News & Information

Speakers & Experts


Bruce Gillies, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor of Business; Director, MBA Online; Director of Organizational Leadership Program

Phone: (805) 493-3377


Bruce Gillies comes to CLU with a varied career. After 22 years of active duty in the Navy-- spending time on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, engine rooms on destroyers, and several years in human resources, he retired in March of 2000 as a Master Chief (E9). Bruce has also held leadership positions in colleges and universities as Faculty Advisor and Acting Dean of Adult Education. He holds a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University. His research interests are in career and leadership development as well as Sport Team development. Bruce Teaches courses in Business Statistics, Organizational Theory, Business Ethics, Leadership Theory and Practice, Behavior in Organizations, Foundations of I/O Psychology, and Organization Development.

Bruce was the director of the Adult Degree Evening Program (ADEP) from 2005 to 2010. During that time, the ADEP grew three new majors, expanded to two satellite sites, and experienced a 10% growth in admissions. He is currently the chair of the California Lutheran University Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science major.  He has conducted scientific and applied research in organizational leadership, sport psychology, and organization development, and career development.

He has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in Leadership Development programs, organizational change initiatives, career development programs, organizational culture, and downsizing.


  • "Employee Engagement and Retention"

    Engaging employees in today's technology driven workplace is a challenge. Many employees go to work, put in their 8 hours, and go home to forget about work. This enlightening discussion for engaging employees is a critical piece of any Human Resource strategy. Employees who are engaged retain at higher rates and produce more, often tripling their value over their non-engaged counterparts. Don't you owe it to your organization and employees to make sure they are ENGAGED?

  • "The Mental Athlete"

    Athletes are trained to physically push their bodies, challenge their limits, and go faster, further, quicker. The other half of the athlete is all too often neglected, that of the Mental Athlete. Athletes need to also train their brain to help their muscles cooperate. Athletes that understand and use performance enhancement skills are those that meet and exceed the goals they set. Mental training skills such as intensity control, relaxation techniques, and focus are critical to athletes taking the next step in their performance. Stress control, arousal control, and improved execution are typical outcomes from mental skills training.

  • "Career searching in the 21st Century"

    Career search is evolving at a pace that is exceeding the ability of media and others to distribute the key elements in a successful career search. Individuals hoping to obtain a position, a career position, need to understand the organization of today and tomorrow, because working for a company from yesterday is an exercise in frustration.