Here’s my (mostly) complete list of presentations and published research. For more information and access to articles, check out my profiles on ResearchGate and Google Scholar!
Here’s my bio:
Colonel Kristin Saling is a recognized leader in the Army human capital enterprise who has been upgrading Army human resources decisions with analytics for the past seven years. A university-trained systems and industrial engineer, self-taught in big data analytics techniques and coding, she applies her understanding of computational and strategic analytic techniques to problems involving large data sets and has a proven track record assembling and employing teams of diverse technical talent to act as digital response forces in the organizations she supports. She created and managed enhancements to the Army’s forecasting and strength management programs, created a data science functional team to support the Army’s Talent Management Task Force, established the Army People Analytics directorate, and is now building, operating, and leading the Commanding General’s Innovation Cell for US Army Human Resources Command.
She presents routinely on topics in people analytics, talent management (particularly technical talent), modernization, and innovation both for her personal research and on behalf of the Department of the Army as the Army’s spokesperson for people analytics. She has also published her work in academic journals such as Systems Engineering and International Transactions on Operations Research.
Most current events first!
(KEYNOTE) “Army Talent Management: A Journey of Innovation and Exploration” at AFCEA Central Florida November Luncheon (November 2023) Register here: Home (afceatampa.org)
(PANEL) “Innovation in the New World of Work” with Samuel Navarro, David Schiff, and Mika Cross at GovLoop Fireside Chat (December 2023) Register here: Innovation in the New World of Work (govloop.com)
(PANEL) AFCEA IT Day (January 2024) more information coming soon!
(KEYNOTE) INFORMS Business and Analytics (April 2024) more information coming soon!
ENGAGEMENTS, ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS, and MORE
Most recent events first!
(KEYNOTE) “Assembling Earth’s Mightiest: Building Your Innovation Team” at Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (November 2023) DEF2023 | DEF
(PODCAST) “Your Personnel File: (22 pt 1) AUSA Takeaways” with Jenn DeHaan, official commentary on Army HRC’s podcast (October 2023) DVIDS – Audio – Your Personnel File – Episode 22, Part 1: AUSA Takeaways (dvidshub.net)
(PANEL) “Widening Access: New and Non-traditional Career Paths into Stem” at the Global Women in STEM Leadership Summit (Atlanta) with Chandra Donelson, Lori Mongold, and Molly Solsbury (September 2023) 2023 Program — The Global Women in STEM Leadership Summit (stemwomensummit.org)
(PANEL) “Realizing Your Power” for Women In Data: Tampa (July 2023) Women in Data Presents: Realizing Your Power Tickets, Thu, Jul 6, 2023 at 4:00 PM | Eventbrite
(ARTICLE) “The Army Goes Location Independent” in Acquisition, Logistics, & Technology Magazine, AL&T Magazine (Summer 2023) THE ARMY GOES LOCATION INDEPENDENT – USAASC
(PRESENTATION) “Talent Data and Data Talent: Best Practices in Building Analytic Teams in Army Human Resources” at the 91st Military Operations Research Society Symposium (June 2023) 91st Symposium (mors.org)
(PANEL) “Defense and Military Readiness: Leveraging Innovation to Make the US Military the Employer of Choice for America’s Top Talent” at HillVets CAPCON8 (May 2023) CAPCON 8: Veterans & Innovation
(WEBINAR) “The WHY of People” with Raj Sharma (Public Spend Forum), Paul Puckett (Clarity), and Dr. Marina Theodotou (Defense Acquisition University) (May 2023) 3 Ps to Help Your People and Teams Thrive
(PODCAST) “U.S. Army Workforce Modernization and Analytics” on Resilient Cyber: S4E12 (April 2023) Resilient Cyber: S4E12
(ARTICLE) “A New Vision for Army Human Resources” in Acquisition, Logistics, & Technology Magazine with Brigadier General Greg Johnson, AL&T Magazine (Spring 2023) A NEW VISION FOR ARMY HUMAN RESOURCES – USAASC
(PODCAST) “Modernizing Tech and Data for People and Talent” on DevCast with John Janek (Mar 2023) Modernizing Tech and Data for People and Talent – Dev Technology
(WEB INTERVIEW) “Army pilots test AI to streamline selection boards” at Federal News Network (updated Jan 2023) FNN Special Edition | Delivering on Artificial Intelligence’s Potential
(PANEL) “Data Driven Talent Management” with Mr. Mike Arnold at AFCEA Nova Army IT Day (Jan 2023) AFCEA NOVA Army IT Day 2023
(KEYNOTE) “One Size Fits None – Data Driven Talent Management” at Army Mad Scientist Symposium 2022 (Nov 2022) Army Mad Scientist
(WEB INTERVIEW) “Army applying AI to personnel data in new ways” at DefenseScoop (Nov 2022) Army applying AI to personnel data in new ways
(WEBINAR) “How a people-first strategy drives recruitment and retention across the Army” with Dan Kunze (Oct 2022) Defense One State of the Army
(WEB INTERVIEW) “Army pilots using AI to streamline selection boards” at Federal News Network (Sep 2022) Army pilots using AI to streamline selection boards | Federal News Network
(WEB INTERVIEW) “Army leaders implement measures to bolster recruiting” by Army News Service (Sep 2022) Army leaders implement measures to bolster recruiting | Article | The United States Army
(WEB INTERVIEW) “Army staffers are testing digital PCS, permanent work-from-home plan” at Army Times (Jul 2022) Army staffers are testing digital PCS, permanent work-from-home plan (armytimes.com)
(PANEL) “Accelerating Data Driven Decisions” at GovCIO (May 2022) Are Data Literacy Programs the Key to Data-Driven Decision-Making? (governmentciomedia.com)
(PANEL) “Knowledge Management and Digital Transformation” at AFCEA TechNet Cyber: 2022 AFCEA TechNet Cyber
(ARTICLE) “New Methods, Better Military: Why Remote Work and Distributed Teams are the Future of the U.S. Military,” with Capt Steven Arango and Maj Jenn Walters (Mar 2022) Proceedings, US Naval Institute. New Methods, Better Military: Remote Work and Distributed Teams are the Future of the U.S. Military | Proceedings – March 2022 Vol. 148/3/1,429 (usni.org)
(WEB ARTICLE) “Unlocking the Future of HR with Predictive Analytics” with Colonel Greg Johnson, HRC Publication on LinkedIn (2) Unlocking the Future of Army HR with Predictive Analytics | LinkedIn
(PODCAST) Tech Transforms “Intuition and Experience” Tech Transforms, sponsored by Dynatrace: Intuition and Experience with US Army’s Kris Saling on Apple Podcasts
(KEYNOTE) GovLoop Keynote (Feb 2022) MeriTalk ‘Love the Problem’ and Other Tips From Government Innovators » Posts | GovLoop Accelerating Agency Innovation: Driving Your Team, Tech and Mission Forward (govloop.com)
(PANEL) Hacking HR Panel (TBD) Leadership in a Hybrid Environment Hacking HR – Let’s create the best HR that has ever existed
(PANEL) AFCEA Army IT Day (13 Jan 2022) AFCEA NOVA VIRTUAL Army IT Day 2022 (swoogo.com)
(KEYNOTE) AFCEA Small Business Committee (13 Jan 2022) Army Parses Cyber Training According to Skill and Needs | SIGNAL Magazine (afcea.org)
(PANEL) I/ITSEC Data Talent Panel (2 Dec 2021) (in person only) I/ITSEC 2021: Rapid Advances in Education/Training Tech Highlight DoD’s Challenges for Big Data Management and Interoperability | ADL Initiative (adlnet.gov)
(TV) Government Matters TV (30 Nov 2021) https://govmatters.tv/agency-in-motion-army-2/
(PANEL) Data & AI In Defense Panel (16-17 Nov 2021)) Winning the AI Race Data and AI for Defense 2021 | Corinium (coriniumintelligence.com)
(KEYNOTE) Potomac Officer’s Club (13 Nov 2021) Army Focused On Data Literacy For AI Development, Official Says – Potomac Officers Club
(PANEL) ATARC (4 Nov 2021) Optimizing IT Operations with AIOps – ATARC
(WEB INTERVIEW) DataRobot Blog (12 Oct 2021) How Can You Keep Your Analytics from Withering in the Transition Valley of Death? LTC Kristin Saling Explains – DataRobot AI Cloud
(KEYNOTE) AI in Government Keynote (23 Sep 2021) Kristin Saling – Cognilytica Events The Critical Importance of Data and AI for the US Army: LTC Kristin Saling, Chief Analytics Officer & Acting Director, People Analytics at The US Army – Cognilytica Events
(PANEL) Texas Dialogue on Innovation in Defense (16 Sep 2021) Texas Dialogue on Innovation in Defense | Presented by IBM | Events and Meetups @ Capital Factory
(WEB INTERVIEW) Executive Gov (31 Aug 2021) Lt. Col. Kristin Saling: Army Employs AI, Automation in Talent Management Efforts (executivegov.com)
(MAGAZINE INTERVIEW) Forbes (28 Aug 2021) How The United States Army Is Leveraging AI: Interview With Kristin Saling, Chief Analytics Officer & Acting Dir., Army People Analytics (forbes.com)
(KEYNOTE) Global Big Data Conference (28 Aug 2021) Global Big Data Conference
(PANEL) JSOFT Panel (25 Aug 2021) Data, Dashboards, and Decision Making Data, Dashboards, & Decision Making Tickets, Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite Videos | The Joint Software Alliance (jsoftalliance.org)
(MAGAZINE INTERVIEW) FedTech Magazine (26 Jul 2021) Enhancing Data Literacy Skills in the Federal Government | FedTech Magazine
(PODCAST) More Intelligent Tomorrow (Jun 2021) Building the Army’s Data Workforce | DataRobot Building the Army’s Data Workforce – Kristin Saling | More Intelligent Tomorrow #043 – YouTube
(PANEL) AUSA (4 Jun 2021) Army Takes ‘Evolutionary Leap’ to Manage Talent | AUSA
(PANEL) AUSA Thought Leaders (May 2021) AUSA’s Thought Leaders – Talent Management | AUSA
(WEB INTERVIEW) American Council for Technology (18 May 2021) What Federal CIOs Can Learn from CFOs about Data Management | ACT-IAC (actiac.org)
(WEB INTERVIEW) Executive Gov (12 Mar 2021) Lt. Col. Kristin Saling: Army Must Leverage Data to Update Talent Management Approach (executivegov.com)
(CONFERENCE) Page, S., Freberg, K., Saling, K. (2013, November). Emerging Media Crisis Value Model: A comparison of relevant, timely message strategies for emergency events. Accepted for presentation at the EUROPEA Conference. Barcelona, Spain.
(CONFERENCE) Sutherland, A., and Saling, K. (2013, June) Constructing a Decision Support System for Identification and Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Presented at the 81st Military Operations Research Society Online Symposium (81.1) in Annapolis, MD via Defense Connect Online.
(CONFERNCE) Saling, K., K. Freberg, S. Page, M. Colon-Aguirre, and C. A. R. Licklider (2013, June). “Reputational risks, perceptions, values, and behaviors among spokespeople: Construction of the reputational influence and risk model for emerging media.” Presented at the 17th International Conference on Corporate Reputation, Brand, Identity and Competitiveness in Barcelona, Spain.
(CONFERENCE) Freberg, K., Saling, K., & Freberg, L. (2013, May). Using a situational q-sort to assess perceptions of a food recall message as a function of delivery via social, organizational, or traditional media. Presented in the Poster Session at the 25th Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.
(CONFERENCE) Saling, K., and K. Freberg. (2013, March) Commanding Influence: Social Media Command Centers create influence and trust in a crisis situation. Presented at the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference in Orlando, FL.
(CONFERENCE) Saling, K., K. Freberg, K. G. Vidoloff, and G. Eosco. (2012, December) Social media value modeling applications and best practices in decision and risk communication strategy. Presented at the Society for Risk Analysis National Meeting, in San Francisco, CA.
(CONFERENCE) Freberg, K., K. Graham (Saling), K. G. Vidoloff, and G. Eosco. (2012, May) Reputational risks within new media crisis communication message strategies: A pilot study focusing on determining a ‘good’ crisis message via social media. Presented at the 16th International Conference on Corporate Reputation, Brand, Identity, and Competitiveness in Milan, Italy.
(CONFERENCE) Han, S., N. Melson, J. Stephens, D. Turner, J. V. Farr, and K. Graham (Saling). (2012, May) Methodology to Model and Understand the Complexities of Social, Economic, and Governance Interactions for Regional Assessment in Kenya. Presented at the 12th Donald R. Keith Capstone Conference, West Point, NY.
(CONFERENCE) Han, S., N. Melson, J. Stephens, D. Turner, J. V. Farr, and K. Graham (Saling). (2012, April) Methodology to Model and Understand the Complexities of Social, Economic, and Governance Interactions for Regional Assessment in Africa. Presented at the 6th Annual Network Science Workshop, West Point, NY.
(CONFERENCE) Freberg, K., K. Graham (Saling), K. G. Vidoloff, and G. Eosco. (2012, Mar) @Hurricane Irene storms through #social media: A case study addressing the concerns of uncertainty with emerging technology in a crisis situation. Presented at the 2nd International Risk & Crisis Communications Conference, Orlando, FL.
(CONFERENCE) Freberg, K., Graham (Saling), K., Webb, B., Murphy, D., et al. (2011, May). Reverse engineering leadership: Deconstructing perceptions of personality in Generals and CEOs. Presented at the 2011 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention in Washington, DC.
(CONFERENCE) Freberg, K., and K. Graham (Saling). (2010, May) Understanding the effectiveness of a strong online reputation: Predicting the next social media influencer using the Q-Sort Test. Presented at the 14th International Conference on Corporate Reputation, Brand, Identity, and Competitiveness in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
(CONFERENCE) Freberg, L., K. Freberg, and K. Graham (Saling). (2010, May) Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work. Presented at the Association for Psychological Studies Annual Convention. Boston, MA.
(CONFERENCE) Graham (Saling), K. (2010, Apr) Complexity Science and Social Media: Network Modeling and Following ‘Tweets.’ Presented at the Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium, Charlottesville, VA.
(CONFERENCE) Hall, A., J. Surdu, F. Maymi, A. Deb, and K. Freberg (Saling). (2001, August) Modeling the Communications Capabilities of the Infantry Soldier. Presented at the Communications Networks and Distributed Systems Modeling and Simulation Conference (CNDS), Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS) in San Antonio, TX.
(CONFERENCE) Hall, A., J. Surdu, F. Maymi, A. Deb, and K. Freberg (Saling). (2001, July) Modeling the Communications Capabilities of the Infantry Soldier. Presented at the Military Operations Research Society Symposium in Annapolis, MD.
Master of Science in Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, May 2010
Thesis: Integrating Probabilistic Design and Rare-Event Simulation into the Requirements Engineering Process to Analyze Risk Problems in High Reliability Systems
Chair: William Scherer, Ph.D.
Master of Science in Engineering Management, Missouri Institute of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, August 2005
Bachelor of Science in Operations Research, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, June 2001
HONORS & AWARDS
2015 Wayne P. Hughes Jr. Award. Awarded annually to a new analyst whose efforts have advanced the state of the art of Military Operations Research, candidates are nominated through the Military Operations Research Society and selected based on outstanding publications, development of significant new analysis techniques, or the use of research results in the solution of military problems.
Top Academic Presentation, International Crisis & Risk Communication Conference, with Karen Freberg, Kathleen Vidoloff, and Gina Eosco (March 2012).
2004 Outstanding Engineer Platoon Leader “Grizzly” Award. Awarded annually to the engineer lieutenant platoon leader in each US Army component (Active, National Guard, Reserve) selected in recognition of outstanding contributions to military engineering by demonstrated technical and leadership ability for the award year.
Saling, K. Procedia Computer Science (Publication) Jan 2020) (PDF) Leveraging People Analytics for an Adaptive Complex Talent Management System (researchgate.net)
Freberg, K., Saling, K., & Freberg, L. (Oct 2013). Using a situational q-sort to assess perceptions of a food recall message as a function of delivery via social, organizational, or traditional media. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. Article first published online 8 Oct 2013.
Saling, K. (July 2013) “Social Network Analysis” and “Search Engine Optimization.” The Encyclopedia of Public Relations. R. Heath, ed., SAGE publications.
Saling, K., and K. P. White. (June 2013) “Integrating Probabilistic Design and Rare-Event Simulation into the Requirements Engineering Process to Analyze Risk Problems in High Reliability Systems.” International Transactions on Operations Research, vol. 20, no. 4, p. 515-531.
Page, S., Freberg, K., Saling, K. (June 2013) Emerging media crisis value model: A comparison of relevant, timely message strategies for emergency events. Journal of Strategy Security, vol. 6, no. 2, p. 20-31.
Freberg, K., Saling, K., Vidoloff, K., & Eosco, G. (2013, May). What makes a “good” social media crisis message?: Challenging traditional methodology through qualitative and quantitative value modeling.” Public Relations Review.
Freberg, K., K. Saling, K.G. Vidoloff and G. Eosco. (2013, Apr). “Using value modeling to evaluate social media messages: The case of Hurricane Irene.” Public Relations Review, Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0363811113000386.
Graham (Saling), K. (2011, May) Integrating Probabilistic Design and Rare Event Simulation into the Requirements Engineering Process to Analyze Risk Problems in High Reliability Systems. A thesis published to the libraries of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, and the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Freberg, K., Graham (Saling), K., McGaughey, K., & Freberg, L. (2011, March). Who are the social media influencers? A study of public perceptions of personality. Public Relations Review, 37, 90-92.
Freberg, K., Graham, K. (Saling), McGaughey, K., & Freberg, L. (2010, November). The rich get richer: Online and offline social connectivity predicts subjective loneliness. Media Psychology Review. Retrieved from http://www.mprcenter.org/mpr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=213:frebergonline-connectivity&catid=24:socialnetworks&Itemid=178
ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Chair, Manpower and Personnel Working Group, Military Operations Research Society Symposium (2020-Current)
Co-Chair, Manpower and Personnel Working Group, Military Operations Research Society Symposium (2016-2018), Advisor (2018-Current)
Co-Chair, Manpower and Personnel Community of Practice, (2017-2020)
Journal Article Reviewer, Military Operations Research (2013-Present)
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
Project Management Institute (PMI) 2013-present
Military Operations Research Society (MORS) 2001-present
Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) 2001-present
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 2010-present
International Conference on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 2010-present
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) 2010-present