Carole Copeland Thomas is the voice of personal empowerment and diversity. She is a business coach, keynote speaker, empowerment expert, diversity professional and leadership consultant in C. Thomas & Associates, a business she started in 1987. Ms. Thomas served as an adjunct faculty member for Bentley College for a decade, and has spoken throughout the United States, London, England, Canada, and Australia.
She is the host of Focus On Empowerment a weekly issues-oriented radio talk show heard on WBNW-1120 AM that simulcasts on www.moneymattersradio.net. Carole is also a commentator for News and Notes with Ed Gordon, heard in 85 markets on National Public Radio.
Carole has clients across the country, including Verizon, Tyco Healthcare, Monster, Federal Highway Administration, Bentley College, and Girl Scouts, Patriots Trail Council.
Carole is the publisher of the weekly electronic newsletter, Empowerment Today distributed to nearly 4000 subscribers throughout the world. Her business case, The Emanuel Company, was included in the university textbook, Understanding Diversity, published by Harper Collins in 1995. Her essay, "An Open Letter To Dear Friends" published in the anthology, Sisters Together, details the tragic accidental death of her teenage son. Her Black History Calendar for 2000, "Four Mothers With Love" pays tribute to her son and three other young men who were killed accidentally in 1997. Additionally Carole is the creator of several teleclass learning programs and the audio learning program, "Personal Empowerment: Wake Up The Possibilities In Your Life."
Her book, Personal Empowerment: How To Turbocharge Your Life On and Off Your Job, was published in 2003.
The Media Calls On Carole
Carole has been featured on ABC Radio, CBS-TV, and Fox News-TV. She has also been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. Carole is a contributor to the USA Today Small Business Panel.
Radio Talk Show Host
For three years Carole's Personal Empowerment Tips were heard daily on Boston’s WILD 1090 AM Radio. Her one-hour call in radio talk show, "Focus On Empowerment" was heard every Friday morning on the station. Carole's syndicated radio tips were broadcast in 10 US cities in early 2003, and were sponsored by Marshalls, the nationwide off-price retail store. Her radio talk show relaunched on WBNW-1120-AM-Boston in April 2005.
Education and Early Career
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Carole is an experienced entrepreneur with awards and achievements in sales, marketing, and management. After graduating with honors in 1975 from Emory University in Atlanta, Carole developed a sales management career with Mary Kay Cosmetics, winning a pink car in 1980. She returned to graduate school in 1983 (on a Martin Luther King, Jr. academic fellowship), and received her MBA degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Continuing on a career path in bank marketing and later The Gillette Company, Carole transitioned into the human service industry and served as the branch sales manager of Exclusive Temporaries. She started her own firm in 1987.
Community and Civic Leader
Community leadership is Carole's passion. Carole is the chair of the Multicultural Committee of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Bureau's only African American board member. She is Past President of the National Speakers Association-New England Chapter and the past Vice Chair-Programs for the National Black MBA Association. Carole is the Social Action Chair and Past Vice President of the Boston Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, is on the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and is a Commonwealth Advisory board member for Sovereign Bank. Carole is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Church and Family
Carole is a trustee and proud member of Bethel AME Church-Boston. She is the mother of three children: Lorna a University of Hartford doctoral student, Michelle, a Chicago State University undergraduate student, and the late Mickarl D. Thomas, Jr.
Carole's Personal Motto
Empowerment Begins When You Believe In Yourself.