Professor and Author

Robert Veninga is Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.  He is an award-winning author having published four books and over 100 articles in professional and scientific literature. His research on occupational stress and human resilience has been featured in national and international publications.    

Professional Speaker

Dr. Veninga has spoken to audiences throughout the world on leadership, innovation and change. Seven of his presentations have been highlighted in the prestigious Vital Speeches of the Day which publishes “The Best Thought of The Best Minds on Current National Questions”.  His books, including A Gift of Hope:  How we Survive our Tragedies, have been widely acclaimed.


Dr. Veninga’s academic background includes graduate degrees (Ph.D., M.A.) in Speech-Communication from the University of Minnesota focusing on organizational and cross-cultural communication as well as a graduate degree (B.D.), from the North American Baptist Seminary. He is an active layperson in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of Sioux Falls. He serves as a consultant to financial service firms, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, government agencies and professional associations.


Dr. Veninga has been the recipient of many academic honors and was noted as an “Alumnus of Notable Distinction” by the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. Among the awards he holds most dear however, are those presented by students. Upon being accepted into the Teachers Hall of Fame, a student wrote: “Dr. Veninga has a passion for what he does…He is a true asset and ambassador for the University of Minnesota.”

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