Alan Cabelly

Alan Cabelly, Ph. D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Alan Cabelly (Ph. D., University of Washington) has been a Human Resource Management faculty member at Portland State University since 1980.  He teaches Leadership and Human Resource Management at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, as well as to many groups nationally and internationally. He teaches actively around the world, most recently in Viet Nam, France, China, and Germany.  These and other diverse travel experiences allow him to bring unique approaches to his work.

Prof. Cabelly is founder and Executive Director of the Portland Leadership Institute (, which focuses on Leadership Excellence in the 21st century.  He uses the DiSC© system and other contemporary techniques for Executive and Leadership Coaching, and speaks extensively on Generation Similarities and Differences in the Workplace; Strategic Negotiations; Authentic Leadership; Employee Engagement; Using Whole Brain Thinking for Increased Effectiveness; Work for the 21st Century; and various HRM topics.  His personal mission is to help individuals find passion in their work, increase their leadership skills, and improve the functioning of their work teams.

Prof. Cabelly was founding Chapter Advisor of the PSU Chapter of SHRM.  Since its inception in 1982, it has won 34 consecutive Superior Merit Awards from SHRM (the longest streak in the nation), and has won numerous SHRM and NHRMA student competitions, as well as receiving Chapter of the Year recognition.  He has been named SHRM Advisor of the Year, twice Distinguished Member of NHRMA, and earned the Human Resources Award of Excellence from PHRMA.  He was President of NHRMA in 2000, Director of the Oregon State Council of SHRM in 2009, and currently serves on the Oregon State Council Conference Committee, and PHRMA’s 2017 Strategic Management Conference Committee.  For many years he served on the SHRM College Relations Steering Committee.  In his spare time he gardens, travels the world, and remains physically active.