About Jennifer Jennifer Kahnweiler, PhD, is an author, speaker, and executive coach who has been hailed as a “champion for introverts.” Her bestselling book The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength achieved widespread appeal and has been translated into six languages including Chinese and Spanish.
Her thirty-five-year journey to become an expert on introverts included jobs as an elementary school counselor, university administrator, federal government program director, and career coach. She also deepened her knowledge and appreciation for introverts through her work as a learning and development professional working inside leading organizations such as GE, AT&T, NASA, Turner Broadcasting, and the CDC. Jennifer became committed to championing quieter people, first by helping organizations recognize and value them, and second, by helping introverted individuals step confidently into leadership and influencing roles.
Through keynote speeches and seminars on the topic that include her characteristic humor, poignant stories, and practical tools, she transfers the lessons introverts teach us. Jennifer has also written articles about introverts in the workplace for Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, and the Wall Street Journal and has been quoted on the subject in more than fifty international news Photo media outlets, including the New York Times and Time magazine’s January 2012 cover story on introverts.
Jennifer received her Ph.D. in counseling and organizational development at Florida State University and her earlier degrees in sociology and counseling at Washington University, St. Louis. She is a recipient of the 2012 Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) award, the National Speaker’s Association’s highest earned designation. She has also served on the board of the Berrett-Koehler's Author's Co-op and is on the board of the National Speakers Association of Georgia, where she heads up the community service program.
Truth be told, though, the greatest inspiration for her work with introverts has been her forty-year marriage to her husband, Bill. It has been said that couples start to resemble each other after a period of time. Over these four decades, Jennifer has indeed embraced some of Bill’s introverted tendencies and developed her own quiet strengths.
She is the grateful mother of three children, Jessie, Lindsey, and Adam. Though she is happy to call Atlanta, Georgia, home, her native New York will always be “the city.” She adores yoga (except the hot kind), can turn shopping into an art form, and appreciates any chance to escape to an amazing Korean spa off of I-85. Her most surprising lifetime about-face involves feline friends. She wrote in her high school yearbook that she “hated” cats. And today? She savors quiet time with Fred, the Kahnweiler cat (even though he likes Bill better).
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