David J. DeFilippo, Ed.D.

Chief Learning Officer, Suffolk Construction

David is the Chief Learning Officer for Suffolk Construction and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee. David leads the firm’s learning, leadership and organizational development strategy which is aimed at fostering Suffolk’s “Build Smart” approach in order to transform the construction experience by focusing on people and culture.

This includes enhancing Suffolk’s leadership, technical skill and career development capabilities for its growing workforce. David regularly speaks and writes about topics related to leadership development, executive coaching and learning and talent management and, as a result, has been recognized with several industry awards.

David joined Suffolk Construction from BNY Mellon where he established and led the corporate university for its more than 50,000 employees worldwide. Prior to that, he held similar roles at Capital One Financial and Comcast. David began his career 20+ years ago as a high school Spanish teacher and track coach.

David received his Bachelor’s degree from Union College, his M.A. from New York University and his Doctorate with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. David is also a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. He serves as a mentor to students in the Year Up Program and as a Member of the Corporation for the Perkins School for the Blind. David is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and an executive coach at Harvard Business School.

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