There's a reason why Donna is in demand on 6 continents. She gets results and brings over 35 years of experience in multiple streams of practice to the table.

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®'). You will see Donna coach on the run with her clients through the halls of corporate headquarters, government departments and agencies, and political offices in many parts of the world.

Donna works with global leaders to develop the competencies and practices that enable them to meet the challenges of the future. She brings a dynamic, strengths-focused perspective to executive leadership development. Donna is committed to increasing the effectiveness, endurance, and fulfillment of individual leaders and their organizations through work with senior executives, high-potential leaders, and teams.

Donna is a SupporTED Coach, a member of the TED Community who coaches TED Fellows, Coach at Uncharted and StartingBloc, and Associate with Strategic Red Team Consulting.

She is a member of the Advisory Council of The International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy (IABMCP), and a Founding Fellow of the Harvard Medical School, Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA).

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, and Personal Success Magazine. She has co-authored the bestselling book ‘101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life’ with Zig Ziglar and Jim Rohn, authored the critically acclaimed book Leaders: Their Stories, Their Words - Conversations with Human Based Leaders and The Power of Coaching: Don't Give Up Your Day Job, or Should You?

Donna is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation, is 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. She is a Certified Tilt 365 Practitioner and as a Tilt 365 Advanced Coach and is certified in the Core Values Index Assessment.

She has a proven track record in developing sustainable leadership.

Donna Karlin


Donna Karlin

Memberships, Boards, Advisory Positions and Affiliations

Memberships and Affiliations

■ Founding Fellow of the Harvard Institute of Coaching Professional Association
■ Member of International Coach Federation
■ Founding member of International Association of Coaching
■ Member of Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
■ Member of the International Critical Incidence Stress Foundation
■ Member of Faith Popcorn’s TalentBank - an expert panel of visionaries worldwide with experts from every industry and cultural area from media and
   medics to marketers and academics.
■ Member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Presently Held Positions

 ■ Effective communication and group dynamics advisor at INSPIRIT International Communications, Berlin | Luxembourg | Zurich
 ■ Member of the Advisory Council of The International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy (IABMCP) 

Previous Held Positions

■ Dean at the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations Purpose is to maximize the success and efficacy of coaching solutions in
   organizations, at a global level. This encompasses: the ongoing expansion of knowledge about how and why coaching produces positive results; the
   continuous creation of coaching resources – theoretical and practical – and sharing of best practices.
■ Member of The Board of Advisors for The Foundation for International Leadership Coaching - FILC is the non-profit foundation founded to meet the
   unmet needs for leadership coaching of many government and international non-government organization leaders around the world. We seek to serve
   leaders who are committed to having a positive impact on environmental sustainability, international peace through non-violent means, and quality of
   life for all.
■ President and member of the Board of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations.
■ Member of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Coaching (IAC).
■ Participant/ key player in Microsoft™ ‘Vision Team’ - A small team of independent visionaries / experts who provide valuable, contextual insight into
   technology, business and workplace issues and trends.
■ Member of the Board of The Coach Initiative.

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