Jonathan Kaufman

Jonathan Kaufman has been an innovative thought leader, business educator, and strategist who recognizes the impact of personal development on organizational growth.

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jonathan Kaufman’s disability has been a profound part of his personal, academic and professional life. Whether hiking in the Ecuadorian highlands with his family, skiing down a mountain or repelling down the side of a cliff in the Middle East, to the simplicity of tying his own shoes one handed, he has pushed the idea that anything is possible if given the will.

Building on this philosophy Professor Kaufman focused his academic career at Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University studying disability lifestyle, work, and policy issues. He continued his graduate work in the social sciences at the University of Chicago studying Psychiatric Social Work/Human Development and Public Policy, and then attended Columbia University studying Applied Anthropology with an emphasis on the culture of work for the 21st century.

Today, Professor Kaufman is seen as one of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners in the areas of diversity and inclusion, organizational strategy and personal growth. As an executive coach, consultant, and licensed psychotherapist Kaufman seeks to develop new strategies and initiatives by synthesizing ideas from management theories and applications to entrepreneurial thinking to the knowledge of human capital by cultivating increased motivation and skills to achieve greater success both personally and professionally. Kaufman is showing that through this integration, J Kaufman Consulting can assist organizations and individuals on a broader scale by expanding services and providing them innovative approaches to analyzing and finding solutions in areas ranging from leadership, change management, strategic thinking and beyond.

Career Highlights:

-Served as a Policy Advisor to the White House on Disability & Diversity Issues
-Technical Consultant for Hollywood Films including Adam and HBO's Temple Grandin
-Lead Disability Strategist for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
-Senior Strategist at The National Business and Disability Council
-Advisor and Consultant to Diversity Best Practices for Fortune 500 & 1000 companies

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