Rick Bommelje has over 30 years of professional experience in the fields of leadership, listening, and adult education. Rick is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. The Princeton Review named Rick one of ‘The Best 300 Professors’ in the Nation. He also is the past President of the International Listening Association and was inducted into the Listening Hall of Fame. With a Master’s Degree in Management and a Doctorate in Administration, and advanced leadership study at Harvard University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, he specializes in the development of listening and leadership behaviors.
Rick Bommelje has been serving professionals in organizations in the areas of leadership and listening development since l977. Over the years, his courses, seminars, and workshops have benefited thousands of leaders from an impressive list of organizations worldwide including: Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Whirlpool Corporation, Sara Lee Foods, Dimension Data, Dow Jones & Company, Certified Slings, Inc., Infant Swimming Resource, Walt Disney World, AT&T, U.S. Army, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Department of Defense, Hong Kong Broadband Network, Western Digital, Georgia Leadership Institute, FedEx, Tarkett, and many others.
The appeal and effectiveness of Rick’s programs are found in his practical and "real world" approach to education and development. His informal delivery style focuses on practical and substantive content that offers participants immediate and measurable benefits. Dr. Bommelje and Dr. Lyman Steil have authored the pioneering book, Listening Leaders: The Ten Golden Rules to Listen, Lead, and Succeed. His latest book is titled Listening Pays: Achieve Significance through the Power of Listening.