Five Science-Based Answers to the Most Pressing HR Challenges of 2017

Most organizations have persistent challenges in areas related to sourcing talent, leadership, engagement, and diversity to name a few. Existing solutions don’t appear to be delivering the desired results. The HCG team went on a search for science-based answers to the most pressing HR challenges talked about in 2017.  What we learned should make everyone in HR excited.  Scientists are making rapid breakthroughs on some of the most persistent people problems organizations are challenged with.  During this webinar we will share approaches to positively impact the trajectory of change on leadership, diversity, engagement, and much more. Participants will leave with actionable strategies and knowledge to deliver more predictable outcomes through their HR initiatives. Join us to hear about these exciting scientific breakthroughs and gain answers to questions and challenges you’ve faced in HR.


  1. Should companies design programs to improve employee engagement? If yes, what should be the focus of such programs?
  2. What are some surefire ways to achieve gender diversity in the workplace?
  3. What provides competitive advantage: humble or narcissistic leaders?
  4. Should companies implement policies to restrict mobile device use during non-work time?
  5. Social media is everywhere. But should you use social media to decide who you hire?


Corey Grantham is an Associate Consultant at Human Capital Growth (HCG). In this role, he supports clients in the acquisition of skills necessary to implement evidence-based solutions to talent management challenges. Corey possesses more than 15 years of experience managing human resources, leading organizational change initiatives, facilitating training and development programs, and crafting performance management systems for Fortune 500 companies, private firms, and non-profit organizations. He has a degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and he will begin work on his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Connecticut this fall.


Corey Grantham

Associate Consultant

Alyssa Perez is a Consultant for Human Capital Growth (HCG). She works part-time at HCG in aiding clients in implementing scientific, evidence-based solutions to organizational concerns. She is currently a Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Ph.D student at the University of Central Florida. Her doctoral research includes topics of diversity, discrimination, and cross-cultural business concerns. She also works as a Research Assistant at The University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training, where she works on important grant projects for clients such as NASA and the Army Research Lab (ARL). She also has experience in teaching undergraduate students in I/O psychology and psychometrics.

Dr. Shreya Sarker-Barney

Alyssa Perez


Human Capital Growth

Dr. Shreya Sarkar-Barney is the president of Human Capital Growth. Shreya’s consulting and analytics work has helped decision makers in Fortune 100 organizations make better choices related to talent and program investments. She previously chaired the SHRM (US) effort on developing an ANSI standard on employee turnover. She also holds a lecturer appointment at University of California, Berkeley. Shreya has over 30 publications and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. Shreya has a Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys living in beautiful northern California with her husband and two children.

Dr. Shreya Sarker-Barney

Shreya Sarkar-Barney. Ph.D.

​Founder and CEO

Human Capital Growth

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