Born and bred New Yorker, outdoors adventurer, live music lover, dog dad, and professional leadership and career coach.
I’m intensely passionate about helping mid-career leaders cut through the BS and achieve their greatness.
My mission is to help you achieve your greatness
A wise man once told me, “consider all your failures and that’s the value proposition you bring to your work.” Take a moment to really think about that…
Maybe it means that, with every failure, we can gain more knowledge. Maybe it means that you’re only as good as your biggest failure. For me, as a leadership and career coach, I help others excel not only in their careers, but in their lives as well, which means considering a whole lot of failures. Including mine.
As an honorable and respectable New Yorker, it’s in my blood to bust people’s chops, be loud, direct, and abrupt. But somewhere along the way, these traits stopped serving me, and in fact, they held me back.
After losing a terrific job I loved, I had to stop placing blame on everyone and everything else and start holding myself accountable.
After a lot of soul searching, studying, and admitting to my mom that she was right all along, I learned how to play the game of life in a more effective and compassionate way. I now use my experience of getting knocked down, brushing myself off, and growing as a human to guide you to avoid the mistakes that hold you back.
With candor, humor, and my New York charm and heart, I’m here to go all-in with you and help you create YOUR values-driven career plan to build a life you’re proud of.
This could be you…
With Darren’s guidance and expertise, I was able to make the seemly impossible move from sales into asset management. After asset management, I worked with him to land my current role in capital markets. I can’t thank Darren enough for helping me get the most out of my career.
Brandon Van Loucks, MSRE
Vice President – Senior Portfolio Manager at KeyBank Real Estate Capital
Darren was pivotal in helping me switch industries and finally land a job that I can be excited about.
CEO Director of Information Security
I went in to the start of working with Darren skeptical on what real help I was going to be able to get and immediately understood the value he brought to the table. I can’t say enough about how he helped me gain clarity, enabling me to find that great new opportunity.
Senior Program Manager, Aervivo
The “Official” Bio…
PCC, CPCC Certified Leadership and Career Coach
Darren Kanthal is a Professional Leadership and Career Coach with 20+ years of experience in HR and Talent Acquisition. His leadership coaching helps clients look holistically at their careers, using values-driven action plans. Darren is intensely passionate about coaching mid-career leaders to cut through the BS, do the foundational work, and achieve their greatness. His credible, real-life experience creates exceptional results for his clients.
Darren is a Certified Professional Coach (PCC) and is also certified as a CPCC (Co-Active Professional Coach Certification), CPQC (Certified Positive Intelligence Coach), DiSC certified, and PHR Certified (Professional in Human Resources).
Darren lives with his life partner Rachel her two kids, and his beloved dog Marvin in Denver, Colorado. He is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder and loves adventuring outdoors and seeing live music.
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My speaking topics include mental fitness, radical candor, leadership, and career coaching, and can be tailored to meet your needs. My talks are thought-provoking, engaging, and always include a laugh – a sense of humor is key!
Here’s what they’re saying…
Darren is genuine, caring and is phenomenal at what he does. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with him and highly recommend that if you have the opportunity to that you do as well!
Regional Implementation Executive
I would not hesitate to recommend Darren (and I have to many, many people already). I believe his work will become a critical tool for forward-thinking corporations who want to support employee wellness—especially in our modern, turbulent times.
CEO PMP, PCM
Darren gave me raw feedback that was relevant to me and my scenario. He provided actionable feedback that I was able to implement immediately in my resume and job search endeavors and I have since received more requests for interviews than I have in the past.
Senior Marketing Manager, Cricket Wireless
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