Robert Calabrese is curious about what motivates and inspires people, exploring possibilities and discovering the thinking that precedes one’s actions. He takes time to help others see themselves with a sense of curiosity instead of judgment, and to help them discover the courage to risk doing something differently.
With 20+ years developing international corporate leaders and teams, Robert has a reputation for exceptional facilitation and coaching skills. He is thoughtful, dynamic and motivational, with a passion for personal excellence and relationship management. This is revealed every time he speaks on High Performing Team Effectiveness, Managing and Developing Talent, Workplace Communication, Employee Engagement, Coaching and Feedback, Managing Conflict, and Leading Change. Robert works closely with leadership and management teams to help create awareness by challenging assumptions and questioning status quo in order to enable a healthy organizational culture and deepen employee engagement.
Robert is Principal and co-founder of Business Visions Group (Est. 2008.) He uses his talents and experience in individual and organizational development to help leaders, managers, teams, and non-profit Boards increase engagement by identifying their core strengths and applying them to their aspirations and strategic goals.
Robert’s coaching practice is inspired by renowned philosopher Robert S. Hartman who observed “There are only four steps to a successful life. One, know yourself. Two, choose yourself. Three, grow yourself. And four, give yourself to something greater than you.”
Robert’s successful clients span both corporate and non-profit sectors including, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Nuveen Investments, Willis Towers Watson, Transurban, Corning, Inc., Covetrus, Jewish Community Centers of America (JCCA), and Alternatives, Inc., Somerset County (NJ)
Prior to owning his consulting and coaching practice, Robert worked at Merrill Lynch for 10 years in a variety of leadership and management development capacities, including manager of North America Sales Support training and Director of Global Leadership Development supporting General Counsel, Finance, HR, Treasury, Corp. Audit, and Operations.
Robert is a philosopher at heart. He believes that people are intrinsically good, and that self-awareness is a life-long adventure! He believes that there is a delta between knowing oneself and choosing oneself; and when explored, allows for optimal personal and professional development. Robert loves music and has almost perfect pitch. He loves exploring cuisine from his Calabrian and Tuscan roots, and enjoying the ocean with his husband, Scott in Asbury Park, NJ. Robert holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Don Bosco College, and M.Div. from Seton Hall University.
Publications: The ACC Docket: Nov 2016 “The Value of Acknowledging Your Internal Client’s Good Work” (Co-Authored with Robert Falk, General Council HRC and Past President ACC NCR)
- Master facilitator ACC National Capital Region Leadership Academy, 2018 – Present
- Member of the Robert S. Hartman Institute for Formal & Applied Axiology; current Board Treasurer.
- Association of Test Publishers (ATP) Innovations Conference (Speaker 2018)
- Featured Speaker AAWCC (American Association of Women in Community Colleges)
- Securities Industry Association Conference Speaker; Wharton (2005, 2006 & 2007)