Lianne Krakauer is a professional certified coach and educator who delivers interactive, engaging and fun learning experiences for diverse audiences. She is as comfortable around a boardroom table as she is speaking to students, newer professionals, senior leaders and judges!

Lianne and her team work closely with client organizations to design speaking engagements and workshops with hands-on learning and practical applications.

The following is a list of past and upcoming engagements. Other workshops are available upon request and can be customized to meet the learning objectives of the organization and participants.

Events open to the public include links to registration information.

Workshops and Speaking Engagement Subjects:

For teams who want to learn more about different work styles and develop practical strategies for working more effectively together. EverythingDiSC© is a user-friendly model that measures individual works style preferences and priorities. It is a simple yet powerful model that describes four basic styles: D, i, S, and C, and serves as the foundation for the Everything DiSC® Application Suite. Participants receive personalized insights that deepen their understanding of self and others, making workplace interactions more enjoyable and effective. The result is a more engaged and collaborative workforce that can spark meaningful culture improvement in any organization.

Professionals often move into leadership roles as experts in their field, yet lack the knowledge and skill to behave as leaders. Being a skillful professional doesn’t necessarily translate into communicating powerfully, influencing or mobilizing others around a common purpose. Great leaders understand themselves well and how their behaviours impact others. They also recognize and acknowledge the differences of their team members, and know how to adapt to communicate more effectively, motivate and mobilize. Based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©, this workshop will give participants a chance to explore how they lead and contribute to the team, and how to activate and adapt their behavioural preferences to get better results.


As lawyers progress in their careers, they don’t necessarily see themselves as leaders.  It’s not uncommon for even senior lawyers to lack confidence and feel unprepared for the challenges of leadership. Being a good lawyer is not always enough to becoming a great leader. The research shows that the best leaders know and use their strengths first.  They have a keen understanding of self and others, and an ability to adapt in order to influence and motivate others. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to consider their unique leadership strengths, reflect on how they are showing up as leaders in their communities, and learn new leadership behaviours to become more effective in a legal environment.

Powerful conversations emphasize strengths and possibilities, instead of deficits and roadblocks. Rather than focusing on the problem and telling people what to do, a powerful conversation engages both participants in thinking creatively about possible solutions and taking joint ownership for results. Lawyers, who excel at advising and advocating for clients about their legal problems, sometimes find it difficult to make the shift from problem-based talk to a solutions focused approach.  This workshop will introduce participants to a coaching skills model that will lead to more engaging and productive conversations with associates, staff, colleagues and clients.

Communicating with confidence starts with understanding yourself and your audience.  Using the concepts of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, this workshop introduces different communication styles, and how to adapt to communicate more effectively with colleagues, employees and clients.  Participants will receive a personal interpretive report identifying their communication preferences, with tips for how to leverage their strengths, communicate across differences, and handle common pitfalls more skillfully.

Mentoring involves supporting people to develop their potential through informal learning channels and shared experience. It is a relationship based on trust, mutual respect and open communication. While mentors are often expected to lead the way, the most successful mentoring relationships empower mentees to take initiative for their career development. Mentoring is at its best when both partners are energized and learn from each other. It’s a two way street! This workshop will enhance mentoring relationships, through learning about best practices in building trust, accountability and communication.

The levels of anxiety, depression and stress among lawyers are well documented. This year, the challenges of being healthy and resilient are greater than ever.  While there is no easy roadmap to follow, it is more important than ever to take time out to assess well-being and develop strategies for resilience.  This workshop will draw on participant experience and empirical research to explore the key factors that contribute to health and happiness with a view to understanding how to navigate the ups and downs of professional life.

Learning to be a Coach-Leader requires a challenging paradigm shift from giving direction to getting the best out of each person on your team. Using coaching skills is a proven method for making this powerful shift. It starts by letting go of being an expert and taking a different stance in conversations with your team.  Instead of focusing on how to fix the problem, Coach-Leaders focus on how to act as a thinking partner to empower each person to come up with their own creative solutions.  Listening, asking, and challenging others to take responsibility for learning leads to powerful positive change and new behaviours.  It also builds better working relationships.  As a result of taking a Coach-Leader stance, you will notice how conversations at work become more engaging and productive, and a diversity of ideas and results will begin to emerge.

The best teams are made up of diverse individuals with different personalities and ways of approaching their work.  Understanding how to work with differences is essential for optimal team performance. Drawing on the theory of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator®, this workshop will introduce participants to 16 different personality types, common strengths, pitfalls that teams encounter, and practical tips for adjusting preferences to improve performance. Using a common language for work style preferences will enhance learning, decision-making, planning and working together so that team members are empowered to contribute their best and maximize their potential.

As remote work has become the new normal in many professional environments, people are struggling with how to sustain and build a professional network. Whether you are a job seeker, entrepreneur or professional whose job relies on strong relationships with clients and colleagues, learning to connect in a virtual world is essential to navigating your career. In this workshop, we will look at best practices for networking, connecting and interviewing, and how to communicate with confidence using virtual platforms. Topics will include tips for holding engaging conversations, active listening online, crafting your key messages, and preparing for networking meetings to set yourself up for success.

Speaking engagements

June 3, 2021Networking + Interviewing in a Virtual World, For Young Women LawyersYoung Women in LawOnline - ZOOM
April 29, 2021Communicating with Confidence: Flex Your Style Vision CoachingOnline - ZOOM
February 11, 2021Discover your Style: Leadership in ActionVision CoachingOnline - ZOOM
December 2, 2020Career Well Being & Resilience for Articling StudentsAird & BerlisOnline - ZOOM
December 9, 2020Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First - Maximizing Well-being to Help OthersNALP Canadian CommitteeOnline - ZOOM
November 26, 2020Mentor Orientation ProgramRotman Executive Leadership InstituteOnline - ZOOM
November 24, 2020Coaching 101 PanelToronto Law Firm Professional Development ConsortiumOnline - ZOOM
November 17, 2020Discover Your Style: From Lawyer to LeaderWomens’ Professional Development Committee, Cassels LLPOnline - ZOOM
October 27, 2020Women on the Move: 5 Key Elements to Building a Meaningful Career Women’s Philanthropy x UJA’s Professional Divisions Online - ZOOM
February 2020Leadership Values in ActionAird & Berlis
Toronto, ON
November 2019Creating Strong Mentor RelationshipsCassels Brock LLPToronto, ON
June 14, 2019What is your Benchmark? Leadership in the Court and BeyondNational Judicial InstituteOttawa, ON
December 6, 2018Shifting Career Goals: How to change the conversation about career successNALP Canadian MeetingToronto, ON
Jan 2018 and Feb 2019Career Well Being & ResilienceAird & Berlis LLPToronto, ON
October 24, 2017Discover Your Leadership StyleUniversity of Toronto Faculty 6, FacultyLawToronto, ON
July 2017 and 2018Interviewing Techniques and Best Practices for EmployersMinden Gross LLPToronto, ON
June 27, 2017Lawyers and the Pursuit of Happiness: Strategies for SuccessCassels BrockToronto, ON
June 5, 2017Effective Coaching in a Multinational BusinessModule offered as part of a Rotman Executive ProgramToronto, ON
May 16, 2017Career Well Being for LawyersBennett Jones LLPToronto, ON
April 7, 2017Career Transition Group for WomenWork Stress Coaching and Lianne KrakauerToronto ON
December 6, 2016Tough Conversations: Setting the Stage for Productive OutcomesCanadian Bar AssociationSolution Series (webinar)
November 9 - 10, 2016What Comes Next? How to have a Successful (and Happy) Career in the Public SectorAnnual Conference for the Association of Law Officers of the Crown (ALOC)Niagara on the Lake, ON
November 3, 2016Discover Your Leadership StyleLeadership Skills Program for Law StudentsFaculty of Law, University of Toronto
October 20 - 21, 2016Powerful Conversations at WorkAikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLPWinnipeg, MB
September 14, 2016Career Well Being and ResilienceMcMillan LLPToronto, ON
July 7, 2016Getting off to a Successful Start: Career-Well Being and Resilience in the Legal ProfessionVancouver Professional (Legal) Development NetworkVancouver, BC
June 9, 2016(Keynote Speaker) Strategies for Success: Lawyers and the Pursuit of HappinessLaw Society of Upper CanadaToronto, ON
April 15, 2016Powerful Conversations at WorkNALP (Association for Legal Professionals)Boston, MA
April 14, 2016Coaching with Intention: Know When to Hold and When to FoldNALP (Association for Legal Professionals)Boston, MA
April 6, 2016Lawyers and Personality at WorkBennett Jones LLPToronto, ON
March 1, 2016Career Paths Beyond Law PracticeYoung Women LawyersToronto, ON
Jan 27, 2016Career Resilience for LawyersBennett Jones LLPToronto, ON
Dec 4, 2015Mentor Program Community Health Leaders, Celebratory Wrap upRotman Executive Program and Toronto Central LHINToronto, ON
May 28, 2015Mentor Program Community Health Leaders:
Powerful Conversations for Career Development

Rotman Executive Program and Toronto Central LHINToronto, ON
April 23, 2015Finding Your Leadership EdgeNALP (Association for Legal Professionals)Chicago, U.S.A.
April 6, 2015Powerful Conversations at WorkTikkatoDowntown Toronto, ON
March 23, 2015Powerful Conversations for Professional OrganizersPOC Toronto ChapterToronto, ON
February 4, 2015Self-Promotion and Business Development for Women LawyersLaw Society of Upper Canada Toronto, ON
January 14, 2015Parental Leave Tips for LawyersThe Hamilton Law Association John Sopinka Courthouse, Hamilton, ON
June 12, 2014Becoming a Better LeaderCentre for the Legal Profession, Faculty of Law University of TorontoToronto, ON
April 10, 2014Powerful Conversations for Managers and LeadersNALP (Association for Legal Professionals)Seattle, WA
November 5-7, 2013Women & Leadership in the Legal ProfessionFederated PressNovotel Toronto Centre Hotel
October 18, 2013Coaching Cornucopia! Tools for Clarity & TransformationTikkatoCentre for Social Innovation Spadina, Downtown near Spadina & Dundas
September 24-25, 2013Women in TransitionCentre for the Legal ProfessionManulife Financial (200 Bloor St. E.)
Lianne Krakauer

Lianne has experience working with entrepreneurs, professionals and leaders in corporate, not-for-profit, and public sector organizations.

Contact Lianne for more information and fees.