ILA Podcast

The Impact of Those Stories

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Dr. Kelly Peterson


Industrial psychologist Dr. Kelly Peterson joins Scott to discuss organizational development strategies and design solutions, particularly as related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

About Dr. Kelly Peterson

Dr. Kelly Peterson is an industrial psychologist and consultant whose 25+ years of practice specialty includes a wide range of organizational development strategies and design solutions.

Her expertise includes leadership development, diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI), executive coaching, culture change management, strategic planning, performance assessment, management and organizational effectiveness facilitation, design, and consultation.

She has worked with 1,000s of leaders in Fortune 100 companies globally, from corporate boardrooms and executive leadership teams to frontline managers. Peterson has consulted in an array of business industries, including consulting with The Walt Disney Company, designing and facilitating leadership engagements across the enterprise both nationally and globally for over 12 years. She has also facilitated leadership engagements for Coca-Cola, Hitachi, UCLA, Los Angeles County, and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Specifically, she has led DEI engagements for Honda Motors, Honda Manufacturing, Phillips, BMG, Comcast, Viacom, 3D Systems, and Southern California Edison, amongst others.

Her leadership experience includes six years as senior partner and founder of Syzygy Global Consultants, Inc., seven years in a variety of HR management roles, including diversity and inclusion, employee relations, and training and development for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and three years as Chairperson of the doctoral program in psychology and organizational management and consulting at Phillips Graduate University. 

She has been on faculty for UCLA’s Technical Management Program and The Economic Development, Leadership Institute at College of the Canyons. She has a doctorate of psychology in organizational management and consulting from Phillips Graduate University and is a graduate of the University of Southern California, Human Resources Development Master Trainer’s Institute. Kelly is a Coro Fellow and graduate of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Business Program through Babson College. Learn more at:

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.