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Jonathan Vehar



Jonathan works with organizations to develop leadership and innovation solutions necessary for growth. Fast Company calls him an “innovation thought leader,” and Investor’s Business Daily referred to him as an “innovation guru.”

Jonathan serves as the President of PRND:Shift, an executive leadership and organizational development practice, and on the faculty of the Center for Creative Leadership. He served as the chief product officer and member of the global executive team of Dale Carnegie & Associates, a training organization with operations in 50 states, 90 countries and 32 languages, where he revitalized the product offerings including face-to-face training, virtual instructor-led, on-demand video, and AI-based apps. Jonathan previously worked at CCL as a senior faculty and had portfolio management responsibilities for innovation, technology-based learning solutions, and individual leadership development solutions. He also spent 14 years as the President and cofounder of New & Improved, LLC, a global training and organizational development firm focused on creative thinking and innovation leadership skills.

Jonathan regularly works with Fortune 100 companies in the consumer goods, electronics, pharma, and entertainment industries as well as mid-size enterprises, various government agencies and business schools.

Jonathan has served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, SUNY Buffalo State College, Ithaca College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, was a regular speaker at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and has lectured in the business schools at New York University and Georgia Tech.

He is an avowed yacht-racing enthusiast and gearhead, having once spent a season as a track announcer at Watkins Glen International Raceway. He is fairly sure that he is proud to have been referred to as an “innovation geek" in Forbes.


Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Ithaca College

Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication (Instructional Systems Design and Corporate Culture) from Ithaca College after an unsuccessful early foray in engineering.

Master’s Degree in Creativity, Innovation and Change Leadership from the State University of New York’s Buffalo

Jonathan holds a Master’s Degree in Creativity, Innovation and Change Leadership from the State University of New York’s Buffalo State College.

Publications & Conferences

Publications & Conferences

Publications in which Jonathan has been quoted or interviewed include Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Newsday, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, EuropeanCEO, HR Katha, BusinessWorld (India), and Road & Track. He is also the author of many white papers, articles, blogs, videos, books, and training manuals about leadership, creative thinking and innovation leadership. He is the co-author of the book, More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams, Sell! The Way Your Customers Want to Buy, and LEAD: How to Build a High-Performing Team. He also wrote the book, Manage Your Boss, published by the Center for Creative Leadership

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Greensboro, NC

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