Our Purpose

Welcome! My name is Dr. Karyn, and I’m the CEO and Founder of DK Leadership: A Global Leadership Coaching Company. Our purpose is developing GREAT Leaders in organizations and families!

Our sweet spot is teaching practical tools to drive communication, productivity and time-management while reducing stress (also known as Emotional Intelligence skills). Is this possible? YES! Our talented team at DK Leadership have done this with enormous success for 20+ years while sharing our Leadership Tools with more than ½ million people from 17 countries – just read our client reviews!

What Makes Us Different?

Great Question – We have 4 key differentiators: Dynamic + Engaging + Practical … AND Affordable! 

Dynamic

We are passionate to teach Great Leadership Tools that will benefit teams BOTH at work and home. Our energy is contagious, which is a critical variable to effective training!

Engaging

Our unique ability is simplifying complex research into useful strategies that anyone can understand.

Practical

We are solution-focused in our methodology. We show how to apply the research in simple action steps, so people achieve their goals.

Affordable

We know that too often Leadership Development is expensive. We’ve changed this! We intentionally have created many resources for organizations and families in a range of budgets and needs (make sure to check out our Free Resources).

We are passionate to develop GREAT Leaders at work and home. We help organizations increase engagement, motivate performance and build energized cultures. And we help families with their relationships, confidence and personal goals. 

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 & FOUNDER
Dr. Brent Penner

Dr. Brent Penner

VP OF OPERATIONS & CO-FOUNDER

Coaching Team

For Organizations & Families

Dr. Karyn Gordon

Dr. Karyn Gordon

EXECUTIVE COACH, FAMILY / CAREER COACH & REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Andrew Blackwood

Andrew Blackwood

MARRIAGE / FAMILY COACH & REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
Catherine McCluough

Catherine McCluough

EXECUTIVE COACH
Kathleen Ross

Kathleen Ross

CAREER COACH
Dr. Karyn Gordon

Dr. Karyn Gordon

EXECUTIVE COACH & MARRIAGE / FAMILY / CAREER COACH
Carla Wood

Carla Wood

EXECUTIVE COACH
Catherine McCluough

Catherine McCluough

EXECUTIVE COACH
Dr. Andrew Blackwood

Dr. Andrew Blackwood

MARRIAGE & FAMILY COACH
Kathleen Ross

Kathleen Ross

CAREER COACH

Success Intelligence: Production Team
& Leadership Events

Dr. Janelle Enns

Dr. Janelle Enns

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR RESEARCHER
Tifani Shannon

Tifani Shannon

EVENT COORDINATOR
Kay Angliss

Kay Angliss

PROJECT COORDINATOR
Eled Cernik

Eled Cernik

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Christopher McCluskey

Christopher McCluskey

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
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
Apollo

Apollo

DKL's NEWEST TEAM-MEMBER!

About Dr. Karyn

Founder Of DK Leadership

Our purpose is developing GREAT Leaders in organizations and families. Our secret solution – is teaching practical Leadership EQ Tools.  Research tells us that EQ (Emotional Intelligence) fuels engagement, drives performance, encourages healthy relationships and energizes cultures. For companies, teams and individuals that want to be successful, EQ 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 CEO and Founder of DK Leadership, as well as a Leadership and Relationship Expert, entrepreneur, dynamic speaker (1/2 million people / 17 countries), Executive and Family Coach, best-selling author and TV personality (Good Morning America / USA and Cityline / Canada).

About DK Leadership 

DK Leadership specializes in developing GREAT Leaders (focusing on Emotional Intelligence) for organizations and families. After receiving many requests from clients, DK Leadership launched “Success Intelligence: High-Performance Leadership Coaching”– a program designed specifically for top HR professionals and organizations. Over 1000 leaders across North America are now benefiting from this engaging, customizable and affordable program which has the capability to 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, engaging and practical way – inspiring people to take action!

Motivational Speaker

A dynamic motivational speaker and powerfully effective coach, Dr. Karyn has delivered over 1000 keynotes to more than ½ million people. 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 organizations and families. Her wealth of experience in both corporate and family cultures gives her refreshing insight into how Great Leadership Tools can impact 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 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.

Philanthropy & Research Supporting Her Work

Dr. Karyn is passionate about giving back!  In 2011, she partnered with World Vision to build a new school in Haiti and every year sponsors school events in her community.  In 2019 her work was part of a research study with McMaster University to teach her Leadership Tools to young people transitioning out of homelessness. The research results were outstanding, showing that students gained “significant improvement” in “self-esteem, purpose” after learning Dr. Karyn’s Leadership Tools. It confirmed her philosophy – “Age, education and experience are not barriers to developing Great Leadership – anyone can do it if they are hungry to learn”. The study has sparked national interest from researchers and donors for Dr. Karyn to scale her program across North America so more young people can benefit.

Personal Passions

Dr. Karyn lives in Toronto with her adored husband (and business partner) of 18 years and high-energy twin 12-year-olds. Striving to live what she teaches, she aims to work smart and 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 and cottage have been featured in the national magazines House & Home and Chatelaine. She is dedicated to understanding the power that environment and organization can have on overall emotional well-being.