About Us


Leadership Development Resources, LLC

Founded in 2005, LDR's coaching helps executives reach their leadership potential. We leverage strengths-based coaching to support and challenge you to reach your goals. LDR specializes in coaching through transitions, such as leading and moving into senior roles. Our clients realize demonstrable results by strengthening their unique leadership capabilities, performance and outcomes. 


Karen Donaldson, Founder and Owner

Karen is a certified executive coach, with deep leadership development expertise. Prior to starting LDR, Karen held global responsibility for succession planning for several of IBM's largest groups. She led the North American practice of Talking Talent, has HR consulting experience with Andersen Business Consulting; and, executive development and training experience with New York Life Insurance. She was an adjunct professor of Training and Development in Mercy College's Graduate Human Resources Management Program. Karen earned a Columbia Business School MBA, and a BS from Syracuse University. 


· Certifications: ICF-PCC, Hogan Assessments and Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered Coaching 

· Rutgers University and Heidrick & Struggles, Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance, ICF-PCC level certification program


Our Results

Our clients realize demonstrable results through LDR's focus on aligning leadership development to goals.  We work with you to identify and achieve specific measurable development goals; and, we include 360 degree feedback in the executive coaching process.

We have coached leaders in companies and firms such as: IBM, GE, Johnson & Johnson, White and Case, Citi, KPMG, Skadden, MetLife, McKinsey and Mars Drinks. We provide one-to-one leadership coaching; and, workshops to achieve specific leadership goals: Leadership Development, Achieving Balance, Setting and Achieving Goals, and Leadership Competencies. 

What People are Saying about LDR


Human Resources Leader, Fortune 500 Retail Company

"I don't think I would have been able to put my thoughts in a more disciplined way and think through without you. The CEO... agreed with my suggestions and we're moving forward."

Operations Vice President, Fortune 100 Technology

"LDR brings . . .a strong ability to connect the leadership development progression with improved business results. ... consistently focused on development.... as a means to increased revenue, profit, and a positive work climate. ... really understands the importance of growing strong leaders and the various methods to achieve that"     

Senior Vice President, Fortune 500 Insurance Company

"You have proved that you "got it." You got the plan, you got the people, and I am getting fantastic output. We were fortunate to find you."

Managing Director, Global Consulting Company

"You successfully elevated the session... for executives... and tailored it appropriately to strategic needs." 

Partner, Global Law Firm

"The coaching made me think about things I hadn't even considered and plan for how I want my life and my career to be. I have a clear plan to move forward."

Senior Vice President, Health Services Company

"I know what it is to be a leader now."


Contact Us

Leadership Development Resources, LLC

(914) 455-4282