Jim Lew is an independent contractor with a background in organizational development, education and psychotherapy. He has worked in diverse fields and has over two decades of experience facilitating groups, training, and consulting with organizations.

Professional Background

Jim has been self employed since 1982. Prior to that he was a teacher in the Chicago School System, a social worker for the State of Illinois, an employee with the Federal Office of Education as a trainer, organizational consultant, and presenter. Since becoming an independent, Jim has trained and consulted with the coal industry, Hollywood producers, correctional institutions, police departments, city governments, as well as Fortune 500 corporations.

Personal Background

Jim was raised in the Midwest and received his B.A. from Grinnell College in Iowa, where he was student body president. His family had a Chinese restaurant on Route 66 in Amarillo as a child and later lived in Wichita until he left for Grinnell. Jim settled in Chicago in 1970 after meeting Saul Alinsky and becoming interested in community organizing.

Mr. Lew later became a psychotherapist for the State of Illinois. He trained in Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, and became certified in Neuro Linguistic Programming. Later he transferred his group skills and learning models to the corporate sector. Mr. Lew has a twenty-five year relationship with members of the Lakota Tribe of Pine Ridge, S.D. Jim has an interest in aviation including piloting sailplanes, ultralights and gyrocopters. Percussion design is another part of Jim's life having designed percussion for Mickey Hart the drummer for The Grateful Dead for 16 years. Jim manufactured wooden percussion instruments and marketed them to music stores across the United States in the late seventies and early eighties.

Training and Consulting Expertise

Jim has trained, consulted, and been a presenter to numerous business and civic organizations ranging from the public sector to top corporations. Jim applies skills learned in therapeutic milieus to business situations to deal with difficult organizational problems. He has consulted with Bill and Hillary Clinton as well as the President of Hyatt. Jim has been training and presenting in the area of Diversity since the mid eighties. His clients include:

  Hyatt Corp.
Texas Instruments
T.J. Max The City of Ventura
Robert Abel, Producer
G.E. Capitol
Harvard School of Public Health
Georgia Power
Katten Muchin & Zavis, Attys
F.G. Holl Oil Co.
Digital Equipment
Motorola University
Bob Vila
Proctor & Gamble
Discover Card
U.S.Postal Academy
Pyro Mining
Lucent Technologies/Allentown, PA


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