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2018 Inclusiveness@Work Individual Nominee: Carol Carter

At 26, Ms. Carol Carter was the first female assistant VP at Prentice Hall and the first female VP at Pearson. As a result, she knows how to set an inclusive agenda in a homogenous environment and recruit support to set specific goals to drive recruiting, hiring, promoting and developing a diverse talent team.

In 2000, she started LifeBound, a student success company that publishes books, digital solutions, and conducts training for K-12 and college faculty. Her work exposed her to the inequities within her community firsthand while working and teaching for two years at the federal prison and teaching computer, GED, and professional skills in the Denver Housing Projects.

But Carol knew that there was more to be done. Due to her travel in the US and abroad, she developed an unwavering commitment to solve the pervasive inequities in education. In 2013, Carol founded GlobalMindED, a nonprofit that focuses on First-Generation-to-college learners, minorities, and underserved populations to address and reduce the significant obstacles they face – nearly one-third of all US college students fall into at least one of these categories.

Over the past five years, Carol has infused GlobalMindED with talent from an impressive team of volunteers, sponsors and businesses.  The annual conference she started has grown from 380 attendees to more than 1,000 in just four years. Additionally, Carol’s team has launched pilots in Denver and around the country to solve for some of the biggest problems that First-Gen students face financially, emotional, socially, academically and in terms of workplace readiness.

Carol is an inclusive and generous leader and makes connections with people to help others in the most effective collective impact partnerships to drive profits, equity and growth. She is a get-it-done person with a vast network of loyal people with whom she has worked over her lifetime. She makes it her personal goal to fight for the underserved, the underrepresented, and the invisible in our world and to bring awareness and empathy to others who connect that to a profitable future.

Share your thoughts on Carol’s nomination in the comments below.  Please join us when the recipient of the Inclusiveness@Work Individual category is announced on February 10th at our annual Ball for All gala. Tickets and sponsorships are available on the CLI Website.