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David Grossman

Lecturer; Founder and CEO, The Grossman Group

David Grossman, ABC, APR, Fellow PRSA, CSP, helps leaders drive productivity and get the results they want through authentic and courageous leadership and communication.

He is both a teacher and a student of effective leadership and communication. He is one of America’s foremost authorities on communication and leadership inside organizations and a sought-after advisor to Fortune 500 leaders.

Leveraging his background in organizational development and psychology, Grossman is known for his thoughtful, personal, and pragmatic approach, and coaches leaders at all levels to utilize communications as a strategic business tool. By acting as an advocate for employees and as a thoughtpartner™ to senior management, Grossman and his team help organizations unleash the power of communication to engage employees and drive performance.

Grossman is Founder and CEO of The Grossman Group, an award-winning Chicago-based communications consultancy focused on organizational consulting, strategic leadership development and internal communications. The Grossman Group’s client roster represents a wide range of industries and includes some of the world’s leading companies such as CVS Health, Eastman Chemical, Health Quest, Hill-Rom, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed Martin, McDonald’s, NYU Langone Health, Tenneco, and Wyndham, among others.

Grossman is often quoted in media, providing expert commentary and analysis on employee and leadership issues, including email overload in the workplace, why employees don’t get strategy, and bad bosses. He’s been featured on NBC Nightly News, CBS MoneyWatch, in the Chicago Tribune, and the LA Times. He is a designated Certified Speaking Professional through the National Speakers Association and teaches internal communications at Columbia University.

Leaders, communication professionals, and educators applaud Grossman’s books. His latest book, No Cape Needed: The Simplest, Smartest, Fastest Steps to Improve How You Communicate By Leaps and Bounds, recently won the Pinnacle Book Award for the “Best in Business” category and the Beverly Hills International Book Award’s President’s award. His other books include, You Can’t NOT Communicate: Proven Communication Solutions That Power the Fortune 100, now in its second edition, and its follow-up – which continue to receive accolades and praise for reminding leaders – everywhere and at all levels – on the value of getting leadership and communication right.

He has also authored numerous e-books, such as What the Most Successful CEOs Know: How Internal CEO Communications Shape Financial PerformanceMastering the Art of Messaging and The Definitive Guide to Taming the Email Monster, and has been featured in several industry and trade publications.

Twice named PR Week’s “Boutique Agency of the Year” and The Holmes Report’s “Employee Communication Agency of the Year,” The Grossman Group uses its unique Grossman Methodology – encompassing its award-winning proprietary tools, training, and thoughtpartner™ approach – to deliver proven, breakthrough strategies that solve their clients’ business challenges. Its work has won all the “Oscars” of communication. The Grossman Group is a certified diversity supplier.

Prior to founding The Grossman Group in 2000, David was director of communications for McDonald’s.


  • M.S., Northwestern University
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • No Cape Needed: The Simplest, Smartest, Fastest Steps to Improve How You Communicate by Leaps and Bounds (Little Brown Dog Publishing, 2015)
  • You Can't NOT Communicate: Proven Communication Solutions That Power the Fortune 100 (Little Brown Dog Publishing, 2nd edition, 2012)
  • You Can’t NOT Communicate 2: Proven Communication Solutions That Power the Fortune 100 (David Grossman, 2011)