Mensa Foundation Colloquium

Join us on July 2 in Kansas City or via livestream for the 2024 Mensa Foundation Annual Colloquium. This year's topic, Giftedness Across the Lifespan: Giftedness in the Workplace, features a distinguished panel of advocates and expert researchers delving into the real experiences of gifted individuals in the workplace, providing valuable insights for both employees and employers.

Our exploration uncovers the complexities and challenges gifted individuals face, offering genuine perspectives into their career journeys. We'll share practical strategies for creating nurturing work environments that empower gifted employees and benefit organizations. From early career choices to leadership roles and retirement, our guidance is essential for all stakeholders interested in maximizing unique talents in the workplace.


Colloquium 2024 Speakers

Dr. Nicole C. Scott
I/O Psychologist and ICF Certified Coach

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Dr. Nicole Scott, an esteemed I/O Psychologist and ICF Certified Coach, is celebrated for her groundbreaking contributions to optimizing workforce dynamics for peak performance. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Scott has emerged as a respected leader and trusted advisor in high-performance team development. Her passion lies in understanding and empowering gifted individuals within the workplace, drawing from her dissertation on the heuristic study of giftedness.

Drawing from her research and extensive expertise, Dr. Scott offers unique insights into understanding and leveraging individual talents in professional settings. Her approach encompasses leader and team development, strengths-based coaching, and talent alignment with business strategy, all aimed at creating environments where every gifted individual can thrive.

Presentation Abstract

Dr. Scott will provide a comprehensive overview of the issue of giftedness in the workplace. With a focus on unleashing the potential of gifted individuals, Dr. Scott's insights promise to offer practical strategies and transformative perspectives for creating inclusive and high-performing work environments where every individual's talents are recognized and valued.

Dr. Jae Jung
Professor - University of New South Wales

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Dr. Jae Yup Jared Jung, a distinguished Professor at the University of New South Wales, specializes in understanding the decision-making processes of gifted individuals, particularly focusing on career choice and development. With a keen interest in unraveling the motivational and cultural factors shaping these decisions, Dr. Jung's research provides invaluable insights into guiding gifted individuals toward fulfilling career paths. His work not only enriches academic understanding but also offers practical strategies for empowering gifted individuals to make informed choices aligned with their aspirations.

Dr. Jung's expertise extends beyond academia, as he actively engages with various stakeholders to promote career development initiatives for gifted individuals. Through his commitment to bridging research and practice, Dr. Jung strives to create a supportive environment where gifted individuals can explore their career interests and aspirations with confidence.

Presentation Abstract

Dr. Jung will share his groundbreaking research and practical strategies for supporting gifted individuals in their career exploration and development. With a focus on empowering them to make informed decisions aligned with their passions and aspirations, Dr. Jung's insights promise to inspire and guide participants toward fulfilling and rewarding career paths.

Joi Lin
Director of Professional Education - Gifted Development Center

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Joi Lin is a dedicated advocate for gifted individuals and a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Gifted Education Leadership at the University of Denver, set to graduate in June 2024. With a passion for supporting the career development and well-being of the gifted, Joi serves as the Director of Professional Education at the Gifted Development Center and holds an adjunct professor position at the University of Denver. Additionally, she chairs the Mensa Foundation’s Education and Gifted Youth Committee, contributing significantly to empowering gifted individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Joi brings a unique perspective and unwavering commitment to her work, striving to create inclusive environments where gifted individuals can thrive. As a multiracial, multicultural GenY Denver Mensan, she is deeply invested in promoting equitable opportunities for all gifted learners and professionals. Through her leadership and advocacy, Joi aims to foster a community where every gifted individual experiences well-being and thrives.

Presentation Abstract

Joi will delve into the findings of her dissertation research, focusing on the career development experiences of gifted social entrepreneurs. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into the strategies employed by these individuals to harness their giftedness within their organizations. Joi will provide practical recommendations for aspiring gifted social entrepreneurs, offering guidance on how to navigate their unique talents and leverage them for social impact. Her session promises to inspire and empower attendees seeking to pursue meaningful and socially impactful career paths in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Deborah Ruf
Author and Speaker

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Dr. Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D., is a distinguished academic with over 30 years of experience specializing in intelligence and giftedness assessment, interpretation, and guidance. Recognized for her contributions to the field, Dr. Ruf earned the prestigious Mensa Foundation’s Intellectual Benefits award in 2007. Known for her expertise in addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals across the lifespan, she is a respected authority in the field of intelligence and giftedness.

As a prolific author and speaker, Dr. Ruf's work sheds light on school issues and the social and emotional adjustment of gifted children and adults. Her acclaimed book, "The 5 Levels of Gifted Children Grown Up: What They Tell Us,” offers invaluable insights into the experiences of gifted individuals in professional environments. With ongoing research on gifted adults' well-being and extensive experience as a presenter, Dr. Ruf continues to shape the discourse on intelligence and giftedness.

Presentation Abstract

Dr. Ruf will delve into the intricacies of giftedness in the workplace, drawing from her acclaimed book "The 5 Levels of Gifted Children Grown Up: What They Tell Us." Through compelling narratives, Dr. Ruf will explore how background experiences shape the lives of gifted individuals as they navigate professional environments. This session is essential for attendees seeking to understand and harness the unique talents of gifted adults in the workplace and beyond. Additionally, Dr. Ruf will wrap up the day by synthesizing key insights from all presentations, providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of giftedness in the workplace and its implications for professional practice.