Professor, Motivator & Consultant
Jonathan Kaufman is an innovative thought leader, business educator and strategist who recognizes the impact of personal development on organizational growth. As a storyteller, Professor Kaufman shares his own journey dealing with the obstacles of everyday life and provides audiences with a true understanding of what it means to be in the act of "becoming" when finding greater success. 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. Read More >
Disability Creates Ingenuity - A Critical Business Tool
Jonathan Kaufman at Aktion Mensch
Business leaders are always looking for cutting edge solutions to develop a competitive advantage in their organization, while keeping the tried-and-true methods that defined their success in the first place. In this keynote Professor Kaufman draws upon his work to reveal a fresh approach, looking through a new lens to see how organizations can cultivate new leadership tactics and design tactics to cultivate a stronger workforce for the 21st Century. Read More >
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In a world full of complexity and nuance organizations seek different things to enhance their goals and objectives. This is why Professor Kaufman offers a high level of custom designed speaking engagements to meet the needs of the client. One of the things Professor Kaufman has learned in his training, as a psychotherapist and anthropologist, is one must start where the client is. By designing a speech around the organization’s needs, this only reinforces the ability to reach the long-term objectives and goals. Read More >
Through this customized speaking model clients will have the ability to benefit by getting what is most needed and provide an optimal learning experience for the session:
What is the process for Professor Kaufman to develop a customized speaking engagement? Starting with a basic opening questionnaire Professor Kaufman collects some essential information to understand your organization’s needs and objectives as well as some the key challenges you face. He talks with your key stakeholders to discuss and identify specific issues and ideas that they want to tackle. Read Less ^
Professor Kaufman's focus for this stirring keynote is to help leaders unlock their full potential for leadership. Read More >
By drawing on his own personal story of his own disability he provides the audience a greater understanding of: Read Less ^
Persons with disabilities have now exceeded the size of China with over 1.1 billion people making it the largest minority in the world. With numerous social, cultural and demographic shifts, Professor Kaufman in this talk explores why it is so important to re-imagine disability for the 21st century. Using disability as a lens, Kaufman discusses how the ripple effect of the growth of this community will impact us all through the ever-changing environments of business, government and education.
As a licensed psychotherapist, Jonathan Kaufman has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups focusing on a myriad of mental health issues from acute psychosis, depression, anxiety, PTSD, to work/life balance and stress management. Through his professional experience and seeing the media’s portrayal of those with invisible disabilities, he felt it was time to speak up and offer people a more comprehensive understanding of the nuances of neurodiversity and its impact on mental health and what that means in today’s society. This talk is designed for parents, advocates/mental health professionals, media and those dealing with everyday issues to inform, empower and engage in developing a greater understanding and embrace diversity.
Leadership, innovation and management style are all important ingredients in developing a successful and thriving business. Yet, another key element that needs to be addressed that often doesn’t get enough attention is corporate health and wellness. Business at its core is always about people and understanding how to keep employees mentally engaged and productive is critical for the growth of any organization. Read More >
In this talk licensed psychotherapist, executive coach and consultant Jonathan Kaufman will offer audience members insight into some of the key challenges that are facing organizations today as it pertains to corporate health and wellness. Issues that will be explored will include (but not limited to) stress management, work/life balance as well job design concerns. Kaufman will discuss what types of organizational strategies are needed to assist in developing an innovative approach to corporate health and wellness. Through leveraging his background, audiences are given a unique multifaceted perspective from both a macro and micro point of view to illustrate the value add in cultivating long term success and the power that mental health has in business strategy. Read Less ^
"Having Jonathan Kaufman speak at the Darden School of Business was a priority for our diversity programming this year. We look to broaden the diversity conversation and perspective with every program we offer. Jonathan engaged with students, staff and faculty across the university to discuss diversity from the perspective of persons with disabilities. We looked at the physical layout of the school, the academic offerings and the business case for disability diversity. Jonathan made a huge impact in a short period of time."
"Jonathan Kaufman is a highly skilled subject matter disability expert who brings a sophisticated perspective to the wide and varied implications of disability in the corporate world. He challenges conventional wisdom, stimulates professionals to try new ideas, offers gentle advice, and persuades the sometimes recalcitrant to move forward as quickly as possible to take full advantage of the business benefits and blessings of diversity that people with disabilities bring to the workplace, marketplaces and supply chains of our world."
"Jonathan Kaufman is a powerful voice in the communities involved with diversity and inclusion. He is a passionate speaker and will make audiences understand the issue far more deeply than they currently do. He would be an invaluable resource to any organization committed to equality for everyone."
"Jonathan possesses the very rare blend of business, academic, and consulting skills. His content depth is enormous. People fall in love with him instantly. He is courageous and knows just how far to challenge people in order to create lasting shifts in their thinking. His expertise and passion has created client engagements that soar."
"Thank you for sending us Jonathan, he did a wonderful job presenting and generating stimulating dialogue."