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Robin helps organizations develop resilient and remarkable leaders and build healthy and sustainable teams and organizations. Robin’s strengths-based approach uses the latest research in the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology to help leaders increase emotional intelligence, which studies have proven is the cornerstone to success. Robin helps senior executives and high potential leaders gain insights into how they can apply neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness to manage change, increase employee engagement and performance, and foster innovation and collaboration within their organizations. She is currently completing a six-month certification program in NeuroLeadership, the emerging field of study connecting neuroscience with the fields of leadership development, change management, management training, and coaching.

Robin brings over thirty years of experience as a successful executive in the financial services industry to her work as an executive and leadership coach. From 2005 through 2011, Robin served as Managing Director of Interest Rate Products for CME Group, where she was responsible for leading the world’s largest and most diverse interest rate derivatives complex. During her tenure at CME, Robin and her team were instrumental in creating and delivering industry-leading strategies and products that capitalized on new opportunities during an unprecedented time of change. Prior to joining CME Group, Ross recruited, developed, and led teams for Cantor Fitzgerald & Company, JP Morgan, and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Robin has designed and conducted leadership workshops for corporate clients, women’s networks, and non-profit organizations. She has coached executives from highly diverse cultural backgrounds across a number of industries, including financial services, technology, consumer goods, automotive, and the non-profit sector.

In 2007, Robin was named one of the 25 Women to Watch by Crain’s Chicago Business and Distinguished Woman Investment Professional of the Year by Women Investment Professionals. She proudly serves as President of the Board of Directors for Deborah’s Place, the largest provider of supportive housing for women in Chicago. In 2012, Robin spent a month in Ghana volunteering with Global Mamas, a non- profit organization that helps small women-owned businesses create sustainable incomes through fair trade. She continues to provide leadership development and coaching to the organization.

Education, Certifications, Faculty, Publications

  • Certificate with Merit in the Foundations of Neuroleadership, NeuroLeadership Institute, 2014
  • Associate Coaching Certification, International Federation of Coaching, 2013
  • Certified Professional Coach, Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching, 2013
  • B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1978
  • NASD Series 3, 7, 24, and 62 license exams 

Industry Experience

  • Accounting
  • Automotive
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Higher Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofits
  • Technology

Areas of Expertise

  • 360 Assessment
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Building Leadership & Org. Resilience
  • C-Suite Leader Coaching
  • Change Management/ Leadership
  • Client Relationship Management
  • Creating Rapport w/ Difficult Colleagues
  • Derailment Management for Leaders
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Executive Assessment
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Presence
  • Experience as a Senior Executive
  • High Performing Organizations
  • High Potential Leader Coaching
  • Internal Coach Training
  • Leadership Development Program Design
  • Managing and Leading Change
  • Managing Up Effectively
  • Mindfulness at Work
  • Navigating Organizational Politics
  • Coaching for Executives in New Roles
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Strengths-based Leadership Development
  • Stress Management and Stress Reduction
  • Succession Planning & Talent Management
  • Team Facilitation
  • Teambuilding
  • Women's Leadership