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Wharton Alumni Club of New York

Speaking Like a Senior Leader: How to Package Your Competence


To rise to and succeed in the executive ranks, you need to execute on your firm’s most important initiatives. Your access to those key assignments is determined by how your stakeholders perceive your competence. To successfully persuade your executive committee to invest in your idea, inspire your department to buy into your vision, or run an effective team meeting, you’ll want to exude confidence and be clear, compelling, and concise. Your mastery of both technical competence and communication skills will help maximize your impact and influence.

Robert Chen will lead an interactive session to teach participants practical skills to command a room and present their ideas and results in a memorable way. To get a sense of Robert's style, here is his 59-second video on the 3 attributes of executive presence.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Midtown location, address will be sent via email


WCNY Supporting Member - $20
Other Wharton Alumni/Guests - $40

Find more information and register here.

  • Robert Chen

    Robert Chen leverages his business, science, and cross-cultural background to help Fortune 500 business leaders and their teams communicate and lead more effectively. He works with top firms across industries ranging from financial services to management consulting to healthcare. Robert’s specialities include: executive presence, deepening client relationships, selling skills, and designing and delivering impactful presentations. He coaches professionals in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Internally, he leads Exec-Comm’s talent management and business development function. He also teaches communication skills at the Wharton School for their MBA program.

    Robert began his career as an equities trader with Centurion Securities before sharpening his international business and project management skills at a multinational manufacturing company in China. After returning to the United States, Robert pursued his passion for developing others as a corporate trainer at Healthfirst. He continues to help people reach their full potential through his book, articles, and courses at Embrace Possibility, a digital media site he founded.

    Robert has an MBA from Wharton and double majored in Chemistry and Economics from Cornell University. He is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Executive Coaching approach. Robert gives back to the Pan-Asian community by chairing a group of senior executives dedicated to increasing diversity in the C-suite. He enjoys immersing himself in different cultures and took an around-the-world trip spanning all seven continents before having kids. Now that he is settled in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Amy, and his two sons, Jake and Jonah, he spends much of his family time switching between being a member of the Avengers and Justice League.

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