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Ronni Burns

Ronni Burns

Joined Stern 2010

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10012

E-mail rburns@stern.nyu.edu
Personal website


A former corporate executive, a balanced consultant, an energetic training professional, a spirited coach, occasional stand-up comic, engaged professor, perpetual student of life and (modest) award-winning speaker, Ronni Burns understands the need to communicate persuasively for success in business and life.

Ronni spent 17 years at Citigroup as a Senior Vice President serving in a variety of roles, including Director of Business Practices, Global Spokesperson and National Sales Manager for Citicorp Investment Services. Today, she is grateful to have the opportunity to do the kind of work she loves most; teaching, consulting, and coaching some of the most amazing people.

Relevant, easy to implement information is delivered in a compelling and memorable way. Using stories and beautiful slides, Ronni bridges evidence-based communication theory with practical wisdom; offering sophisticated ideas and techniques to connect more deeply with your audience.

Ronni has been an Adjunct Professor of Communications at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland since 2002, working with EMBA students. She is proud to have received the Top 15% Teaching Award. Since 2010, she is delighted to also be teaching Management Communications to MBA students at the Stern School of Business at NYU. Previously, she taught communication courses at the Wharton Business School. She has been a guest lecturer at various international schools including Graduate School of Business Administration in Zurich, Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

As a "communicologist", she blends her expertise in psychology and influence sharing a variety of tools to communicate with maximum impact. Her passion is helping individuals and teams get their messages across powerfully. Participants learn ways to differentiate themselves, become more memorable and remark-able, and discover how to design and deliver a message that gets results.

As a consultant, Ronni has delivered workshops and seminars to thousands of executives in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America on presentation skills, consultative selling and management communications. Ronni is described as, "A sought after speaker who electrifies audiences and inspires us with her stories and humor." She considers herself a "simplictor". Her talent is helping others make complex concepts easy to communicate and implement. She loves both the art and science of effective communication.

Consistently rated as a top speaker at industry and leadership conferences, Ronni has worked in a variety of industries including financial services, bio-tech, film, plastics, technology, energy, and government contracting. Her clients included GE, Corning Glass, Houston Biotech, Schlumberger, Hewlett Packard, SAIC, Entergy, United Technologies and Marriott, as well as many financial services companies.

She served as a Trustee at the Securities Industry Association for 10 years, was on the Board of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Living, and has been a pro bono consultant to Save the Children. Elected to the Board of NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) in 2010 she served as their Treasurer. She is an investor at Golden Seeds, an investment firm dedicated to delivering above market returns through the empowerment of women entrepreneurs.

Ronni Burns holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Communication Science from the University of Connecticut. Ronni is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC). She has held NASD licenses 7, 22, 24 and 63. In her book, Communication Essentials: A Sell-abration, she shares her insights into the complicated business of building relationships.


Courses Taught

  • Management Communication

Academic Background

BA and Masters
University of Pennsylvania

M.A., Communication Science
University of Connecticut

Areas of Expertise


  • Communications