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A powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L. Robbins has an uncanny ability to inspire people, even in the midst of disrupting and challenging the ways they think about the world. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated as a little child with his mother to the United States where they faced many challenges during a time when there was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment. 

Working through and rising out of the challenges of poverty, discrimination and the tough streets of Los Angeles, Dr. Robbins now brings insightful perspectives on issues of inclusion & innovation, leadership, and the power of caring.  Drawing upon a compelling life journey, his talks and workshops are filled with intriguing stories, laugh-out-loud humor and a keen understanding of human behavior. 


Dr. Robbins uniquely knows how to simultaneously challenge and motivate people with a dynamic use of storytelling, humor and extensive knowledge of pertinent issues and concepts. The inclusive power of his message are why organizations like Amazon, Chase Bank, Coca-Cola, Disney, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, Pepsi, Pixar, NASA, The NBA, Victoria’s Secret, Walmart  and numerous others call on Dr. Robbins to inspire, educate and prepare their people for the exciting challenges of dynamic and diverse environments. 

A thought leader and innovator, Dr. Robbins' unique, science-based approach to inclusion and diversity has captured wide acclaim from numerous audiences and organizations across the world. His approach does NOT blame or point fingers. It uses neuroscience and the science of human behavior to encourage individuals and organizations to be more open-minded, mindful and intentional about inclusion and valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities and experiences. 

Dr. Robbins earned an undergraduate degree in Communication from Calvin College, and his masters and doctorate in Communication Science from Michigan State University.  His background in communication, social-psychology and cognitive neuroscience drives his work with individuals and organizations – the core of the work is about understanding human behavior and leveraging human differences fast-paced, dynamic 21st century world.

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Your Brain is Good at Inclusion…Except When It’s Not

This is Dr. Robbins most requested workshop. It provides a level-setting, science-based framework for the work of inclusion and diversity. 

Be Less Sucky
A Tale of Two Brains

Want to become a better human (at home and at work)? In this talk Dr. Robbins explores, from a cognitive science perspective, what leads us to be “sucky” at times and what we can do to become a “less sucky.”

HERO Skills for Relational Aptitude

Relational Aptitude refers to an individual's capacity to effectively manage and navigate relationships. This talk/workshop explores something Dr. Robbins developed calls the HERO Skills (Humility, Empathy, Reflection and Open-mindedness) and how they enable a person to interact successfully with others, build and maintain healthy relationships, and understand and successfully respond to a dynamic 21st century world, whether at work or home. 

The Keepers of Culture

Organizational culture can be thought of as a living organism that requires active attention and continuous care. While cultivating desired culture is everyone’s responsibility it is the primary responsibility of organizational leaders. This talk examines organizational culture and the leaders’ role as the keepers of culture.

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