About DK Leadership


Developing great leaders involves many skills – our focus and niche is teaching the 5 Leadership EQ Skills™ to organizations and families. Why? Because research tells us that EQ is the greatest predictor of success in work & life. And the great news is these skills can be learned!


About DK Leadership

Welcome to DK Leadership – a global leadership coaching company. Our purpose is developing great leaders in organizations and families.  We help organizations increase engagement, motivate performance and build energized cultures. And we help families with their relationships, confidence and personal goals. Our sweet spot is teaching practical tools to drive communication, productivity and time-management while reducing stress, which we love to present within our 5 Leadership EQ Skills™.

After receiving many requests from our clients, in 2018 DK Leadership launched “Success Intelligence: Leadership Coaching Program”– specifically designed for fast-growing organizations and high-performing professionals, and intended to make leadership training available to every level of leader.  Engaging, customizable and practical, this program uses live masterclasses, courses, keynotes, coaching and books to currently serve over 4000 leaders from across America, Europe and Asia. Success Intelligence highlights Dr. Karyn’s unique ability, which is communicating complex research in a simple and dynamic way – inspiring people to take action!

About Dr. Karyn
CEO & Co-Founder

A Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, TED Talk speaker and nominated for the 2021 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award, Dr. Karyn Gordon is the CEO and co-founder of DK Leadership. She has spoken live to more than ½ million people in 17 countries – including Fortune 500 executives, family businesses, entrepreneurs, professional associations, schoolboards and families. She was invited to collaborate with professors from The Wharton School to develop an EQ curriculum for family businesses and The Consul General of Canada in New York hosted a private reception honoring her work for organizations and families.

Dr. Karyn has a Doctorate in Marriage & Family with additional certifications in leadership, Emotional Intelligence and career direction. She has served as the media spokesperson for Maple Leaf Foods, Microsoft, eHarmony and UNICEF. A professional counselor for 25 years, executive coach she is also a media personality who has consulted for Good Morning America, Forbes, Inc, The New York Times and Cityline.   

She lives in Toronto with her adored husband of 20 years, twin teens and 2 high-energy puppies. She has many hobbies including interior design, tennis, skiing and spending time with her family!

About Dr. Brent Penner,

VP Of Operations & Co-Founder  


An entrepreneur, strategist and technology geek (in his own words), Dr. Brent joined DKL in 2018 to help launch their popular Success Intelligence: Leadership Coaching Program. He has been instrumental in taking Dr. Karyn’s engaging and practical resources and courses, and scaling them to the global marketplace (America, Europe and Asia) for organizations and families. While Dr. Karyn is the face clients often see, Dr. Brent is the one executing behind the scenes with their high-performing team. A retired chiropractor, he is passionate about serving DKL’s global clients to create positive change.

He lives in Toronto with his amazing family (yes, married to Dr. Karyn!). A former competitive rower, he also has many hobbies including carpentry, marathons, tennis, skiing and any type of family adventure traveling.

Philanthropy & Research

DKL is passionate about giving back!  They partnered with World Vision to build a new school in Haiti, sponsor annual school speaking events and are faithful supporters of the Muskoka Woods Youth Foundation. Passionate about empowering others, in 2018 they started a partnership with Covenant House to create affordable housing for youth transitioning out of homelessness. Their work was recently the focus of a research study with McMaster University and MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions to teach their 5 Leadership EQ Skills™ to young people transitioning out of homelessness. The outstanding findings showed that students were experiencing a “significant improvement” in “self-esteem and purpose” after learning these tools. This confirmed a key philosophy of DKL, which is that we can all learn great leadership skills when we have the right instruction and a hunger to grow.  

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