About The Kaufman Partnership

Karen Kaufman, MSOD | President and CEO

Karen Kaufman, MSOD, Co-Founding PrincipalKaren is an Executive Coach, Consultant and Seminar Leader specializing in Impression and Relationship Management, who co-founded The Kaufman Partnership with Don Kaufman in 1985.  Her goal is to create an environment of trust and intimacy so that clients can explore and accelerate their leadership capacity, enabling them to leverage their impact and produce extraordinary outcomes for their organizations.  Her coaching expertise and interests include executive presence and communication, effective impression and relationship management, the power of perception in organizational dynamics, leadership acceleration, and being a catalyst for the possibility of organizational transformation.  Karen has coached executives and talented leaders in large scale healthcare systems and academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, prominent professional and financial services firms; as well as technology leaders, publishing organizations and consumer product operations.  

Karen is a contributing author for six books.  Her most recent endeavor is an academic book entitled “Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice”, which received the 2011 AJN Book of the Year Award in the Advanced Practice category.  Karen’s focus was on the importance of impression management as it relates to maximizing nursing leadership.  As a nationally recognized expert, Karen was recently quoted by the Wall Street Journal in the article “How To Look And Act Like A Leader”.

Karen is a Founding Member of The Center for Organizational Dynamics at The University of Pennsylvania, and a Founding Member of the Psychoanalytic Coaches Association.  She is currently Chair Emeritus of the Board of Advisors for the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University, and is a member of The Board of Governors of The Pyramid Club of Philadelphia.  Karen is the Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board of the Friends of Independence National Historical Park, and serves on the Admissions Committee of Philadelphia's Union League.  While Pennsylvania's Governor, Edward Rendell and the Department of Community and Economic Development selected Karen Kaufman as one of the 50 Best Women in Business for 2003.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Philadelphia University and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. 


Don Kaufman, MSOD | Chief Operating Officer

Don Kaufman, Co-Founding PrincipalDon Kaufman is a highly skilled and accomplished Executive Coach, with 40 years of business and coaching experience.  He specializes in maximizing role performance using impression and relationship management for clients in an executive or professional role.  His clients are in practices such as Accounting, Law, or are Employed Physicians in a Hospital-based Practice Group and Pharmaceutical Companies.  While his clients have the technical or clinical skills, the organizations require progression to new roles and responsibilities that requires greater collaboration and leadership.  Don coaches his clients to advance their effectiveness by balancing their considerable technical skills and abilities with people skills to enhance their leadership.

Don was a Founding Member of The Center for Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Founding Member of the Psychoanalytic Coaches Association.  He is a former Member of the Human Resource Planning Society.  Don is active in his community and has served on the Executive Board of the Friends of Independence National Historical Park, and is a member of Philadelphia's Union League.  He served as President of the Union League Investment Club.

Don is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics.



David Grad, M.S. | Senior Consultant

David Grad, M.S., Strategic Communication Consultant and University LecturerDavid is uniquely suited to impression and relationship management consulting. His multidisciplinary training and over 20 years of professional experience has provided him with a diverse array of perspectives with which to coach leaders and emerging leaders. The ability to view each individual and team through the lens of an actor, coach, senior leader and teacher informs his understanding of the many dynamic elements necessary for better managing one’s executive presence and communicating more effectively.

David’s career got off to a fast start when he landed a role hosting a nationally syndicated television show, leading to ten years of work as an actor in commercials, theatre and film. Over the following decade as a writer, creator and producer, he and the teams he led both independently and in senior corporate roles at Viacom produced a body of work recognized by over 30 prominent industry awards including four Emmy® nominations and an Emmy® win in 2014. His proven track record leading teams driving strategy, creative development, and execution of multi-platform content has helped shape brands, connect with audiences, drive action and change behavior.

Since leaving Viacom, he has coached managers and executive leaders of brands, nonprofits and social enterprises on strategic communication, from storytelling to the art and science of executive presence. As a consultant and facilitator, he leverages the same interdisciplinary skills that drove his earlier successes to coach individuals and team members to better demonstrate their value to their organizations and external partners. A frequent speaker, David also teaches the graduate class, Principles in Persuasion as part of the core curriculum in Columbia University’s Master’s in Strategic Communication program.

David holds an M.S. in Strategic Communication from Columbia University, B.A.’s in both Mass Communication and Theatre from Florida State University and graduated from the 2-year acting program at the prestigious William Esper Studio in New York City. He is the City Director of the Brooklyn House of Genius, member of the Prospect Park Alliance Marketing Committee, a husband, father and avid outdoor sports enthusiast.