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Natalie Robinson Bruner

CEO and Principal Strategist



Miami, FL

A Bit About Me

15+ Years of Professional Experience

Natalie Robinson Bruner is passionate about serving and educating the community through leadership and workforce development. So, she 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. She also runs a nonprofit, Wealth Work, that helps women of color build generational wealth.

Before founding these organizations, Natalie was the Division Director of Racial and Gender Equity Advancement for the YWCA South Florida. In this role, she oversaw all functional operations and program management of the organization’s community and women’s programming focused on economic development, global education, family wellness, and social justice leading to racial and gender equity. She led this multi-tiered division that produced leaders who went on to accomplish great things. Through her work at the YWCA, she directly impacted thousands of people throughout South Florida to ensure they have the opportunities, skills, resources and motivation to positively shape their future. 

She also served as the Director of the STEM Gateway Program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this position, she managed several multi-million dollar grants that helped more than 20,000 students build the skills necessary to graduate with STEM degrees, 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, that culminated with her giving a TEDx talk. 

Natalie is also a native of Miami and proud to raise her two sons in her hometown.


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

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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?


Sample Speaking Engagements

Careers that Work for You | Natalie Robinson Bruner | TEDxUMiami preview

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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