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Richard Kilburg, PhD

Dick Kilburg received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. He attended a postgraduate program in mental health administration at the Community Psychiatry Laboratory at Harvard University in 1976-1977 and obtained a masters degree in professional writing from Towson University in 1992. He has held positions in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh as an Assistant Professor, as the Director of the Champlain Valley Mental Health Council, a community mental health center in Burlington Vermont, the American Psychological Association’s offices of Professional Affairs and Public Affairs, the Human Resources Department of the Johns Hopkins University where he directed the human resources development programs, and been in private practice as a clinician and consultant. He was an Associate Professor and Director of the Masters in Business Administration/Organization Development Program in the Carey Business School at the Johns Hopkins University located in Baltimore, Maryland from 2007-2010. He is the CEO of RRK Coaching and Executive Development, a consulting firm based in Baltimore.

Dick has published widely in the fields of management, professional impairment, and executive coaching. His five previous books, with the American Psychological Association, were Professionals in Distress: Issues, Syndromes, and Solutions in Psychology, How to Manage Your Career in Psychology, Executive Coaching: Developing Managerial Wisdom in a World of Chaos, Executive Wisdom: Coaching and the Emergence of Virtuous Leaders, and The Wisdom of Coaching, co-edited with Dr. Richard Dietrich. His latest book, also published by the American Psychological Association in 2012, is titled, Virtuous Leaders: Strategy, Character, and Influence in the 21st Century. He was the founding President of the Society of Psychologists in Management, and he is a Fellow of Division 13, the Consulting Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He is the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Management Award given by the Society of Psychologists in Management, the 2005 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Consulting Organizational Psychology given by the American Psychological Foundation, the Elliott Jacques Memorial Publication Award for most outstanding article in the Consulting Psychology Journal in 2001, 2008, and 2011, the 2012 Vision of Excellence Award from the Institute of Coaching, and the 2013 RHR International Award for Excellence in Consultation presented by the Society of Consulting Psychology. He has one son, Benjamin, and currently lives in Towson, Maryland with his wife, Joy Moore.


Coaching at the Top


The number of books and papers on executive coaching has exploded in the past 25 years. The variables and issues identified and explored now reach into the hundreds. However, coaching models and methods that are widely disseminated and descriptive of working with senior executive teams, including CEO’s, may seem coherent and consistent; however, many models remain scattered and almost elusive in nature. In this session a number of practical issues will be discussed that are central to creating successful coaching engagements with senior leaders.  The coaching development topics include:  aspects of the personal and professional presence of the coach, central themes in contracting and confidentiality management, and elements of coaching relationships.  Additional session topics to be discussed and compared include regulating emotions and negotiating several ethical challenges.

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