About Rick Von Feldt

Rick Von Feldt is a Senior Partner at Kolaborative, a consulting company focusing on the Future Workplace. He is a though leader in 2020 HR, 2020 Leadership and 2020 Learning. In his role, he helps organizations in several ways:

1. Presentations to help leadership teams understand the impact of change of the 2020 Workplace. His speeches can focus on the overall expectation of company workplace in 2020, or specifically the skills and expectations of  leadership, human resources or a learning organization.

2. Rick is a coach to 20+ executives, with a strong emphasis in emerging markets. Rick spends two weeks of each quarter in Asia, helping future Chinese leaders prepare for future leadership.

3. Rick creates 2020 style workshops to experience the 2020 Workplace. This includes technology enabled workshops on social, technology, and preparing for 5 generations in the workplace.

Previously, he was the Vice President of Training and Development for the Technology Services Group at Hewlett-Packard. As the leader of training and development, he was responsible for the capability and business knowledge for 120,000 worldwide employees for HP’s Enterprise Sales organization, Services, Enterprise Hardware and Software organizations. With team members in over 35 countries, Rick and his team delivered over 600,000 courses annually. This included extensive leadership training, onboarding for 20,000 new employees annually and millions of technical training programs for engineers and consultants.

HP’s learning and development organization is often cited as best in class. ASTD has recognized HP as a top 15 training organization. The ROI Institute awarded HP the “best in class award” for a training and development organization on return on investment methodologies. “Chief Executive” has named HP in it’s top 10 for Leadership Capability.

Rick Von Feldt has spent 7 years of his career in Asia, first with Dell Computer, and then by joining HP as the leader of Training and Development for Asia-Pacific / Japan after the HP-Compaq merger.

Rick Von Feldt’s career includes five years at Dell Computer, where he held positions as the staffing director for Asia-Pacific, organization and leadership development, sales training and as an HR generalist. Rick also worked for The Gillette Company in Sales training and leadership development.

For five years, Rick Von Feldt worked for Up With People, a non-profit organization that builds bridges of communication and understanding by having students travel for a year around the world. During Rick’s five years of travel, he visited over 700 cities around the world.

In 2004, Rick Von Feldt was a survivor of the 2004 Asian tsunami. He created a website that features the survivor stories. The website at www.phukettsunami.blogspot.com continues to receive over a thousand hits each day to educate many about the strength of the survivors. Rick has been an avid writer and blogger for many years. Rick lives in the San Francisco bay area.

Rick Von Feldt is also a coach and advisor to the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Communications department. He is a coach for the Critical Analytical Thinking program and the Stanford Sloan Masters Program.

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