Don Gilman, PhD

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Project Management Instructor


Gilman Consulting Group, Inc.

Dr. Don Gilman is an author, a seasoned consultant and coach to senior management, and a highly sought after speaker and trainer, regularly speaking at private company events as well as at large global conferences.

Focused on helping organizations thrive in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) environment, Dr. Don has taught for various institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and other networks, and has been quoted in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, The New York Times, and many other national and regional newspapers and periodicals. He is also a published author in respected international journals and his latest book, “Outsmarting V.U.C.A.” is being used by executives around the world.

Dr. Don’s career spans over eight years in the aerospace industry as a rocket scientist for the Titan IV missile, including acting as Mission Manager for many classified missions. He also spent over eight years in the automotive industry, leading the North American and European Business Unit for a privately held company that was eventually acquired by Robert Bosch GmbH. Since 2006, Dr. Don has worked with over 150 organizations, a subset of which are listed above, and has also had the privilege of taking on executive roles, including Interim CEO, with several startups in the medical field, including companies introducing new and innovative products for EMTs, new cloud-based software products for pharmacists, implantable nanotechnology devices for glaucoma patients, new orthopedic devices, and many others. Dr. Don’s broad base of experience ensure relevant examples and stories for virtually any audience.

Dr. Don holds a B.A. (with honors) in Engineering Physics from Westmont College, a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Engineering Management from West Coast University in Los Angeles, and a Doctorate in Organization Change from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California. He is also an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and has earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

Dr. Don lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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