MotiveX was founded in 2015 by a team of motivation, engagement, and behavior change experts. We were frustrated by the lack of actionable and scientifically validated assessment tools available in the market.
We focused our approach on the foundation of behavior change, engagement and productivity…Intrinsic Motivation. Our team asked the question, “How can you even begin to engage someone if you don’t know what motivates them”?
But is it enough to only know what someone desires? I may be motivated by working in teams, but if I don’t have the opportunities to collaborate to the level of my ideal state, my motivation is not in alignment.
Through two years of rigorous research and scientific validation, we found the solution that quantifiably measures the motivational gaps that predict engagement, productivity, turnover and job satisfaction. We added the much-needed ROI business case to the fuzzy world of human capital.
Matt currently serves as President & Head of Behavioral Science at MotiveX. He leads the development and innovation of our motivation solutions portfolio. Matt founded MotiveX in 2015 because of his passion for behavioral science and lack of industry solutions to drive sustainable behavior change.
Prior to MotiveX, Matt was a top producer and strategic consultant in the enterprise engagement industry. Matt’s client roster included GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Shire Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda), Endo Pharmaceuticals, AmerisourceBergen, Johnson & Johnson and DuPont.
Matt has a BA in Management from Gettysburg College and MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
As Chief Talent Scientist at MotiveX, Katina Sawyer, Ph.D. leverages her consulting experience, as well as her academic knowledge of motivation and engagement, to design and validate motivation assessments. By balancing academic knowledge with practical applications, she supports the team in delivering high-quality, effective, user-friendly solutions to drive employee and sales engagement.
Katina joined the MotiveX team because of her passion for talent management, leadership, and motivation. In her prior experiences consulting for companies like Corporate Executive Board (formerly SHL), her clients such as Kraft, Pfizer, Carl Zeiss, UGI, and Hertz often lacked solutions for increasing engagement. She witnessed a need in the marketplace for an assessment that would truly help leaders understand their direct reports and create more enriching and meaningful workplaces for employees worldwide.
MotiveX provides the perfect blend of psychological science and applied practical knowledge. Katina is an assistant professor of management at the George Washington University in the School of Business. Over the years, Katina has published numerous peer–reviewed articles and book chapters about talent development, leadership and various ways of driving employee engagement.
Katina holds a dual-Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Villanova University.
As Chief Talent Scientist at MotiveX, Christian Thoroughgood, Ph.D., utilizes his wealth of expertise as an industrial-organizational psychologist to design and validate assessments and other talent management solutions.
Christian joined MotiveX because of his background and interests in employee selection and assessment, motivation, and leadership. In designing employee assessments, performance management systems, and assessment centers for various organizations, such as Johnson & Johnson, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Aerosoles, UGICorporation, and Penn State University, Christian understands the challenges that all employers face when seeking to better select, assess, motivate, engage, and retain their employees.
Christian is an Assistant Professor at Villanova University in the Graduate Programs in Human Resource Development. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (with an emphasis in research methods and statistics) from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from The University of Maryland, College Park.
Christian has published over twenty peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and presented his research at various academic conferences, including the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Academy of Management. His research has also gained media attention from various outlets, including The Washington Post, Bloomberg Business Week, The Atlantic, Psychology Central, Live Science, and Buzzfeed.
MotiveX, Copyright 2021