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, Co-Creator and Facilitator of the Jazz Leadership Project, an innovative leadership and team development model for high-level performance. She has planned and facilitated live workshops for Verizon, JPMorgan Chase, NYPD, and Con Edison. Jewel is co-founder of G&J Productions, Inc, a consulting firm for project planning, management, and production. She recently produced Rev. Dr. James Forbes’ Juneteenth celebration at Carnegie Hall. As an executive leader of several arts institutions, Jewel has over 20 years of experience in organizational operations, budget management, and program development. Jewel has participated in Columbia University’s Arts Leadership Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts Leadership Circles, and the Women & Power: Leadership for the 21st Century program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Greg Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Jazz Leadership Project, embodies the strategic vision of the company and enacts it during live workshops and for the Tune In To Leadership blog. The Co-Creator of G&J Productions, Greg has been instrumental in developing humanities programs for top cultural organizations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center. As a journalist and scholar, he has conducted in-depth research and conducted hundreds of interviews over the course of his career. Greg has given presentations on jazz, culture, race, and democratic life and values for a range of online platforms and institutions such Columbia, Hamilton, and Harvard.
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