Organization Development and Leadership

Dick Massimilian, MBA

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Organization Development and Leadership


Dick Massimilian is an Instructor at Saint Joseph’s University. He is co-founder of Meritas Partners, a consulting firm that provides advice and counsel to business leaders and their teams. Dick works with business leaders in North and South America, Europe and Asia and has served as a trusted advisor to senior executives for more than twenty-five years.

Prior to founding Meritas, Dick was a partner at Mercer Delta, where he oversaw large-scale change initiatives in the telecommunications, banking and retail industries in the US and Europe. His consulting experience includes integrating European acquisitions for a multi-billion dollar US based fiber and cable manufacturer, coaching the division head of a telecommunications manufacturer through a two-year culture change initiative and directing project teams in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He has in-depth experience in the oil and gas, pharmaceutical and financial services industries.

Dick holds an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Yale. He is a former Wharton Public Policy Fellow, President of the Yale Club of Dallas, and serves as a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee.

Dick has delivered educational and training programs across the globe to more than 10,000 people. His articles have been published in the Journal of Business Strategy (US and UK), the Sloan Management Review and numerous other business periodicals. His blog, Conspiracy of Optimists, is devoted to leaders who prefer the life experience of the optimist.

Dick co-founded a fitness facility in Bronxville, New York and is co-owner of Highland Park Housekeeping, a Dallas-based residential cleaning company. In addition to his experience working with major multinational corporations, Dick brings the perspective of a small business owner to his consulting and coaching practice.