Tom Hughes develops leaders around the world by focusing on communications, team and individual performance improvement, change leadership and general management and leadership development.


He was previously a Managing Director at Duke Corporate Education—the world’s #1 provider of customized executive education where he led teams to design and deliver exceptional learning experiences for their clients.  Prior to his time at Duke CE, Tom, founded the Alpine Personal Learning Center and worked as an independent professional development consultant and coach. He was also a Senior Associate in Booz Allen Hamilton’s award-winning corporate university.


Tom also spent several years as a full-time actor and writer. He performed on stage, film, and recording many audio books.  During those years, he managed to avoid both the food-services industry and substantial fiscal success, but did discover many interesting metaphors for learning.


Tom’s academic career is varied—he holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology, with a focus in Organization Development consulting; a conservatory certificate in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard; and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University.  He has written several fiction and non-fiction books, contributed the article on Orientation in the Encyclopedia of Career Development, and co-authored an article titled, Managing the Volunteer Mindset, published in the journal, Dialogue. His forthcoming article in the same journal is titled, Everyday Innovation.


Tom has had the good fortune to work with many exceptional organizations across many sectors in his career, including:


• Booz Allen Hamilton

• Ernst & Young

• PricewaterhouseCoopers

• The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

• Oppenheimer Funds Inc.

• Chick-fil-A,

• Black & Decker

• Boeing

• HP

• Intel

• Microsoft

• CVS Health


All told, he has worked with clients in 29 countries on 6 continents.

Thomas Hughes