Carol Brainard

Professional Summary

Carol Brainard is a change consultant and executive coach known best for her ability to guide leaders and their organizations through periods of significant challenge and growth. To mission-driven clients committed to measurable results, Carol brings her expertise in change leadership, strategic planning and alignment, organizational effectiveness, and team development.

As a coach, Carol is a trusted partner fully focused on her clients’ goals. Valued for her insightful questions, deep listening, and direct approach, she provides a challenging yet safe exploration of ideas and feelings. Clients gain new perspective, define growth objectives, and pursue action plans to practice and perfect their leadership, organizational, and communication skills. She is particularly effective working with clients in highly charged innovation and change environments where influence, motivation, courage and resilience are essential for sustainable success.

Carol has coached both seasoned and emerging leaders in finance, administration, IT, marketing and sales, customer service, manufacturing, HR, non-profit fund-raising and program management, as well as doctors, professors, school administrators, and government officials. She also provides team coaching and facilitation in both corporate and non-profit settings.

Since 1984, Carol’s change consulting practice has centered on large scale engagements involving global expansions, new products and markets, capacity-building, technology, and performance improvement. Drawing from proven methodologies, Carol’s own approach emphasizes leadership, collaboration, pragmatism and momentum not only to achieve defined outcomes, but to create an organizational mindset where change for improvement becomes business as usual. Clients include Hewlett Packard Latin America, Procter and Gamble, Leo Burnett , Hardee’s, Ocè Systems, the NYC, Washington DC, and U.S. Departments of Education, UNC School of Government, United States Navy, and the International Postal Service of Russia.

Carol’s prior professional experience includes roles in marketing and sales, CRM, advertising, and information technology, with leadership positions in product management and consulting practice management. She is a past President of the Triangle Organization Development Network and has been a presenter at ODN’s national conference. Carol currently serves on the coaching staff of the Broad Residency in Urban Education and on the faculty of the NCSU Business Coaching Certificate program.


MBA, Western New England College

BA cum laude, Denison University Major: English

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