Divon Academy is a leader in essential skills training for students and young professionals in the 0-10 entry level bracket.
Divon Academy is a leader in essential skills training for students and young professionals in the 0-5 entry level bracket.
Meet our Founder
Elan is a Harvard-trained author, speaker, and trailblazer in the field of personal and professional development. His passion: helping students and young people integrate into the workforce, unlock their potential, and accelerate their careers. Elan has been lauded for his work by influencers such as NBA Board Chairman Larry Tanenbaum and Wellness Guru Deepak Chopra, and works with groups ranging from high school and university students, to young professionals, parents, and CEO’s... Learn About Elan’s Story >
After graduating from Harvard with a second Masters in 2007, I thought finding a job would be easy. I had the academic pedigree, decent work experience and a strong social network. But I couldn’t land a job and it took me a year of unemployment before I did.
What I realized was this. University hadn’t prepared me for the workforce. I had knowledge and degrees, but I didn’t have the skills and the mindset. I was clueless. And it took me 10 years of developing these skills the hard way to understand what it takes to succeed professionally and have impact. (Launching a social venture on NASDAQ in 2017 provided some vindication).
I therefore founded Divon Academy to help answer a problem affecting young people but also the companies and organizations they serve: Helping young talent bridge the gap between school and the workforce; youth and full-fledged adulthood, by developing essential skills that help them thrive, unlock their potential, and be workforce ready.
At a time when technology has rendered rites of passage obsolete, I see our work as a means of “initiating” young people into the uncertain and fast changing world they are entering. And this is exactly what makes us different. We are not just another “training company”. We are a company focused on developing young people both personally and professionally at a time of major life transition, so they can handle the curve balls, build the skills, and add value to the companies and communities they serve.
The DA Team & Executive Advisory Board
Karen F. Salama
Chief Operating Officer
Karen is an accomplished builder and strategist with a passion for education and innovation…
Chief Business Development Officer & VP Training
Jofi Baldrich is a highly respected executive coach, instructor and business leader…
Director of Client Engagement
Stephanie is a passionate communicator with a background in performance, art and philosophy…
Founder, E! Entertainment Television | President/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group
An entertainment industry veteran with close to 50 years professional experience in cable television, live…
Lori Tauber Marcus
Founder, Courtyard Connections, LLC
Ms. Marcus serves as an independent board director for several companies: Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc. (NYSE: FDP)…
Media Industry Executive & Former EVP of News Corporation
Mr. Pompadur joins Divon Academy’s Executive Advisory Board after a prolific and distinguished 60 year…
Former VP, Ryerson University
Managing Partner, seriesOne
Anthony Hussain has over 25+years of investment banking, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions…
DA Master Instructors & Guest Faculty
We all know it’s about outcomes. Brandon is a master of transformation, facilitating the gap between uncertainty and results…
Kathleen Fyfe is passionate about assisting individuals and organizations to grow and develop, creating positive impact personally…
Barry Kaplan inspires leaders and their teams to declare what they want and coaches them to access their power to make it happen…
Melanie Novis has spent decades earning the nickname the ‘speech whisperer’ as President of Corporate Speech Consultants.
Sarah Lang is a professional certified coach (PCC, CPCC) and a public speaking and leadership instructor. She facilitates workshops and training…
Adam Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed instructor and corporate speech consultant who is widely…
Lee Gardenswartz, Ph.D.
Lee Gardenswartz, Ph.D. is a pioneer in the field of diversity and inclusion, having spent over 40 years providing consulting and training to a variety of national and global clients…
Anita Rowe, Ph.D.
Since 1980 Anita has provided consulting and training focusing on diversity, inclusion and emotional intelligence to a variety national and global clients…
Jorge Cherbosque, Ph.D. is the co-director of the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, clinical psychologist and partner…
A career in the Career Management field was destiny for Brenda when as a child her favourite board game was one called ‘Careers’…
Former Marketing Executive with the Financial Times
Sanjiv Chopra MD
Professor and Author, Harvard Medical School
Award Winning Business Executive
Rosenzweig & Company