Carol Maier is an accomplished leadership and organizational development professional who has been recognized for success as both a corporate training executive for a Fortune 500 corporation and as an independent organizational consultant advising a diverse client base.
After earning a degree in Psychology and Education from the University of Michigan “With High Distinction” and doing graduate work there, she began her career in the field of education conducting teacher in-service programs for a large school system. This role expanded to include community and public seminars. Carol did additional graduate work at the University of Florida and also received certification in various professional programs.
Carol then established her own training and development business that grew into a consulting partnership. Initially focused on the healthcare industry, the business broadened to encompass a variety of client organizations.
One of these, an investor owned electric utility and subsidiary of a diversified holding company sought her assistance full time. Carol managed several training and development departments and rapid promotions led to her role as Director of Human Resource Development. In that leadership capacity, she had responsibility for a staff of 30 training professionals (plus external consultants) who delivered all facets of organizational, executive, management, supervisory and employee development. Under Carol’s leadership the department and the corporation were recognized for being among the first to innovate in such areas as computer-based training for customer services representatives (at more than 1,000 terminals in the system) centralized technical information retrieval, assessment centers for selection and development and more. Carol’s innovative input was sought by corporate strategic planning teams as well as advisory boards/steering committees for higher education and other leading sources in the community.
After 11 years in this role, Carol was drawn back into the entrepreneurial arena once again. She operated her consulting business in a consortium environment working with colleagues and associates to access a broad range of clients. Carol worked with medical practices, medical and professional societies, law firms and bar associations, government, law enforcement, financial and healthcare institutions, small businesses, high tech companies and others. Carol also served as a consulting associate for Drake Beam International conducting outplacement programs for their client companies. She did executive coaching as well. In demand as a featured conference speaker and seminar leader, Carol facilitated many strategic planning and executive retreats.
Change management has been a dominant theme in her work given the mergers, acquisitions, downsizing, new business initiatives and other hallmarks of today’s often unpredictable marketplace. Facilitating such change requires special skill and insight. Carol is uniquely equipped to provide the programs, processes and coaching support that enable her clients to successfully manage the challenges they face.
Carol’s articles have appeared in various professional publications and she has been interviewed in the media as a content expert in her field. Throughout her career, Carol has maintained high profile leadership roles in professional and community organizations and received numerous awards, honors and recognition for her contributions and accomplishments.