About

Hello and welcome! 

I’m so pleased you are taking the time to get to know more about me. Since 2009, I’ve led engaging and fun presentations for a wide array of audiences to increase their confidence when it comes to relationship-building – whether through networking, fundraising, intercultural communication, or sales. My clients have included Marriott International, Cornell University, and PA Consulting to name a few. I’ve been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker.

My background is in social justice and issue advocacy. In 2006, I founded Socializing for Justice (SoJust), a nearly 3,000 member grassroots cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community and network in Boston based on the philosophies of abundance and radical inclusion.

In recognition of my social justice work, Boston City Council named my birthday “Robbie Samuels Day” in 2011 and I was profiled in Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark [Portfolio/Penguin Press 2015].

In December 2014, after 10 event seasons as the Senior Manager of Events and Donor Engagement at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), I became a full-time speaker and consultant.

I help leaders stop wasting time networking and start build great relationships through my signature session, Art of the Schmooze.

What message do you want to share with your audience? I’ll work with you to develop the perfect keynote or session.

I’m a big believer in sharing resources and will be adding content to this website that will help you create stronger connections. Is there something in particular you’d like to learn about? Just ask!

Best,
Robbie

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Robbie Samuels

Hi res file available. Credit Maureen Cotton Photography.

Robbie Samuels

Hi-res file available.  Credit Maureen Cotton Photography.

Robbie Samuels

Hi-res file available. Credit Maureen Cotton Photography.

Credit Infinity Portrait Design.

Credit Infinity Portrait Design.

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Bio for publication

Robbie Samuels has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker, and profiled in Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark. He passionately believes everyone should stop wasting time networking and start building great relationships. He shares how through his signature session, “Art of the Schmooze.” Since 2009, his engaging and fun presentations have helped a wide array of audiences increase their confidence when it comes to relationship-building – whether through networking, fundraising, or sales. He works with associations and conference planners to increase engagement among attendees and their ROI from the event. He shares networking tips and techniques as host of On the Schmooze, his weekly podcast which features talented professionals sharing untold stories of leadership and networking. His book, “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences” will be available summer of 2017.

In 2006, he founded Socializing for Justice to build a grassroots, cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community and network in Boston based on the philosophies of abundance and radical inclusion. In recognition of his social justice work, Boston City Council named his birthday “Robbie Samuels Day” in 2011. Robbie identifies as a white, queer, feminist, trans man. He is a work-at-home dad and lives with his wife and son in Boston, MA. He likes burritos.

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Bio for introduction

Robbie Samuels has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker, and profiled in Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It. Since 2009, his engaging and fun presentations have helped a wide array of audiences increase their confidence when it comes to relationship-building – whether through networking, fundraising, or sales. He passionately believes everyone should stop wasting time networking and start building great relationships. Today he’ll show you how…

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Testimonials

Are you wondering whether I’ll be a dynamic, engaging and informative speaker?

My audience has shared their thoughts on this question – best to hear it right from them by reading through these testimonials.

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