Chuck Appleby, Ph.D.

Chuck Appleby, Ph.D.

Chuck Appleby is a leadership and organization development consultant with over 30 years of management, consulting, and coaching experience in government, industry, and non-profits.

He is the founder of the Great Enterprises Consortium, an alliance of independent consultants who are dedicated to creating great workplaces. He is a co-founder of Action Learning Source (ALS) and the World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL).

He has served as an examiner for the President's Quality Award and the Virginia quality award known as the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award.

He is an Adjunct Faculty member in Human and Organization Learning Program at The George Washington University and in the Organizational Development Certificate Program at Georgetown University.


  • Johns Hopkins University, PhD, International Relations (Awarded with Distinction) (Strategy Concentration)
  • Johns Hopkins University, MA, International Relations (International Economics Concentration)
  • Dartmouth College, BA, Economics and History (Magna cum laude)


  • Qualified Chief Engineer, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Systems
  • Master Action Learning Coach (WIAL)
  • Inventory of Work Attitudes and Motivation (IWAM)
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 360
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Hogan Assessments

Board Membership

  • Co-founder of Action Learning Source (ALS).
  • Co-founder and Member of the Board of the World Institute of Action Learning (WIAL).
  • Former Chairman of the Board of the Student Support Center, A non-profit devoted to creating safe and healthy learning environments in DC public charter schools.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Work Attitudes and Motivation (IWAM).
  • Member of the Board of Advisors, Monfort Institute, Monfort College of Business, University of North Colorado.

Career Highlights

2000 - Present

President, Appleby & Associates, LLC, Vienna, VA

Chuck provides clients with assistance in strategy development, organizational assessment, work system design, leadership development, coaching, and change management. He has a wide list of government clients including the Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the General Accounting Office, and the National Reconnaissance Office. His commercial clients include companies in the aerospace, pharmaceuticals, media, and information technology sectors.

1993 - 2000

Business Group Lead, Scitor Corporation, Herndon, VA

As Scitor's Business Group Lead for Management Solutions, Chuck provided strategy, leadership development, and business process improvement consulting to a wide range of government clients. In addition, he was an internal consultant to the leadership team at Scitor. He designed and facilitated company-wide initiatives in customer loyalty, leadership development, and strategic planning. His contributions played a significant role in Scitor Corporation's nomination and award by Fortune Magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." During his tenure at Scitor, he was a consultant to the Great Place to Work Institute, the organization that provides the organizational assessments for Fortune's"100 Best Companies to Work For" award.

1991 - 1993

President, Industrial Efficiency, Inc., Arlington, VA

He was the founder of Industrial Efficiency, Inc., an engineering consulting firm that provides engineering management services in Eastern Europe.

1982 - 1991

Assistant Vice President, Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation, Arlington, VA

Chuck headed a research and development division at Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation—a spin-off of the RAND Corporation, where he helped government and commercial clients develop strategies for introducing new technology into the marketplace. While at PSR, he became one of the nation’s leading experts on the use of remote sensing systems in support of military and diplomatic operations.

1979 - 1981

Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC

Chuck was a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He concentrated in International Economics and Security Studies. During this period he served as an intern at the World Bank and the Department of State.

1973 - 1979

Naval Officer, US Navy

Chuck served as a Division Officer and Department Head on two nuclear submarines. He had leadership experience in engineering, communications, weapons, and operations. During his naval service he received a number of commendations and medals for superior performance.

Publications and Keynotes

Chuck Appleby and Ewa Francis
“Leveraging Empathy to Increase the Efficacy and Impact of Peer Coaching,”
Paper presented at the APECS Symposium 2015-The Future for Executive Coaching.

Charles A. Appleby, Carl L. Harshman, Milan D. Larson, and John R. Latham,
“CEO Attitudes and Motivations: Are They Different for High-Performing Organizations?”,
Quality Management Journal, Volume 19, Issue 4.

Organization Development Network Conference Webcast. The Transformational Power of Action Learning (October 2007).

Organization Development Network Conference Presentation. Team Coaching: A Systems Approach (October 2007).

Community Anti-Drug Coalition of American (CADCA)
National Leadership Forum XVII: Presentation: Solving Tough Problems with Action Learning (February 2007)

Department of the Navy, Chief Information Officer's Annual Conference. Leading Change (October 2006)

Volunteers of America Annual Conference, Mentoring for Success (June 2005)

Chesapeake Organization Development Network Annual Conference Presentation.
Action Learning: A Case Study in Measuring a Leadership Development Intervention (March 2003)

Department of Energy Human Capital Summit, Keynote Address: Building A Great Workplace (July 2001)


Chuck is a member of the following organizations:

  • Organization Development Network (ODN)
  • The Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN)
  • The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)
  • The International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
  • World Institute of Action Learning (WIAL)


He is married to Sherilyn Appleby. Sheri and Chuck live in Vienna, Virginia, and have three sons, Ethan, Sean, and Logan.