Magazine article Workforce Management

Meet the Game Changers 2011: Ryan O'Leary

Magazine article Workforce Management

Meet the Game Changers 2011: Ryan O'Leary

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Ryan O'Leary

Manager, human capital consulting, PDRI, Arlington, Virginia

RYAN O'LEARY IS CHANGING the way people find government jobs.

As manager of human capital consulting at federal contractor PDRI Inc., O'Leary leads a team creating the job-discovery portion of a portal for what President Barack Obama has called the "9/11 generation" of veterans and another team that is changing how the nation's largest employer selects workers.

"Ryan is always pushing the envelope," says Elaine Pulakos, president of PDRI, which creates talent-management systems. "He's always thinking about new, better and innovative ways of doing things that will produce better returns for his customers."

The veterans' portal will offer a battery of assessments that identify interests, mechanical and verbal reasoning, and work experience.

The assessments include job experience outside the military because some military jobs aren't present in the civilian workforce, but users might have held jobs in high school, for example, that help qualify them for available positions. …

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