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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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Generations: A New Understanding of Diversity & Disability for the Millennium: Why Business Needs To Pay Attention! (Enhanced Edition)

Jonathan Kaufman

This workshop explores the importance of the cross-generational workforce of the new millennium and why persons with disabilities are critical to understanding the growth of this new paradigm. The disability community is the essence of diversity running across race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economics, sexual orientation and is the only minority group anyone can join at anytime!Using the lens of disability as away to peer deeper into the issues of diversity this workshop provides participants a well rounded perspective of the future of work inthe 21st Century. Those attending will gain a greater competitive edge by debating new ideas. The new knowledge will deliver powerful economic benefits for their companies.

The workshop will engage participants by offering key insights designed for recruiters, Human Resources and C-Suite professionals in the following:

Defining the Cross-Generation Workforce
— Understanding the “silos” of the disability community within the cross-generational paradigm, emphasizing college students, veterans, boomers, etc.
— The Knowledge Worker of the 21st Century: Why having an employee with a disability gives companies a competitive advantage
— Cultural Understandings in the Workplace: How Companies can maintain workplace productivity in a cross-generational environment

This Enhanced Edition of the program includes:
-15 minute conversation with Jonathan Kaufman pre-workshop to focus on needs/customization for event
-15 minute wrap up conversation post workshop

Every Program Purchase Includes

  • Gear Checks and Pre-Call Rehearsal: Your Geniecast Experience Specialist will test the audio, video, and internet connection for your primary location as well as the Genie (Presenter).
  • Expert Feature Management: Customized features are available to Cast participants per Client specification.
  • Live Technical Support: We’re with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth end-to-end Cast experience.