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Robin's Story

 

Robin Gelfenbien kicked off her career behind the windshield of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. A bunderful job that also saved her life.

After being horribly bullied by a group of 60 guys in college, she creatively beat out 990 people to land one of 10 Hotdogger positions. All before she pulled off a huge PR stunt that made her one of the most notorious Wienermobile drivers of all time.

Today, she is a storyteller and speaker whose stories have been featured on PBS, The Moth, RISK!, Mortified, among others. Robin has also given talks at New York Social Media Week, NYU, She’s the First and more.

Robin is the Creator/Host of the storytelling series, “Yum’s the Word,” that features her homemade ice cream cakes. The show has been hailed by the New York Times and Time Out New York as a Critic’s Pick. Guests have included Tim Gunn, Aasif Mandvi, Joy Behar and other celebrities.

 
Gelfenbien is beyond endearing. She’s fearless.
— New York Theater
  Robin was a Featured Speaker at New York Social Media Week for a session on "Social Storytelling and the Human Connection"

Robin was a Featured Speaker at New York Social Media Week for a session on "Social Storytelling and the Human Connection"

Gently, but thoroughly charming.
— Time Out Chicago
The students really engage with Robin. She’s really good at taking serious, important and helpful information, but making it fun, relatable and enjoyable.
— Marni Vassallo • NYU • Assistant Director for Undergraduate Advising Department of Teaching & Learning

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Program Descriptions

Finding Your Balls
(Regardless of Gender)

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Asking for and going after what you want can be challenging. You overthink things. You doubt yourself. You worry what people are going to think. Robin Gelfenbien can relate, but she’s found a way to break through those fears and not only find her balls, but grab life by them.

From asking Tim Gunn on the streets of NYC to do her show to pulling off the biggest, most badass PR stunt of all time for a major Fortune 500 company, Robin not only lives life with gusto, but with kindness and charm.

Join us as she shares her five secrets to how you can approach anything with confidence, charisma and cajones…and get what you want.

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Going after what you want can be tough. Luckily, Robin’s found a way to break through those fears and not only find her balls, but grab life by them. From booking Tim Gunn on the streets of NYC to pulling off the most badass PR stunt of all time, Robin shares how to approach life with confidence, charisma and cajones.

Key Takeaways

  • The 5 secrets to approaching anything with confidence

Branding Like a Boss

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With so much clutter online and rapidly shrinking attention spans, it’s critical that you and your brand stand out from the pack. But how do you do it?

With her 20 years working for the world’s biggest ad agencies and well-known brands, Robin gives you the tools to uncover what makes you and your brand unique and unforgettable.

Key Takeaways

  • Getting to the heart of what makes you tick and memorable
  • How to stay top of mind

 


Want to meet people, grow your business and get your name out there, but feel awkward chatting people up in person? Robin will break down how you can connect with people authentically, make yourself unforgettable and go after what you want.

Key Takeaways

  • Simple, no-brainer steps to kicking off a meaningful and memorable conversation
  • How to avoid "What do you do?" questions as you
  • How to break the ice naturally and engage with others to 

Ne"twerk"ing

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With so much clutter online and rapidly shrinking attention spans, it’s critical that you and your brand stand out from the pack. But how do you do it?

Key Takeaways

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Storytelling


About Robin

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Robin Gelfenbien is the self-proclaimed Ambassador of Fun. A NYC-based storyteller, writer and comedian, Robin has performed on PBS, The Moth, RISK! and Mortified. She’s the Creator and Host of the storytelling series and podcast, “Yum’s the Word,” that features her homemade ice cream cakes. 

The show has been named one of the “5 Best Storytelling Series in NYC” by CBS, a New York Times and Time Out New York Critic’s Pick and Bon Appetit raved, “We love Yum’s the Word.” Guests have included Tim Gunn, Jason Biggs, Aasif Mandvi, Joy Behar and stars from “Orange is the New Black.”

Robin has written jokes for emcee Rosie O’Donnell at The Matrix Awards where featured presenters included Martha Stewart, Rupert Murdoch, Hillary Clinton and more.

Her critically-acclaimed solo show, “My Salvation Has a First Name (A Wienermobile Journey),” premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. New York Magazine called it “the highlight of the Fringe” and Time Out New York gave it 4 stars.

She's performed her original comedy songs at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and on Sirius Radio. She’s also been on VH1 and AMC, and she starred in a commercial directed by Spike Lee.

Robin was a Featured Speaker at New York Social Media Week for a session on storytelling and businessand she has hosted storytelling workshops for Citi, PwC, Meredith Publishing, NYU, She’s the First, schools and more. 

She’s currently working on a screenplay about how the Wienermobile saved her life.

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