Today’s guest believes that healing, awareness, empathy, and engagement are critical in today’s increasingly connected, yet polarized world. Her work aims to support deeper connections and mutual understanding among different groups, toward a more equitable society.

She is a diversity, equity, and inclusion specialist, coach, and international keynote speaker. She has worked with organizations across all sectors on DEI, intercultural communication, supplier diversity, and employee engagement. Her expertise has been featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NPR, and the Washington Post.

Her latest book, “The Power of Employee Resource Groups: How People Create Authentic Change,” shares how to build ERGs to empower underrepresented employees and positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within organizations and society.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leadership is finding yourself and knowing who you are and using that to reach people.”
  • the importance of being a model of leadership to those around you.
  • how sports played a large role in her leadership journey and how that experience even helped her get comfortable around other genders.
  • her path from grad school to becoming an entrepreneur.
  • the traumatizing moment as a mom that catapulted her decision to be an entrepreneur.
  • the impact of all that she is on her business.
  • why she considers herself as a cross-pollinator with her clients and the benefit of being industry agnostic.
  • the impact that the murder of George Floyd had on her business and how it inspired her to write “Raising Multiracial Children.”
  • the importance of strategic volunteering.
  • how she builds connections and maintains that to grow her network by speaking pro-bono or at a lower rate.
  • how she nurtures the outer levels of her network.
  • what she’s looking forward to in the year ahead.


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Who is Robbie Samuels?

🟧 I'm a multi-passionate entrepreneur. I geek out about community-building, relationship-building, thoughtfully designing space for a conversation, and anything about bringing people together to create connections. I believe quality engagement is about inclusion and belonging.

Depending on what caught your eye about my work, you may be surprised to discover that I do more than you were initially interested in.

What do I do?

🟧 As a business growth strategist, I coach entrepreneurial women in their 50s and beyond who are looking to grow their impact and income through new revenue streams by helping them grow their audience before they launch their product or service.

🟧 As a virtual event design consultant and executive Zoom producer, I help my clients reimagine their in-person events by utilizing all of the opportunities available through digital and analog tools. Rather than replicating the in-person event, we create a powerful virtual experience.

🟧 Before the pandemic, and again as in-person events return, I support organizations designing conferences that create opportunities for participant engagement so they can follow through on their networking intentions.

I've been producing events in one form or another since I was in college in the 90s and providing business growth strategy advice for nearly as long.

⭐ I published two books that have collectively received over 400 Amazon reviews,
⭐ I was invited to do a TEDx on my signature networking technique,
⭐ I have hosted a podcast since 2016,
⭐ when the pandemic shuttered in-person events, I swiftly reinvented myself resulting in a successful multi-six-figure business, and
⭐ my clients include Feeding America, the California WIC Association, and other national and statewide mission-driven organizations.

How can I help you?

Here are some of the ways my clients describe me…

✅ business growth strategy coach
✅ virtual event design consultant & strategist
✅ executive Zoom producer
✅ professional speaker
✅ emcee (virtual and in-person)
✅ podcast host
✅ author
✅ virtual presentation skills trainer

and I'm likely leaving something out…

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