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. As President & CEO of Maher & Maher, Rick is responsible for setting the Firm’s strategic direction and supporting each of the Practice Areas to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations.
Over the past 25 years, Rick has overseen many of the Firm’s most notable change initiatives, including the Nation’s first deployment of high-speed internet services, the first online corporate university in the cable television industry, and the communications and training plan to deploy O*NET (the Occupational Information Network), which has become the common language for discussing competencies in the American workforce.
Maher has been at the forefront of workforce system transformation and policy guidance – working throughout the United States and internationally. He helped to design and deploy Workforce3 One, the Department of Labor’s first online Community of Practice, to build capacity of both workforce and educational professionals. Maher helped formulate the technical assistance plans for WIRED (Workforce Investment in Regional Economic Development) and led the effort to build collaboration between the workforce, economic development, and education sectors – speaking about the need to see talent development as the “supply chain” for economic prosperity. He has worked with numerous regional consortia to build collaboration between workforce and educational system leaders, including Newton, Iowa’s Innovation Corridor, which was recently visited by President Obama and recognized for its pioneering approach to educational and economic renewal.
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. Recently, Rick presented his approach at the American Association of Community College’s national conference (“A New Strategic Planning Vision for a Community College and Community,” Tampa, Florida) and at The Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Conference in Seattle, Washington (“Charting a High-Growth Strategic Future”).
Rick Maher has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences, most recently presenting his ideas about talent development as the new “global currency” to a gathering of leaders from 3 continents and 12 countries at St. George’s College at Windsor Castle, England in October 2012.