Aesop Partners Adds New Principal: Karen Fuhrmeister, Ph.D.

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Karen Fuhrmeister, Ph.D. to the Aesop team!

Karen joins Aesop from Hogan Assessment Systems where she was most recently supporting the international distribution network as a Senior Consultant. Her expertise includes high-stakes selection and development, product development, assessment translation and equivalence, as well as experience working with the Hogan Coaching Network. She holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa, has co-authored numerous papers, and is a regular speaker at the SIOP annual conference.

Of course, we had some specific interview questions for Karen – after all, that’s what we do best. Join us as we get to know the newest addition to our team!

Karen Fuhrmeister, Ph.D., Principal, Aesop Partners

Let’s start with the basics – outside of your professional career, how would you introduce yourself and what would you say that best describes you as a person? 
I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma with my husband, golden retriever (Winston) and two cats (Rajah and Nibbler). My main hobby is reading anything I can get my hands on – mainly fantasy or sci-fi, with some non-fiction sprinkled in as well. I also enjoy anything outdoors and active (running, hiking, soccer, etc.), and cooking or baking. I am currently working my way through an entire baking book! I love traveling and have been going a little stir-crazy during the pandemic.

How did you end up here today? 
Since I was young, I’ve been interested in how humans behave and the scientific process. I also wanted to work in a field where I made a difference in someone’s everyday life. Since our jobs are such a core piece of our identity, I/O psychology was the perfect choice for me!

I decided to pursue a degree at the University of Tulsa, knowing that the program had a strong background in personality and assessment. While I was getting my degree, I had the opportunity for an internship with Hogan Assessments and, eventually, a full-time position after graduation with my master’s degree. Over my 9-year tenure, I had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles, including product development, talent analytics, and global consulting.

How come Aesop Partners?
I was drawn to Aesop because the team is dedicated to helping companies understand what is and isn’t working with their current structure, while offering solutions to help maximize success.

What about talent assessment most interests you?
I’ve always loved the process of assessment and being able to help people describe themselves. Talent assessment helps people understand what their strengths and weaknesses are and how to leverage them to be successful in their careers. In addition, it gives organizations insight into their workforce and how to use them to solve problems.

What are you most looking forward to about joining Aesop?
I’m looking forward to learning from everyone at Aesop and to start digging into the data and processes. I’m excited to continue building on the work done by the current team and to begin putting my mark on the business.

What would you say you’re most proud of in your career so far? 
First, I am proud that I was able to complete a doctoral degree while working full-time. It taught me a lot about dedication and sacrifice!

Second, any of the times when I have been able to see an impact that I’ve had in someone’s life. This has ranged from interns who are now successful contributors to clients who articulate how a solution has positively impacted their problems.

What would you have done differently? 
I always knew I wanted to get my doctorate at some point, but I wasn’t confident enough to apply to the program. Once I graduated with my master’s degree, I took a two-year break before deciding to go back to school. I wish I would have had enough trust in myself to go for it the first time!

OK, rapid fire time…

What’s your favorite junk food?
Tillamook Waffle Cone Swirl Ice Cream.

Adult beverage?
Moscow Mule.

Favorite book?
I love the Harry Potter series!

What’s your favorite sports team?
Chelsea, in the Premiere League.

Who would play Karen in the movie about your life?
Emma Stone – she’s sassy and red-headed.

Finally – if you could be any animal, what would you be, and how come?
My golden retriever, who wouldn’t want to sleep in a cozy bed all day and have someone prepare food for them?

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