Robert Holzer

CEO, Matter Unlimited
Robert Holzer

Rob created Matter Unlimited to catalyze and drive the purpose led economy through the power of storytelling. Before Matter Unlimited, Rob founded the integrated agency, Syrup, known for its creative excellence in working with global brands such as GE, Puma and Bottega Veneta among many others.

Syrup’s Hope.Act.Change website launched for President Obama during the 2008 primaries pushed boundaries to inspire a new kind of results-driven strategic partnership between creative agencies and their clients.

Under Rob’s leadership, Matter Unlimited has created powerful campaigns for client partners including Nike, Facebook, UNICEF, Merck For Mothers, NBC Universal, Kimpton Hotels and TED.

Rob is a founding member of The Civic Nation Creative Alliance, a group created by The White House under President Obama to connect key social initiatives to the country’s top creative agencies and talent.

Rob’s passion and vision for sustainable impact also extends beyond the office – he serves as an industry expert and speaker for the Cannes Lions Festival, SXSW, the United Nations Media for Social Impact Summit, Harvard Social Enterprise conference, Sustainable Brands conference, PopTech, and the Social Innovation Summit among others.

Rob is a certified Shared Value Initiative Affiliate and a mentor for global entrepreneurial non-profit Endeavor.org. In 2007, he successfully navigated Syrup through their acquisition by LBi (now Digitas, part of Publicis).

Robert Holzer
Robert has mentored

FLUSH

FLUSH is a sanitation solutions superhero whose powers involved education, advocacy and consulting. It is a women-owned firm focused on the “WASH” (water, sanitation, and hygiene) sector.

  • FLUSH
  • CIEDA
  • Bikeworks

Rob provided me with a fresh eye to my business and gave me important feedback based on his entrepreneurial experience. It is clear that Rob is a master entrepreneur and a great business mind, and I am really grateful for the opportunity to have been mentored by him.  

Kimberly Worsham, Founder, FLUSH

Rob has mentored

CIEDA

CIEDA is a non-profit organisation based in the UK which is all about inclusion, creativity, design, learning, sharing.

  • FLUSH
  • CIEDA
  • Bikeworks

Rob is firmly anchored in reality which was exactly the sort of mentor I needed. The non-profit world can be confusing at the best of times and the opportunity to ask the questions that were most important to me and then get Rob’s experienced and nuanced answers has been fantastic.  

James Wheeler, Executive Director, CIEDA

Rob has mentored

Bikeworks

Bikeworks uses the humble bicycle as a tool for social, environmental and community change.

  • FLUSH
  • CIEDA
  • Bikeworks

It is amazing what you can cover in one hour, but this was the experience meeting Rob. He clearly knows the questions to ask and I left with solid feedback and actions to follow on with.  

Jim Blakemore, CEO, Bikeworks