Douglas B. Richardson, J.D., M.A., C.M.C.
Douglas B. Richardson, J.D., M.A., C.M.C. is a Certified Master Coach with over 30 years of consulting and coaching experience in the areas of leadership development, organizational and interpersonal communications, professional development, organizational cultures and career management. Doug has counselled, coached and trained executives, attorneys, professionals and management teams from such major corporations as Brown-Forman, Campbell Soup, Phoenix Contact, Siemens, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Unisys. Doug also is known for his particular expertise with lawyers’ and professionals' career issues, having worked with hundreds of lawyers, accountants and doctors and counseled many major law firms and corporate legal departments in the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Australia.
Following his early legal career as a federal and state prosecutor, large firm litigator with Dechert Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia and Assistant Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Doug moved into human resources development, communications consulting and career counseling, initially as the Welfare Department's Press Secretary and Communications Director. Over following two decades, Doug served as Director of Key Executive Consulting for Right Management Consultants, then the world’s largest career services firm, and Senior Vice President and Principal for Manchester, Inc., another international career management consulting firm (subsequently acquired by Right).
Doug has been a frequent architect of leadership, presentation skills and career management programs for the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple Law School, Rutgers Law School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the Johnson School of Business at Cornell, and the Wharton School. He also developed innovative large-scale legal leadership development programs for high-potential talent at several large national law firms.
Doug is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communications, and the Honors Program of the University of Michigan. He has been certified as a Master Coach by the Behavioral Coaching Institute and is a member of the International Coaching Council. Experienced in leadership, executive and career assessment, Doug holds a Level II Certification from Birkman International in the use of The Birkman Method, and is certified on numerous other assessment instruments as well, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Life Styles Inventory, the Emotional Intelligence Inventory (EQi), Strong Interest Inventory, Richardson Values Inventory and OCI I and II.
Doug was an award-winning columnist for Dow Jones’ National Business Employment Weekly for 16 years and continued as a featured columnist for its online successors, Dow Jones' online Career Journal and CareerCast. Doug also is the author of Dow Jones’ NBEW Premier Guide to Networking (John Wiley & Sons, 1994) and Haiku Talks Business (Bala Creative Group, 1998), as well as co-author of Legal Project Management in an Hour for Lawyers (American Bar Association, 2014). His articles and commentaries have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc., The National Law Journal, The New York Times, Money, and the Edge International Review.