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Cari Kaufman    

Professional, experienced storyteller with a gift for encouraging and supporting change and growth.

Cari Kaufman is an intuitive and innovative Leadership, Career and Personal Coach and motivational speaker who energizes leaders to identify and overcome performance and communication barriers while building highly successful organizations and developing a unique and compelling personal brand.

Cari's experiences run the gamut from military officer to stay-at-home mom and give her a unique perspective into everyday life. Her calm-under-fire approach to the transitions in life make her the perfect partner to help navigate the waters of change.

Cari graduated from the University of Arkansas, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, and spent four years serving her country in one of the most highly deployed units in the American military. In 1999, she was awarded the prestigious Soldier's Medal for Heroism, after rescuing a young girl from a gang rape and single handedly dispatching several attackers.

After leaving the military, Cari became the factory manager in a plastics manufacturing facility. While there, she became the primary liaison for labor union negotiations, eventually becoming known for her ability to diffuse tense situations and broker satisfying solutions for all parties. After the birth of her first child, Cari put her time management and leadership skills to the test as a stay-at-home mother of two children. She has also served as the Community Services Representative and Veterans Services Liaison for Home Instead Senior Care, giving her the opportunity to give back to those who have served our country.

As a coach, Cari uses her keen intuition and well-rounded insight to help her clients regain perspective and forward momentum in their lives. In addition to coaching, Cari is a talented and energetic speaker and an experienced facilitator who can address a wide variety of subjects including leadership, retention, customer service and more.

In July 2009, Cari surrendered to the a Call to women's ministry and began using her gifts as a teambuilding coach to help women's groups around the country build close, healthy relationships and become successful teams. This retreat ministry focuses specifically on church and para-church organizations, but has extended to groups as widespread as Susan G Komen and Inspired Girls Success Summits. Cari's first book, Living Life with Strings Attached, a guidebook to restoring biblical friendship was published in March 2010.

Cari lives with her fabulous husband, Charlie in the heart of Northwest Arkansas and they have two amazing children, Alexander and Elizabeth.

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