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Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D. Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D.

President & CEO. Performance optimization training, coaching and consulting | The World Academy of Personal Development Inc.


Performance Optimization Training; Best-Selling Author, Optimal Thinking



Provides training to optimize - not just improve or manage - individual thinking, productivity, organizational culture and performance. International best-selling author of Optimal Thinking (Wiley 7 printings, and in 16 languages), hailed by academia and the media as "the successor to positive thinking" and "the essential ingredient for best practices, personal, interpersonal, and organizational optimization."

Clients include Young Presidents' Organization, Warner Bros., BP, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Army, Internal Revenue Service, UCLA, California State University, (School of Business Admin), National Australia Bank, Smithsonian Associates, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Australian Institute of Management, Mensa, Delta Air Lines and Air New Zealand.

Founder of and President of The World Academy of Personal Development Inc., a Los Angeles, California optimization training and consulting firm (established in 1985). Creator of Optimal Thinking 360 Online Assessment and numerous optimization resources.

Expert witness in leadership development and cognitive analysis, and founder of The Optimal Thinking Leader Networking Group on LinkedIn. Served as the Director of Professional Development for the American Society for Training & Development in Los Angeles.

Recipient of the "Woman of the Year" award for National Business Women's Week in Hollywood, and nominated for special recognition by Queen Elizabeth II for Australia's highest award, The Order of Australia.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, and lives in Los Angeles. After studying Pharmacy, began career as a high school science teacher. Taught high school certificate Physics and Chemistry and became Chair of the Science Department. Worked as international secondary information consultant, led multinational language consulting teams, prior to becoming a performance optimization consultant.

Earned a Teaching diploma, a degree in Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Industry Expertise (3)

Professional Training and Coaching

Health and Wellness

Management Consulting

Areas of Expertise (3)

Organizational Development

Organizational Change

Employee Motivation Optimization

Accomplishments (5)

Board of Directors (professional)


American Society of Training and Development, Los Angeles

Director (professional)


Professional Development, American Society of Training and Development, Los Angeles

IRWIN Award (professional)


Best non-fiction book, Book Publicists of Southern California

Best non-fiction book, Book Publicists of Southern California (personal)


, National Business Week, Hollywood

The Order of Australia. (personal)


Nominated for special recognition by Queen Elizabeth II for Australia’s highest Award

Education (3)

Pacific University: PhD, Psychology 1992

Minor Fields: Human Development, Leadership, Industrial Psychology

Pacific University: BSc, Business Administration 1990

Minor Fields: Organizational Development, Leadership, Communications, Marketing, Organizational Administration

Mercer House Teachers College: Diploma of Teaching, Education and Curriculum Development, Human Development, Psychology 1972

Affiliations (5)

  • American Society of Training and Development
  • USA Institute of Management Consultants
  • Los Angeles Optimal Thinking Leader Networking Group at (Founder) Institute of Management Consultants
  • USA Director of Professional Development and Board member American Society of Training and Development
  • UCLA Custom Programs Instructor

Testimonials (7)

Charmaine Wilkerson, Program Chair | National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles

"Thank You for your spectacular presentation for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA). Your delivery of "Optimal Thinking" was not only succinct, but you were extremely entertaining and interesting to listen to. Optimal Thinking is exactly what business owners need - empowerment to be our best to succeed."

Alison Buzza, Events Coordinator | Australian Institute of Management – Qld & NT, Australia

"Your insights and anecdotes offered real inspiration for all our managers, and feedback following the event has been extremely positive... You are a tremendous speaker and we feel privileged that you took the time to present here and look forward to working with you again in the future."

Martha Smith, Acting Director | U.S. Treasury Complaints Mega Center

"There is no limit on what you can achieve if you optimize and utilize optimal thinking in your day-to-day activities."

Pat Talaska-Benson, Director of Educational Services | SEMA

"I want to thank you on behalf of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), its members and myself for your excellent presentation at this year's 2007 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Thank you for all your hard work. I look forward to working with you again in the future."

Kenneth Blanchard Ph.D, Author | The One Minute Manager

"Optimal Thinking has a little bit for everyone and will help people be the best self they can be."

Myrna Molina, Great American Custom | New Horizons

Really liked the event, learned a lot of Optimal Thinking. Dr. Rosalene was a great speaker. Thank you!

Eddie Fisher, Program Rep | UCLA Extension: Creating a "Best Place to Work" company

9 out of 9 (meaning best, always, or excellent) for overall level of satisfaction with the course and with the instructor. 8.0 to 8.9 out of 9 for expectations of course description, academic expectation fulfillment, networking opportunities, and contribution for personal and professional growth.

Event Appearances (1)

Create A "Best Place to Work" Organization

Create a Best Place to Work  UCLA


Sample Talks (1)

Create A "Best Place to Work" Organization

This optimization seminar focuses on creating a "Best Place to Work” environment where loyal employees don't rely on a pat on the back from management or a bonus at the end of the year to do their best. They have mastered consistent systemic optimization: ask the best questions to invite the best solutions, make the most of the hands they are dealt, and implement the highest priorities. External incentives, recognition, and rewards are secondary, because they are optimally self-motivated.



  • Keynote
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


3500 to 10000