about us

About GDE

Legendary Teams | Legendary Leadership

Transform your team into a legendary force by fostering an environment of excellence through exceptional leadership, clear communication, and intentional focus on personal and collective growth.

Harness the often chaotic energies of change to boost your team’s success by developing power skills that build emotional fitness, resilience, adaptability, and innovation in the modern business landscape.

Experience a new edge in your leadership

Leadership plays a pivotal role in driving transformation and progress, both within organizations and in personal relationships. As the world changes, a new and innovative leadership model is needed to navigate the challenges of the future.

Our Transilient Leadership philosophy, anchored in the TQ™ Framework, highlights the critical competencies and characteristics necessary for success in a challenging, dynamic and often disruptive environment.

It’s worth emphasizing that leadership and management capacities are distinct. The role of a leader is to establish a clear vision, unite people towards a shared objective, and inspire and enable them to take action. Leadership is not merely a position or function, but a critical component for success in today’s world.

Becoming adept and impactful in all aspects of our lives is crucial for each of us.

Our Vision

Empower individuals and teams to drive transformative change by delivering highest-quality cutting-edge training and support. 

Our Mission

Forge the next generation of transformative leaders and leadership teams through innovative power-skills coaching, training, and mentorship, enabling them to drive impact as key partners with local, national, and international organizations.

Our Approach

At GDE, we recognize the crucial role that emotional intelligence plays in emotional fitness and the neglect of its development in both education and society. This is why we have made it a central focus of our organization.

We understand that emotional fitness, alongside physical and cognitive capacities, is a critical factor in personal and organizational success in today’s rapidly changing world. As a result, we prioritize the integration of soft-power skills training into our curriculum to enhance and balance leadership abilities.

Our aim for our learners and all individuals seeking to lead a fulfilling life is the pursuit of “Transilience™.” This is not a destination, but rather an ongoing and invigorating journey towards physical, emotional, and cognitive fitness. To achieve this, it is essential to work on all areas of development and master the soft-power skills that elevate this integration to new heights. We encourage our learners to make this a lifelong endeavor.

Karen Judd Smith, DM

Karen Judd Smith, DM


Karen advises, trains and coaches change leaders, business leaders and entrepreneurs. She draws on years of experience in diverse environs—from the UN to oceanic enterprises, the tech world and interreligious peacebuilding. The common thread is her focus on optimizing human performace, driven by her profound belief in the urgency of activating the largely latent potential of each and every person. 

Chaplain Marilyn Morris, BCC

Chaplain Marilyn Morris, BCC


Our Chief Resilience Officer has 25 plus years addressing the profound challenges of people working their way through loss and grief.

Chaplain Marilyn has worked in inner-city trauma centers, hospice, and with those working their way through many of life’s transitions and providing support and insight for their life and spiritual journeys.

Kevin Smith, MBA

Kevin Smith, MBA


Stepping back from NYC hotel management and executive directorship of continuing care retirement communities in CA and PA, Kevin focused on helping emerging leaders thrive. Kevin brings his deep knowledge of how organizations best support heart-driven workers, entrepreneurs and activists in their challenging work.

Global Development Enterprise, LLC has been training international leaders since 2007. Focused on strategic change, we work with tech companies, international NGOs, and start-up social enterprises.



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