Carole Copeland Thomas

As an international speaker, organizational consultant and radio talk show host Carole Copeland Thomas moderates the discussions of key issues affecting our global marketplace. She has her pulse on the issues affecting working professionals and consults with industry leaders on a regular basis.

From speaking at the Federal Highway Administration, MBTA, Hewlett Packard, Novartis, Verizon, Cargill, and to interviewing experts around the globe, Carole knows how to analyze the dynamics of a changing marketplace.

Carole is the voice of personal empowerment and global diversity. She is a keynote speaker, empowerment expert, global diversity professional, leadership consultant, and business coach in 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, El Salvador, Kenya, South Africa and Australia. Carole recently co-founded a non-profit international organization with nine other women as a result of a 2005 trip to Kenya. The group returned to Kenya in November 2007 for humanitarian projects and to host
their first International Conference in Mombasa, Kenya.

Carole served as consultant and diversity audit facilitator at Tufts New England Medical Center. Carole has served as the empowerment and cultural competency consultant for Mattapan Community Health Center for more than 10 years.

Carole is also a regular speaker at the Multicultural Forum hosted by the University of St. Thomas and The Twin Cities Chapter of The National Black MBA Association and the Annual Conference of the National Black MBA Association.

In 2008 Carole launched the Multicultural Symposium Series (MSS) a multi-year multimedia initiative established for the advancement of multiculturalism. MSS, a member-driven organization, includes twice yearly conferences, webinars, and a resource intense website. MSS Sponsors include American Airlines, State Street Bank and Amtrak.

Carole is the host of Focus On Empowerment a weekly issues-oriented radio talk show heard on WBNW-1120 AM that simulcasts on 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 was re-launched on WBNW-1120-AM-Boston in April 2005.

Carole served as the Executive Coach for the Essence Magazine Leadership Summit.

Carole has clients across the country, including DePuy Spine, Verizon, Tyco, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Monster, Yale University, Federal Highway Administration, Bentley University, Cargill, Escuela Panamericana, and Girl Scouts, Patriots Trail Girl Scouts Council.

Carole is the publisher of the 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.

Her book, Personal Empowerment: How To Turbocharge Your Life On and Off Your Job, was published in 2003.

Carole has been featured on ABC Radio, CBS-TV, and Fox News-TV. She has also been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Bay State Banner, and the Milton Times.

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.

Carole, a three-time state convention delegate, served as a town coordinator in the November 2006 successful election of Deval Patrick, Massachusetts’ first African American governor. She also served as an active tri-state volunteer for the 2008 campaign of President Barack Obama.

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 served as the Social Action Chair and Past Vice President of the Boston Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, served on the Board of Overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and was a Commonwealth Advisory board member for Sovereign Bank. Carole is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Carole is a trustee and proud member of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal(AME) Church-Boston. She is the mother of three children: Lorna Thomas Farquharson, Psy,D, (son in law Jerome), Michelle, a teacher’s assistant in the Milton, Massachusetts Public School System, and the late Mickarl D. Thomas, Jr. Carole is also the grandmother of one: Julianna Gwendolyn Farquharson.