I am a licensed school psychologist with a doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership studies. I currently run a business I founded, Girls With Ideas, Inc. and am looking for employment opportunities to complement that work in the field of education. I am passionate about all things related to innovation in education and the workplace, developing leadership skills in youth, equity and fair assessment of skills, and working to close the gender leadership gap through my work with girls. 

Email me at poss.allison@gmail.com for a copy of my full curriculum vitae. 


2011-2014 | Creighton University | Omaha, NE                  

ED.S. in SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY             `

2010-2012University of Nebraska-Omaha | Omaha, NE  

M.S. in PSYCHOLOGY                                

2008-2010 | University of Nebraska-Omaha | Omaha, NE 

B.A. in PSYCHOLOGY                                

2004-2007 | Creighton University | Omaha, NE


August 2015 - Present

Girls With Ideas is a leadership organization focused on closing the gender leadership gap by directly teaching leadership skills to young girls. We sell a leadership curriculum and digital download lessons for educators to implement with girls ages 9-13.  I founded the organization based on my work as a school psychologist and my personal research on innovation. Over 1,000 girls in 16 states and five countries have participated in our curriculum! 

Learn more about  Girls With Ideas  HERE. See our lesson overview HERE. Shop our online store HERE. Read our blog HERE. Explore our free resources HERE

  • Developed, tested, wrote, and edited an educational, project-based leadership curriculum for girls ages 9-13. 
  • Launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that resulted in over $21,000 of funding to publish the curriculum.
  • Led my team through the application and completion of the Iowa Startup Accelerator. We were one of six groups selected to receive investment and to be a part of the program out of 200 businesses that applied.
  • Promoted the business and our mission by speaking about the gender leadership gap at over 30 events.
  • Interviewed over 200 individuals in the customer discovery process to develop the curriculum. Completed a qualitative data analysis from these interviews to develop and revise our curriculum products. 
  • Authored digital lessons on the topics of helping girls find their voice, creativity exercises for kids, helping girls start their own business, and youth leadership skills. 
  • Built, designed, and continually manage our website, blog, and online store. 

MOBILE CRISIS COUNSELOR                                                

March 2015- December 2016  | Crisis Center of Johnson County

For part-time work and as a way to give back to the community, I served on an interdisciplinary crisis team for my county. On this team I responded to crisis situations in community and helped individuals problem solve issues including: domestic disputes, parent/child conflicts, suicidal thoughts, mental health concerns, and lack of resources and support.

  • Assisted in evaluations and placement for individuals in the emergency room that came in for mental health related issues but were not admitted to hosptial.
  • Certified trainer for Mental Health First Aid, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Bridges Out of Poverty community trainings. Implemented these trainings in small communities around Iowa on a regular basis. 
  • Developed and implemented a one day training for the crisis team staff on trauma-informed care. 


May 2014 - August 2016

Axle Rev was a boutique organizational development firm that specialized in creativity and innovation. Axle Rev offered practical, actionable industry-tested solutions for resolving leadership and employee recruitment and retention issues. I co-founded the organization based on my dissertation research related to the influence leaders have on innovation.

  • Created and executed trainings, workshops, and online courses around the topics of fostering innovation among employees, how to effectively brainstorm in a group, and tips for engaging millennials in the workplace. 
  • Authored the Leadership for Innovation Model to help leaders navigate the paradoxes of innovation in their organization. Developed an online training course and half day workshop for organizations based on this model. 
  • Spoke at 15 conferences on the topics of innovation in the workplace and helping people tap into their creative intelligence. 
  • Was one of 10 businesses accepted to complete the Venture School program through the University of Iowa in 2014. 

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST                                                    

August 2013 - June 2015 | Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Iowa City, IA

I was responsible for all of the initial special education evaluations and re-evaluations (using the response to intervention model) for two elementary schools - Grant Wood Elementary School and Mark Twain Elementary School in Iowa City, Iowa. Both of these schools served a diverse population of students, many whom were refugees. I also was the primary consultant for developing academic and behavior interventions, writing individualized education plans (IEPs) for students in special education, data interpretation, and the resident expert on educational laws. 

  • Assisted school district through a review from the Federal Office of Civil Rights to ensure that all students were receiving the appropriate services regardless of their race or economic status. In this process, I conducted re-evaluations on nearly half of the students receiving special education services in the schools I served and exited students that were misidentified initially. 
  • Consultant for Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports initiatives for both elementary schools. 
  • Led the first Girls With Ideas group with a group of sixth grade girls. This leadership group built a reading garden to encourage students to read more in a safe space. They raised over $2,000 to do so from selling shirts and participating in a local pitch competition for kids. 
  • Served as a member of the student problem solving team. This team brainstormed tier one and tier two academic and behavior interventions for students in the response to intervention process and monitored their progress. 
  • Resident expert on examining and using curriculum based assessment, state testing, and classroom academic data to drive interventions. 

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST                       

August 2011 - July 2013 | Green Hills Area Education Agency in Council Bluffs, IA

I was responsible for all of the initial special education evaluations and re-evaluations (using the response to intervention model) for the Tr-Center school district in Neola, Iowa. This district served students from preschool - 12th grade. As a district in a rural community, I also was responsible for gathering school-wide data, counseling to students, and writing behavioral plans. 

  • Conducted professional development trainings for teachers on the topics of response to intervention (RtI), state educational policies/laws, reading/math/behavior interventions, positive behavioral intervention supports (PBIS) , and the state's core curriculum.
  • Designed, created, and implemented a physical data wall for the elementary school that resulted in identification of struggling students that were in need of academic interventions.
  • Selected, organized, administered, and managed curriculum-based assessments in reading, math, and writing for grades K-5. Prior to this, the school did not use any curriculum based measurements. 
  • Counseled students weekly in small groups and one-on-one on issues including anxiety, depression, academic motivation, behavioral issues, and social relationships. 


May 2009 - August 2011

For my graduate assistantship I developed,  coordinated, and implemented 50 orientation sessions a year for new and transfer undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

  • Recruited, hired, trained, and supervised a staff of 25 undergraduate students.
  • Redesigned the program format from a half-day to full-day program. 
  • Evaluated the program which resulted in approval for a budget extension, increase in staff, and overhaul of program elements.


March 2009- August 2011  |  Club Z Tutoring in Omaha, NE

  • Tutored high school students in foster care or in state care for drug-related charges.
  • Mentored students on personal issues and advocated for their needs in school meetings.  

RESIDENTIAL MANAGER                       

January 2008-September 2008 | Developmental Services of Nebraska

  • Supervised staff and clients for an assisted living facility for persons with disabilities.
  • Tailored goals for clients, continually assessed their progress, and ensured they had the necessary resources.
  • Advocated for my staff, fostered a supportive work environment, and developed a manual for other managers.

BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIST                                   

June 2007- January 2008 | Children’s Respite Care Center in Omaha, NE

  • Designed and implemented behavior intervention programs and lesson plans for preschool aged students with behavioral disorders.


January 2016 - December 2016 | Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

  • Taught multiple sections of undergraduate Introduction to Psychology.
  • Designed a syllabus, series of lectures, projects, and assessments that aligned with the department’s desired student outcomes.
  • Initiated classroom management strategies to shape an inclusive classroom where students of all backgrounds felt empowered to participate.
  • Utilized Moodle as well as other technology tools to build student relationships, exchange information, and provide detailed student feedback
  • Identified ways to engage students in material by integrating current events, pop culture, and self-reflection into each class.
  • Advised students on strategies for studying, internship opportunities, adjustment to collegiate expectations, and future career plans.


January 2011 - December 2012 | University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Taught multiple sections of Introduction to Psychology for undergraduate students.
  • Designed a syllabus, series of lectures, projects, and assessments that aligned with the department’s desired student outcomes.  
  • Fostered an inclusive classroom environment where all students felt comfortable participating, sharing, and engaging in the material.
  • Utilized Blackboard as a tool to distribute information, engage in discussion, and provide timely feedback for student's work.
  • Maximized time in class for use of discussion and reflection to stimulate critical thinking.

TEACHING ASSISTANT                        

September 2008 - May 2009 | University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Taught weekly lectures to five sections of students per semester for an Introduction to Psychology course.
  • Facilitated discussion to encourage critical thinking around material and assessed student on all course outcomes.
  • Coached first year college students on study skills, collegiate norms, and adjusting to a new academic workload.


July 2015 - July 2017 | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • Chaired annual leadership conference for 200 student leaders from across Iowa at Drake University.
  • Recruited, trained, and mobilized over 50 volunteers and an executive volunteer team.
  • Negotiated contracts with universities, businesses, and local organizations for over $20,000 of funding and resources.
  • Developed and implemented a three-day program.
  • Examined and evaluated outcomes of the program.


July 2013 - July 2017  | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • 2015 - 2017 Leadership Seminar Chair, liaison to board. Advocated for a team to the board to ensure we had funding, resources, support, and reported our progress and accomplishments.
  • 2014 - Secretary. Documented monthly meetings and participated in brainstorming.
  • 2013 -  Director of Fundraising. Assisted in developing a strategic plan and led fundraising efforts.


·August 2011 - August 2016 | Gamma Phi Beta Sorority                                    

  • Volunteered an average of 5-10 hours per week for the organization.
  • Coached college women on event planning, member retention, positive relationships, budgeting, philanthropy effort, scholarship, and morale.
  • ·Mediated arguments between members and facilitated critical conversations.
  • Examined the chapter's policies, overhauled their bylaws and standards, and helped the women to implement meaningful changes for their organization.
  • Designed leadership training and supervised executive leadership meetings.


July 2012 - July 2015 | World Leadership Congress

  • Volunteered over 225 hours each year for the organization which puts on a week long leadership conference for over 400 students from around the world.
  • Designed program elements around the Social Change Model of Leadership for the conference and served as emcee.
  • Coached volunteers on facilitation skills, cultural competency, and fostered an environment of trust and fun within a team.  


July 2012- July 2015 | World Leadership Congress

  • Volunteered over 200 hours each year for the organization which puts on a week-long leadership conference for over 400 students from around the world.
  • Mentored students, facilitated conversations, and fostered teamwork for a group of high school students.

DIRECTOR OF RECRUITMENT                      

July 2014 - July 2015 | Iowa Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • ·Spearheaded recruitment efforts and registered over 200 high school students from around the state of Iowa to attend a three-day conference.
  • Customized online forms using the Formstack application to keep track of registration paperwork for all participants. 

CO-DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING                      

August 2008 - May 2012 | Iowa Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • Developed programming for an annual leadership conference for 200 high school student leaders from Iowa.
  • Recruited, coordinated, and directed content for 40 volunteer speakers each year.
  • Designed three days worth of panels, activities, and presentations to inspire thinking that focused on service, diversity, leadership, and creating change around the Social Change Model of Leadership.

GROUP FACILITATOR                                                     

2002 - August 2008 | Iowa Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

  • Facilitated discussion and leadership activities for a group of high school students each year at a three-day leadership conference.

BIG SISTER MENTOR                                                                     

September 2002 - 2009 | Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor  

  • Mentored two little sisters through the organization.

First Place in the InnovateHer Cedar Rapids, IA Competition

2017 | InnovateHer Competition


International Volunteer of the Year Award

2016 | Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Organization


Fraternity and Sorority Outstanding Advisor Award  

2016 | University of Iowa


Invest In She Finalist

2016 | Iowa Women Lead Change