Richard N. Knowles

Richard N Knowles

Married to Claire E. F. Knowles, 1 step-daughter, 3 daughters, 5 grand-children.


Organizational Anthropologist

Richard Knowles has a combined 36 years of experience in a large organization with 25 years of study of theories of Systematics, Chaos, Complexity, Complex Adaptive Systems and Complex Responsive Processes leading to the development of Self-Organizing Leadership© and the Process Enneagram© action symbol, a holistic approach to organizational transformation.


University of Rochester, Rochester, NY Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry 1961
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.  BA Chemistry 1957

Professional Experience

Self-Organizing Leadership and Process Enneagram© consulting in USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australiaand the UK. September 1996 – Present
Managing Director The SOLiance Group USA April, 2004 – Present
Co-Founder and Director ofThe Center for Self-Organizing Leadership, Inc™ October 2003 – Present
Board Member of DuVersity,The Study of John Bennett’s Systematics  January 2005 – Present
Board Member ofThe Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University May 2004 – Present
Subcontractor – AmTrust North America Insurance CompanySmall Business Workers Compensation/Safety Compliance Auditor 2006 – Present
Medaille College, Adjunct Instructor in MBA Program  June 2007 -Present
Visiting Professor, Adelphi University October 25, 2004
Visiting Professor, Bowling Green State University October 19, 2004
DuPont Company:Director, Emergency Response and Community Outreach February 1995-
September 1996
WV State Emergency Response Commission Member 1990 – 1995
DuPont Company:Plant Manager, Belle, WV April 1987- February 1995
American Chemical Council:Community Awareness and
Emergency Response Task Group
Sept. 1987 – Sept. 1997
DuPont Company:Plant Manager, Niagara Falls, NY  August 1983 – April 1987
DuPont Company:Assistant Plant Manager, Deep Water, NJ January 1980 – August 1983
Board MemberSalem County Memorial Hospital, Salem, NJ 1980-1983
DuPont Company:Manufacturing Manager, Wilmington, DE  September 1978 – January 1980
DuPont Company:Various Manufacturing, Sales Market Developmentand Research Activities (40 US Patents) October, 1960 – September 1978

Awards and Recognition

December 2012ASSE – Florida Central Chapter on “Leadership Approach and Safety Outcomes” – Guest Speaker”Partnering for Safety and Business Excellence” – NEW Book now available on both Kindle and Amazon Books.

Richard Knowles has had two papers accepted for the AIChCE conference – the 15th Process Plant Safety Symposium for April 29-30 in San Antonio TX

Working closely with the Bay Area Manufacturing Association–getting to know Tampa Bay exceptional leaders

DuPont Company – 1992

Agricultural Products Department Crystal Award for the Championing Human Potential

EPA Region III Chemical Emergency Planning and Preparedness Partnership Award in 1995 for the leading role played in Safety Street, Managing Our Risks Together, a 1992-1994 ground breaking risk communications effort [prelude to the Clean Air Act] in the greater Charleston, WV Area.

Featured in The New Pioneers  by Tom Petzinger,New York, Simon and Schuster, 1999.

Featured in The Soul at Work. (Chapter 9) by Roger Lewin and Birute Regine,
New York, Simon and Schuster, 2000.

Listed in Who’s Who in the World, in America and in Science and Engineering.

Strathmore’s Who’sWho, 2009 Professional of the Year-Organizational Change and Leadership Consulting.


“I’ve been to workshops covering things like this before, but never have I seen it all come together like this.”

~ Synergy Group

“Through the use of this dynamic and open support model, we are rebuilding our city located at a Wonder-of-the-World, Niagara Falls.”

~ Mayor Irene J. Elia, Ph.D., City of Niagara Falls, NY