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Michael  Gold

Michael Gold

Founder, Jazz Impact


Michael Gold is the founder and president of Jazz Impact, where he develops and conducts interactive seminars that bring together the two seemingly disparate worlds of jazz and business. A dynamic speaker, he has presented keynote programs for over a decade to top Fortune 500 companies and NGOs such as IBM, Microsoft, GAP, Siemens, Aetna Insurance, Starbucks, McGraw-Hill, Thomson International, HSBC Bank, Credit Suisse, BASF, Baxter Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, General Dynamics, The Hay Group International, Cargill, Accenture, General Mills, and The United Nations. Gold’s expertise is in creating customized interactive keynotes and training sessions that reinforce team-building, problem solving, and other management skills by drawing upon live jazz performance and the collaborative techniques of jazz improvisation. Read More >

Gold’s extensive background in music, business, and academia was essential in developing Jazz Impact. He held various senior management positions in the real estate and financial services industries, holds a Ph.D. in music, and created and ran the first jazz program at Vassar College. He spent nearly two decades as a jazz bassist in New York having performed with such greats as Lee Konitz, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Sheila Jordan, Jon Hendricks, and Warne Marsh. In 1995, he received a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts to teach the skills of jazz improvisation to professional orchestral musicians, a first step towards forming Jazz Impact.

In 2008, Gold was selected as The Paul D. Fleck Fellow by The Banff Centre for Leadership for his outstanding work in the field of arts-based learning for business. He uses the art of jazz in a unique approach to teaching leadership development for the Executive MBA and Leadership Development Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the MBA Program at Loyola University in New Orleans. He has lectured at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the Richard Ivey School of Business, and the School of Public Health Policy at the University of Minnesota.

He received a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College, a Master’s of Arts in African American Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Ph.D. in Performance from the School of Education at New York University. Read Less ^

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The Impact of Jazz

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The Jazz Impact Experience

Good jazz and high performance business depend on creativity, agility, empathy and flexibility, and the similarities don't end there: the business lessons of jazz focus on high performance teamwork, multitasking, cross-functional awareness, innovation, and responsiveness to change. Jazz translates seamlessly across cultures and serves as a social model that can be leveraged to teach business the skills of collaboration. Read More >

The Jazz Impact Experience will stimulate your company to create and imagine new possibilities, through a live, interactive experience. Jazz Impact is a fusion of insights and parallels drawn from the world of business illustrated through the experience of jazz. Through live music and interactive engagement, Jazz Impact delivers perspectives and techniques that will have an immediate effect on your people and your business. Read Less ^

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