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Talent Development Consulting Biographies

Talent Development Consulting Biographies

Our Talent Development Consultants bring a broad range of experiences and a consistent, thoughtful approach to helping clients solve organizational problems.

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett (amandab@mit.edu) is the Manager of Talent Development in MIT Human Resources. Her expertise is in developing organizational and talent-related solutions, enabling change, and helping people, teams and organizations think differently, unlock potential, and achieve their goals. She has a broad background with over 15 years of experience working in Human Resources. In her current role, she helps drive strategies, programs and services that enable MIT’s diverse staff to explore the full breath of their talents. 

Before joining MIT, Amanda worked at the Whitehead Institute, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Harvard. Her experience includes developing and managing cross-functional and cross-Institutional projects and leading individuals and teams through organization-wide change. Amanda has coached and mentored employees at all levels on topics ranging from management and leadership development to career and professional development. Amanda’s experience also includes designing and facilitating learning workshops and programs on such topics as leadership, management, communication, organization change, time management, performance development and delegation.  

Amanda holds a B.S. in Psychology and Biology from UMass Boston and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Senior Certified Professional through the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP). She holds certifications in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Six Sigma, has completed management coursework at Harvard Extension School, and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Leadership and Organizational Communications at Northeastern University.

Chris Karam

Chris Karam (chriskar@mit.edu) is a Talent Development Consultant in MIT Human Resources. Her expertise is in helping individuals and teams identify, learn from, and get “unstuck” from obstacles that prevent them from best serving their objectives and the organizational mission. She is a strategic advisor and engaging trainer on the topics of organizational behavior, team development, learning methods, and conflict management.

Before joining MIT, Chris has provided leadership and team coaching, strategic facilitation, and a range of customized consulting and training services for dozens of manufacturing, technology, and service organizations. She also taught several semesters at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. Before that, she worked several years at IBM and Microsoft in sales, marketing and channel management

Chris holds a B.A. in economics, an M.A. in organizational conflict resolution, and certificates in negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and various dialogue and conflict resolution methods.

George Leach

George Leach (leachg@mit.edu) is a Talent Development Consultant in MIT Human Resources. George has worked with all levels of managers from those newly appointed to Sr VP's, in the area of Leadership and Organizational Development at both the strategic and tactical levels. He has extensive experience in performance management, succession planning, competency models, design and delivery of management curriculums, partnering with and managing vendors, coaching, and organizational consulting.

George has also been responsible for global activities in two Fortune 500 companies with significant time working in Europe, Asia, South America and North America.  He began his career teaching 5-6 graders in one of the poorest rural schools in America and teaching at Phillips Exeter. He has also held stints in Harvard's undergraduate and Business School Admissions Offices.

George holds a B.A. in psychology from Dartmouth College and a M.Ed. from the University of New Hampshire.

Dyan L. Madrey

Dyan Madrey (dyanm@mit.edu) joined MIT in 2011 as the Learning and Development Specialist in MIT Human Resources. In 2015, she was promoted to Talent Development Consultant. With over 20 years’ experience in the Talent Development field, Dyan is responsible for accessing development needs and creating opportunities for learning that aligns with talent objectives of the cohort programs and her assigned client areas.

Before joining MIT, Dyan was the Training and Development Manager at Tufts Medical Center and AVP of Training at State Street Corp. Dyan earned an M.S. in Training and Development from Lesley College and a Certificate in Project Planning from Boston University. She is a certified coach through the Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness and Executive Coaching. She is also certified in MBTI through CPP. In addition to her role at MIT, Dyan is the President for the Central Mass ATD chapter (formerly Central Mass ASTD).

Dyan is certified in MBTI, PMI, and Career Development.

Scott Rolph

Scott Rolph (srolph@mit.edu) is a Talent Development Consultant (ODC) in MIT Human Resources. He is dedicated to helping individuals, teams, and organizational units increase their capability to communicate, reflect, learn, adapt, and improve continuously.

His work as an ODC encompasses a variety of strategic consulting services, including executive coaching, learning program design and instruction, team development, strategic planning, and retreat design and facilitation.

Before joining HR, Scott was Manager of Organizational Effectiveness and Communication in the MIT Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF). In VPF, he was responsible for staff learning and development and facilitated organizational change and strategic planning efforts. He also led the VPF Communications team.

Before joining VPF, Scott was Associate Director of Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In that role, he led a team focused on the development and ongoing management of the MIT Sloan website.

Scott has a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of New Hampshire. He is a certified Organization Development Consultant Professional (ODCP) through the Institute of Organization Development and a Certified Action Learning Coach through the World Institute for Action Learning. He participated in the Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program through The Boston Consortium in 2013-14.