Phil La Duke

Author, blogger, consultant, iconoclast and know-it-all


Author, blogger, consultant, iconoclast and know-it-all

Phil La Duke is an internationally renowned executive consultant, safety expert, speaker, blogger, trainer, and business author. He was a Safety Production Consultant on the major motion picture Transformers V: The Last Night.   La Duke consults and speaks extensively on organizational change and worker safety. He frequently guest lectures at universities including presentations at Tulane, Loyola,  the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins, and Wayne State Universities, and is on the Wayne State Bio Safety Board.  Mr. La Duke is the author of a popular weekly blog on performance assurance topics He also guest blogs on the popular Australian blog and the prestigious La Duke has over 230 published works (79 of which in Entrepreneur magazine) in print and has contributed content to numerous notable magazines and is published on all inhabited continents. Mr. La Duke’s take-no-prisoners style garnered him positions on Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) magazine’s Power 101 (a list of the world’s most influential people working in worker safety) and its list of Up and Comers in Safety Thought Leadership. Most recently La Duke has focused his attention on business improvement topics.

His comments as an expert in safety were quoted in the bestselling, Super Teams by Dr. Paul Marciano.Some of Mr. La Duke’s most noteworthy articles include:


Mr. La Duke was a lead developer for Daimler-Chrysler’s Bringing Excellence to Safety Teams (B.E.S.T.) a program that the automobile manufacturer credited with preventing 14,000 injuries and lowering the company’s Workers’ Compensation Costs by over $55 million over five years.  La Duke has worked with numerous companies building safety management infrastructures focused on improving worker safety in the aviation, logistics & transportation, mining, entertainment, oil & gas, chemical, and manufacturing business segments.


Mr. La Duke earned his bachelor’s degree in Education and a State Certificate in Training Development & Designed from the University of Michigan.



• International Coding for Diseases-10 training and leadership engagement strategies • Just Culture implementation • High-Impact Learning/Training/Instructional Design • Evaluation of training effectiveness • Worker safety improvement intervention • Transformational Safety Initiatives • Management Systems • Stakeholder Engagement/Leadership Development • Lean Interventions and Quality Operating Systems • Film Production Safetyirecruiting and hiring; training; adult education
  • • Bachelors of General Studies

  • Adult Education

  • University of Michigan

  • United States

  • 1995 • State of Michigan Certificate: Training

  • Design and Development

  • University of Michigan

  • United States

  • 1996 • Certificate of Just Culture

  • David Marx

  • Outcome Engineering

  • 2011 • Certificate: High Impact Learning

  • Trinity Health Systems 2010 Certificate: International Coding For Diseases (ICD-10) AAPC

  • 2012