About Us

Divon Academy is a leader and pioneer in soft skills training and development.

We help young professionals and companies own the future by developing skills that schools don’t teach and technology has disrupted at a time when they’re needed most.

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Our Mission

To help businesses and young professionals develop the habits and soft skills needed to unlock and unleash their potential, elevate their performance, and be a force of good in this world. This work is deeply personal to us. It’s our passion. And it’s our purpose.

Our Focus & Expertise

Soft skills (a.k.a. 'power skills'): The #1 commodity in the workforce today.

Young professionals aged 18-32 and their unique needs and challenges.

The application of ideas from the classroom to the boardroom to change habits, office culture, and outcomes.

Meet our Founder

Elan Divon

Founder & CEO

Elan Divon is a Harvard-trained author, speaker, and founder of Divon Academy. His passion: helping students and professionals thrive and succeed in an age of disruption. He has been lauded for his work by influencers such as NBA Board Chairman Larry Tanenbaum and Wellness Guru Deepak Chopra, and has worked over the years with groups ranging from CEO’s and business leaders, to high school and university students, parents and professionals.

The Divon Academy Team

Karen F. Salama

Chief Operating Officer

Karen is an accomplished builder and strategist with a passion for education and innovation…

Jofi Baldrich

Chief Business Development Officer & VP Training

Jofi Baldrich is a highly respected executive coach, instructor and business leader…

Mana Saranj

Director of Operations

An accomplished real estate developer and businesswoman with a passion for education…


Chief Happiness Officer

Amstel has spent the past 7 years bringing smiles to the faces of everyone he meets

Divon Academy Master Instructors

Brandon Allen

We all know it’s about outcomes. Brandon is a master of transformation, facilitating the gap between uncertainty and results…

Kathleen Fyfe

Kathleen Fyfe is passionate about assisting individuals and organizations to grow and develop, creating positive impact personally…

Barry Kaplan

Barry Kaplan inspires leaders and their teams to declare what they want and coaches them to access their power to make it happen…

Divon Academy Guest Faculty

Melanie Novis

Public Speaking & Presentation Skills

Melanie Novis has spent decades earning the nickname the ‘speech whisperer’ as President of Corporate Speech Consultants.

Sarah Lang

Leadership & Communication Skills

Sarah Lang is a professional certified coach (PCC, CPCC) and a public speaking and leadership instructor. She facilitates workshops and training…

Adam Lazarus

Virtual Communications & Sales Pitch Skills

Adam Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed instructor and corporate speech consultant who is widely…

Gary Wexler

Creative Thinking & Collaboration Skills

Gary Wexler is a professor of Team Creativity, Advertising, and Nonprofit Marketing…

Lee Gardenswartz, Ph.D.

Diversity & Inclusion

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.

Diversity & Inclusion

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.
Diversity & Inclusion

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…

Yvonne Gomez

Confidence Building, Focus & Motivation

An Olympic, World and Professional figure skater and  two time Emmy nominated TV Sport and Entertainment Director, Yvonne has performed alongside…

Brenda Pearson

Canadian Representative, Career Management

A career in the Career Management field was destiny for Brenda when as a child her favourite board game was one called ‘Careers’…

Vicki Salemi

US Representative, Career Management

Vicki Salemi is a nationally recognized career expert, author, former corporate recruiter, speaker, spokesperson, and columnist…

International Advisory Board

Sanjiv Chopra MD

Professor and Author, Harvard Medical School

Sanjiv Chopra is a distinguished professor of medicine and former Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical…

Larry Namer

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…

Adam Kahan

President of ABK Associates
Former VP, Ryerson University

Adam is President of ABK Associates, Inc. consulting to the not-for-profit industry on strategic planning…

Helen Pink

School Board Chair
Former Marketing Executive with the Financial Times

Helen Pink draws on 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, where educating, guiding and inspiring…

Anthony Hussain

Managing Partner, seriesOne

Anthony Hussain has over 25+years of investment banking, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions…

Kathy Gardarian

Award Winning Business Executive

Kathy is an award winning businesswoman, author of “Feet to the Fire”, and founder and CEO of Qualis…

Arjun Saraf

VP of Finance and Administration, New Haven Mortgage Income Fund

Born in Toronto and raised in New Delhi, India. Arjun completed his undergraduate degree at Carleton…

Michael Varenbut, MD, MBA

Physician and Entrepreneur

Michael is a physician and an entrepreneur, experienced in building world-class healthcare companies…

Amb. Haile Menkerios

Former U.N. Undersecretary-General

Haile is the former U.N. Undersecretary-General and head of the United Nations Office to…

Jay Rosenzweig

Rosenzweig & Company

Jay Rosenzweig is an internationally renowned social impact entrepreneur, investor, humanitarian, trained lawyer, and leadership strategist…
Acting CEO & Chief Strategy Officer of Ed2Work

Marie Cini

Acting CEO & Chief Strategy Officer of Ed2Work

Marie is the acting chief executive officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Ed2Work, a higher education solutions group….

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