Jonathan Villaire

Jonathan D. Villaire is a bridge-builder, truth-teller, and advocate for empathy. Throughout his career holding a broad range of professional and leadership roles, Jonathan witnessed countless examples of disengaging work conditions, and is now on a mission to make the modern workplace one where leaders take responsibility for creating a better, more engaging employee experience.

After leaving the corporate world, Jonathan founded Cognize Consulting with the aim of giving supervisors, managers, and executives a new perspective on employee engagement: See employees as human beings, not as human capital. Understand how to create an employee experience that increases retention and attracts top talent. Engage employees with a leadership mindset of curiosity, humility, and empathy.

Jonathan holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also a Certified Professional Coach through the Center for Coaching Certification. Jonathan can be found on LinkedIn and reached for consulting or speaking engagements at

About The Stepford Employee Fallacy

The Stepford Employee Fallacy is an eye-opening, provocative, and brutally honest indictment of the many ways today’s employers are disengaging their talent. It demolishes the false beliefs that business leaders have about employee engagement, while offering some radical insights on how to improve the state of engagement in the modern workplace.

“With The Stepford Employee Fallacy, Jonathan Villaire deftly tackles the concept of employee engagement with a gutsy and compelling new perspective. He takes a hacksaw to the premise that employees choose their own level of engagement and explains why it just doesn’t work that way. Leaders, get ready for some truth.”—Kevin Kruse, CEO of LEADx, New York Times Bestselling author of Employee Engagement 2.0