Carol Mitchell, Ph.D

Founding Principal

A co-founder of Talent Strategy Partners, Carol’s expertise is the backbone of every engagement as she leverages her extensive grounding in behavioral competency modeling, leadership development and organizational culture. An accomplished researcher in women’s leadership and gender differences in leadership effectiveness, Carol has developed over 50 competency models used to assess and develop both men and women in all industries.

Prior to co-founding Talent Strategy Partners, Carol was a principal at Mercer Human Resource Consulting, a consultant at the Hay Group and an HR generalist for the DuPont Merck pharmaceutical company.  She began her career as a research scientist, where she first became intrigued by what non-technical competencies led to career success, and pursued graduate study in psychology.

She received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania where she developed a behavioral profile of success for women leaders. Continuing her research as a practitioner, she developed the Women’s Leadership Blueprint.

Carol is the author of Collaboration Code: How Men Lead Culture Change and Nurture Tomorrow’s Leaders and Breaking Through “Bitch”: How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes and Lead Fearlessly. She has written numerous articles featured in publications including Fast Company, Chief Learning Officer, SHRM Executive, Workspan and Forbes; and, she has been featured on various radio programs and podcasts. (More information can be found at

Carol is a go-to keynote speaker for companies and professional associations on women’s leadership development, culture and leadership.

Warm weather and swimming enthusiasts, Carol and her family are "honorary residents" of Hawaii, spending much of their time-off over the last 20 years in Kona. Carol, an avid tennis fan, closely follows the Grand Slam tennis tournaments every year.