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About GDE

Legendary Teams | Legendary Leadership

Most of our lives we find ourselves in formal or informal groups. Families. Classes at school. Sports teams. Work places. Rarely do any of us hand-picked these. And we are left to make the most of them.

Sometimes they come together. Sometimes they don’t. Ever wondered why?

Ever been stuck with the job of leading a team? How do you turn that situation into something successful? Perhaps wonderful? Possibly legendary?

There are keys that when used, turn chaos into wonder. GDE’s mission is to provide rubrics and training that provide the foundations for exceptional leadership.

GDE focses on the soft skills and emotional fitness essential for the resilience and adaptability essential for business and organizational success.

And over the years, we have honed in on those quintessential skills and mindset that make this pursuit easier, faster, and more effective than most people believe is possible.

These are infused in our approach and programs. Powered by Transilience.

Experience a new edge in your leadership

Leadership is all about change. Breaking new ground. Internally, and in our relationships and organizations.

Based on recent trends its clear we need a new model for future-ready leaders.

We identify the key skills  and characteristics required to succeed in a difficult and disruptive world. We refer to this leadership rubric as Transilient Leadership based on the TQ™ Framework.

Today, to thrive, and not just get by as individuals and organizations, leadership is fundamental. 

Leadership is not management. It is not a position. Leadership establishes direction. Aligns around a vision. Motivates and empowers people to act.

Our Approach

Aware that:

  • Motivated people learn and adapt fast.
  • Society focuses on strengthening cognitive skills and capacities and overlooks has an almost non-existent or piece-meal approach to emotional fitness.

GDE focuses on soft-power training. Not because emotions are intrinsically more important than our survival or cognitive functions. Rather, because current education and societal norms overlook their pivotal role. This has resulted in a huge weakness that affects every part of every life.

Returning balance at the personal and organizational levels are urgently needed to give humanity the best chance of handing well, the dramatic changes that are afoot due to the ongoing technical and digital revolutions we are immersed in.

Our Mission

Provide simple yet powerful life-leadership rubrics and training.

Soft-skills training, urgently needed in today’s fast-changing, digitally leveraged world, has been overlooked by most educational institutions and programs.

GDE is addressing this pervasive soft-power shortfall through TQ™ leadership training.

Our Vision

To unlock the full potential of each individual.

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 facing life and death. 

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 has a chance to focus 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, start-ups and established organizations.



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