Management Team

Thought leaders in industrial and organizational psychology, training and technology

Dr. Elaine Pulakos – President

Dr. Pulakos, President, is an internationally recognized contributor to the field of industrial and organizational psychology. In 2010, she received the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Distinguished Professional Contributions Award. Her work in selecting and developing an adaptive workforce received the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace and the William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award for Best Professional Publication.

Dr. Pulakos has published numerous articles in performance management, staffing, and human resources best practices, including three books: Performance Management: A New Approach for Driving Business Results; Implementing Organizational Interventions: Steps, Processes, and Best Practices; and The Changing Nature of Performance: Implications for Staffing, Personnel Actions, and Employee Development. She also authored two best-practice volumes on performance management and staffing for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Dr. Pulakos is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and SIOP, where she also served as President.

Dr. Pulakos joined PDRI in 1996. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University.

Dr. Gary Carter – Vice President

Dr. Carter, Vice President of Human Capital Consulting, works with other members of PDRI’s executive team to provide strategic and tactical direction for the organization. Dr. Carter brings more than 25 years of experience working with federal government and commercial clients to design, validate and implement integrated, competency-based human capital and talent management systems and processes. Dr. Carter's areas of expertise include selection, career path development, performance management, competency modeling, job analysis, and training needs assessment and evaluation.

Dr. Carter is the lead author of the book Career Paths: Charting Courses to Success for Organizations and their Employees (Carter, Cook & Dorsey, 2009, Wiley-Blackwell). He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.

Dr. Carter joined PDRI in 1986. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Psychology from The Catholic University of America.

Mr. Mike Meyrowitz – Vice President

Mr. Meyrowitz, Vice President of Systems and Technology Services, is responsible for operation oversight of the company’s Information Technology (IT) Services division. In addition, he oversees all corporate infrastructure initiatives and provides business, technical and administrative leadership to PDRI. The IT Services division provides integrated information technology solutions, systems and services in human capital management. Mr. Meyrowitz joined PDRI in 2008 from Lockheed Martin where he directed the Internet Applications Division. He brings more than 16 years of experience in managing, designing and developing information systems supporting the missions of agencies and organizations in the federal and commercial marketplaces. Federal government customers included civilian and Department of Defense agencies, as well as the Intelligence Community.

Mr. Meyrowitz has presented at professional conferences on topics including Automated Job Analysis and Performance Management. He is a member of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) and the NDIA Human Systems Division, and he currently serves on the PDRI Board of Directors.

Mr. Meyrowitz holds an M.S. in Information Technology and a B.S. in Business from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Sharon Arad - Director, Performance Impact Solutions

Dr. Arad has over 20 years of proven results in helping drive global enterprise strategy and growth across multiple industries. She has extensive experience designing and implementing innovative, breakthrough talent strategies, approaches, and programs in the government and private sectors. Dr. Arad’s areas of expertise include designing and implementing innovative global assessment, coaching, performance management, employee engagement, and leadership development strategies and solutions.

Dr. Arad has held leadership positions at Cargill and IBM, providing thought leadership, strategy, design, and implementation expertise of key talent management programs. A strong advocate for creating more effective and engaging approaches to performance management, she is the co-author of a recent focal article on the topic, Performance Management Can be Fixed: An On-the-job Experiential Learning Approach for Complex Behavior Change, published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has also presented her work at numerous national conferences.

Dr. Arad is a co-recipient of the William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award (SIOP), the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace (SIOP), and the HR Impact Award (SIOP/SHRM). Dr. Arad is past president of Minnesota Professionals Psychology Applied to Work.