Dr. Robin Buckley is an international professional speaker, cognitive behavioral coach, and author. As a speaker, Robin focuses on two areas of expertise: mental wellness in the workplace and women’s empowerment, including the area of women’s sexual health. She creates candid and supportive conversations on topics which help individuals thrive in their professional and personal lives. As a coach, Robin works with executives and high-performance couples to help clients create strategic plans for success in their careers and in their relationships based on her proprietary model. The owner of Insights Group Psychological & Coaching Services, Dr. Buckley has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Hofstra University, and served as a doctoral professor and dissertation chair for students in business, leadership, education, and healthcare. She has published three books, including Voices From the Village: Advice for girls on the verge of adulthood. Dr. Buckley is a columnist for Entrepreneur.com and has been featured as an expert on multiple media platforms, including Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, Nike, various podcasts and news radio. Her 2022 TEDx talk was released in September.
I guide female professionals to clearly and loudly articulate their passions and their strengths, and then help them create a concrete plan to step into their passion with daily, observable action steps. I also work to help leaders create cultures of mental wellness within their organizations by implementing research-based, cognitive behavioral strategies.
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When I was a senior in college I was a Psychology major who had the heart of a social worker, and at that time, my passion was working with at-risk kids. I always wanted to find the angle to connect with them, to find the one thing that would allow me to be the voice they could hear in their lives. When I became a psychology professor this theme continued. I loved the students who told me they hated psychology because they became my main audience. If I could get them - the disbelievers - to buy in, then I achieved my goal.
So when people ask me why I'm a professional speaker, it's because of this. I love the challenge of trying to find the best way to connect with an audience, particularly the cynical ones. When I identify and use an approach that will get them to walk out of my talks with information that might just make a difference in their lives, I’ve achieved my goal. I do this by engaging my audiences through dialogue and technology because having them actively involved ensures they will get value from their time with me. Most importantly, while my talks offer inspriation and motivation, I make sure audiences leave with concrete strategies they can implement immediately to create the lives, organizational cultures, or careers they want.
Being an ally, an advocate, and an activist has specific impact upon an organization. Understanding the differences, and being able to identify which role you play, is essential to facilitating group culture and impacting change. Even more, learning the contributions each role has allows you to effectively navigate among these roles, allowing you and the individuals within your organization to affect the greatest outcomes.
Psychological safety is a necessary incorporation into organizational and team culture. By creating this type of culture, leaders can enhance productivity, foster DEI, stimulate innovation and improve employee satisfaction. This begins by understanding the characteristics of psychological safety and the strategies to create this experience for all team members, tapping into their unique and diverse perspectives to enhance organizational culture. From there, leaders learn how individual characteristics of their unique leadership styles lend themselves to supporting psychological safety. Ultimately, leaders understand the individual and organizational action steps which can successfully orchestrate effective risk taking and communication by utilizing the diversity of their team.
Every emotion, reaction and behavior we have and make comes from a thought, but our brains are lazy. Without specific direction, our brains rely on establised often dysfunctional habits, falling back on old patterns which are often based on primitative, evolutionary defense. Creating a toolbox of strategies to utilize in our personal and professional lives enhances our professional, personal and interpersonal lives and relationships, making our brains work for us rather than against us.
An extension of the viral 2022 TEDx talk, this is a look into women's connection with themselves. Learning to be comfortable with their bodies and their sexual pleasure creates a ripple effect for women. They learn how to ask for what they want. They choose to make their voices heard. They learn that their wants and needs are important and by placing these as priorities, they become more powerful and authentic in their lives.
Experts in mental health say that the most important call to action in creating a workplace culture which supports mental health is leading by example. Leaders who share their own stories regarding mental health model the culture which considers mental health as equitable to physical health. But in order for this strategy to be effective, the storytelling must be authentic and, for many leaders, it is about finding their voices and being comfortable sharing their stories.
Women have made incredible progress over the past 60 years since the women’s movement in the 1960s. In local and global politics, in all realms of business and production, and in entertainment, powerful women are changing the perspective and standards for women. So why is it that powerful women still make people uncomfortable? Considering the historical causes for female stereotypes, how cognitive dissonance plays a role in why powerful women are perceived as "scary", and what can women do to step into their power and change society's perception of powerful women, will frame this discussion.
Society talks about finding a work-life balance, but this idea of "balance" is misleading. There is no time when the areas of life are perfectly balanced. Instead, adopting the perspective of harmony, a functional integration of all areas of life, provides you with a more effective framework to achieve health and happiness. Incorporating the subtopics of asking for what you want, burnout, imposter syndrome and perfectionism will contribute to this discussion on work-life harmony.