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Rick Morales

Rick Morales

Rick has been working in the organizational development industry since 1988. He's the founder and President of Morales Associates which he began in 1995. You can read more about his work here.

DR. RICK MORALES is an organizational consultant, founder and CEO of Trexlyn, Inc. dba Morales Associates. For nearly 30 years Rick has specialized in helping organizations develop leaders and teams, leverage strengths, clarify objectives and implement development strategies. His interest in leadership and organizations was initially sparked by sociological investigations into public policy issues. Representative Talent Development Projects

  • Facilitator and executive coach for senior executives of PepsiCo Europe (U.K., Netherlands, Italy) as part of a six-month process for developing local and regional talent for the global arena
  • Developing global talent for senior managers of Nike, Inc., via leadership simulations, delivered in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America
  • Organizational development and executive coaching for CEO and senior team of a global agribusiness – TCACC, Costa Rica
  • Guided senior executive team of IKEA North America toward a process for implementing multicultural dynamics, diversity and inclusion – USA
  • Executive coach, six-month process: 20 senior scientists and program directors of Engineering Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, USA
  • Member of facilitator team for the Leadership & Management Development Program for Global Talent at the Walt Disney Company – North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America Executive coach for Disney’s Insights program
  • Executive coaching for museum directors at the Getty Leadership Institute – Malibu, CA
  • Global leader development: Executive coaching – Johnson & Johnson-Corporate, New Jersey

Rick has consulted to numerous clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including: AssetMark, Avery Dennison, Cable One, Inc., Central America Coffee Company, Cisco Systems, City of San Diego, Cox Communications, Eastman Kodak, Girl Scouts USA, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, New York Life, Nike, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Raytheon, SAIC, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, The Walt Disney Company, U.S. Senate Federal Credit Union, among others. Consulting expertise includes:

  • Custom Leadership Initiatives
  • Organizational Assessments
  • Executive Coaching
  • Action Learning/Group Coaching
  • Team Alignment/Development
  • Diversity/Inclusion Initiatives
  • Strategic Planning/Change Management
  • Cross-Cultural Dynamics

In his various work with multi-cultural leaders, Rick has co-developed a highly regarded program for Latino professionals linking multi-world dynamics with issues of power, change and identity in enterprise settings, as well as developing executive coaching protocols. He has been a visiting professor in leadership simulations at the Pratt Institute in New York, adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego Global Business Strategy Program, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Trans-Border Institute at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.

Rick has presented to numerous audiences on the topics of leadership development, organizational dynamics and strategic diversity. He has been a juried speaker at national conferences of the Human Resource Planning Society, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Organizational Development Network, the American Sociological Association and the National Council for La Raza. Rick has also served as a certified examiner for the California Quality Awards Program, using Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award criteria for excellence.

Rick holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He also completed post-doctoral research on international labor markets and trans-border development at the Center for U.S. Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego. Rick has served as adjunct faculty at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. He was previously on faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership for seven years where he facilitated core offerings in leader development, and served as executive coach to hundreds of clients.