Endorsements for “Is This Seat Taken? It’s Never Too Late to Find the Right Seat


“Powerful. Inspirational. Actionable. Kaufman gracefully infuses wisdom, insight, and practical advice into real life success stories.”

—Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines

“Kristin Kaufman creates a brilliant blueprint for success in her new book, Is This Seat Taken? It’s Never Too Late to Find the Right Seat! At a time when many feel they have chosen the wrong career train, or perhaps never even got on, this enriching book helps to assess and align critical choices in order to maximize and utilize your innate gifts and talents! A great read!”

—Sean Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

“This entertaining book shows you how to find the right place for you in your life and career—at any age!”

—Brian Tracy, author of The Power of Self-Confidence

“Kaufman gracefully infuses wisdom, insight, and practical advice to motivate and encourage people to pursue their dreams—no matter where they may be in their journey of life.”

—Sebastiano Tevarotto, former corporate executive, current serial entrepreneur

“In the fast-paced world we live in today, you can easily find yourself 10, 20, 30 years into your career before realizing you are not where you thought you would be. Kristin Kaufman shares powerful stories to give people the courage to take a leap of faith, believe in themselves, and know they can transform their lives at any stage in life to realize their dreams.”

—Ed McLaughlin, author of The Purpose Is Profit

“Kaufman’s engrossing stories of success in the ‘second half of life’ is the inspiration we all need to take risks and pursue new experiences at every age.”

—Valerie Freeman, Founder and CEO, Imprimis Group

“Since the creation of the public internet in the mid 1990s, global business has become increasingly driven by instant communication and eCommerce. As a result, it is has become easy to find yourself 10, 20, 30 years into your career questioning whether you are in the right job and are on the path to achieve the goals you created for yourself. Kaufman shares powerful stories of real people who took steps to realize their personal vision and goals. I believe this book gives people the courage to evaluate themselves and know they can transform their lives at any stage in life and still attain both success and happiness.”

—Tara Whitehead Stotland, Senior Vice-President, Aricent Group

“As someone with real life experience creating a second career later in life, Kristin Kaufman’s Is This Seat Taken? It’s Never Too Late to Find the Right Seat really spoke to me. It serves as inspiration for anyone who realizes a different path never taken. Her advice and wisdom are invaluable. I encourage anyone who seeks to shake up their professional life and make a change to read this book.”

—Bill Murphy, CEO and Founder, Clos LaChance Wines

“Kaufman shares valuable and inspirational life lessons through the vibrant stories of men and women who achieved success in the ‘second half’ of life. Her practi- cal advice provides readers with the confidence, drive, and ambition to persevere towards achieving an authentically successful life.”

—Shivaun M. Palmer, CEO and Co-Founder Plaid for Women, Inc.

“Kristin Kaufman’s latest book reads as an owner’s manual for life to those seeking wisdom and advice on how to finish strong.”

—Thomas Torkelson, Founder and CEO, IDEA Public Schools

“In the fast-paced world we live in today, you can easily find yourself 20-plus years into your career before realizing you are not where you thought you would be. Kaufman gives you a powerful set of stories about people who have found incred- ible success in this stage of their life. All of us can learn so much from people who have found success and who have faced some of the same questions we might have. Every story shouts out that hard work and perseverance to overcome a vari- ety of tough odds is always rewarded with incredible life experiences.”

—Mark Hipp, Operating Partner, Sterling Partners

“Having the pleasure of personally knowing Kristin Kaufman, I am continually inspired by her wisdom, experience and perspective on life. In her newest book, she has done a masterful job of putting in words, real life stories that can serve as an inspiration to anyone who is considering transforming their lives and venturing into new territories to achieve more meaningful life experiences.”

—Jim Sturm, President and CEO, Brierley & Partners

“I also was inspired at age fifty to do something completely different from anything I’d done before, so Kaufman’s stories really resonated with me.”

—Ellen Wood, Co-Founder and CEO, The Teaching Trust

“Kristin Kaufman is a truth teller and a great story teller. If you are ready to learn, her message is the one you want to hear.”

—Katie Lazar, Director of Sales & Marketing, Cain Vineyard & Winery

“Using a factual short story approach and then providing personal insights and analysis Kaufman gives us a framework on how we should all approach this extended life that most baby boomers are now experiencing. We all have the opportunity to do it better, do it differently, or do whatever we have always dreamed of doing this second time around. We should all be inspired by this book and take full advantage of this opportunity.”

—David Sanders, Founder, Dallas Advisory Partners