Karen is an Executive Coach, Consultant and Seminar Leader specializing in Impression and Relationship Management, who co-founded The Kaufman Partnership with Don Kaufman in 1979. 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 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.