Robert Chen leverages his business, science, and cross-cultural background to help Fortune 500 business leaders and their teams communicate, sell, and lead more effectively. He works with top firms across industries ranging from financial services to management consulting to healthcare. In addition to his corporate client work, Robert teaches Managerial Communication, Advanced Persuasion, and Storytelling at the Wharton School for their MBA and Executive MBA programs. He’s finishing up his new book, Selling Your Expertise: The Mindset, Strategies, and Tactics of Successful Rainmakers, to be published by Wiley in 2022.   

Robert’s specialties include: executive presence, consultative selling skills, deepening client relationships, storytelling with data, and designing and delivering impactful presentations. He is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Executive Coaching approach. Internally, he leads Exec|Comm’s talent management and business development functions.

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 and sales coach at Healthfirst. As a passion project, he founded Embrace Possibility, a digital media site focused on helping people reach their full potential.

Robert holds an MBA from Wharton and double majored in Chemistry and Economics from Cornell University. Robert gives back to the Pan-Asian community through his leadership of the Ascend Executive Network focused on increasing diversity in the corporate C-suite and board levels. He’s also on the executive committee for the Wharton Club of NY. Robert’s a recipient of the 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business award. He enjoys immersing himself in different cultures and has traveled to all seven continents. 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.   

 

In Action

3 Key Attributes of Executive Presence

Past Experience

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.

Education

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

MBA

Cornell University

Bachelor's Degree, Chemistry and Economics

Fun Facts

Robert volunteers for Ascend Leadership, a national non-profit focused on supporting the Pan-Asian community. He chairs a group of senior executives dedicated to increasing diversity in the C-suite and on corporate board. He is also on the executive committee for the Wharton Club of New York. 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.