Yale faculty will lead the ATD/Yale Foundations of Management Excellence program.


George Newman

GEORGE E. NEWMAN, faculty director, is an assistant professor of management and marketing. He is interested in the application of basic cognitive processes such as categorization and causal reasoning to consumer behavior. Currently, his research examines the psychological processes underlying our concepts of authenticity in the domains of art, celebrity possessions, and consumer products. He is also interested in pro-social behaviors, and how consumers may balance their desires to do good with desires to maximize the efficiency of their donations or purchases. Newman has published work on essentialism, perceptions of animacy, children’s conceptual development, causal reasoning, and identity continuity.


David C. Tate

DAVID C. TATE is a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at Yale University. His areas of practice in organizational consulting include coaching and leadership development, conflict resolution, team building, succession planning, and promoting healthy organization development. In his clinical practice, he sees individuals, families, and groups around issues concerning health, relationships, and dealing effectively with life transitions. David is a co-author of Sink or Swim: How Lessons From the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business. He earned a certificate in family business advising from the Family Firm Institute, and serves as the facilitator for the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut Chapter’s Family Business Roundtable. He also is the co-founder of the Connecticut Consulting Psychology Group. David received a BS at Cornell University and a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty.


Marc Brackett

MARC BRACKETT is the director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. His research focuses on the role of emotional intelligence in decision making, relationships, mental health, and both academic and workplace performance, as well as the impact of emotional intelligence training. He has published more than 100 scholarly articles and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning. He is the co-creator of RULER, an evidence-based approach to teaching social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than 1000 public and private schools reaching nearly 1 million students as well as their educators and families. Marc serves on a wide-range of advisory boards, including CASEL and Born This Way Foundation. For the last three years, he has collaborated with Facebook on three projects: tools to help adolescents manage online bullying; the Bullying Prevention Hub, which provides resources for children, families, and educators; and inspirED, a resource center to help high schools build more positive learning environments. He regularly consults with school systems and corporations around the world and his research has been featured in the New York Times and Time magazine; he also is a frequent guest on National Public Radio. He also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.


Col. Maria del Pilar Ryan

COL.MARIA DEL PILAR RYAN, PhD is a former chief of international history and full professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Pilar served 27 years in command and staff positions, including as commander of the largest artillery battery in the U.S. Army. A graduate of West Point, with an MA and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Pilar has published essays and books in the United States, Spain, and Italy. She has also received several fellowships, including one from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Upon her retirement from the army in 2013, Pilar received the Compass Award from the Women’s Leadership Exchange, which is given to those “who have shifted the paradigm of how women are perceived as leaders.” Pilar leads Battlefield Leadership’s Women’s Leadership Studies and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.


Daylian Cain

Daylian Cain

DAYLIAN CAINE’s research focuses on judgment, decision making, and behavioral business ethics. In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Daylian is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, and how to turn altruism on and off. Daylian’s research has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Businessweek, USA Today, the New York Times, and other top media outlets, such as NPR. He has won national teaching awards and has also appeared as a commentator on National Geographic’s popular TV show Brain Games.


Marissa King

Marissa King

MARISSA KING’s research examines network-based innovation and learning dynamics. Using wearable social sensors, her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group-level behaviors that are necessary to implement changes in the design (or redesign) of organizations. This work highlights the unanticipated consequences that microlevel social networks can have on mediating planned change initiatives. More generally, Marissa’s research investigates the social processes underlying the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of new information. Marissa’s research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and NPR, among other media outlets.



Marissa King

Amy Wrzesniewski

AMY WRZESNIEWSKI is a professor of organizational behavior. Her research focuses on how people make meaning of their work in difficult contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual work, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling. She holds a PhD and MA from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.