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Over 40 years of International Experience

Donald Riling is a highly-accomplished Leadership Development Specialist and Growth Strategy Leader

with more than 40 years of success in large-scale development projects including construction management, healthcare, executive coaching, for-profit and nonprofit industries.

Leveraging extensive experience building strong senior leaders and dynamic teams, he is a valuable asset for C-suite leaders in a wide variety of sectors, including hospital systems, commercial development and companies seeking expert assistance with merging of organizational systems.

Donald Riling

CEO & Founder

Riling Leadership Resources, Inc.

Key areas of expertise include large-scale strategy development, leadership development, executive coaching, emerging leaders, and creating a productive workplace culture. Don works closely with senior leaders on new leadership teams, developing personal careers, identifying development paths, or organizational restructuring. He has coached many senior leaders through career opportunities, including a surgeon expanding his career to become the Senior Chair of Surgery for five hospital systems in Washington, DC.

Don has served as International Project Director for service and relief projects in 22 nations and mobilized 14,000 workers in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.


In addition, Don has served as Advisor to the Associate Vice President of Marketing of a $3B Hospital System, and Advisor to the Vice-President of University of Rochester Medical Center regarding leadership development processes.  


Don pictured with members of the Democratic Party of the Republic of Congo

Donald Riling is also a co-founder of LeaderBuild™ and MedLead™ Leadership Training programs and is currently working closely with senior leaders in numerous industries to create best practice leadership training systems and programs.

*Due to the confidential nature of executive coaching and senior-level advisory services,

specific names are not attached to each of the engagements below.*


Current & Recent Roles

  • Advisor to the Executive Chair of Surgery, Georgetown University and Washington Medical Centers

  • Advisor to the Senior VP of Human Resources: Thomas Jefferson Academic Medical Center

  • *Advisor to the Vice President of $3B International Technology Company

  • Executive Coach to the Senior Vice President of Commonwealth Senior Living

  • Advisor to the Associate Vice President of Marketing, $3B Hospital System: strategic development

  • Executive Coach to the VP of National Food Brand, $2B portfolio

  • Advisor to the Vice-President of University of Rochester Medical Center, strategic leadership development

  • Advisor to the Chief Human Resources Officer: URMC Strategic Leadership Development

  • Advisor to the Vice-President of Applications, Rochester Regional Health Systems

  • Advisor to the President of Nation-Building Group: Le Democrate, National Political Party in the DRC

  • Investment Coordinator: African telecommunications project & nation-scale alternative energy projects

  • *Several other advisory roles to senior leaders of multinational companies are not listed, as they are highly-confidential in nature.

Sampling of Previous Roles:

  • International Project Director for service projects in 22 countries, mobilizing and oversight of 14,000 workers in Africa, Asia and South America

  • Executive coach to the Chief Financial Officer of Excellus Health

  • Executive coach to Vice President of NorthEastern Mutual Life Insurance

  • Advisor to the President of LafeTech, Energy Development Solutions in Nigeria

  • Advisor to board of National Campus Organization: Strategic development of international service projects

  • Advisor to the President of ISIPA, Computer Technical Colleges in Kinshasa, DRC, international academic collaboration

  • Advisor to Senior Presidential Counsel- Central African nation

  • Close collaboration with presidential advisors in five African nations

  • Advisor to the President of QuikCat, International Technology Solutions

  • Advisor to the CEO of Forward Branding, National Design Firm

  • Advisor to Chair of Cardiology at Geisinger Health- Strategic leadership development, National HealthCare Initiatives

  • Advisory role: Economic Development for hospitality industry,

  • large-scale waterfront development projects, software technology

  • Strategy Advisor: International Touring Performing Arts Company

  • Advisor to the National Director of JCUM, Peru, Latin America: Leadership & community building projects

  • Executive Coach to Vice President of Kodak Alaris

  • Numerous roles supporting and advising national leaders of post-war/developing nations in relief measures, economic, infrastructure, policy-formation, international partnerships

Community Boards Experience

  • President, Save Our Sodus- an organization promoting the health and well-being of Great Sodus Bay and the surrounding communities

  • SBJSA Board of Directors, Director of Staffing, Strategic Planning

  • PUSH Physical Theatre, Board of Advisors

  • Sodus Bay Yacht Club: Long-Range Planning & Nominating Committees

  •  Honorary Chair:  Advisory Committee for Nation Building: Democratic Republic of Congo

  • Advisory Committee:  HR Residency Program, Empire College

  • Recording Secretary for United Pastors in Mission, an 80-year old urban leadership group, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Leading Alasa Farm Animal Shelter through a strategic planning process

Speaking Engagements

  • URMC Surgery Division Retreat, all surgeons and staff

  • Empire College, Fall Leadership Retreat, guest speaker

  • URMC Pharmacy Department annual leadership and staff retreats, keynote speaker

  • Division of Surgery- Facilitator for Division Chiefs Retreat

  • Keynote speaker - University of Rochester Medical Center, System-Wide Leadership Retreat

  • URBEST Retreat for post-doctoral scientists, guest speaker, small group facilitator

  • Wilmot Cancer Center Faculty Retreat, Guest Speaker for Oncologists

  • Guest Speaker- Rochester Hispanic MBA Association


  • Dr. John McB Hodgson, Interventional Cardiologist, Cleveland, OH

  • Dr. Olu Lafe, Pro-Chancellor, McPherson University (retired)

  • Ms. Kim Marsh, Former Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kellogg’s Food, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

  • Ms. Ann Pettinella, Board Member, Golisano Children’s Hospital

  • Mr. Cliff Lange, Vice President, CFO,  Boston Mutual Life

  • Mr. Scott Ingalls, CEO, Livingston Associates

  • Mr. James Nobles, esq, Nobles Law Firm

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