Expert Consultant

Michael Chirichello, Ed.D. has experienced a dynamic professional career that spans five decades. He is a well-respected national and international consultant whose focus is on leadership, coaching/mentoring, performance appraisal, team building, and organizational change.

He has served as a school principal, superintendent, and teacher for 30 years in urban and suburban school districts. Michael was also a visiting professor at Northern Kentucky University and a professor and department chair at William Paterson University in NJ. There he launched the Department of Educational Leadership and developed graduate programs for school leaders.

Michael’s work centers on the intersection of the arts and leadership. Throughout his career in higher education and in his consulting work, he has integrated the fine and performing arts with leadership including painting, music, cinema, and poetry. His focus is on using creative and strategic processes to develop a deep understanding about the person we are and the leader we can become.

Michael is an author and co-author of books and published articles that focus on leadership, coaching/mentoring, performance appraisal, team building, organizational change, and curriculum design.

Principals as Maverick Leaders

Rethinking Democratic Schools

After her school wins the coveted United States National Secondary Education Award, a school principal embarks upon an educational odyssey. The principal discovers that the reasons for winning the award are a sham! As her school falls apart, she begins to reflect on the stagnant school organization and the ineffective prescriptions for improvement.


The professional world is changing at a rapid rate, Rob and his Associates at GLI have provided our organization the tools to develop our current leaders and prepare our future leaders to assume their roles in this rapidly changing environment. Whether you have been in a leadership for years or are new to a leadership position, GLI will prepare you to be a dynamic leader in todays’ workplace. Rob’s approach is welcoming and engaging making the learning experience very enjoyable.


Imagine being one of 12 presenters competing to make a positive impact on an audience and you only 9-minutes to do so. Now imagine being rated the best presenter. You’d be thrilled as Rob should be when he fully engaged our audience of HR professionals and leaders. His topic on visionary leadership in a turbulent world was on point, his depth of knowledge formidable, his delivery powerful, his style interactive, and he is approachable one-on-one. Truly a leader who walks his talk.

Vera Asanin, President & Editor-in-Chief, Your Workplace

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