You've landed here because of a nagging feeling, a pestering inner voice, or some awakening that's telling you there's more you're meant to do or contribute.
You've probably been feeling this way for a while, but you've tried to ignore it, suppress it, or wish it away. Why? Because you were taught that following your dreams or doing what you love is for fools or 20-year-olds. And at midlife, you have responsibilities, a 401K, kids, and a mortgage, so what you need to do is suck it up and get back to work.
Does that sound about right?
The truth is we want to be supported financially but sustained spiritually. To do something that gives us the energy and fire to wake up every morning ready to go. Something that allows us to be and express ourselves fully. No one wants to be successful and unfulfilled.
We've been conditioned to follow these predetermined rules concerning our lives and careers. Sometimes we follow these unwritten rules so blindly we deny who we are and what we really want, labeling our dreams as selfish or foolish. I get it. Being truthful and honest about what you want can be scary. That's why it's so important to unleash your authenticity and to be unapologetically you.
I'm here to invite you to break from the norm, honor those parts of you that you've ignored, trust your gut, stop pretending, get a little crazy and step into who you were always meant to be, and do what you were always meant to do. To be open to the fact that you can be both successful and fulfilled.
You see, I once believed in limits—limitations on me, my career, and what was possible. I played by the rules, did everything right, and was rewarded with a successful career, status, income, and an amazing lifestyle for me and my kiddos. After I pulled myself back together following a divorce, I felt like I was more than back on track; I was ahead of the game.
Driving home from my office one Sunday early evening I was in a massive car accident. That's the bad news. The good news is I'm still here. I'm here because right before the crash I heard a voice say "turn now!"
Now when I heard the voice I was literally stuck between a rock (a hill) and a hard place (a cliff), so my options were less than optimal, but I listened. I turned.
When we make choices in life, the options are rarely polar opposites. They're usually variations on the same theme, which is why we struggle to decide. What voice do you hear inside that's telling you to "turn now"? What options are you ignoring because they seem less than optimal?
While my choices were challenging in that car that Sunday evening, what I knew for sure was that staying the course would have been the end of me. And while I was injured, as I noted before, I'm still here!
So what I've learned from this accident and the months that followed is that when you hear a strong voice inside you that says it's time to turn, listen! Even though it looks like you're stuck between a rock and a hard place, there's always an opening.
I not only turned my car that night, but I also made a complete turn in my life and my career. I stepped into my purpose unapologetically. Now I teach womxn to listen to that voice, find their opening, and step into their purpose on the other side.
CEO | Chief Career & Brand Strategist
Dr. Carol Parker Walsh is a powerful advocate for women unapologetically living life on their terms and doing the work they were meant to do in the world. When she was eight, her mother asked her, "Why is it when everyone goes left, you go right?" She replied, "Why do I have to go where everyone else does?" She now empowers womxn to walk their path boldly.
A two-time best-selling author, international speaker, and award-winning consultant, Carol's been the "go-to" coach for Grammy Award Winners, Paralympic Gold Medalists, Fortune 500 executives, and 6-7 figure successful, driven professionals and entrepreneurs.
Before launching Carol Parker Walsh Consulting, Carol ran a successful image consulting practice, Evolve Image Consulting, empowering women to build a strong, authentic personal brand through a unique styling, powerful presence, and strong digital footprint.
Today, Carol uses her image consulting, informed by over 25 years of executive experience in corporate, healthcare, and academic settings, to create compelling and successful brand narratives to support women at every stage of their lives and professional careers.
Often proudly described as a cross between Michelle Obama and Beyonce' for her insight, wisdom, intelligence, compassion, and rebel approach, Carol helps her clients stop hiding in the shadows of their brilliance and step into the power of who they are; their vision, purpose, and their life's work.
There's no single road map to the income, lifestyle, and success you deserve. Carol's the mentor that can help you find your path to get there.
Brie Abes, Director of Operations
As the operations director, it is my honor to be able to use my strengths in leadership, systems, strategy, and processes to help orchestrate the “behind the scenes” of the important work that Carol and Team CPW does.
I am not only a systems and strategy “nerd” by trade, but I am also passionate about being an advocate for the voices and minds of womxn that have felt that they needed to play small in their life—especially in a career.
Being able to work alongside a CEO and team that collectively stays aligned to a mission and vision driven by a passion to help clients live to their fullest potential—is a gift that keeps on giving!
Ashley Pearson, Administrative & Marketing Manager
As womxn, we are told on a daily basis to minimize ourselves - from our actions to our speech, to even our weight. And we’re certainly not told to celebrate ourselves for our uniqueness. That is why I find Dr. Carol Parker Walsh’s work so important and inspiring. She teaches all womxn to not just show up, but to take up space, go where they are celebrated and appreciated, and unapologetically shine. Working with a CEO and team that fully support and work toward a diverse and intersectional society is a dream realized.
As the Administrative & Marketing Manager at CPW, I’m the right-hand woman to Carol and the team. Communication, processes, strategies, analytics, organization, marketing, and color-coded calendars are my bread and butter. In short, it’s my job to ensure Carol and the CPW team can do what they do best - and ensure we're functioning at our highest level! We have a fabulous team at CPW and it is my honor to work with them.
Alison, Schneiger, Program & Client Care Manager
I know firsthand the power of Carol's work with her clients because I'm a past client myself. That experience transformed my life so much that I decided to work with team CPWC to ensure other women get the opportunity to benefit from her work too.
I spent over 20 years in academic and corporate settings as a Project Manager before I made the pivot to my own entrepreneurial business. Like many businesses during the pandemic, I had to pivot to an online business model. During the transition, I often referred back to the work I engaged in with Carol and that's when I knew I also wanted to join CPWC, LLC.
As the Program and Client Care Manager, it will be my job and pleasure to oversee the client's journey and experience, and create systems of support that will ensure you get the career and life you deserve and desire. I received nothing less and we'll make sure you do too!
Nicholas Terhune, Digital Media Developer
Around here I provide video and media support. Being equal parts "left brain" and "right brain" allows me to apply my creative and technological genius behind our multimedia content. I'm also responsible for making sure that all of the company's online content functions on all devices and web browsers, periodically testing and updating as needed.
I attended Washington State University and double majored in Digital Technology & Culture and Sociology.
Join my tribe of women who are ready to stop struggling in a career they no longer love, and pretending to be something they're not. Women who are ready to unapologetically discover and do what they were meant to do in this world.
PhD, Human Development & Social Systems, Fielding Graduate University
Identity, Racial and Gender Development, Organizational Culture, Structural Inequality
JD, Employment & Labor Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Employment Practices, Discrimination Litigation, Mediation & Negotiation
BA, Communications, Loyola University
Organizational Communication and Public Speaking
MA, Organizational Development, Change & Leadership, Fielding Graduate University
Management Development Program, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Building a Successful Diverse Business, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Certificate, Core Concepts in Public Health, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Giddings School of Public Health
Associate Certified Coach, ICF
Certified Personal, Executive, and Professional Career Coach, CaPP Institute
Certified Personal & Digital Branding Strategist, 360Reach & Career Thought Leaders Consortium
Certified Life Coach, Life Coach School
Certified Image Consultant, AICI
Licensed Fashion Feng Shui® Master (one of 14 in the World)
Member of Forbes Coaches Council
Invitation-only community of leading business and career coaches
Expert Member of Newsweek Expert Forum
Invitation-only community of thought leaders and experts in their industry
Harvard Business Review Advisory Council
An opt-in research community of business professionals assembled to enhance the overall content.
27+ Years Experience in Executive Leadership
Practicing Attorney, Director of Human Resources, Organizational Consultant, Executive Coach, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Associate Dean
Built a multiple 6-figure diversity and organizational development consulting practice.
Built and managed a nationally recognized and awarded quarter-million-dollar retail sales business with over 100+ sales reps and team leaders.
2021 Impact Company of the Year Award, DotCom Magazine
2021 Female Entrepreneur to Look Out For, Entrepreneurs Herald
2018 Women of Distinction Award Nominee, Washington State University
2016 Villager Award, Afram Global Organization, Inc.
2009 Iris Woman of Achievement Award, Clark County Washington
Dent Conference Speaker
International Keynote Speaker
2x #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author
Brand Ambassador for Chico's, Madison Reed, and Catherine's Clothing
Monthly Career & Branding Segment on ABCs KATU AM Northwest Morning Show
Past Editor-in-Chief of the AICI Global Magazine
Past "Dress Code" Columnist for the Vancouver Business Journal
LA Talk Radio Co-Host, the Forever Fierce Show
Featured interviews with Natasha Gregson Wagner (creator of the fragrance Natalie) and Amy Errett, CEO of Madison Reed
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