Dr. Mike Zwell

Mike is a Professor, Co-Founder and Chancellor of the Wright Graduate University.

He leads and manages Wright’s advanced personal growth groups and oversees the coaching staff. Mike also serves as managing director of Wright’s consulting arm.


Mike has written and spoken extensively on topics related to getting the best and the most from your human capital. In 2000 he published the highly acclaimed Creating a Culture of Competence (John Wiley & Sons) on how to create high-performing organizations. Boards & Directors published his article, “How to Hire the Right CEO”, in 1998, and recently reprinted portions of it in their 30th anniversary issue. His third book, Six Figure Salary Negotiation, was published by Platinum Press in 2008.

Mike has culled academic research to develop the functional knowledge and skills that make him uniquely suited to help executives, management teams, and sales teams, and organizations optimize their performance and results. Clients include JP Morgan Chase; Lenovo; Lehman Brothers; the Chicago Public School System; SkillSoft; Robert Half International; JB Hunt; American Capital Strategies; Sanofi Aventis; RLI; MedSolutions; Fiserv; and many more.

A globally recognized Competency and Talent Management expert, Mike has helped hundreds of organizations achieve their potential and fulfill their mission by developing systems, processes and people. He has worked on both sides of the table, having founded and built several companies himself in addition to implementing solutions in other organizations.

Mike has a Ph.D. and master’s in Anthropology from Yale University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.


To book Mike for your organization, call Wright at 312.645.8300 or email mike@wrightgrad.edu.