Jean Kummerow '71
Dr. Jean Kummerow is a psychologist/consultant/author/trainer with her own business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She specializes in leadership/management development and coaching and team building has worked with a variety of for-profit, non-profit and government organizations. She is a leadership coach and coordinates the coaching consultants for the Blandin Foundation’s Community Leadership Program, a program developing leaders from Minnesota’s rural communities. She trains professionals internationally in the use of psychological instruments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and the MBTI Step II™ assessments. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Women. She was named one of Minnesota’s best-known experts in career development to commemorate 50 years of vocational and career support by the Minnesota Career Development Association. A number of years ago, she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as an expert on psychological testing and was featured in a short television spot on the Smart Women series.
She writes on topics such as psychological type, leadership development, team building, communication styles, career development, and adult life-stages. She co-authored the MBTI Step II Interpretive Report as well as interpretive materials on the Step II including a User’s Guide, a chapter on “Leadership and the Step II” in Developing Leaders, Understanding Your MBTI Step II Results, and Working with MBTI Step II Results. Her chapter “Uses of Type in Career Counseling” appears in the MBTI Manual. She is co-author of Introduction to Myers-Briggs® Type in Organizations, LIFETypes, and WORKTypes. The light-hearted Type Indicator for Pets is also one of her endeavors. Her edited work New Directions in Career Planning and the Workplace won a Choice award. She has written several handouts for CAPT on type verification, type dynamics, communication and teams. She also blogs at www.capt.org/type-for-life-blog/. She has contributed to the Journal of Psychological Type (JPT). Her research on verifying type is considered the prototype for such studies. She has received several awards for her research and articles on type bias and on community leaders.
In her “non-work” life, she volunteers with the Minneapolis Public Schools helping ESL students learn the English language and the American culture. She also volunteers at Pathways Minneapolis, a health crisis support center where she teaches classes on managing stress and on developing “Healing Circles” to support those in health crises through devising and enacting group healing “rituals.” She also worked with her father, now a 102 year old food chemist, in writing a book on nutrition by “translating” his scientific explanations and research into layperson’s terms. She belongs to two book clubs and loves to travel (and read books on the plane). She is a certified water exercise instructor and teaches classes in her condo building where she is also on the Board of Directors. Her two adult children live in Sydney, Australia and New York City.
Previously she held positions as a Consulting Psychologist with a management consulting firm, and as a Counselor, Instructor and Research Associate at the University of Minnesota. Her doctorate is in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from that same institution. Her BA is from Grinnell College in Iowa. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Minnesota.