Meet Dr. Day
RUSSELL R. DAY, Ph.D.
Dr. Day specializes in helping organizations build workforce capabilities by better leveraging their human capital. He is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with 30 years of human resources experience including positions both in industry and consulting. He has extensive experience applying a broad spectrum of human resource management and organizational development practices to improve individual, group and organizational capabilities. He specializes in leadership development and executive assessment, competency-based human resource systems, executive coaching, succession planning, performance management systems, employee and customer surveys, teambuilding and strategically focused organizational development. Some of Dr. Day’s clients include CNA Insurance, BP, A. M. Castle & Co., Applied Systems, USG, Fujisawa Healthcare, Abbott Laboratories, Tri-Arrows Aluminum, Amgen, Cadence Health, Valley Oil, Logan Aluminum, Marriott International, Pepper Construction, Takeda Pharmaceutical, Selective Insurance, St. Anthony’s Hospital, W. W. Grainger, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, PharMerica, and The Salvation Army.
Before Dr. Day went into private practice in 1999, he was a Vice President of Vernon, Roche and Hodgson, Inc. (VRH) and managed the firm’s Chicago office and consulting practice. He worked directly with various industries and businesses to enhance workforce capabilities by providing consulting services in human resource management functions of selection and development, organizational effectiveness, executive coaching, and succession planning. Before joining VRH, Dr. Day worked for the Amoco Corporation as the practice leader for Strategic Staffing and as a Senior Consultant within the Measurement and Assessment practice area within the Organizational Capability Group of the Human Resources Department. He worked with clients to create competitive advantage by developing integrated staffing methodologies, processes, and plans to help enhance organizational capabilities through systems such as competency modeling, succession planning and career development. As a measurement and assessment consultant, he worked with clients to apply sound measurement and assessment principles and techniques to support renewal, progress, culture change and fact-based decision making, with special emphasis on utilizing employee surveys in conjunction with a “balanced scorecard” approach to strategic management.
Prior to joining Amoco, Dr. Day was the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources Development for ten years with the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. As head of Human Resources Development he had primary responsibility for all corporate initiatives in the design and validation of selection systems, executive assessment and succession planning, management training and career development, performance management and organizational research such as employee surveys, focus groups and process analysis. Dr. Day was also a consultant for two years with William M. Mercer, Inc., an international human resources consulting firm. While at Mercer he provided consulting services in a wide variety of human resource management areas, specializing in personnel selection systems, job analysis, performance management systems, succession planning, employee opinion surveys and organization development.
Dr. Day has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, he has published several professional articles on topics such as managerial training, goal setting, integrated personnel selection systems and evaluating the cost/benefit of human resource systems. In addition, he has made several professionals presentations at the annual conferences of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and The Academy of Management. Dr. Day is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Human Resources Management, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the American Society for Training and Development. He is also a past president of the Chicago Industrial/Organizational Psychologists.