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Natalie Robinson Bruner

Founder and Principal Strategist





Miami, FL

A Bit About Me

Natalie Robinson Bruner is passionate about serving and educating the community through leadership and workforce development. As the Division Director of Racial and Gender Equity Advancement at YWCA South Florida, Natalie oversees all functional operations and program management of the organization’s community and women’s programming focused on economic development, global education and social justice leading to racial and gender equity. She leads a multi-tiered division that produces leaders who go on to accomplish great things. Through her work at the YWCA, she directly impacts thousands of people throughout South Florida to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and motivation to positively shape their future. 

Before joining YWCA South Florida, Natalie served as the Director of the STEM Gateway Program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. In this position, she managed multiple multi-million dollar grants that helped more than 20,000 students build the skills necessary to graduate, restructured university systems, collaborated with other institutions to form synergistic alliances, developed policy that impacted under-resourced students, and served as a thought leader for equitable opportunities in education, which continues until now. 

The passion of her heart came when Natalie founded Glad • ED Solutions, where she trains and coaches leaders to better engage their workforce as well as create a culture of productivity that helps individuals flourish and organizations thrive.

Employee Engagement for
Greater Impact and Increased Revenue

Within our organizations, the workload never seems to end. A new project was always on the horizon without the completion of previous tasks. There is an expectation that staff are available or willing to work outside traditional business hours without pay, regularly. 

However when employees are engaged, they are more likely to invest in the work they do which leads to a higher quality of work produced. Engaged organizations have double the rate of success compared to less engaged organizations, according to the Harvard Business Review (HBR). Employees who are engaged are more involved and work harder, while disengaged employees are likely to only do the bare minimum. This holds true for organizations across multiple industries, including healthcare, government and nonprofit


organizations. HBR also found that organizations which scored higher in employee engagement reported 48% fewer safety incidents and 41% fewer patient safety incidents. According to a Gallup poll (2020), 54% of workers are "not engaged" meaning they are psychologically unattached from their work and organization. To improve productivity, retention, impact and revenue; employee engagement must become a key focus for your organization’s success. 

GladED Solutions will share our Burnout to Engagement© framework for an implementable plan to help leaders and managers quickly see improvement.

Potential Interview Questions

  1. What is burnout? And what is the impact of burnout on an organization?

  2. What causes burnout?

  3. How do I know if my staff, or I, are burnt out?

  4. Who is impacted by burnout?

  5. What organizational state should I be working towards?

  6. What do I need to do to engage my employees?

  7. What does DEI have to do with employee engagement?

  8. How can I develop leaders to support employee engagement?

  9. What can employees do to reduce their level of burnout? Become engaged?


Previous Speaking Engagements

TEDx Talk:

Morning Brew Interview:

Essential Leadership Skills:

Cheo talk about the New Mexico Association of Student Affairs Professionals Symposium:
Issues and Answers with Diane Kinderwater on KCHF-TV regarding STEM Programs:

South Florida Roundup on WLRN on The Year Since George Floyd's Death:

YWCA South Florida Take Action Tuesdays on Instagram:


Other Speaking Engagements:

  • Broward College Justice Series

  • Crossing the Finish Line: Graduating and Retaining our Students

  • Employee Engagement Trainings

  • How to Succeed in STEM

  • Imposter Syndrome

  • MBTI within a Team

  • Mentoring Institute Conference

  • New Mexico Association of Student Affairs Symposium 

  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Induction Ceremony

  • Soft Skills Training

  • South Florida Roundup on WLRN

  • STEM needs for Students of Color

  • The Essentials of STEM Persistence

  • Undergraduate Pipeline Network Summer Research and Mentoring Experience
  • United Way Panel on the Economic State of Women

  • WRLN Interview on the murder of George Floyd

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