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George M. Langlois, Ph.D.

George M. LangloisGeorge Langlois, industry professor of psychology, is the executive director of the Center for Leadership Studies, the M. A. Self Leadership Academy, and the Center for Research and Service at Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Over the last 20 years, Langlois founded two nationally recognized consulting firms that have helped organizations achieve corporate objectives through the strategic alignment of human resources, practices, and processes. His areas of specialization include strategic planning, test validation, employee engagement surveys, action planning, change management, and executive assessment and coaching. Langlois’ consulting clients have included United Airlines, Dean Foods, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Capitol One, Bank of Montreal, Motorola, Kraft, Bridgestone-Firestone, universities and colleges, municipal governments, trade associations, food manufacturers, health care systems, and scientific equipment manufacturers.

Rodney Vallejo, M.S.

Rodney Vallejo

Rodney Vallejo is the project lead consultant at the Center for Research and Service (CRS) and the program manager for the Leadership Academy at Illinois Tech.

He earned his M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Barry University in Miami and his M.S. in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from Illinois Tech, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in I/O Psychology.

Vallejo came to Illinois Tech after receiving a graduate degree from Barry University. During graduate school he was also employed by the Miami Dolphins, where he worked with the operations department on training camp and gameday operations, as well as youth programs.

After working as a CRS associate consultant for two years, Vallejo stepped in as a project lead in May 2013. In this role, he consults for organizational clients on workplace performance.  His I/O psychology experience includes organizational survey administration and analysis, assessment center development and implementation, developmental feedback delivery to managers, competency model development, team-building development, strategic planning direction, and executive presentation preparation and preparation. His consulting clients include over 20 financial institutions (bank and credit unions) from across the country, kCura, Equity Residential, the National Association of Business Resources (NABR), Access Community Health Network, the Suzlon Group, and various departments within Illinois Tech.

Vallejo began his tenure as the Leadership Academy’s program manager in August 2015 and oversees all operations related to the Leadership Academy, an undergraduate education initiative that trains and empowers students to become leaders.  He is in charge of developing, implementing, and analyzing the metrics related to the various events the academy hosts every academic year, which include various retreats focused on leadership development (i.e., one retreat for academy scholars, three retreats for Illinois Tech students), interactive seminars that educate students about leadership, and networking events exclusive to the academy scholars.  He also serves as a mentor and guide to the scholars.

Vallejo’s multi-faceted background allows him to combine his applied experiences from the NFL, business consulting, and the Leadership Academy with his academic expertise from the sport and I/O psychology disciplines to provide customized business solutions to clients.  Given his cross-disciplinary background in both sports and I/O psychology, he is interested blending I/O and sport-psychology techniques to aid in the enhancement of general human performance.