Richard D. ("Rick") Maher

Richard D. ("Rick") Maher is a veteran of the human resources industry, and a recognized leader in the fields of managing organizational change and the strategic management of human capital.

Over a career spanning nearly 30 years, he has helped to guide many notable change initiatives for clients in both the public and private sectors.

Maher has been at the forefront of workforce training and education system transformation and policy guidance – working throughout the United States and internationally. He helped to design and deploy the United States Department of Labor’s first online Community of Practice, to build capacity of both workforce and educational professionals. He also helped formulate the Department's change management plans to introduce their national policy initiative called WIRED (Workforce Investment in Regional Economic Development) and led the effort to build collaboration between the workforce, economic development, and education sectors for its implementation throughout the U.S. He has long advocated for the need to see talent development as a public/private collaboration for “supply chain management" to drive sustainable economic prosperity.

Rick has led strategic planning activities in community college systems across the U.S., promoting cross-collaboration between secondary and post-secondary institutions to align strategic objectives to curriculum. He presented his approach at the American Association of Community College’s national conference (“A New Strategic Planning Vision for a Community College and Community”) and at The Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Conference in Seattle, Washington (“Charting a High-Growth Strategic Future”).

In the private sector, Maher has consulted on talent development issues with some of the world's largest and most successful enterprises, including Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, Schering-Plough, AOL, TD Ameritrade, Cox Communications and more. Major change initiatives include: the Nation’s first deployment of high-speed cable modem services in the United States, the re-organization of international call centers for AOL and the deployment of Lean Management practices for both government agencies and in the services industry.

He has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad. His October 2012 presentation to a gathering of leaders from three (3) continents and twelve (12) countries at St. George’s College at Windsor Castle, England featured his ideas about "talent as the new global currency" and the importance of education in building agile individuals, organizations and communities.

Following the sale of his management consulting practice, Maher & Maher, in 2017, Rick set out to apply his uncommon experience as a change practitioner to leading Adaptive Human Capital’s important work to better understand the critical elements of agile human systems and help to develop skills in individuals, organizations and communities to help them thrive through uncertain times.

Mr. Maher is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and PSI CHI (the International Honor Society in Psychology). He has a BA from Seton Hall University and an MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Walden University.