Dr. Richard Pimentel
Keynote, Corporate and Motivational Speaker, Comedian, Author

"Rich, when we say you ‘hit it out of the park’ it is an understatement!!! Your immense abilities were customized to meet our exact needs and your achievement of the positive outcomes exceeded our expectation…your content & delivery was exemplary, authentic, knowledgeable, humorous, serious and you had a magical impact on each of us…uniquely. I saw it with my own eyes, heard it but couldn’t presume to diagram how you were able to achieve such a perfect and positive result."
- Marti DeYoung, Citrus College Career Technical Education Supervisor

"Richard Pimentel is arguably the world's most powerful voice on disability and employment issues."

LEAD Video (27:41) Leadership Excellence & Development Forum, 2015, Dr. Richard Pimentel
Dr. Pimentel letter "You exceeded those expectations of greatness" January 2016.
Video (20:19) Dr. Pimentel delivers PSU Graduation Keynote.* (Keynote text)
Video (3:23) of Richard awarded Honary Doctorate at PSU Commencement.*
Video (6:09) of Richard's Friend Art Honeyman and the Ugly Laws Art Honeyman.*
Video (5:39) of Richard Pimentel on Making a Difference.*
Video (7:00) from Richard Pimentel's Music Within Keynote.
Video (3:16) on Wounded Soldiers Returning to Employment.*

* Video segments courtesy of the LRP Disability Management Conference Chicago presentation.

Music Within Facilitator Guide - This DVD set contains 29 vignettes of Richard Pimentel speaking to a variety of audiences after they watch the movie of his life story.

Just one of the many thank you's Richard has received -- Deer Valley USD.

Dr. Richard Pimentel is a nationally renowned expert on Disability Management, Job Recruitment, Job Retention, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Attitude Change. He is not only technically proficient, he is also an exceptional communicator whose audiences praise his ability to combine information, humor, metaphor, analogy and storytelling into an informative whole that does not just present the information, but really communicates it in a memorable fashion.

As a consultant, keynote speaker, professional trainer and author of numerous curricula and training guides, Dr. Pimentel is distinguished by his ability to predict industry trends and the needs of employers. He has designed and implemented return to work systems for the private sector and government employers throughout the country. He has pioneered proactive risk management, return to work and equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs to generate both cost-savings and enduring attitudinal changes in corporate culture.

Dr. Pimentel is an acknowledged authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). (See Timeline/FactSheet) His training has not only successfully enabled managers and supervisors to participate in cost reduction initiatives and implementation of policies and procedures to reduce work site accidents and re-injuries, but has also helped employers dispel stereotypes and embrace diversity.

Richard was the Chairperson of VACOR, the Department of Veterans Affairs Civilian Advisory Committee for Rehabilitation.

Richard is a senior partner in the firm of Milt Wright & Associates, Inc. for which he conducts training and consultation nationwide on topics as diverse as Attitudinal Change in Health & Human Services, Hiring and Promoting People with Disabilities, Motivation of Individuals with Employment Barriers, The Future of Disability Management, Return-to-Work Issues, and Emotional Ergonomics™. He has authored and co-authored numerous books and professional publications, including Developing the New Employee, What Managers and Supervisors Need to Know About the ADA, Taking Control of Workers Compensation Disability Costs and the Job Club Placement Model for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A full length motion picture of his life story Music Within starring Ron Livingston, Melissa George and Michael Sheen has been created and is expected in theaters through out the country in the fall 2007.

He has consistently rated over the past 20 years as one of the top presenters at Employer, Government, Education and Disability Education Conferences through out the US and Canada.