About DK Leadership

DK Leadership is a leadership & coaching company that offers Emotional Intelligence training, customized coaching, assessments and leadership events for organizations and families.

We help organizations increase engagement, motivate performance and build energized cultures. And we help families with their relationships, confidence and emotional goals. Founded by Dr. Karyn Gordon & Dr. Brent Penner, DK Leadership is backed up by a passionate, highly-qualified and creatively-gifted team of millennials, GenX’s & Boomers. We believe that Emotional Intelligence skills, when properly applied, become Success Intelligence – the key ingredients for any individual, organization or family to achieve their goals.  We believe that organizations and individuals alike can be powerfully transformed by learning these skills, and we are passionate about teaching them! Our philosophy is that anyone is capable of building their Success Intelligence – they just need an effective coach to show them how.

We want you to achieve success in business and in life. Let’s get started!

About Our Team

Meet Our Passionate, Highly Qualified & Gifted DKL Work – Family

Dr. Karyn Gordon

Dr. Karyn Gordon

CEO & CO - FOUNDER
Dr. Brent Penner

Dr. Brent Penner

VP OF OPERATIONS & CO-FOUNDER

Emotional Intelligence Production Team

For TV Broadcast, EQ Training Videos & Online

Alex Briere

Alex Briere

PRODUCTION EDITOR
Torry Briere

Torry Briere

PRODUCTION WRITER
Joshua Snethlage

Joshua Snethlage

PRODUCTION SOUND
Melodie Fralick

Melodie Fralick

MAKE-UP ARTIST
Kay Angliss

Kay Angliss

CLIENT COORDINATOR
Christopher McCluskey

Christopher McCluskey

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Eled Cernik

Eled Cernik

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Fiona Bramzell

Fiona Bramzell

MARKETING CONTENT WRITER

Coaching Team

For Organizations & Families

Dr. Karyn Gordon

Dr. Karyn Gordon

EXECUTIVE , CAREERS , MARRIAGE / FAMILY COACH & REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Andrew Blackwood

Andrew Blackwood

MARRIAGE / FAMILY COACH & REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Catherine McCluough

Catherine McCluough

EXECUTIVE COACH
Kathleen Ross

Kathleen Ross

CAREER EDUCATION COACH
Karyn Gordon

Karyn Gordon

EXECUTIVE , CAREERS , MARRIAGE / FAMILY COACH & REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Andrew Blackwood

Andrew Blackwood

MARRIAGE / FAMILY COACH & REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Carla Wood

Carla Wood

EXECUTIVE COACH & STRATEGIST
Catherine McCluough

Catherine McCluough

EXECUTIVE COACH
Kathleen Ross

Kathleen Ross

CAREER EDUCATION COACH

About Dr. Karyn,
Founder Of DK Leadership

SUCCESS INTELLIGENCE

“Success Intelligence is applying Emotional Intelligence skills to drive success in work and in life. Research tells us that Emotional Intelligence fuels engagement, drives performance, encourages healthy relationships & energizes cultures. For companies, teams and individuals that want to be successful, Emotional Intelligence is a requirement. And the great news is… we can all learn it – we just need an effective coach to show us how!”

– Dr. Karyn

About Dr. Karyn

Dr. Karyn is the Founder and CEO of DK Leadership, a leadership & relationship expert, a dynamic motivational speaker, a best-selling author, a TV personality for Good Morning America (USA’s #1 Morning Show), and Cityline (Canada’s #1 Daytime Show) as well as a TV producer for SUCCESS Stories (Rogers).

About DK Leadership 

Her company, DK Leadership, specializes in coaching Emotional Intelligence skills for organizations and families. After receiving many requests from clients, DK Leadership in 2017 launched “Success Intelligence: An Emotional Intelligence Training Program” – a program designed specifically for top HR professionals and organizations. This inspiring and customizable online platform has the capability to measurably transform all levels of leadership within a company – by fueling organizational engagement, increasing employee retention and developing an energized workplace culture. This program highlights Dr. Karyn’s unique ability, which is communicating complex research in a simple and passionate way to diverse audiences (from students to Fortune 500 CEO’s). Dr. Karyn’s specialty is inspiring leaders at all levels to take action – maximizing their performance and success!

Motivational Speaker

A passionate motivational speaker and powerfully effective coach, Dr. Karyn has delivered over 1000 keynotes to more than ½ million people from 15 countries. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, family businesses, government agencies, entrepreneurs, educational schoolboards and professional organizations (representing doctors, surgeons, dentists, lawyers, judges, accountants, engineers and many more occupational groups).

Professional Counsellor & Coach

A professional coach for over 20 years – she has applied her highly strategic solution-oriented approach to great success with both organizational systems (managers & employees) & family systems (marriages & families). In working with companies, her specialty is in understanding the complexities required for building an effective multi-generational workforce. Dr. Karyn excels at equipping managers so they can successfully manage any mix of generations (i.e. Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z).  Her wealth of experience in both corporate and family cultures gives her refreshing insight into how Emotional Intelligence impacts both professional and personal performance levels.

Educational Background & Media Spokesperson 

With a Doctorate in Marriage & Family and certifications in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Karyn was invited to collaborate with professors from The Wharton School (currently the number #1 business school in the world according to Business Insider) to develop an Emotional Intelligence training curriculum specifically for family businesses. John Prato, The Consul General of Canada in New York, hosted a reception in 2013 honoring her work with New York families and organizations. Over the years, she has served as the media spokesperson for Loblaws, Maple Leaf Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, eHarmony and UNICEF.

Together with her dynamic team, she has created many inspirational and measurable resources to teach success through Emotional Intelligence.  Why? Because research has demonstrated that Emotional Intelligence is the greatest predictor of success in work and in life. Dr. Karyn is passionate about what she does because she knows that anyone can learn these skills, it just takes an effective coach to show them how!

Philanthropy & Personal Passions

Dr. Karyn is passionate about giving back to her community. She partnered with World Vision and numerous schools to build a new school in Haiti in 2011, and every year she sponsors 20 parent engagement events in schools. In 2018 she partnered with the Local Poverty Reduction Fund / Ontario Trillium Foundation and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto to provide her leadership events and solution-oriented coaching to 40 young people transitioning out of homelessness, helping to build Emotional Intelligence Skills, identity capital and career direction.

Dr. Karyn lives in Toronto with her adored husband (and business partner) of 16 years and high-energy twin 10 year olds. Striving to live what she teaches, she aims to work smart & play hard! She loves her downtime at their family cottage, playing tennis, traveling, paddle-boarding, skiing, and relaxing with her girlfriends.  Decorating is also a personal passion, and both her home & cottage have been featured in the national magazines House & Home & Chatelaine. She is dedicated to understanding the power that environment and organization can have on overall emotional well-being!