Michael Carroll, COO

Michael Carroll has been a Vice President of Human Resources with Shearson Lehman/American Express, Paine Webber, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. As Vice president of Human Resources for all of Simon & Schuster’s business units (1988 – 1999), Michael played a central role in executing the many acquisitions and divestitures that built S&S into the largest book publisher in the world.

As a Vice president with The Walt Disney Company, (1999 – 2001) Michael played a leadership role in defining, organizing and launching the global business unit, Disney Publishing Worldwide, the largest publisher of children’s consumer books and magazine in the world.

During his six years on Wall Street, (1982 – 1988), financial services was moving rapidly from a "paper intensive control" industry to a "technology driven service" business. During these times of accelerated change, as a Vice President of Organizational Development, Michael played a central role in building corporate cultures able to embrace technology, deregulation and globalization. In his capacity as a Human Resources development professional, he designed, delivered and managed numerous culture surveys and dozens of training and development programs impacting thousands of Banking and Financial Services professionals.

Since 2002, Michael has been building an active consulting and executive coaching business with client firms:

  • Lutheran Medical Center
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Starbucks
  • Liberty Resources, Inc.
  • National Geographic Expeditions
  • Gilbane, Inc.
  • Entertainment Rights, International
  • Unilever
  • Comcast
  • AstraZeneca
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Gartner Group
  • NMS Labs
  • Google
  • Oxford Health
  • Viropharma
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Interpersonal Technology Group
  • WRC Publishing

Michael is the author of Awake at Work (2004), The Mindful Leader (2007) and Fearless at Work (2012), and has lectured on the topic of leadership and mindfulness at Wharton Business School, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, Yale University, University of Sydney, St. Mary’s University, University of Toronto and institutions throughout the US, Canada, Australia and Europe.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Philosophy from The University of Dayton and a Masters Degree in Adult Education from The City University of New York, Hunter College.