About the Author
Joel R. DeLuca, Ph.D.
Joel spent over 25 years as a manager, executive, and board
member in several large organizations.
his business career, he was asked to join the faculty at the University
of Pennsylvania to co-design the Wharton Business School’s
first experiential leadership program required of all MBAs.
His book, Political Savvy, has been acclaimed both as a significant
leadership tool as well as one of the top 10 Career books of the
He served his country as a Captain in the USAF during the Viet
He has 7 university degrees including a Masters in Physics, an
MBA, and a Ph.D. from Yale in Organizational Behavior.
For over 30 years, Dr. DeLuca has worked globally in the areas
of strategic planning processes, organization restructuring, and
executive leadership. For eight years, he headed the organizational
planning and executive development functions of a fortune top 20
industrial corporation. He then spent four years building and managing
the first strategic human resource planning function in one of the
worlds largest professional service firms.
As a seasoned business manager, Joel was next invited to join the
academic faculty at Wharton, then the nations top ranked business
school. He co-designed and also taught for four years in the schools
first action learning program for leadership. It was the only course
required of all Wharton MBAs. He then worked with a global
automotive company in co-designing two leadership programs that
were later awarded world class benchmark status by an external independent
For 10 years, Joel was selected by the Academy of Management to
review the latest research related to strategic organizational change
and entrepreneurship. For 8 years, he served on the advisory board
of the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern
California. Dr. DeLuca was named as one of the top Organizational
Development consultants in North America and was identified as among
40 of the worlds premier leadership experts asked to contribute
their latest work to the book The Many Facets of Leadership (Prentice
Hall, 2003). His contribution focused on smart moves
seen as the practical heart of intelligent risk-taking in ambiguous
fast changing environments.
Two of his articles have been selected for industry encyclopedias
and another was chosen for a book of best practices in global 21st
century business environments. His book, Political Savvy, was named
by a leading business publication as a key leadership tool for ethically
dealing with organization politics. It was also selected as among
the decades top career books by one of the nations largest
newspapers. The book and its seminar have been used in major corporations
around the world and in many of the best ranked MBA programs as
well as the FBI Leadership Academy.
He was honored to receive a congressional National Leadership Award
for his work in the business arena and was then selected to serve
on the Presidential Business Commission. Joel was also chosen to
represent the United States as part of a delegation that toured
the Peoples Republic of China to exchange leadership practices between
the two nations.
Joel served his country as a captain in the United States Air Force.
A masters degree in physics, an MBA and a PhD in Organizational
behavior from Yale are among his 7 university degrees.
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“On behalf of the Network of Women in Computer
Technology, I would like to thank you and Vicki Weiss for a most
thorough and informative presentation on the dynamics of power and
politics. The way everyone was able to participate was an enjoyable
and added bonus. The workshop helped us to understand much better
what skills we need to become politically savvy. You were both outstanding
and the members of NWCT truly benefited from your presentation.”
Evelyn Fair – Program Committee
Network of Women in Computer Technology