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 the founder of the Career Rebel Academy™ for high-achieving women at midlife ready to showcase their brilliance and design an epic career and life they love
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.
She’s an award-winning Master Certified Coach, personal brand strategist, and executive coach, a TEDx presenter, author, international keynote, member of the Forbes Coaches Council and Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, and a local career expert on AM Northwest Morning Show.
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 unique styling, a powerful presence, and a strong digital footprint.
Today, Carol is a catalyst for transformational growth, confidence, and career/life alignment. She leverages her J.D. and Ph.D. and multiple certifications, along with her experience as an attorney, senior leader, and training in psychology and organizational systems, to help successful, driven female professionals and entrepreneurs elevate their income and amplify their confidence, expertise, and authority.
Eboni Cotton, Operations & Delivery
As the head of operations and delivery, I bring over 15 years of professional experience in engineering and project/program management to Team CPW. Because my experience spans a variety of disciplines in IT, professional services, and higher education, I'm perfectly equipped to create systems to support our varied clients. With exceptional analytic ability and talent for managing multiple tasks concurrently, it's my job to ensure that we're delivering results while building lasting relationships.
Ali Ryan, Coaching
I'm excited to be a part of Team CPW as the Lead Coach in the Career Rebel Academy program. As a certified coach, I coach women and non-binary folks on how to get connected to themselves and cultivate self-love by crushing the Patriarchy and the internalized oppression that keeps them shackled to perfectionism. When women are able to master this "inner game" dynamic, they can engage in the "outer game" tactics that will enable them to get the life and career they deserve and desire.
Nicholas Terhune, Multimedia & Podcast Editor
Around here I provide video and multimedia support, including editing The Midlife Career Rebel Podcast. Being equal parts "left brain" and "right-brain" allows me to apply my creative and technological genius behind our multimedia content. With over five years of digital media experience, I make sure Team CPW stays on brand and message by creating digital media that showcases their voice and unique gifts to the world.
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
Master Certified Coach, The Life Coach School
Certified Senior Professional Career Coach, Ready, Reset, Go
Certified Career Transition Specialist, CTL Consortium
Associate Certified Coach, ICF
Certified Personal, Executive, and Professional Coach, CaPP Institute
Certified Salary Negotiation Specialist, Career Planning Academy
Certified Personal & Digital Branding Strategist & 360Reach, Career Thought Leaders Consortium
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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PopSugar, Thrive Global, Emerge Women's Magazine, Who What Wear, DARE Magazine, The Columbian, Oregonian, Huffington Post, Sisters of AARP and various other podcasts, newsletters and websites.