Donna Karlin is an author, international speaker, and lecturer. She`s been called a pot-stirrer, thought shifter and reality checker and is best known as The Shadow Coach. Donna is a SupporTED Coach, a member of the team that coaches the TED Fellows, and head of the Advisory Board for Brussels-based firm, INSPIRIT International Communications.
Principal and founder of A Better Perspective and The School of Shadow Coaching, Donna has worked for three decades as a coach and consultant with clients in Canada, the US and abroad in the business/corporate sector, political Federal Ministries, government departments and agencies, with creative communication designers and the medical community.
Donna is a Founding Member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA), a member of the Advisory Board of the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy and an associate with the Strategic Red Team Consulting.
Her work has been written up in Fast Company Magazine, The National Post (Financial Post), The Globe and Mail, The New York Times Business Section, The Boston Globe, Personal Success Magazine, as well as in numerous online articles. She has written two eBooks, co-authored the best selling book 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, and recently authored the award-winning book Leaders: Their Stories, Their Words - Conversations with Human-Based Leaders.
She is a Master Certified Corporate Coach, is certified in Organizational Psychology by The Professional School of Psychology and has been certified by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy as a Diplomate in Professional Coaching.
She has a proven track record in developing sustainable leadership.
Areas of Expertise
Executive and Political Leadership Coaching, Shadow Coaching, Team dynamics, Coaching in Governments and Political Systems, Leadership Coaching, Communications Coach, Leadership Development & Team Building, Human Systems, Organizational Systems, Organizational Transformation
An idea worth spreading
People become who they may be when they let go of who they are. We live in a complex world. Change is a constant, technologically, environmentally and organizationally. Coaching not only helps people live in a world of continuous change and transition but helps them learn how to embrace it, effectively 'dancing in real time' so they contextualize change immediately.
"If you don't have an idea that materializes and changes a person's life, then what have you got? You have talk, you have research, you have telephone calls, you have meetings, but you don't have a change in the community." - Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics
I'm passionate about
People, learning, growing, music, the dance of politics, global connection and the power of collaboration.
Talk to me about
Your passions and ideas. What is the ripple effect for what it is you do?
People don't know I'm good at
Seeing beyond what's evident
My TED story
I love how, as SupporTED coach, we can help these amazing people see themselves through new eyes; see the power of who they are and what they do and what they bring to the world. They are world changers and I am honored and proud to work with them.