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John E. Burgess is a business executive and leadership consultant. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed dual citizenship in the worlds of business and music.

A rare leader who integrates the usually separate realms of creative artistry and business mastery, he graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music and holds an MBA in accounting and IT from the University of Southern California’s (USC). As Visiting Faculty for their Executive Leadership Program, he enjoys collaborating with other faculty on courses in transformational leadership.

A life-long music aficionado, John created Music for Transformation™ to help leaders understand how to reimagine and reignite their diverse, ever-evolving organizations. Like other great artists and leaders throughout the ages, John understands that the antidote to our culture’s obsession with speed and accelerating alienation is appreciation and reverence for music—its exquisite beauty and power to transform how we think and act. To this end, John devotes himself to connecting leaders and organizations to their genius and power… equipping and inspiring them to reach new heights of performance. As Maestro, John engages professional orchestras to create unique, innovative learning experiences for executives and other leaders in business, health care, IT, finance, biomedicine, education, energy, government, human services, arts, and beyond. His clients include PEMCO Insurance, Purex Corporation, Meridian Associates, Bering Air, International Coach Federation, Kentucky Association for School Administrators, Cell Therapeutics, Diana Naturals, Tully’s Coffee, Seattle Opera, and Fran’s Chocolates.


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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