Rik began working with mentoring programs in 1999 when one of his clients, Anheuser-Busch, asked him to develop a program for their IT organization. From that first program, he developed programs at Boeing, Pfizer, and Nestlé Purina, honing the ideas that became the basis of his book on mentoring. After co-founding The Leadership Effect with Bob Grace, another psychologist, he began helping more clients with their programs, including Monsanto, Reinsurance Group of America, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Hussmann. He has also worked with many accounting and law firms as they have improved their mentoring processes.
In addition to mentoring, Rik helps clients develop their leaders through executive coaching, leadership assessment, leadership training programs, and strategic planning. He earned his doctorate in organizational psychology from Saint Louis University, where he taught in the MBA program for 10 years. He is currently adjunct faculty at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is a Saint Louis native where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters.
Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2000
M.S., Saint Louis University, 1996
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Mentoring programs
Leadership assessment
Executive coaching
Leadership training
Strategic planning
Personal Interests