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Ronni Burns

Ronni Burns

Joined Stern 2009

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

E-mail rburns@stern.nyu.edu


Ronni Burns joined New York University Stern School of Business in 2009 as an Adjunct Professor of Management Communications. She has been a consultant and a corporate officer as well as an award-winning speaker and educator for more than 25 years. Most recently she was a Senior Vice President at Citigroup serving as the Client Advocate for the North America retail businesses. Her 17-year career at Citigroup included serving as Director of Business Practices, Global Spokesperson and the National Sales Manager for Citicorp Investment Services.

Professor Burns develops and delivers courses in communications to thousands of executives. Her clients have included Aetna, A.G. Edwards, Citigroup, Corning Glass, Credit Lyonnais, Cyber Dialogue, Dean Witter, Disney, Federated Investors, Fidelity, GE, Hewlett Packard, ING, Macquarie Bank, Merrill Lynch, Munich-American Risk Partners, Nike Securities, Oppenheimer Funds, PaineWebber, Raymond James and Sinclair Broadcasting.

Professor Burns has taught M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. courses in communications as an Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at the Robert H. Smith School of Business since 2002. Previously, she was an Adjunct Professor of Communications at the University of Connecticut and taught at the Wharton School for Executive Education. She also teaches custom clients, which include Black & Decker, Hughes Network Systems, Nextel, Entergy, Otis Elevator, (Beijing China), SAIC and Anne Arundel Health Systems. She was a guest lecturer at international schools including GSBA Zurich and RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and a speaker at NAWMBA Annual Conference (National Association of Women M.B.A.s).

Professor Burns was a Trustee at the Securities Industry Association for 10 years, served on the Board of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Living and was a pro bono consultant to Save the Children.

In her book, Communication Essentials: A Sell-abration, Professor Burns shares her insights into the complicated business of building relationships and communicating with maximum impact through "tailored communication."

Professor Burns holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Communication Science from the University of Connecticut. She has held NASD licenses Series 7, 22, 24 and 63 and recently became a Certified Professional Coach.

Courses Taught

  • Management Communication

Academic Background

M.A., Communication Science
University of Connecticut

Areas of Expertise


  • Communications