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Dr. Bryan Deptula is the CEO of BKD Leaders, a modern-day leadership consulting company, and is the acting chair of the management department at W. Huizenga College of Business at Nova Southeastern University.
In the late 90s, Dr. Deptula attended the University of Delaware where he earned a BA in Economics. Bryan not only hustled on the rugby field, but he did at his first adulating job at MBNA (now Bank of America). After college he continued his dream of globetrotting and was a director of sales for a publicly traded tour operator company.
During this experience Dr. Deptula knew he needed more. He was laying off his friends and he felt he wasn’t living up to the leader he wanted to be. At this time, he decided to embark on his MBA at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. In 2008 Bryan graduated number 1 in his class. Then in 2009 he took on the challenge of getting his PhD at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
He capitalizes on years of industry experience, his own research, and knowledge of leadership to discover and develop leaders that make organizations grow. Deptula believes that the most important people in our lives are those who see the leader within us that we cannot see for ourselves. These people give us the courage and confidence to become the best possible version of ourselves. His motto learn, lead and live reminds himself, and all people that encounter him, to live into their highest potential.
Dr. Deptula is published in leading journals, the Leadership Quarterly, Personality and Individual Differences, and Human Resource Development Quarterly.
Bryan is a Rotarian, a Vistage Speaker and has traveled to more 26 countries across 5 continents. He truly enjoys the excitement of guiding people towards their best self- and organizational leadership. Working abroad for a period of over a decade, he bilingually negotiated with international corporations and Boards of Tourism in Mexico, Bahamas, and Jamaica and liaised with international federal and state governmental offices.