Faculty Biography

Rick Bommelje, Ed.D.

Dr. Rick Bommelje has over 30 years of professional experience in leadership, supervision, management, and adult education.  Rick is the Chair of the Department of Communication at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  Dr. Bommelje also currently serves as the President of the International Listening Association. With a Masters 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.  

Rick Bommelje has been serving professionals in organizations in the areas of leadership and communication development since l977.  Over the years, his courses, seminars, and workshops have benefited thousands of leaders from an impressive list of organizations worldwide including: Sara Lee Foods, Dow Jones & Company, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, Whirlpool Corporation, Siemens Shared Services, 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 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.   In 2006, he received the International Listening Association’s “Outstanding Teacher of Listening” Award.  Dr. Bommelje and Dr. Lyman Steil have authored the pioneering book, Listening Leaders: The Ten Golden Rules to Listen, Lead, and Succeed. 


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