About Human Capital Lab

The Lab was founded more than 15 years ago to be the credible, inspirational resource on how to plan, engage and enhance human capital. We’ve researched and shared insights on the state of talent management through all the change that has occurred nationally through the years.

Today, the Human Capital Lab advances a community committed to economic mobility and improving the lives of the national workforce through unprecedented access to education.

We offer many ways to get involved and access the resources available from the Lab.

Rich DouglasRich Douglas, PhD, DSocSci is the Executive Director of the Human Capital Lab.

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D. (Higher Education) – The Union Institute
  • Doctor of Social Science (Human Resource Development) – University of Leicester
  • MBA – National University


Rich has extensive public- and private-sector experience in training, leadership, and delivering solutions for AT&T, Corrections Corporation of America, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and others. A retired Air Force officer, Dr. Douglas has also been a faculty member for several universities. He holds Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designations. Dr. Douglas resides in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife, Paula.

Dr. Matthew DavisDr. Matthew Davis is the Dean of and the College of Engineering, Technology and Management as well as Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Bellevue University.

Degrees Awarded:

  • Ph.D. (Business) – Northcentral University
  • MBA – Bellevue University
  • Member – Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society


Over three and a half decades of experience in operations management, human resource management, higher education administration and instruction. Highly qualified at implementing and administering HR management functions, quality control and assurance activities, training and development, health, safety & security programs, and academic administrative & teaching functions.


Bellevue University’s Human Capital Lab operates a virtual community to advance human capital practice.


Bellevue University’s Human Capital Lab is an impactful member of the human capital profession.

To learn more about the Human Capital Lab and how you can take advantage of our services and participate with us, contact Rich Douglas today.

All media inquiries go to Jason Keese. See our Media page for recent coverage.


The Human Capital Lab is a virtual community of human capital practitioners and scholars. Our goal is to advance the practice of human capital management.

Four, really:  1) human capital management (what we used to call HR and, before that, personnel), 2) talent development (what we used to call human resource development and, before that, training), 3) leadership (both strategic and interpersonal leadership), and 4) distance education (because it’s not just the subject, it’s also the delivery of it).

Four ways. First, we’re starting up communities of practice in the areas mentioned above. For more information about them, see here. Second, we’re pairing our university’s doctoral students—who are accomplished, mid-career practitioners—with employers who might have research opportunities for the doctoral students to do their dissertations. (Click here for more info.) Third, we’ll be establishing our presence with several professional societies, including the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Chief Learning Officer (CLO) Magazine, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Fourth, we’ll be interviewing interesting subjects in the industry and elsewhere in a twice-monthly podcast. (Check those out here.)  Finally, we’ll provide white papers, research, and other products for anyone in the community to download. They’re available here.

Nothing. Nobody in the Human Capital Lab community pays for anything. Ever. They pay for what they take with what they have to give. The capital we exchange in the Human Capital Lab is the knowledge and experiences we have to share with each other. As a community, we all benefit from everyone’s contributions, small and large alike.

Do what you’re doing – browse this website. When you want to know more or simply discuss the possibilities open to you, fill out the request form to let us know what you’re interested in. And most of all, join in!