With more than 20 years of experience in research and operations leadership, Wood is widely recognized for activating successful employee engagement programming that cultivates ascendant leadership. Wood started her career as a research associate at a top 10 global social science research firm, Abt Associates. While at Abt Associates, she managed the development of an in-house research department that featured original survey design, data collection and analysis. Similar to Gallup Q12 and Best Places to Work survey methodology, Wood’s research process was developed to provide insight into employee preferences, perceptions and behaviors on an ongoing basis. Wood holds a Ph.D. in economics from Boston College and a B.A. in math and economics from Simmons College.