Servant Leadership Research & Boy Scouts of America Collaboration with MSU

Dr. Laura Lakusta and Dr. Jennifer Bragger, professors in the Department of Psychology at Montclair State University and Co-Directors of the Servant Leadership Research lab, are the recipients of a three-year, $474,000 National Science Foundation award to study the cognitive and developmental antecedents of servant leadership.

Dr. Lakusta and Dr. Bragger will explore how experiences serving others and engaging in service-oriented leadership influence the development of a servant leadership style in part by collaborating with the Bonner Foundation as well as a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

gothamCulture is supporting this research effort by collaborating with Boy Scouts of America (BSA). One of the fun projects to date was designing this research badge with graphic artist Kristin Mudd. This badge can be earned by scouts and adult leaders alike.

BSF Research Servant Leaders Badge

gothamCulture co-hosted SIOP Reception with MSU I/O Psychology Department

MSU SIOP Reception Group Photo

gothamCulture co-hosted a reception for Montclair State University (MSU) I/O Psychology graduate students, faculty, and alumni on April 29th during the SIOP conference in Seattle. Many of the attendees presented their research and participated in panels at the conference. Everyone took the ferry to Bainbridge Island where we met at Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse for drinks, food, and connection. gothamCulture founder and Managing Partner, Chris Cancialosi, earned his MA in I/O Psychology from MSU and also served as an Adjunct Professor from 2007 to 2012.

gothamCulture’s Chris Cancialosi to Support at Management Consulting Learning Labs on September 28, 2021

Chris Cancialosi

gothamCulture Founder and Managing Partner, Chris Cancialosi, will support at the Management Consulting Learning Labs – Management Consulting Challenges in the Era of Covid sponsored by Western Michigan University.

Throughout the upcoming academic year, the Management Consulting Division will be offering a series of learning labs – virtual synchronous assemblies during which experiments, observations, and practices in the field of management consulting can be shared among members. The labs will address the needs and concerns of members across three areas: consulting, teaching, and research.

The first Management Consulting Learning Lab, on September 28 from noon to 1:00 pm EST, will feature consultants from big, mid-tier, and small consulting firms who will share the challenges they are facing in the era of Covid 19. They will discuss practices for managing these challenges, and importantly, suggest ideas for research to address these difficulties. For practicing consultants this is a perfect opportunity to improve your practice, and for scholars, this is a great opening to explore ideas for research.

ATD NYC Volunteer Spotlight – gothamCulture’s Kate Gerasimova

Kate Gerasimova gothamCulture Senior Associate

By Rosemary Okoiti, ATD NYC

1. What three words describe you and why?

Empathetic: I always make a good effort to make sure I’m considering the other person and the other side of the story. This is one of the reasons I love human-centered design so much as well. 

Ambitious and driven: If I set my mind on something, it would be extremely hard to get me off that road. I have a high inspiration for myself which comes with higher standards. Knowing this about myself helps me realize when to let things go and be more agile. 

Versatile: I am curious about a lot of things and have a wide range of interests, psychology, design innovation, learning, art, business, tennis, biking, and the list continues. I once was going to major in math and law.  Read More…

Webinar: Tips For Solving People-Related Issues – March 11, 2020

People-Related Issues

Did you know? Senior leaders spend 61% of their time solving people-related issues.

Imagine the impact you could have on your client’s business if you resolved these challenges. In this webinar, we’ll discuss HOW you can advise on talent and strategy to bring value to your engagements.

Join us live on Wednesday, March 11 at 2-3pm ET to learn from Tim Bowden, Partner at gothamCulture and Russ Thomas, Regional Director of Partnerships at The Predictive Index:

  • Practical tips for diagnosing people problems
  • How to use people data to drive solutions
  • How to align your client’s talent to their strategy
  • Lessons from the field

Bring your questions for live Q&A!

Register Here:

Please note, you can access the recording of this webinar anytime here

Gotham Government Services Acquires Assets of Abrams Learning & Information Systems


Gotham Government Services LLC (GGS), a Virginia SDVOSB, will acquire all assets of Abrams Learning & Information Systems (ALIS).  GGS, under the leadership of Chris Cancialosi, will continue providing learning and performance improvement services to clients at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Army Futures Command (AFC), and other Federal clients.

ALIS was founded in 2004 by President and Chief Executive Officer General (Ret) John Abrams. The company provides government and business clients with solutions and services in workforce development, strategic planning, change management, program management, exercise support, and executive and management education.

GGS was created as a partnership between, gothamCulture, a New York based SDVOSB organizational culture firm, and a long-standing federally focused training company and will continue to serve all geographic markets and contracts that ALIS currently serves.

“We are honored to bring on the ALIS teams that are providing analysis support to AFC and training development support at VBA,” said Chris Cancialosi, Founder and Managing Partner of GGS and the company’s parent firm gothamCulture.  “As a former armor officer, the opportunity to honor the Abrams legacy is of great importance to me. As a veteran, continuing to support our former and current Warfighters is a deeply personal mission. And adding the ALIS team to gothamCulture’s core capabilities in organizational culture, leadership development, and people strategy offers these and other clients new avenues for supporting their mission objectives.”

“As the Founder and CEO of ALIS, my father’s focus was always on doing great work, making a difference, and taking care of our ALIS family,” said Elizabeth Abrams Bauernshub, Vice President of Abrams Learning & Information Systems, Inc.  “With our shared core values, Gotham Government Services is the right company to lead ALIS’s work into this next chapter, which brings growth and opportunity for both our clients and our employees.”

Gotham Government Services is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. We provide government and business clients with solutions and services in workforce development, strategic planning, change management, program management, exercise support, and executive and management education. As a recognized leader in our field, we have worked with clients in government, academia, and private organizations to address their critical needs and meet their goals for the future. For more information visit

gothamCulture Welcomes Tim Bowden as Partner in Washington D.C.

October 7, 2019, Washington D.C. – gothamCulture LLC announced the addition of Tim Bowden as a Partner in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Bowden was formerly Partnership Advisor and Measurements Lead at the Stand Together Foundation in Arlington, VA.

“Expanding our government consulting practice on a national level is a strategic priority for the firm,” said Chris Cancialosi, Managing Partner and Founder of gothamCulture. “Tim brings an impressive array of skills as an organizational development professional, especially in the government space, to our team, and we are delighted that he’s joining us.”

Bowden focuses on providing data-driven, individual and organizational performance improvement solutions that put people first. He consults with clients to address critical organizational development and human capital challenges in the areas of Organizational Culture, Leadership & Workforce Development, Learning, and Performance Improvement.

His diverse experience includes developing leader development strategies to drafting policy and guidance documents for integrating human considerations into the design of complex military systems. Combining business unit leadership success with core technical expertise he delivers practical performance improvement solutions that have measurable impacts on organizational goals.

Bowden earned his MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at University of Central Florida and his BA in Psychology at Rollins College.


Tim Bowden | 321.438.8950 |

Customer Experience Workshop July 23rd

customer experience

Delivering customer experience excellence can be a challenge.

Get it right, and customer experience excellence can significantly improve performance for government agencies. It has been proven to increase revenue, enhance efficiency, and improve public image.

You are invited to join other senior leaders for a practical working breakfast on the critical role that customer experience plays in organizational performance. The event will be led by Senior Customer Experience Executives from DCAS contract holder gothamCulture and our partners at TribeCX.

You’ll emerge with:

  • Confidential Customer Experience Assessment
  • Customer Experience Capabilities Benchmarking Report
  • Practical Strategies to Improve Customer Experience Excellence in Your Organization

This workshop is limited to 60 registrants. The confidential customer experience assessment link will be live until 5:00 pm on July 5th. Please share this invitation with any colleagues or contacts who would benefit from this workshop!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

8:00 am  – 11:00 am EDT

Metropolitan Tower, 146 West 57th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019


gothamCulture Partner and Founder, Chris Cancialosi, to Support at 2019 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Early Career Practitioner Consortium April 3, 2019

SIOP 2019

New York, NY – gothamCulture Partner and Founder, Chris Cancialosi, will support at the 2019 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Early Career Practitioner Consortium in Washington D.C. on April 3, 2019. SIOP’s Early Career Practitioner Consortium is a one-day career development experience for early career I-O professionals who work in non-academic settings. For more information about the conference click here.

SIOP is the premier membership organization for those practicing and teaching I-O psychology. While an independent organization with its own governance, SIOP also represents Division 14 of the American Psychological Association and is an organizational affiliate of the Association for Psychological Science.

Chris Cancialosi is a recognized expert in the fields of leadership and organizational development, with a focus on the role of leaders in shaping high-performing cultures. Chris has worked with senior leaders across industries and sectors to design and deploy organizational transformation processes aimed at creating and sustaining effective large-scale change. Chris is an experienced advisor and executive coach with a reputation for providing critical insights and engaging customized solutions; he effectively combines his operational field and entrepreneurial experience with his knowledge of organizational psychology to provide unique practical support to his clients as they navigate today’s business landscape.

gothamculture Recognized By Entrepreneur Magazine’s Inaugural E360 Performance Index

gothamculture Named One Of The “Best Entrepreneurial Companies In America” By Entrepreneur Magazine’s Inaugural E360 Performance Index

New York, NY, October 21, 2015 gothamCulture, an organizational development consultancy based in New York City was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur360™ Performance Index, a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Read More…