About The Kaufman Partnership

Karen Kaufman, MSOD | President and CEO

Karen Kaufman, MSOD, Co-Founding PrincipalKaren co-founded The Kaufman Partnership with Donald Kaufman in 1985. Karen is an Executive Coach, Consultant and Keynote Speaker specializing in Impression and Relationship Management. Her goal is to create an environment of trust and intimacy so clients can explore and accelerate their leadership capacity, enabling them to leverage their impact and produce extraordinary outcomes for their organizations. Her coaching expertise includes executive presence and presentation, organizational dynamics, leadership acceleration and organizational transformation. 

Karen is a contributing author for six books including the topics of executive leadership, communication, executive appearance and women in partnership. Published works include: “Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practices, “Women in Partnership", “Female Body A Head to Toe Guide to Good Health and Body Care at Any Age”, “Work Sister Work – How Black Women Can Get Ahead in Today’s Business Environment, “Selling the Right Way, and “Before You Say A Word”.

Karen coaches executives and talented leaders in large-scale healthcare systems, global manufacturing companies, technology, the pharmaceutical industry, international financial services firms and global specialty chemical companies. Working closely with corporate clients, she develops custom programs to supplement their existing leadership development curriculum. Karen earned a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Philadelphia University.



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.

*Don Kaufman passed away on August 25, 2019 after a long illness. You can read his obituary here. We thank all our friends and colleagues for their wonderful support. Karen and The Kaufman Partnership team are continuing to build on the foundation of excellence, innovation, and service that Karen and Don created together.



David Grad, M.S. | Senior Consultant

David Grad, M.S., Strategic Communication Consultant and University LecturerDavid Grad brings the skills of a strategic communication consultant, executive producer, actor and corporate leader to his work as a facilitator and leadership coach. His multidisciplinary training and over 20 years of professional experience has provided him with a diverse array of perspectives, informing his understanding of the many dynamic elements necessary for more fully embodying the role of a leader, strengthening one's leadership presence and communicating more effectively. 

Synthesizing his prior experiences in the disciplines of acting, leadership and strategic communication, David, Sr. Consultant, The Kaufman Partnership facilitates executive presence programs and coaches leaders and emerging leaders to better understand the perceptual, cognitive, behavioral and emotional factors that support the role of leadership. His expertise in strategic communication and storytelling enables him to coach his clients to influence, inspire and more authentically connect with the many stakeholders critical to their success, the success of their teams and organizations. 

A frequent speaker, David is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Values-Based Leadership for the Master's program in Impact-Focused Business and Investing at Glasgow Caledonian University. He 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.