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Kim Richards, Ph.D.

People. Purpose. Possibilities. Thrive don't survive

Selected Professional Experience


Organization Effectiveness Leader

Ingersoll Rand

Chair, VisAbility Business Resource Group

  • Advocate for and establish newest BRG for people with diverse abilities.
  • Partner with Executive Sponsors and Leaders to assess current practices and culture related to attraction, engagement, development and retention of people with diverse abilities.
  • Develop external partnerships with Disability associations and community leaders; establish a collaborative network of business and D&I leaders & providers in local communities.

O.E. Leader, Talent & Organization Capability Center of Excellence

  • Reimagine, refresh and recontract O.E. strategy, solutions & practices and service & delivery model as key foundation for redesigned HR model.
  • Pioneer a path to develop dynamic Communities of Expertise around O.E. practice areas to activate and enable capability building in HR community and business leaders.
  • Lead and deepen sponsorship relationship with No Barriers USA; partner with Executive Director to help them develop corporate learning & team leadership program and revenue stream
  • Partner with and Coach executives in identifying strategic capabilities, assessing talent and planning for experiential development.
  • Draw emerging practices from multiple disciplines and translate insights to create tailored solutions that enhance Learning, Leadership Development and Cultural transformation.


Thrive consulting, LLC

Carved a unique niche in the Learning & Leadership development market focused on organization health.  

  • Consulting & coaching practice to teach leaders the art & science of developing thriving organizations. 
  • Partnered with and coached Executive Leadership and business owners to create and implement multi-stage, multi-year plans to transform culture and business models including at Trane (division of Ingersoll Rand)
  • Cultivated professional partnerships with Impact International, Next Level Performance and PSP Inc. to design and deliver solutions at : Mars, Turner Broadcasting, Mercedes-Benz (MBUSA), AbbVie, Cigna, etc

Vice President, Organization Development

LPL Financial

Create vision, roadmap and pioneer path for Talent Management framework to prepare for impending IPO and instill confidence from Wall Street.  Inspire thought leadership, and apply evidence-based practices to create the talent agenda, leadership and career development programs.  

  • Originated and lead team of Executives and HRBPs,  dubbed The Talent Council, to adopt enterprise-wide talent roadmap and agenda aligned to LPL's 5 year strategic growth plan

Vice President, Learning & Talent Development

RoundPoint Financial Group

Serve on Executive Management team to develop and implement people, process & technology infrastructure required to create and optimize capacity, drive revenue and profitability in start-up venture.  

  • Developed a holistic Learning & Talent Development framework to optimize capacity and enhance employee experience
  • Renegotiated key contracts resulting in $100,000 cost save in first 4 months while adding services and expanding function

Senior Vice President, eCommerce Client Manager

Bank of America

Partner with Executives to develop and align people and organization capability with business strategy.  Develop and deliver innovative solutions to enable business growth & increased market share while fostering entrepreneurial spirit.

Other roles at Bank of America:

SVP, Global Consumer Banking Center Channel, Center of Excellence Leader

  • Redesigned BOA COE service model resulting in 10% cost save and improved effectiveness and efficiency during financial challenges
  • Lead design, development and implementation of $500K Market Leadership Program; increased promotion rate, decreased fail rate and improved diversity

VP, Consumer & Small Business, Change & Leadership Development Manager

  • Accelerated performance of leaders and successful cultural integration between Legacy MBNA and Bank of America 
  • Created Talent Architecture to align and integrate career paths

AVP, CIO Group - Network Computing, Performance Improvement Consultant

  • Mitigated business risk due to impending loss of critical institutional knowledge and skill in leaders eligible for retirement
  • Convened international Associate Development & Learning Council to determine strategy and drive change in learning practices

Senior Organization Development Manager

Lowe's Companies

Organizational Effectiveness Consultant

The Home Depot


May 2004

Doctorate - Industrial / Organizational Psychology

University of South Florida

Specialties:  Business Management, Creating Organizational Readiness to Change, Team Development & Functioning, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

May 1995

Bachelor of Arts

Eckerd College

Specialties: Psychology & Management dual major; liberal arts