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About Robert

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Robert Naylor has more than three decades of experience as a high-profile reporter, editor, news executive, mentor, coach, and trainer. He has a diverse background with expertise in leadership development, coaching, team building, talent management, planning, strategy, and diversity.

He recently returned from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was among a group of American and international writers, photographers, and filmmakers serving as instructors for the Pan African Workshop for Professional Media Production. The students included professional journalists, journalism educators, and journalism students.

As a consultant, Robert helps businesses, academic institutions, member associations, and non-profit organizations of all sizes create tailored programs that build employee performance and engagement, improve communication and collaboration, and develop new leaders. He is also an experienced and accomplished diversity and inclusion practitioner.

Robert is a certified professional coach who has helped people at all skill and functional levels achieve greater success and personal fulfillment through one-on-one and group coaching.

He is an engaging speaker and a skilled facilitator who would be a great addition to your next conference, convention, seminar, or other meeting as an expert on media, media ethics in the digital age, leadership, and diversity. He is great with professionals, college students, and youth groups (Go to the contact page to invite Robert to speak).

As Director of Career Development for AP’s News Division, Robert created ground-breaking leadership and management development programs for news managers, and staff in the United States and around the world. He also managed industry-leading student programs.

Robert has been a college journalism teacher, and he is a frequent speaker and presenter for professional journalism, student journalism, and journalism education conferences. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists.

Robert has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with a journalism concentration from Jackson State University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership with emphases in servant leadership and diversity leadership from Gonzaga University. He also has a graduate certificate in leadership studies from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is a certified coach, having received his professional coaching certification through the Life Coaching Institute of Orange County.

Robert is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the Association for Talent Development, the International Coach Federation, and the Gay Coaches Alliance. He was a charter member of the New York African American Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of a number of news industry, professional development, and professional networking organizations.