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Hi. I'm David Baum.

For over thirty years I’ve facilitated big conversations that create big change. With two doctorates—the first finding horizontal connections as a social psychologist, and the second looking for vertical ones in divinity, I seek the overlap. My why is always the same. Create connection without dots. I partner with exceptional organizations and people and make them better. Jane Goodall, Conde Nast, WE, the Philadelphia Flyers, and Life is Good have all counted on me. 

Projects include conflict mediation in Northern Ireland, designing walking board meetings in the Middle East, and large-scale change projects for Shell Oil, Barclays, GE and Fidelity Investments. Clients have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the World Children’s Prize, the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and the Clinton Global Citizen Award.  Finally, I worked in a circus. No one has ever accused me of being boring.

 
 
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As a conversation architect and consultant, I help clients figure out where they want to go and get them there faster. 

I run best-in-class meetings, that are both energizing and results oriented. Whether critical board strategy events, executive alignment team building or large whole system conversations, the combination of creative design, focused questions and not same old same old, gets surprising answers with breakthrough thinking.

As a coach, I combine the big questions and honest point of view, if you need a thought partner in driving change. Sometimes it’s professional, sometimes personal, but always interesting and based in common sense, depth and meaning.

As a keynote speaker, I create memorable messaging with humor, grace and right to the heart story telling. “Wow” is the beginning, middle and end result…every time.

 
 
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Creative. Original. Facilitated conversations flow seamlessly. Critical discussions ripen with purpose, clarity, and focus. Coaching simply works.

 
 
 
 
 

What They're Saying

 
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David is exceptional. He has an intuitive understanding of human nature, which inspires great confidence and trust. This enables him to get to the bottom of the interpersonal problems that so often hinder the smooth functioning of an organization. He is thoughtful and sensitive, clear thinking, and his direct and honest advice helps make strategic plans for the way ahead. David has become both confidant and friend. 
— Jane Goodall, Environmentalist
 
 
 
 
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Who I Serve

 
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What They're Saying

 
 
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An invaluable mentor over many years. We couldn’t have done it without him.
— Craig Kielburger, Co-Founder of WE
 
 
 
 
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We were so fortunate to work with you, as I continue to learn from one of the masters.
— Jerry White, Co-Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
 
Whenever I reach a crossroad and I’m feeling uncertain of the best path, I call David. Through caring, trusting and insightful conversations, David helps me explore who I am, what I want my purpose to be and how my choices can reinforce my values. David helps me find moments of simplicity and clarity, which have been some of the most important revelations of my life.
— Jonathan Coslet, Chief Investment Officer of TPG
 
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Wise and direct, David has been a guide in so many ways. Listen to what he tells you.
— William Oullin, Former Chairman of Barclays Private Bank
 
The guy is the best I’ve seen. Funny, smart and passionate.
— Jeff Jasnoff, SVP of Human Resources for Kindred Health Systems
 
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