders: Strategy, Character, and Influence in the 21st Century. He was the founding President of the Society of Psychologists in Management, and he is a Fellow of Division 13, the Consulting Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He is the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Management Award given by the Society of Psychologists in Management; the 2005 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Consulting Organizational Psychology given by the American Psychological Foundation; the Elliott Jacques Memorial Publication Award for most outstanding article in the Consulting Psychology Journal in 2001, 2008, and 2011; the 2012 Vision of Excellence Award from the Institute of Coaching; and the 2013 RHR International Award for Excellence in Consultation presented by the Society of Consulting Psychology. He has one son, Benjamin, and currently lives in Towson, Maryland, with his wife, Joy Moore.

Dr. Robin Hindsman Stacia
Sage Consulting Network, Inc.

Dr. Stacia is an insightful strategist, leadership advisor, governance and performance management consultant. Dr. Stacia has 18 years of partnership experience with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations focusing on what matters most, strengthening executive leadership and organizational performance. Dr. Stacia specializes in customized consulting solutions and brings fresh perspectives to persistent concerns of performance, systems, accountability, engagement, trust and teamwork.

Notably, she served as the Director of Quality Management and Performance for the Department of Veterans Affairs VA Southeast Network where for 10 years she had annual oversight of senior executive performance plans for eight medical centers. Robin also served as the Director of Consulting and Training for the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations were she managed consulting and training services for over 1300 member nonprofits. Since 2006, Dr. Stacia has enjoyed a partnership as a Senior Governance Consultant with BoardSource, Inc., and she is also a Licensed Consultant for the Standards for Excellence®, an Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, having completed the Standards for Excellence® exclusive professional development training. In her role of consultant and coach, Dr. Stacia has guided hundreds of nonprofit organizations, chief executives, and boards through board assessments, strategic planning, executive succession planning and governance transformations.

Dr. Stacia seamlessly leverages her 25 year career as a clinical psychologist and healthcare performance executive to achieve positive changes in challenging systems.   Dr. Stacia received a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University and has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Dr. Stacia currently serves on the Atlanta Mission’s Board of Directors.


Early Members $535 | Members $625
Early Non-Members $585 | Non-Member Registration $675
Day Rate $325 | Half Day Institutes $155
Day and a half Transitioning Course $600

The Annual SPIM Conference has been made possible over the years by many generous sponsorships from SPIM members and supporters. We think it is important that our sponsors have recognition and visibility before and during the conference.

Each sponsorship opportunity includes recognition as a sponsor on the SPIM conference website, onsite signage, exhibit table space, and ad placement in the program book. For more information on sponsorship opportunities click the links below.
Sponsor Fact Sheet
Sponsor Levels
Sponsor Confirmation Form

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
7700 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Hotel Conference Rate is $209 Plus applicable state and local taxes.
Reservations must be made through the registration site or by calling the conference coordinator at 773-331-0457.

Getting there
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is located approximately 25 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. There are a variety of options for ground transportation below. Click here for transportation terminal locations.

  • Uber is approximately $20 each way.
  • SuperShuttle provides a shared shuttle with multiple stops for approximately $25. It is recommended that you make a reservation 1 day prior by going to or calling 800-258-3826.
  • A taxi ride is approximately $50 each way.
  • Overnight self-parking is complimentary.