Expertise & Experience

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Dr. Stephen (Steve) McMillen has numerous program certifications from the pioneers in leadership development, including The Center for Creative Leadership, Forum, Korn Ferry/Lominger, and DDI among others. As an accomplished co-author on four books, including Stress: Living and Working in a Changing World and Building Community: The Human Side of Work, Steve has focused on how to develop human potential, drive organizational change and deliver high performance results. Steve has also published numerous articles featured in trade and industry journals and other publications.

Steve has held leadership positions within several industries, including: information/publishing, education, financial services, manufacturing, medical devices/healthcare, restaurant/hospitality and energy. He was a founding member of The Conference Board’s Global Leadership Development Council and Harvard University Business School’s New Media Group.

Areas of Business Expertise

  • Coaching
  • Competency Modeling
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Peak Performance
  • Performance Management
  • Selection & Assessment
  • Stress Management
  • Succession Management
  • Talent Management
  • Team Building/Development
  • Workforce Engagement & Retention


For more than 20 years, Steve enjoyed a successful career serving national and global corporations including TVA, Hillenbrand Industries and Thomson Publishing (now Thomson/Reuters) as an officer and vice president in the areas of talent management, leadership development, human resources, and performance improvement. As a result, Steve has direct executive leadership experience with the complex issues facing the executives and teams he coaches and he can relate to their need for building adaptive organizations that are poised for change and able to deliver on goals.


Steve obtained a doctorate in Adult Education and a master’s degree in Vocational Education from the University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. With degrees in both psychology and education, Steve has a deep understanding of how people learn and what it takes to motivate change to unlock their potential.


  • National Excellence Award recipient for Network Programs and Activities, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • Role Expert: Models for Human Resources Development Practice, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • Northern Kentucky University, Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award
  • Cincinnati Human Resources Professional of the Year Award, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • United Way Campaign, Distinguished Service Award, Northern Kentucky University

Service/Volunteer Work

Steve has served on several advisory boards and councils, including:

  • Harvard University
  • The University of Tennessee
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Project Transition
  • People Answers

His volunteer work has included: The United Way, The Carter Center, The Warrior Connection, St. Aloysius Orphanage, Room At The Inn, and Altercrest Residential Treatment Home.