Her clients include a wide range of organizations, including colleges and universities in seven systems of higher education across the country. A partial list of includes The California State University – Office of the Chancellor and campuses, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,  LA County Natural History Museum – President and senior leadership team,  University of California System and campuses, University of North Carolina System – president, campus leadership and board, University of Texas system and campuses, University of Nebraska System (president, senior leadership team, board and the flagship at Lincoln), Northwestern University , University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Scripps Women’s College, RTI International and Yale.

Volunteer Activities:

Dr. Kaufman is a committed volunteer who contributes time and resources to professional development organizations. She is past president of Leadership California, a non-profit organization devoted to educational programs and furthering the advancement of women leaders in business, government, education and other public and private arenas. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Board. Additionally, Dr. Kaufman is the 1998 recipient of the prestigious Leadership California Leader award for her program design and board development efforts. She is also on the faculty of Leadership California and the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO).


Dr. Kaufman received her Ph.D. in Education, with an interdisciplinary focus in leadership and non-verbal behavior from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). She served as the Leader-in-Residence for the academic year 1998-1999 at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Leadership, located at the Peter Drucker School of Management (CGU), where she earned her Master’s in Executive Management. Dr. Kaufman periodically serves as an adjunct professor at CGU, where she teaches courses in leadership and talent management. She is also a certified master instructor in the use of the Connective Leadership Achieving Styles Model.


"The Power of Self-Directed Leadership Development in an Era of Disruptive Change." Academic Leader (August 2014)

"A Proactive Approach to Preventing Train Wrecks, Landmines, and Derailment." University Business (November 2013)

“The Importance of Collective Leadership: Building and Maintaining High-Performing Teams.” Academic Leadership (September 2013) 

"Executive On-boarding: The Unwritten Rules of Success." University Business (November 2012)

"Collaboration at the Heart of Successful Change Initiatives." Academic Leader (September 2012)

"Anatomy of Dysfunctional Working Relationships." Business Strategy Series (March 2012)  

"Overachieving Leaders: When an A Is Not Good Enough." Business Strategy Series (March 2012) 

"Leadership Strategies: Building Your Sphere of Influence." Business Strategy Series (November 2011) 

"Speak Truth to Power." Leadership Excellence (June 2011)

"Don't Stop Thinking About the Future." University Business (February 2011)

"Landmines Ahead: Why Smart, Newly Appointed Leaders Derail." University Business (July/August 2010)

"Working with Consultants: Look Before You Leap." University Business (December 2008)

"Reining in Those 'Maverick' Trustees." AGB, Trusteeship (July-August 2007)

"Organizational Champions." Board Member (July/August 2006)

"A Helping Hand: The Role of Executive Coaching in Performance Management." University Business (March 2006)

"The Leader as Change Agent." University Business (March 2005)

"En Route to Executive Retention" American Society of Association Executives (January 2005)

"The Juggling Act." University Business (July 2004)

"Succession Planning Means Planning Ahead." Board Member (February/March 2003)

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About Barbara Kaufman

Barbara L. Kaufman, Ph.D.
ROI Consulting Group, Inc.

Seasoned leader, Dr. Barbara Kaufman, President of ROI Consulting Group, Inc., has worked for over 25 years as an executive, educator and executive coach to help individuals and teams increase their leadership effectiveness and organizational capacity. As a trusted advisor to leaders in higher education and the non-profit sector, Dr. Kaufman combines executive experience with researched-based, pragmatic guidance in the area of leadership effectiveness. Areas of expertise include: leadership effectiveness at the individual and team levels, executive coaching, high performing teams, performance assessment for senior administrators, executive on-boarding, shared governance, succession planning, board development and related topics.​


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