Robin Gerber is a powerful speaker, best-selling author and historian. She has appeared on History Channel and Biography Channel programming, as well as The PBS Newshour, and CBS and FOX channel affiliates.

Her articles have appeared in USAToday, the Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and numerous other newspapers and magazines. Robin is Senior Faculty for the Institute for Management Studies where she teaches her popular course on Authentic Leadership.

Robin is the author of the bestseller, Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage (Penguin/Portfolio).

Her most recent book is the first biography of the founder of Mattel, Ruth Handler: Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her (Harper/Collins).

Robin’s book Katharine Graham: The Leadership Journey of an American Icon with a foreword by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great (Penguin/Portfolio), explores the life of the legendary publisher of The Washington Post newspaper.

Robin’s novel Eleanor vs. Ike (Harper/Avon) imagines Eleanor Roosevelt as a candidate for President in 1952.

Robins inspirational keynote speeches, using moving stories from the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt, Katharine Graham and other great leaders, have been enjoyed by clients including Bank of America, IBM, Marriott, Legg Mason, JP Morgan/Chase, Freddie Mac, Aetna Information Services, the AARP, Lee Hecht Harrison, Giant Food, The Culinary Institute, Sun Trust, Ameriprise, Accenture,West Point, the U.S. Forest Service, the Council for Excellence in Government, The 3rd Quality Conference of the European Union, and many universities, colleges, girls’ schools, nonprofits and government agencies.

Prior to becoming an author, Robin practiced law in Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill. She has studied and written about leadership development since 1975.

Robins Clients Include



Institute for Management Studies

U.S. Army


Bank of America

JP Morgan/Chase

Blue Cross/Blue Shield Michigan


Legg Mason 

Lee Hecht Harrison

The Brookings Institution

U.S. Forest Service

National Coalition of Girls’ Schools

National Association of Campus Activities

The Junior League (numerous chapters)

St. Margaret’s School for Girls

Executive Womens Roundtable

3rd Quality Conference (3QC), European Union

United States Military Academy at West Point

The Culinary Institute

Hamlin School for Girls

Harpeth Hall

Scripps College

Columbia College

University of Pennsylvania

University of Denver, Daniels College of Business

Dickinson State University

Association of Junior Leagues International

Culver Academy

Defense Supply Center Philadelphia

The American Society of Military Comptrollers

Women of Washington

Culinary Institute of America

Freddie Mac

Defense Logistics Agency

Gallup Organization

Aetna Information Services

Council for Excellence in Government

American Newswomen’s Association

Business and Professional Women

The International Association of Administrative


Birmingham Society of Human Resources Managers


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The Internal Revenue Service

The McConnell Leadership Center

Women in Nuclear