Carol Ross is a career coach, entrepreneur, national speaker and writer who leveraged nearly two decades of corporate experience into a successful, multi-faceted business of her own. Most recently, she has developed career development programs to help talented and competent professionals be even more successful in a competitive and increasingly digital marketplace. These include workshops that teach a more natural approach to networking, and information products to help promote one’s personal brand on social media.
Known as the Whole Brain Coach, she is an engaging presenter who combines left-brain analytical thinking with right-brain story-telling. Carol has shared insights with more than 100 associations, companies, workshops and other groups, including Texas Conference for Women and at national conferences for the International Coaches Federation, Net Impact and the Juvenile Arthritis Foundation.
She coaches CEOs, COOs, bankers, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and consultants across numerous industries. Corporate clients include Caterpillar, Wells Fargo, Avaya, Celestial Seasonings, Furniture Brands International and Nelnet.
Carol’s career advice has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report and Body + Soul, among others. Additionally, she was one of a handful women profiled for the book, “The Female Brand.”
A social media enthusiast since 2005, she authors three blogs and actively posts on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. In addition to writing over 30 articles for HR.com, Carol is a regular contributor to the career blog for the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA).
She has been referenced and quoted on popular blogs covering personal branding and career development, including Yahoo! Shine, William Arruda’s ‘The Personal Branding Blog’ and Andrea Lee’s ‘Money, Meaning and Beyond’.
A former Bell Labs engineer, Carol is a graduate of Northwestern University. She lives near Boulder, Colorado with her husband. Her biggest personal challenge is preparing for the life of an empty-nester, with one son in high school and another away at college.
“Carol Ross is the intelligent professional’s guide to navigating careers in a world where being competent is not enough. She provides easy-to-digest wisdom, practical knowledge, and inspiration to move into action—enabling you to create opportunities where none existed before. Add in a personable, engaging style infused with creative thinking, and you’ll wish you had discovered her sooner.”
Author of NYT best-sellers, “Drive” and “A Whole New Mind”
“Carol Ross is the real deal, a visionary and thoughtful voice who repeatedly delivers sound advice and a fresh perspective. In these turbulent times, it is good to know that she is out there identifying the latest trends and best practices so that all of us can just get on with the business of excelling at our careers.”
Senior Fellow, Civic Ventures and former New York Times career columnist
Author of “One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success”
“In my three years of collaborating with Carol Ross, I have always been impressed with her talent for developing new programs to offer to our alumni. Carol has her finger on the pulse of some of the most pressing needs and interests of people in the workforce.”
Aspasia Apostolakis Miller
Director, Students, Young Alumni and Career Services