David Weckler, Ph.D.

Dr. David Weckler began his consulting career during graduate school, when he co-founded the multi-disciplinary consulting group Nexus and helped Stanford University design and implement its first distributed computing network. During that period, he also consulted for Xerox Corporation’s fabled Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), helping them determine how better to commercialize their own inventions. Not long after that, David was part of a project to understand the role of leadership and internal organization on innovation in technology companies, participating in research at Hewlett Packard, Fairchild Semi-Conductor, and Westinghouse.

It was during this time that Dr. Weckler first was introduced to assessment center (day-in-the-life simulation) methods, working on the seminal Managerial Progress Study with Dr. Douglas Bray, the original adapter of the assessment center methodology to business, and Dr. Ann Howard at AT&T. David worked for Development Dimension International (DDI), the firm Dr. Bray co-founded, during several different periods, including in their change management and executive assessment practices. In his multi-faceted career, David has continued to refine the role of leadership, organization design, and employee engagement in responding effectively to market and technological opportunities.

As associate professor at San Jose State University, he restarted the undergraduate program in management psychology and founded the graduate program in organization development. He worked in the energy industry during the period of restructuring of public utilities. He is the author or co-author of articles on leadership and empowerment in organizations, and a book on organization design.

David holds degrees from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Graduate School of Business. Throughout his career, David has also acted on his interest in community development, for example, working to produce constructive dialogue and problem solving in conflicts between local commercial food production operations and proponents of wilderness protection. Dr. Weckler has consulted for organizations such as Stanford University Center for Information Technology, Hewlett Packard, National Semi-Conductor, Westinghouse, AT&T, Xerox, Intel, Allstate, PG&E, Federal Judicial Council, West Marin Community Conversations, NUMMI, General Motors, Toyota, Heald Business College, Environmental Forum of Marin, Presidio Hill School, Stanford University Medical Center.