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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 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.
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 sons in Boston, MA.