Johnathan Catherman


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When Jonathan Catherman stands before an audience, the listener is immediately impressed by a man who speaks from a depth of knowledge, fueled by his passion for learning and learners.

The foundation for Jonathan’s experience is a result of 23 years of work in private and public education, including the last eight years as a Senior Consultant for FranklinCovey Education. As a sociologist and educator, he is dedicated to understanding the mindsets, skill-sets, and toolsets that best develop the character and capabilities of today’s emerging leaders.

His internationally bestselling book The Manual To Manhood (Revell:2014) is used around the world in schools, boys clubs, and youth organizations. The book and corresponding 1Million “Men In The Making” group mentoring resources serve as a trusted approach to engage boys in practicing the basic life skills and character traits they need to become confident and capable young men.

As a speaker, Catherman has graced the public platform in leading Universities (Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, University of North Florida, George Washington University, The University of Texas, Austin), civic organizations (YMCA, Mr. Dad, Young Life, People to People) along with countless schools, teacher organizations, district faculty gatherings, churches, and military family support events. His success in the development and delivery of youth mentoring resources and programming in inner-city schools garnered Jonathan the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award, Martin Luther King Drum Major for Service Award, and the Maryland National Guard Child & Youth Program Support Service Award. Additionally, he received the Best of 2015 – Focus on the Family for his radio interview with President, Jim Daly.

His contagious energy and passionate speaking style engages and inspires while his clear vision and practical instruction clarifies what leadership principles and structural relations empower greatness in people and organizations.

Jonathan and his bride Erica have been married for 20 years and have two sons with whom he is co-writing his next book, THE MANUAL TO MIDDLE SCHOOL due out Spring 2017. Their family enjoys the warmth and hospitality of North Carolina where they call a small community near Charlotte home.