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Sarah Hezlett, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Korn Ferry Institute

As a Senior Director in the Korn Ferry Institute, Ms Hezlett serves as an expert on assessment and helps drive the development Korn Ferry’s intellectual property. 

Ms. Hezlett leads the KFI IP Community of Practice and contributes to the designs and maintenance of Korn Ferry’s assessment portfolio, including self-report assessments, 360-degree feedback surveys, team surveys and simulations. She helps partners and consultants address client questions about assessment and development.

Ms. Hezlett has more than 15 years of experience assisting for-profit, not-for-profit, and government organizations design, deploy, and/or evaluate talent management solutions, including leadership development practices, 360-degree feedback systems, selection procedures, and employee engagement processes.

Previously, Ms. Hezlett served as Director, Assessment Development and Analytics for Javelin HR Solutions where she led a team creating high-stakes certification tests. Her experience also includes working as a consultant and researcher at PDRI (now  CEB), Questar Data Systems, and PDI (now Korn Ferry), along with serving as a faculty member at the University of Illinois.

Her research, which focuses on development, 360-degree feedback, mentoring, and predicting work and academic performance, has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Science, Psychological Bulletin, and Current Directions in Psychological Science. She is a past president of Minnesota Professionals for Psychology Applied to Work and co-led the creation of its mentoring program.

Ms. Hezlett earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, where she is now an Adjunct Professor. As an undergraduate, she majored in Politics at Princeton University.

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