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September 22, 2021
Strategic Management
September 15, 2021
Career Transition
Dr. David Miles, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CMF


Dr. David Miles is the Chairman of The Miles LeHane Companies, as well as the author of The Four Pillars of Employable Talent and Building Block Essentials. He acquired the business with his wife and business partner, Melanie, in 1992, following a twenty-five year career with Marriott Corporation (Saga). During the ensuing years he has grown this Strategic Management and Talent Management Consulting Firm into five primary areas of practice: Strategic Management Planning, Coaching, Career Transition, Executive Search and Human Resources Products and Services. Becoming a published author in 2011, with the fourth edition in 2017, Dr. Miles’ The Four Pillars of Employable Talent offers readers thought-provoking analyses of the changes that have transformed the workplace as well as a compelling argument for why an individual must possess four key attributes to be employable in today’s challenging job market: resilience, balance, strategic career planning, and active financial planning. He also examines how each of the five generations interact within today’s workforce—Seniors, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and IGens (Gen Z) — and how they perceive and embrace each of the Four Pillars. Dr. Miles became a published author once more in 2012, adding the fourth edition in 2017, with the publication of Building Block Essentials, a tactical guide for job searching.

Education and Professional Development

With his commitment to ongoing life-long learning, Dr. Miles has completed numerous developmental programs along with his formal academic accomplishments. He has earned a number of degrees throughout his career: Ed.D. Human Resource Development, Organizational Learning and Adult Life Long Learning, the George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2002; while doing his doctoral studies he embedded additional courses in Psychology to balance out his education; MBA., Corporate Strategy and Finance plus Mergers and Acquisitions, University of Phoenix, 1987; and B.S., Hospitality Management, Service Industry and Nutrition Food Service, The Pennsylvania State University, 1967. In addition to these degrees he has completed numerous certifications and development programs in a variety of areas to include Leadership, Organizational Development, Business Programs, Sales and Marketing, Training Certifications, Planning and Zoning Administration and Food Safety including developing the nationally-adopted ServSafe certification program implemented by the National Restaurant Association. Most recently Dr. Miles completed Executive Leadership Delegation, Cuba, Nanda/People to People in 2015 as well as Harvard Executive Strategic Leadership Program in Mumbai, India in 2016. In 2017 he participated with other Senior Executives Delegation to Tokyo, Japan and in 2018 to Hungary and Budapest. In February of 2019 he completed journey to Antarctica.

It has always been a goal of Dr. Miles to take a college semester and teach/present in person to the next generation of leaders. This is now a dream come true! With roots in hospitality , Dr. Miles has the opportunity of teaching Leadership and Ethics to Juniors and Seniors. For the 2021 Fall semester he will be residing (temporarily) in Flagstaff, Arizona at NAU (Northern Arizona University) in the Business School, College of Hospitality Management, as A Professor-in-Residence, teaching students as well as supporting the Career Center.

Board and Volunteer Activities

He has served on many Alumni Boards of the Pennsylvania State University: President of the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society for two terms; Advisory Committee member of the Penn State Center for Professional Development; Advisory Committee for Women’s Leadership Development in the College of Health and Human Development; served as an advisor to the Dean for School Chair selection for the Hospitality curriculum; and as President of the Pi Sigma Elder Chapter of Zeta Psi Fraternity. In addition to these activities he has served as a member of the San Jose State University Advisory Board and at George Washington University Advisor to the School of Education and the Executive Leadership program development. Dr. Miles has been listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the West; Who’s Who in Finance and Who’s Who in Global Business Leaders. Dr. Miles also served as a guest consultant to the University of Cuenca in Ecuador (2013) and presented at Oxford University in 2012 on Global Human Resources. He has received recognition for serving on numerous other Boards and Service Organizations.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Miles is a member and past founding chapter President of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Loudoun/Leesburg with a designation of Senior Certified Professional (SCP) and a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) - now ATD. He was a People to People delegate to India (2009) and China (2010). Dr. Miles is a Charter Fellow and past chair of the Institute of Career Certification International (ICCI) with a designation of Career Management Fellow (CMF) which certifies competencies worldwide. In addition, Dr. Miles is a fellow member of Association of Career Professionals International (ACPI) which establishes ethical codes of conduct and practice. Locally, Dr. Miles was a past board member, and is still an active member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. He served as a Commissioner of Loudoun County Economic Development (2003-2010) and held various committee assignments, including being Chair of the Education and Workforce Development Committee in 2005. Dr. Miles was also the Chairman of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board (NVWIB) from 2004 to 2013, as well as a member of the Business School Advisory Board for Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia (2005 to 2014), and is currently serving on the Shenandoah University, Loudoun Campus Advisory Board 2019 in addition to being part of the New Century College Advisory Board of Directors at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (2011-2013). Dr. Miles is currently chair of the George Washington University ELP Development (2012 to present) and is active in supporting a variety of local charitable organizations. Both he and his wife, Melanie, also support multiple scholarships.

Career Development Experiences

HR & Talent Management Journey to Singapore

2019 Nanada Journeys HR Singapore Trip

An Antarctica Expedition

Harvard Business School in Mumbi

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