Amy Jaffe Barzach, acclaimed speaker, executive coach, marketing strategist, and advocate for inclusion and women’s leadership, discovered the power of following one’s passion when she led a team of parents and professionals to develop Jonathan’s Dream, one of the country’s first inclusive playgrounds (located at the Mandell JCC on the Zach’s Campus in West Hartford, CT).
Today, through Powerful Inspiration LLC, Amy helps people and organizations find their passion and use their unique strengths to achieve success and make a difference. She works with founders of nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and individual clients. Through Life Design Coaching, Dream Coaching, Vision Coaching, and/or Purpose Coaching, she inspires individual clients to realize what really matters (to them) and translate this awareness into meaningful personal, professional, and civic goals. Then she empowers them to take action to get from where they are to where they want to be. Through executive coaching and marketing services, she works with founders of nonprofit organizations to increase their organization’s impact, and entrepreneurs to bring innovative products or services to market.
After observing an injustice and developing an innovative way to address it, she left corporate America and translated the concept into an award-winning national nonprofit. Thanks to Amy, Boundless Playgrounds Board, staff, donors, sponsors, advocates, and volunteers, and the many thousands of people Amy touched and inspired, over 135 inclusive playgrounds have been built in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Inclusive playgrounds where families and children of all abilities can play and learn together. Amy’s personal journey is chronicled in the book, Accidental Courage, Boundless Dreams. As an ambassador for this cause, Amy traveled throughout the country sharing her dreams for inclusive playgrounds with people and listening to theirs. She learned there was a tremendous opportunity to help people bring about – in their own way and for what matters to them – the kind of impact that was achieved with Boundless Playgrounds. In 2007, she encouraged Boundless Playgrounds’ Board to initiate a search for its first CEO. One year later she established Powerful Inspiration.
Amy’s achievements toward building a world where everyone matters and everyone can make a difference were recognized by Ashoka (www.ashoka.org), the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. She was elected a North American Fellow in 2002, in this international organization’s first cohort in the United States.
“I am passionate about inspiring people and organizations to imagine and work towards a world where everyone matters and everyone can make a difference.” – Amy Jaffe Barzach
Amy won the Martha Stewart Dreamers Into Doers Award. In the TV show segment, 11 finalists introduced themselves and shared their tips for turning dreams into reality. This was followed by Maya Angelou reading her poem, Phenomenal Woman. Amy was impressed by the other finalists and speechless when Martha announced that she was the grand prize winner. The Women On Their Way program presented Amy and her family with ‘Vacations for a Lifetime’ compliments of Wyndham Vacation Ownership (www.wyndhamworldwide.com). She used the cash prize she received to make a generous donation to Boundless Playgrounds. To see her Martha Stewart profile, click here Martha Stewart, Maya Angelou and Amy Jaffe Barzach (from left to right) with Martha Stewart TV show producer.