The Jazz Leadership Project founders, Greg Thomas and Jewel Kinch-Thomas, were inspired to form the Jazz Leadership Project (JLP) as avid advocates of the power of music to inspire and empower people and organizations. Using America's fine art of jazz gives individuals and companies an innovative model grounded in musical principles and practices to develop leadership capacity, bolster team synergy, and enhance inclusion.

JLP uses a creative methodology and an exclusive workstyle assessment in half- and full-day workshops, with live band, to frame leadership and team development through the lens of jazz. Clients such as JPMorgan Chase, NYPD and Con Edison have utilized the JLP Experience to enhance personal creativity and communications skills; strengthen leadership capacity; and elevate group collaboration and inclusion via experiential learning. As jazz also models ways to manage change in internal and external environments, your organization too can have the JLP Experience, and embody practical lessons in a low-stakes, playful environment.


Jewel Kinch-Thomas is COO and Co-Facilitator of the Jazz Leadership Project. She is Co-Founder of G&J Productions, an arts culture event planning and productions firm. The former Artistic and Executive Director of the historic Theatre of The Riverside Church, Jewel founded and produced several annual programs including: dance, film and family arts festivals; galas and special events, featuring luminaries such as Phylicia Rashad and Max Roach, and Ruby Dee. More recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Writer's Center. Jewel has participated in New York Foundation for the Arts Leadership Circles, Columbia University’s Arts Leadership Institute, and the Women & Power: Leadership for the 21st Century program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Greg Thomas, CEO and Lead Facilitator of the Jazz Leadership Project, is a writer, editor, public speaker and events consultant. The Co-Founder of G&J Productions, Greg has been instrumental in developing programs such as the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s flagship interview series, Harlem Speaks. He has written about culture, race, and democratic life and values in publications ranging from the Village Voice, New Republic, Salon, UPTOWN, The Root, the Guardian Observer, and the New York Daily News—as jazz columnist. Greg has lectured on American cultural history and jazz at Columbia, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hamilton College and Harvard. 


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