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Excellence in Leadership & Teambuilding

Alan Cabelly, Ph. D., SHRM-SCP, SPHR, the Founder and Executive Director of the Portland Leadership Institute, has been teaching individuals to lead all his life. He has been a Human Resource Management faculty member at Portland State University since 1980, and served for many years as Area Director for the Management/HRM Area. While retired from the university as of June 2018, he continues to teach all aspects of HRM at the executive level, nationally and internationally.

Prof. Cabelly's doctoral degree is from the University of Washington. His diverse travel experiences (including teaching and service in Viet Nam, China, Serbia, Russia, France, Germany, Abu Dhabi, as well as other travel to Egypt, Peru, the Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, Bali) allow him to bring unique approaches to his work. Prof. Cabelly’s prime focus is on Leadership Excellence, using the DiSC system and other contemporary techniques for Executive and Leadership Coaching.

He speaks extensively on Generations in the Workplace, Leadership and Teambuilding, Work for the 21st Century, The Four Directions of Leadership, Contemporary Approaches to Negotiations, and Using Whole Brain Thinking for Increased Effectiveness.

Alan's personal mission is to help individuals increase their leadership skills while finding passion in their work life environment, leading to greater personal satisfaction and increased organization productivity.

Prior to his retirement, Prof. Cabelly received the first annual SHRM Advisor Impact Award in 2018. Additionally, students, alums, and professional associations secretly raised sufficient funds to name a room in the new School of Business after him. He has been named SHRM Advisor of the Year, twice Distinguished Member of NHRMA, and earned the Human Resources Award of Excellence from the Portland Chapter of NHRMA/SHRM. The student chapter of SHRM that he advises has earned the Superior Merit Award from SHRM every year since 1983. He was President of NHRMA in 2000, and has served as Director of the Oregon State Council of SHRM. He has run 64 marathons and ultramarathons, and once covered 101 miles in 24 hours while earning $1600 for medical research.

See the blog for information about his international experiences during his 2012-2013 sabbatical.

Contact Alan at

Cell: 503-250-3758

Home: 503-248-6809

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