About The Presenter

The author and presenter of this program is uniquely qualified.


Jim McGraw is the former chief operating officer, corporate officer and board member of pharmaceutical firm Marion Laboratories, and former Chairman of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Board of Directors, a leading voice for quality education, entrepreneurism and free enterprise. Jim was there with Mr. K as Marion Labs became the hottest stock on Wall Street and made millionaires out of assembly line workers and secretaries.

Today, Jim lives his philosophy of entrepreneurism in a variety of ways.

  • He has written books entitled, “Leadership, Empathy and the Power of Persuasion”,  “Skills for Success”, “Skills for Greater Sales Success”, and “Reflections on a Wonderful Life”.
  • He publishes a monthly newsletter entitled “Reflections.”
  • He consults with businesses and presents programs based on his books to area schools, business groups and civic organizations.
  • He has helped develop and deliver a university seminar program with two former Marion colleague that outlines the key values and clarities that were critical to the pharmaceutical firm’s success.

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Why is he doing this?

“I’ve been blessed to have worked with two incredible men who helped shape my career and led me to levels of success I could never have dreamed of.”

“Mr. Kauffman believed in sharing with others and giving back to the community. This is one way for me to carry on his legacy.”

“Ray Brewster, an early mentor, trained me to look at selling through the eyes of my customers and to help them solve their problems. I promised Ray to share these ideas.”