Barry Dornfeld, PhD

Barry Dornfeld, Principal, has been a strategic advisor to organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and is an expert on organizational change, strategy, leadership, and governance. He draws on his many years of consulting, teaching, and industry experience to help guide clients through complex organizational issues, develop strategies for change, and learn from their experience. Barry teaches extensively, leading executive programs on strategy, influence and persuasion, organizational culture and change, negotiation, and board governance. He speaks to a wide range of groups in many industries with a focus on healthcare, not-for-profits, and higher education, and has taught and spoken in many settings in the U.S. and internationally, including extensive experience with Wharton’s Executive  Education division. In addition to his academic positions, Barry teaches in the Harvard Macy program “Leading Innovations in Healthcare” and the Chief Nursing Officers Academy, and has presented to a range of organizations.

Barry's experience as an anthropologist and filmmaker trained him to listen and ask questions, so that he can work with executives in ways that are attuned to their needs, culture, and learning styles, and help them reach their organizational goals. These skills help him connect to clients easily, work productively in a variety of settings, and effectively advise and teach executives. His recent work in healthcare and higher education has focused on ways to help leaders maximize value across strategic partnerships such as those with academic medical centers and medical professional societies.

Barry is co-author of The Moment You Can’t Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future, published by Public Affairs Books in October 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology and Economics from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has been a faculty member at New York University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Barry co-leads CFAR’s Healthcare and Higher Education Groups.

Contact Barry at: bdornfeld@cfar.com