Gateway Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 

The Power and Peril of the Underdog by Dr. Matthew Paese

  • 07 Mar 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • The Lodge (Des Peres)


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The Power and Peril of the Underdog: 

Finding and unleashing hidden leadership potential 

By: Matthew Paese, Ph.D. 

 Date: March 7, 2019

Location:  The Lodge (1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO 63131)

Time:  7:30 am to 9:30 am


Networking starts at 7:30 am, program begins at 8:00 am

Program description: 

We love to tell the “underdog” success stories in our organizations - the unlikely candidate who overcame the odds to find success. But for HR and talent professionals, these stories should make us worry. An underdog, by definition, is someone who had the potential to do something great, but people didn’t see it because the person didn’t match someone’s vision of success. The problem with underdogs is very closely related to corporate efforts to achieve success in the effort to unleash hidden potential, capitalize on diversity and inclusion, and elevate performance organization wide.  This session will explore the dynamics of spotting, assessing, and capitalizing on the potential within organizations.

About Dr. Matthew Paese: 

Dr. Paese co-leads DDI’s Executive Services business, where his team focuses on leadership at the highest levels. For 24 years, he has been a central architect of DDI’s business services for executives, which have been applied in leading organizations across the world. Dr. Paese is responsible for the development, consulting, research, and innovation of DDI’s C-suite and board solutions. He helps CEOs, boards, and top teams prepare for changing demands by assessing team and individual capabilities, benchmarking to pinpoint gaps and opportunities, and coaching and developing executives through experiences that stretch their perspectives, hone new approaches, and prepare for challenges that may test them as they lead into the future.

With over 25 years of experience working with executives through all nature of business challenges, Dr. Paese brings countless stories of real-life success and failure, and key insights from comparative data and research to help leaders carve pathways to greater success. 

Dr. Paese is co-author of the book Leaders Ready Now: Accelerating Growth in a Faster World (2016), and its predecessor Grow Your Own Leaders (2002). He has written many articles and research papers on numerous topics in the talent management arena. Before joining DDI in 1994, Dr. Paese was with Anheuser-Busch for four years, where he managed executive assessment and development programs throughout the corporation. An avid fly fisherman, cyclist, aspiring barista and closet drummer, Dr. Paese lives in St. Louis with his wife, Ellen, and children, Rachel and Louis.


Ph.D., I/O Psychology, University of Missouri - St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

B.A., Psychology, St. Norbert College, DePere, WI 


Fees for this event are as follows:

  • $15 for Student GIOP members
  • $20 for Professional GIOP members
  • $40 for all non-members


This program is eligible for 1.5 CEU credits. Register Here!

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