Tomoaki Hayashi



Tomoaki Hayashi

Program Director/Department Chair

Leadership and Management
Saybrook University
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Tom Hayashi is a scholar-practitioner currently appointed as the Chair and Program Director of the Department of Leadership and Management (DLM) at Saybrook University.  He is a thought leader with over 20 years of senior-management and consulting experience in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.  He currently oversees a department consisting of five master's specializations and five doctoral level specializations including an MBA and DBA program.   DLM currently has a student census of 55+ graduate-level learners supported by 20 salaried and adjunct faculty members.

He proudly identifies as a cis gay Asian Pacific Islander, first generation immigrant, former foster youth, and first in his family to graduate from college.  He finds his passion for social and ecological justice from his background, identity, mindful-practices, and relationships with the community. 

Dr Hayashi's professional highlights include leading a number of public policy and advocacy efforts in Washington DC during the Obama administration serving as the Executive Director for OCA-APA Advocates a membership based national civil rights organization representing the Asian Pacific Islander communities and Vice President of Development and External Relations for Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. He also is the founding principal of Capacity Empowerment, an organizational consultancy firm with cross-sector national and international client engagement portfolio including but not limited to Asian Youth Center, ABC Television Network, AT&T, Compasspoint Nonprofit Services, GM, Liberty Hill Foundation, Los Angeles County, NAACP, National Broadcasters' Association, Ocean Institute, Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernardino County, The Praxis Center, Screen Actor's Guild (SAG-AFTRA), Southwest Airlines, Target, and UPS.

Dr. Hayashi's past and present faculty appointments include Department of Human Resource Management, Bovard School at University of Southern California; Department of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Business Psychology Program at Chicago School of Professional Psychology:  Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC Campuses; School of Education & Leadership Studies at Antioch University Los Angeles; and School of Extended and International Education at California State University Dominguez Hills. Courses he has been appointed to teach include organizational strategy, diversity & inclusion, organization design, program development and evaluation, capstone/field internships, resource development, talent management, and training & development.  

He holds a PhD and an MA in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University; MS Ed in Education with concentration in Instructional Technology from California State University East Bay and a BA in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University. Earned professional certification include data management, executive coaching, fundraising & marketing, and mediation & conflict resolution.

Education History
Degree Institution
PhD Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA
MA Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA
MS Ed California State University East Bay, Hayward, CA
BA Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association
Member Asian Business Association
Member Association of Fundraising Professionals
Member Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Member Faculty Row Academic Network
Member Institute for Management Consulting
Member Next Concept HR Association
Member OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates
Member/Advisor Organizational Development Network
Member Society for Human Resource Management
Founding Member Southern California Consultants of Color Network

Hayashi, T., Mac, J., Chan, G., and Akutagawa, L. (2014). Leveraging Human Factors for Strategic Change: An Organizational Culture Perspective. New Dehli: Bloomsbury India.

Hayashi, T. (June). Dare-to-Earn: Peer Learning Social Enterprise Training Program. San Diego, California: Nonprofit Management Solutions.

Hayashi, T. (Apri). Community-Based Oral Health Assessment. Los Angeles, California: UCLA.


T. Hayashi (Dece). Mentoring Across Generations: Intergenerational Mentorship Program. International Journal of Mentorship & Coaching, 3 (1),