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Dr. Gloria J. Burgess is a leadership consultant, executive coach, educator, and expert designer of unique, innovative learning experiences. Her focus is singular: transformation.

She positions her work at the potent intersectionality of leadership and the arts, drawing on her expertise in theatre, music, poetry, dance, and design. A former business executive, Gloria has also served as interim dean, program lead, and lead faculty. Her faculty roles include University of Washington (UW) Executive Leadership Program in Public Affairs, UW Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute, University of Southern California Executive Leadership Program, Seattle University Transformational Leadership Program, and Casey Family Program Executive Leadership Institute. She also leads forums, seminars, and workshops, on transformational leadership in corporate, health care, arts, government, faith, financial, IT, and educational contexts.

A dynamic, sought-after speaker, Gloria has presented on six continents in 30+ countries in diverse venues, including the South African Embassy, Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks. One of the few practitioner-scholars who integrates organizational leadership and creative artistry, she combines insightful commentary and personal engagement, weaving the arts into her inspiring keynotes and transformational learning experiences to foster hope, courage, creativity, healing, and resilience—qualities we all yearn for. Born in rural Mississippi, Gloria came of age during the turbulent Civil Rights Movement. She says, “Integrating intercultural excellence into my work is not an option. It is an imperative—to effectively equip global leaders.” Gloria lives with her husband John in the Pacific Northwest and calls the world her home.


The professional world is changing at a rapid rate, Rob and his Associates at GLI have provided our organization the tools to develop our current leaders and prepare our future leaders to assume their roles in this rapidly changing environment. Whether you have been in a leadership for years or are new to a leadership position, GLI will prepare you to be a dynamic leader in todays’ workplace. Rob’s approach is welcoming and engaging making the learning experience very enjoyable.


Imagine being one of 12 presenters competing to make a positive impact on an audience and you only 9-minutes to do so. Now imagine being rated the best presenter. You’d be thrilled as Rob should be when he fully engaged our audience of HR professionals and leaders. His topic on visionary leadership in a turbulent world was on point, his depth of knowledge formidable, his delivery powerful, his style interactive, and he is approachable one-on-one. Truly a leader who walks his talk.

Vera Asanin, President & Editor-in-Chief, Your Workplace

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