The Inmate, the Student, and Tolstoy: a Recipe for Making a Difference and Changing Lives
What if you knew you had the power to make a profound difference in the lives of others in this very moment, no matter what your interests, background, or profession? You do, and Dr. Andrew Kaufman will show you how. He will inspire audiences with the story of how he unexpectedly came upon a way of using Russian literature to change the lives of incarcerated youth and university students through the unique Books Behind Bars program he created. The audience will come away feeling hopeful about their own lives and empowered to make a difference at work, at home, and in their communities.
Tolstoy’s Take on How to Live Well and Lead Wisely in Uncertain Times
In this keynote address, Dr. Andrew Kaufman shows how Tolstoy’s greatest work speaks directly to each of us in the 21st century, offering answers to our most modern of questions through the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, and always inspiring examples of the novel’s beloved characters. Touching on a broad range of topics from courage to romance, parenting to death, or success to happiness, Kaufman inspires audiences to appreciate how Tolstoy’s wisdom can help us live fuller, richer, more meaningful lives.
“We invited Dr. Andy Kaufman to speak at our annual company party where our theme was Make Love not War. A gifted speaker, Andy was able to bring Tolstoy’s fascinating life story alive with real and relevant applications to our everyday personal and business interactions. Using equal parts wit and wisdom, Andy was both entertaining and edifying. We wholeheartedly recommend him for your organization’s next gathering.”
–Co-Founder and President, Eenhoorn, LLC
“Andrew Kaufman is, quite simply, the most entertaining, inspiring, and powerful speaker we’ve ever had. Although there were almost 300 in the audience, he had a knack for putting his audience at ease and communicating intimately with everyone, from senior executives to assembly line workers. And he left us with significant takeaways that were directly applicable to our business and personal lives. People left completely energized and mentioned they’d love to him back, that it was the fastest hour and they could’ve listened to him a lot longer. I highly recommend this uniquely talented speaker and performer for your next corporate event. You won’t regret it.”
–Tammy Guiles, Vice President and CFO, Amstore Corporation
“Andrew Kaufman is one of those rare speakers whose erudition challenges the mind and enlarges the heart, inviting listeners into a conversation with the ages and with themselves. Articulate, illuminating, eloquent. Cicero says that speech should inform and delight—Kaufman does both with consummate skill.”
–Todd Breyfogle, PhD, Director of Seminars, The Aspen Institute