Carla Thomas
Doctoral Student
University of Pennsylvania

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Carla Thomas is a resonant leader with demonstrated success engaging organizations to exceed business objectives while creating positive work environments. Recognized as a transformation agent who leads, inspires and teaches to deliver business and employee growth, she is highly effective at addressing complex business problems while ensuring that improvements realized are consistently maintained. Expertise includes facilitation and design in:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Organizational Transformation
  • Psychometric Assessment
  • Change Management
  • Talent Development
  • Cultural Transformation

In addition to leading her own consultancy, The Realize Leadership Group, which specializes in, Leadership development and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices Carla sits on the Advisory boards of Saint Joseph’s University’s Organizational & Leadership Development graduate program as well as the American Public University System. She is also an active member of the Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy, Society for Human Resource Management, Organizational Development Network, NTL Institute, and Inclusion Allies Coalition.

Sector Experience: Higher Education, Non-profit, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Retail and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Saint Joseph’s University, Carla is invested in applying academic rigor and analysis to 6+ years of scholar practitioner experience. She continues to develop frameworks and programs that enable organizations to thrive in ever-changing, highly competitive global environments. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores the relationship between empathy and bias. She is committed to improving dialogues across difference and expanding the practical approaches to mitigating bias inside of organizations. She is a fierce proponent of helping individuals and organizations to become their best selves.