Divon Academy is a leader in soft skills training for students and young professionals.
We help young people develop skills that technology has disrupted, Covid has stunted, and remote work prevents learning on the job at a time when they’re needed most.
Divon Academy is a leader in essential skills training for students and young professionals in the 0-5 entry level bracket.
Meet our Founder
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
Joli Divon Saraf
Chief Operating Officer
Joli joins Divon Academy after serving for more than 14 years as the Assistant Director of the…
Chief Business Development Officer & VP Training
Jofi Baldrich is a highly respected executive coach, instructor and business leader…
Director of Student Affairs
Yahli is a marketing and communications professional with a background in the Creative School…
Leonard Haynes, Ph.D.
Former Education Advisor to the White House & University President
A former senior director with the Department of Education, and former executive director of the…
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…
Andrea Harry Bibbs
Founder and CEO of The ACB Group
Andrea Harry Bibbs is the Founder and CEO of The ACB Group, a boutique media and marketing consulting firm she founded in late 2022…
Managing Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Ascension.
Aida C. Rodriguez is Managing Director and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Ascension: a national minority owned…
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…
DA Faculty & Instructors
World Renowned Communication Expert, Keynote Speaker and Best Selling Author
Mark Bowden is a world-renowned body language expert, keynote speaker, and bestselling author…
Dr. Kira Banks
Psychology Professor at St. Louis University, Global Expert on Equity & Inclusion, and Co-Founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity
Dr. Banks’ decades of experience allow her to help individuals and institutions in corporate America…
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…
Dr. Terrence Underwood
Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
Dr. Underwood is the Founder of The National Association of Minority Speakers (NAMS). He is a growth-minded, inclusive thinker with more than 20 years’ experience…
Virtual Communications & Sales Pitch Skills
Adam Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed instructor and corporate speech consultant who is widely…
Leadership & Communication Skills
Sarah Lang is a professional certified coach (PCC, CPCC) and a public speaking and leadership instructor. She facilitates workshops and training…
US Representative, Career Management
Vicki Salemi is a nationally recognized career expert, author, former corporate recruiter, speaker, spokesperson, and columnist…
Creative Thinking & Collaboration Skills
Gary Wexler is a professor of Team Creativity, Advertising, and Nonprofit Marketing…
DA Master Instructor
A career in the Career Management field was destiny for Brenda when as a child her favourite board game was one called ‘Careers’…
Kathleen Fyfe is passionate about assisting individuals and organizations to grow and develop, creating positive impact personally…
DA Master Instructor
Barry Kaplan inspires leaders and their teams to declare what they want and coaches them to access their power to make it happen…
LaNae S. Croxton
DA Master Instructor
LaNae S. Croxton believes that the alignment between organizational strategy and employee engagement helps organizations to retain…
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…
Sanjiv Chopra MD
Professor and Author, Harvard Medical School
Award Winning Business Executive
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…
Amb. Haile Menkerios
Former U.N. Undersecretary-General
Haile is the former U.N. Undersecretary-General and head of the United Nations Office to…
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