Empowering Women

Years in Practice

25 years +


Ottawa ON K2H 7W7 - Canada



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I Believe

How we dream is what gives our lives value. How we choose to live is what determines whether our dreams have value. I believe we each carry a dream of a life we were born to realize which shows up through desire. And I believe that we all have the ability to realize our personal and professional dreams if we commit ourselves to not settling for anything less than what we really want. It is when we move toward our passions that we experience our own greatness and it is then an incredible contribution to ourselves and to the world is made by being who we truly are.

About Donna Karlin: The Shadow Coach

Donna Karlin has been called a pot-stirrer, thought-shifter, "partner-in-crime" and reality-checker. She's an international speaker, lecturer, author and world-renowned leadership coach (better known as 'The Shadow Coach').

Donna's work helps people develop the competencies and practices that enable them to meet the challenges of the future.

Donna is a SupporTED Coach, a member of the team that coaches the TED Fellows, and a communications and team dynamics advisor for INSPIRIT International Communications, Brussels, Belgium.

She is a member of the Advisory Council of The International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy (IABMCP), Past President and current Dean of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations (ICCO), is a Founding Member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA), and a founding member of The International Association of Coaching.

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 and interviews. Her book on Human-Based Leadership™, Leaders: Their Stories, Their Words - Conversations with Human-Based Leaders™  has just been released. Donna's blog Perspectives™ is avidly read by subscribers from 145 countries and territories.

She is a certified in Organizational Psychology with a focus in Executive Coaching 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.  


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