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Richard Wellins, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Wellins is a senior research associate for DDI. Prior to his current role, he served as a senior vice president for DDI in a variety of roles, spanning a 35-year career. Dr. Wellins continues to specialize in the relation between various talent practices and enhanced leadership performance. He has published over 50 articles, made more than 100 professional presentations at events around the world, and published six books, including Your First Leadership Job, Empowered TeamsInside Teams and Reengineering’s Missing Ingredient.

Dr. Wellins’ current research initiatives include a project with The Conference Board on Millennial Leadership and the seventh Global Leadership Forecast involving over 25,000 leaders in 1,800 global organizations. He also serves as a judge for CNBC’s Asian Business Leader of the Year Award program.

Thought Leadership

Career Highlights

  • Chair of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) International Conference and Exposition, 2008.
  • Serves as a judge for CNBC’s Asian Business Leaders Award.
  • Works with numerous clients including Nissan, Infosys, COFCO and Sunrise Health.
  • Initiation of DDI’s workforce expansion capabilities, introduction of the leading team-based training program, and spearheading the formation and rapid growth of DDI’s global account program and launching an award-winning integrated knowledge management system.
  • Before he joined DDI, Rich served as senior research psychologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute and as an assistant professor at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
  • Rich joined DDI in 1981 as marketing manager. Since then he has served as vice president for DDI’s Southern Region, senior vice president of research and product development, and head of global accounts.

Education and Credentials

  • Doctorate in Social/Industrial Psychology from American University in Washington, D.C.
  • Member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • Member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Member and past board representative of the Instructional Systems Association
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