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Reimagining American Identity

America’s racial reckoning is underway, yet continues to be hotly debated.  One novel approach comes from leadership consultants Amiel Handelsman and Jewel Kinch-Thomas: frame it as a hero’s or heroine’s journey. The answer is surprising, simple – and makes a great deal of sense in fostering reckoning…then reconciliation.  They then discuss with Maureen what it means to use this metaphor for developing leaders.


Amiel Handelsman is a seasoned executive coach with 20+ years of experience helping organizations navigate complexity. His clients have ranged from Fortune 50 companies to inner city community development organizations. He has coached leaders from multiple cultures around the world. Amiel is the author of four books, including Reimagining American Identity. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Amiel lives with his wife and two children in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jewel Kinch-Thomas, COO and Co-Founder of the Jazz Leadership Project, has over 20+ years of experience in executive management. Her work is designed to optimize leadership capacity and accelerate team development for heightened workplace engagement and high-level performance. She is the co-author of Reimagining American Identity. Jewel is an alum of 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.