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!
To make life easier for my clients, I’ve made the following available on this page:
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 is the author of the best-selling business book “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.” As a consultant, coach, author, and speaker he shares how to create more inclusive and engaging connections. His clients are from a diverse array of industries and have included Marriott International, Harvard, PA Consulting, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, to name a few.
A professional member of the National Speakers Association, the common thread through all of his talks is inclusive relationship building—whether through networking, fundraising, sales, or diversity & inclusion. While practical and filled with easy to implement action steps, his talks are most often described as “dynamic, engaging, and funny.” He shares “small, big ideas,” everyday ideas, which are accessible and immediately actionable and have the power to inspire significant change. Tune into On the Schmooze, his weekly podcast on leadership and networking, to be inspired by the talented professionals he interviews. Visit www.RobbieSamuels.com/ten-tips to download “10 Tips for Conference Connections.”
In 2006, he founded Socializing for Justice, 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.
Bio for introduction
Robbie Samuels has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Inc. and Lifehacker, and is the author of the best-selling business book Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences. A professional member of the National Speakers Association, he has been speaking on the topic of inclusive networking for over a decade. As a consultant, coach, author, and speaker he shares how to create more inclusive and engaging connections.
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