Laura A. Hambley
President, Co-Founder of EvOHlution
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS:
o Registered Psychologist with a solid basis of expertise in Industrial/Organizational and Career Psychology, with over 17 years of related experience.
o Enthusiastic entrepreneur who is a founding partner of Work EvOHlution (www.workevohlution.com), Leadership Success Group (www.leadershipsuccessgroup.com), and founder of Calgary and Canada Career Counselling (www.canadacareercounselling.com), and Synthesis Psychology (www.synthesispsychology.com).
o Experienced Organizational Psychology Consultant with strong business background.
President/Co-Founder, Work EvOHlution February, 2014 – Present
• Build high performing leaders and teams in distributed, flexible, and mobile workplaces through a range of assessment products and consulting services.
• Develop cutting edge assessments that address the human challenges and opportunities facing distributed employees, leaders and teams.
• Assist organizations in transitioning into mobile/flexible work or telework, as well as organizations looking to improve existing programs.
• Deliver evidence-based presentations/webinars, training, and coaching.
President/Founder, Hambley Organizational Consulting, Inc. August, 2009 - Present
• Operates in the market as the following brands/practices: Leadership Success Group, Calgary Career Counselling, and Synthesis Psychology.
• Provide leadership development services to organizations, including assessments, consulting, coaching, team development, speaking and training.
• Conduct 360-degree feedback for management teams.
• Develop the business and lead a team, including an office manager and Organizational and Counselling Psychologists across Canada.
• Oversee team providing career psychology services to students and adults ages 16-60+.
Instructor/Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary Jan, 2009 – Present
• Taught Current Issues in Organizational Psychology (Psychology 481) to senior undergraduate students in psychology (Fall, 2014).
• Taught Organizational Psychology (Psychology 423) to senior undergraduate students majoring in psychology, business, and other areas (Winter, 2009).
• Taught Human Behaviour in Organizations in Continuing Education (2009).
• Supervise Honour’s students and contribute to research projects.
• Deliver guest lectures, and provide 2nd readership for Honour’s theses.
Co-Founder, Canada Career Counselling July, 2016 - Present
• Co-founded an Ontario based corporation in 2016, and advise on strategy and
shared national career psychology brand/practice.
• Co-authored books on maternity leave career transitions
Senior Consultant/Manager, SPB Organizational Psychology January, 2007 – June, 2009
• Opened the Western Canadian branch office of SPB in Calgary, developing a
profitable business and growing from 1 to 4 psychologists.
• Conducted comprehensive assessments for selection and developmental
purposes, using a variety of psychometric tools, in-baskets, and simulations.
• Provided leadership coaching services, conflict resolution, and other services.
Consultant Kaprowy Kropf, Inc. July, 2004 – June, 2006
• Consulted to various organizations on teamwork, leadership, selection,
performance appraisal, virtual teamwork, and telework.
• Conducted interviews and wrote psychological reports based on numerous
assessment tools (e.g., WPI, MBTI, Watson-Glasser, FIRO, LIFO, & CPT).
• Counselled/coached clients around career, work, and leadership issues.
• Created and delivered team building seminars and training sessions.
Provisional Psychologist, Paradigm Solutions October, 2002 – Sept, 2004
• Consulted to various organizations on issues such as teamwork, leadership,
stress, selection, and performance appraisal.
• Conducted clinical interviews and wrote psychological reports based on
assessments including the WAIS/WIAT, MMPI, CPI, CAARS, CPT, SISI.
Competency Consultant, SmartForce (Skillscape Solutions) April, 2001 – April, 2002
• Consulted to organizations in the U.S. and Europe, including Cisco Systems,
Gateway Computers, Rockwell Collins, and Getronics.
• Contributed to the creation of competency models through conducting
Subject Matter Expert (SME) Interviews and Focus Groups.
• Coordinated the creation of SkillScape’s Competency Modeling
Methodology Training manual and 2-day course; facilitated many sessions.
• Responsible for managing several projects.
Board Member, Youth Singers of Calgary May 2019 – Present
• Board member for music education program that incorporates singing,
dancing, and theatre arts for children, teens, and adults.
• Attends meetings and assists with fundraising events.
• Consult around human resources needs and strategies.
Chair, Canadian Energy Executive Association August 2017 – August, 2019
• Contribute to the leadership of this 69-year-old association, which focuses on advocacy for Canada’s Energy industry, business networking, and raising significant funds for children’s charities.
• Speak at events and co-lead a committee of volunteers who are executives across Energy producers and services companies.
• Liaise with government officials and key stakeholders.
• Assisted with raising over $300,000 for local children’s charities.
Committee Volunteer, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre January 2016 – June 2016
• Served on Ann McCaig’s committee, and personally raised over $22,000 in sponsorship.
• Helped organize the premiere of Swift Current.
Committee Volunteer, Psychologically Healthy Workplace May 2011 – May 2014
• Promoted psychological health in the workplace with Calgary organizations
through this committee of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.
School Council Royal Oak School Oct 2010 – May 2014
• Helped advocate and implement improvements to benefit school (ongoing)
• Coordinated volunteers for the school community (2010-2012)
• Co-chaired the Fundraising Committee (2012-2013)
Co-Chair Events, Strategic Capability Network (SCN) June, 2006 – June, 2009
• Organized speakers on strategic HR topics for monthly meetings.
• Worked with executive committee to plan annual presentation program.
• Introduced speakers, and coordinated the smooth execution of events.
• College of Alberta Psychologists’ (October, 2002 – present)
• Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (2005 – present)
• Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (August, 2003 – present)
Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (November, 2005) The University of Calgary
Awards: Best Dissertation of the Year (Experimental Psychology, CPA award June, 2006)
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship (2004-
2005), Dean’s Research Excellence Award (2004), Province of Alberta Graduate
Scholarship (2004), Graduate Research Scholarships (2003, 2004)
Research: Virtual leadership/teamwork, telework Supervisor: Dr. Theresa Kline
Master of Science in Counselling Psychology (June, 1999) The University of Calgary
Awards: Graduate Research Scholarships – Fall 1998, Winter 1999
University Travel Grant – April, 1999
Thesis: The Receptivity of Career Counsellors Toward Career Development
Services on the Internet Supervisors: Dr. K. Magnusson & Dr. L. Sandals
Varty, C.T., O’Neill, T.A., & Hambley, L.A. (2017). Leading Anywhere Workers: A Scientific and Practical Framework. In Anywhere Working and the New Era of Telecommuting, A volume in the Advances in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development (AHRMOD) Book Series
Davidoff, A., Hambley, L.A., Dyrda, A., Choi, J., Lucas, C., Teebay-Webb, R., Cook, M. (2016) Making It Work! How to effectively navigate maternity leave career transitions: Employee and Employer Guides. Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling.
O’Neill, T. A., Hambley, L. A., & Bercovich, A. (2014). Prediction of cyberslacking when employees are working away from the office. Computers in Human Behaviour, 34, 291-298.
O’Neill, T. A., Hambley, L. A., & Chatellier, G. (2014). Cyberslacking, engagement, and personality in distributed environments. Computers in Human Behaviour, 40, 152 160.
Hambley, L.A., & O’Neill, T. A., Greidanus, N., MacDonnell, R., & Kline,T. J. (2009). Predicting Teleworker Success: An Exploration of Personality, Motivational, Situational, and Job Characteristics. New Technology, Work and Employment, 24(2), 144-162.
Verbeke, A., Schulz, R., Greidanus, N., & Hambley, L.A. (2008). Growing the virtual workplace: The integrative value proposition for telework. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
O’Neill, T. A., Lewis, R. J., & Hambley, L. A. (2008). Leading virtual teams: Potential problems and simple solutions. In the Handbook of high-performance virtual teams. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Hambley, L. A., Kline, T. J., & O’Neill, T. A. (2007). Virtual team leadership: The effects of leadership style and communication medium on team interaction styles and outcomes. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 103(1), 1-20.
Hambley, L. A., O’Neill, T. A., & Kline, T. J. (2007). Virtual team leadership: Perspectives from the field. International Journal of e-Collaboration's Special Issue on Virtual Team Leadership, 3(1), 40-64.
Paquet, S. L., Hambley, L. A., & Kline, T. J. (2003, October). Executive Summary: Strategic leadership competencies in the Canadian Forces. Canadian Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, 20(1), 11-14.
Hambley, L.A., Dyrda, A. (2020, April). Successful Leadership in Times of Crisis: Supporting Remote Teams. Presented virtually though the Work Wellness Institute.
Fitzgerald, J., Hambley, L., & Thompson, R. (2019, June). The New 9 to 5: Flexible Work Arrangements in the 21st-Century Workplace. Presented at 37th Annual Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference, Calgary, AB.
Hambley, L.A., O’Neill, T.A. (2018, April). Leading from a Distance: The Keys to Distributed Leadership and Team Success. Presented at Chartered Professionals in Human Resources in Alberta (CPHR) HR Undefined Conference, Calgary, AB.
Hambley, L.A., O’Neill, T.A., & Vanhoutte, P. (2018, March). So You're Leading from a Distance... Now What?!?. Workshop presented at South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin, TX.
Hambley, L.A., Balli, R. (2018, March). Feeling Connected in the Virtual Workplace. Meet Up presented at South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin, TX.
Hambley, L.A., Thatcher, M. (2017, October). Leading from a Distance: What Leaders Must Know and Do to Maximize Engagement. Presented at International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference & Expo, Houston, TX.
Hambley, L.A., O’Neill, T.A. (2017, March). Virtual Work Success: Thrive When Working Apart. Workshop presented at South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin, TX.
Hambley, L.A., Dyrda, A. (2017, January). Making It Work! How to Effectively Manage Maternity Leave Career Transitions. Presented at Cannexus National Career Development Conference, Ottawa, ON.
Hambley, L.A. (2016, November). Leading Distributed Teams. Presented at Human Centric Workplaces Conference, Stockholm, SE.
Hambley, L.A. (2016, October). Women Leading In Turbulent Times. Presented at the annual International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace Conference & Expo, San Diego, CA.
MacDonnell, R., Hambley, L. A., Martin, B. H., Wright-Schwietz, S., & O’Neill, T. A. (2014, May). WorkSHIFT, Telework, Flexwork: The Psychology of Work Outside The Office. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, HI.
Hambley, L. A., O’Neill, T. A. (2012, June). WORKshifter Personality. Co-presentation at the Psychology of WORKshift Conference (Hosted by Calgary Economic Development), Calgary, AB.
Hambley, L. A., O’Neill, T. A., & Kline, T. J. (2005). Virtual team leadership: Perspectives from the field. Poster session to be presented at the 21st Annual Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Conference, Dallas, TX.
Paquet, S. L., Day, A., Lucas, C. M., Hambley, L. A., & Borodenko, N. (2004, April). Impact of Information Technology Stressors on Employee Strain Outcomes. Poster session presented at the 19th Annual Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Conference, Chicago, IL.
Paquet, S. L., Day, A., Hambley, L. A., Lucas, C. M & Borodenko, N. (2003, June). Assessing workplace technological stressors: Development and validation of the Information Technological Stressor Scale. Symposium and Proceedings of the Annual Canadian Psychological Assoc. Conference, Hamilton, ON.
INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES
• Enjoy family time with husband and three children
• Participate in competitive squash leagues
• Skiing, running, golf, biking, hiking, yoga
• Enjoy creative writing (launched psychological thriller Losing Cadence in April 2016 and Finding Sophie in November 2017, both being considered for a movie deal)
• Public speaking (Completed Competent Toastmaster Certificate, 2nd place winner at city level, 2001)