Dr. Dale Scott Deardorff:
Dale S. Deardorff, DM, is a dynamic, energized leader known for his ability to change the way organizations think and act. A self-proclaimed leadership futurist and acknowledged authority on process and systemic innovation methods; he is a mentor and a catalyst of renewal to many forward thinking profit and non-profit organizations. Dale has a passion for imparting the values of goals of sustainability while balancing the social contradictions of ethics and personal choice.
Dale has over 30 years of previous professional experience as a project/program manager, a training consultant, a research and development director, an innovation and a change agent. As a project/program manager at several Boeing divisions, Dale worked with high-technology teams on power, propulsion, defense, and communication systems. He also served as a manufacturing designer at Lockheed Aircraft’s Skunk Works facility.
Dr. Deardorff continues as an instructor for the Business and Management bachelor's program at DeVry and Keller Management schools. For over 15 years, he has facilitated classes on Project Management. He also is an adjunct instructor for the CSUN TSENG College teaching engineering project management for the online Masters of Science in Engineering Management program.
During the last 10 years, Dale has run a small holistic consulting company, Rocky Peak Leadership Center, that focuses on training and teaching "Thinking" tools for Innovation and Organizational performance. He is a prolific extroverted speaker, prominent facilitator, and pioneer in the development & integration between individual thinking preferences and team based performance outcomes. His passion is to promote and oversee strategic relationships with external entities including business, government and partner organizations. He develops and implements regional strategic and operation plans for the leadership team addressing: the mission, development issues, access, quality improvement, financial performance, market assessment/analysis, human resources and information management. He is currently working to bring industry thought leaders together with experts to seed innovation thinking and enable collaboration in design, technology, products, services and business models.
As the Executive Leadership & Innovation Consultant for the Rocky Peak Leadership Center, Dr. Deardorff is establishing an integrated Innovation International research program using new entrepreneurial mindsets. He is working on a Leadership Almanac and support to the Stand Up For Leadership program. Additionally, he is focused on creating "Thinking" development programs for young adults.
Dale has master's degrees in 2-dimensional design and engineering and a doctoral degree in organizational leadership. He completed 2 years in an Executive Jurist Doctorate program specializing in Intellectual Property, Trademark and Patent law. Dale is currently writing a manuscript on Think-tion® describing the process of integrating specific thinking steps into prescribed action statements.