Redefining Engagement

Robert Van Arlen is a speaker, trainer, and corporate engagement guru, who is transforming the growth of organizations worldwide. Robert has delivered speeches and training programs for employees of multi-national companies, business associations, and academic institutions, as well as groups of entrepreneurs, politicians, bureaucrats, ambassadors, and leaders in governance. Some of his notable clients include Henkel Corporation, SkyMall, Cigna, Starwood Hotels, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Lufthansa, U.S. Federal Government, Verizon, and Proctor & Gamble.

Robert is considered one of the most charismatic and engaging speakers in the professional development marketplace. During his keynote speeches, Robert plays original compositions or provides each audience member with an instrument, which is part of what makes his keynotes exceptionally engaging. He delivers a memorable experience for every audience. Born in Honolulu, Robert grew up in Kansas City. He moved to San Francisco, and then later to Toronto to reengineer divisions of Commerce Clearing House (CCH), a global publisher of business and tax law information.

After 15 years of leadership experience in the global legal publishing arena, Robert’s corporate background rests on a strong foundation. He implemented business models that helped keep CCH lucrative during the transition from print to CD-ROM & online technologies. His models for adapting to change have been adopted throughout many industries, and he is known for helping teams and individuals become more focused and productive, as well as transforming company cultures.

Robert shares his experiences, research, and dynamic case studies during his training sessions as a method for knowledge transfer. He is also a certified facilitator for Developing High Performance Organizations (DHPO).

Robert continues to coach CEOs, celebrities, and professional athletes, to help them achieve peak performance and focus. Recently, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Phoenix, Arizona, he and Stedman Graham delivered a series of leadership programs to hundreds of C-level executives. Robert is also a frequent speaker for the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) State conferences throughout the country.


Robert Van Arlen has had the opportunity to speak on 5 continents, 15 countries and delivered over 1,000 presentations. He continues to specially customize each program based on the needs of the audience and the company.


“The challenge each year becomes doing something new that engages our staff in a meaningful way. Robert’s ability to apply motivational principles to our specific work environment kept the team interested and reinforced the values we look to convey to all of our employees. I would recommend Robert Van Arlen to anyone who is seeking an enjoyable way to connect with their employees and better the teamwork at their organization.”
I've worked with Robert Van Arlen for more than ten years as he supported leadership and team development programs sponsored by my company. Robert is a passionate, engaging speaker who excites audiences. He helps his listeners turn their excitement into applied learning that makes a measurable difference in the workplace.
“Robert Van Arlen spent as much time as needed to learn about our business. We were able to easily schedule multiple conference calls with him, which increased our confidence in his abilities. His pre-engagement processes resulted in one of the best management and sales development programs we have held.”
For anyone that is looking for a keynote speaker, life coach, emccee, business analyst, or most importantly a best friend it doesn't get any better than Mr. Robert Van Arlen! I plan on Robert being a "Go To" figure in my business and in my personal life for many years to come!
I had the extreme pleasure of hosting Robert at a recent SHRM of Greater Phoenix luncheon on 6/19/2014. Robert's energy and enthusiasm around his Multi Dimensional Growth Model and the impact it has on organizations is contagious. With his extensive experience and knowledge on Employee Engagement in both domestic and international organizations, he is a must for your organization and or chapter. The Arizona HR community is very lucky to have his passion here in our valley.
"It was great to see Robert Van Arlen at the 2013 Arizona Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) State Conference. Robert ignited the audience at our 2008 conference, and we were fortunate that he was able to return again as a keynote speaker in 2013. This year, he not only ignited the audience but inspired them with his steps for building an inspirational community. HIs presentation was one to remember in that he played original musical compositions on stage! "
Robert Van Arlen is an engaging, charismatic speaker who demonstrates through his passionate topics, his personality, and his entire being, a compelling interest in the success not only of a company but of the individual. Ultimately, every time I have heard Robert speak, I have come away with the desire to improve, to be more engaged and to make a difference.