About Us

Ascend Talent Strategies helps organizations achieve a higher level of success by delivering evidence‐based insights into their most challenging and ambiguous people issues.

Our business and organizational psychologists dive deep, working collaboratively with clients to help them identify, develop, and lead the most important and misunderstood part of any organization: people. With over 100 years of experience, our doctorate-level experts are more than talent experts. They’re experts in using talent to generate tangible business results. Whether we’re working with leaders, teams, organizations, a family business or government agencies, we can help you unlock the power of your people and the potential of your talent.

We’re Ascend Talent Strategies.

our consulting team

Robert E. Young PSY.D.

Robert E. Young PSY.D.

Russell J. Barcelona, PH.D.

Russell J. Barcelona, PH.D.

Julie A. Unite, PH.D.

Julie A. Unite, PH.D.

Rick C. Bauman, PH.D.

Rick C. Bauman, PH.D.

Robert E. Young PSY.D.

Robert E. Young PSY.D.

Co-Founder, Business Psychologist

ryoung@ascend-ts.com

Dr. Young is a co-founder and licensed business psychologist with Ascend Talent Strategies, Inc. For over twenty years, Bob has delivered leadership assessment services designed to help his clients identify internal and external candidates that fit the role requirements, the cultural context, and potential for future roles. He also facilitates team effectiveness assessment and training, organizational effectiveness assessment and development, succession planning, and he also offers very action-oriented, practically focused executive coaching services. He assists private equity firms and client organizations with M&A due diligence and integration. He helps his clients plan and execute their vision, mission, and strategic goals using a proprietary cloud-based software and disciplined execution process that has been shown to raise collaboration and accountability across the organization. Bob has a special interest in assisting family owned and operated businesses with generational transitions, succession planning, and growing their family legacy.

Bob began his consulting career by going from graduate school in psychology to being commissioned as an Active-Duty Captain in the United States Air Force. He played an active role in consulting with command staff at three different Air Force bases during his military career on a wide range of issues, including fitness for duty evaluations, leadership development, anti-terrorism joint forces command team effectiveness training, and Aircraft Mishap Investigation and Prevention. Since 1999, he has been serving the Wisconsin business community by delivering individual, team, and organizational assessments and developmental services. He works across many different industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, insurance, legal, manufacturing, food and beverage, government, and private equity. In 2019, Ascend Talent Strategies, Inc. was launched to provide a unified platform for Bob and his partners to serve clients that believe what they collectively believe—namely,  “the organizations that invest wisely in their greatest assets, their people, are those that outlast, out maneuver, and outperform their competition.”

Bob has a B.A. in psychology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan and his doctorate in psychology (Psy.D.) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is married with one daughter and his two dogs Zoe & Hunter who are also considered members of his family. Bob’s hobbies including hunting, motorcycling, gardening, nutritional science, and youth ministries at his church.

our consulting team