Bob Kulhan

CEO, Senior Faculty & Founder


Bob Kulhan is the Founder, President and CEO of Business Improv®, a world-class leader in creating experiential training and development programs for corporations of all scopes and sizes. Based in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Business Improv serves a large international roster of blue-chip firms such as Google, PepsiCo, American Express, Capital One, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Danahar, Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, Takeda, Shiseido Cosmetics, Sumitomo Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Hilton Hotels Worldwide and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

Kulhan’s consulting and teaching work with these clients emphasizes the use of improvisational techniques in developing leadership, improving managerial structure, honing team skills, fostering a collaborative corporate culture, busting blocks to creativity, facilitating conflict management, connecting Millennials, and encouraging creative and adaptive problem solving.

In 1999, Kulhan developed Business Improv’s unique approach by analyzing the science of communication inherent in improvisation and partnering with America’s top professors in behavioral decision theory, cognitive psychology, social psychology and behavioral economics. Kulhan’s blend of improv technique and scientific theory is a powerful one and has made Business Improv a welcome presence at top businesses and business schools around the world.

Kulhan serves as an Adjunct Professor at both the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School at Columbia University and teaches regularly as part of the Executive Education programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has also taught Business Improv at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale School of Management, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, University of Florida‘s Warrington College of Business, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, the Australian Graduate School of Management (Sydney) and the KOC Business School (Istanbul, Turkey).

As a performer, Kulhan has over 26 years worth of stage credits. He was an actor with Chicago’s famed Second City and was the first core faculty of The Second City Training Center. He’s a member of the former resident company of the iO Theater, and has also studied, taught, and performed regularly at the Annoyance Theatre. Kulhan is a cofounder of the critically acclaimed “Baby Wants Candy” improv troupe (Chicago Improv Festival, 2005 Ensemble of the Year!), with which he has toured internationally.

Bob has had the fortune of performing improvisation and facilitating Business Improv® workshops in the United States, England, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, Morocco, Turkey, Dubai, Mumbai, and Banff, Canada, where he participated as a Faculty Member and Master Artist in both the Creativity Forum on Creative Leadership, and the Thought Leadership Forum on Ethical Governance and Creating a Climate of Corporate Integrity (whew!).

Bob is the author of ‘GETTING TO YES AND’, by Stanford University Press, January 2017. Please take a look at Bob’s book for additional Business Improv material.

In addition to all things improv, Bob is passionate about cooking, SCUBA diving, the Chicago Cubs, Brazilian Jju-Jitsu (blue belt) and his family. Please, if you have any decency whatsoever – or just want to see Bob’s comedy stuff – please visit, @Kulhan.

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