Executive Coach. Learning Designer. Consultant. Facilitator. Blogger. Producer. Playwright. Dramaturge. Wife. Friend. And a lover of Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream.
“I love what I do!”
Since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by people and the human condition.
I’d lie awake at night wondering: Why do people think and behave the way they do?
As an actress I get to explore that question in the rehearsal hall and put the answer on the stage.
As a virtual speaker, virtual teacher and a virtual coach I get to help YOU figure out the answer and then YOU get to take that knowledge into your boardrooms, behind your lecterns and in your virtual presentations.
Craft a compelling script (PowerPoint) that captures the head, heart and guts of your virtual audience
Handle tough Q&A – in other words, improvise!
Increase your executive presence. Implement techniques actors use to have great virtual presence
Overcome stage fright and performance anxiety
Pitch your ideas to your boss and clients – in other words, ‘audition’ and win
Improve your Lean Six Sigma methodology by adding creativity to the process
Figure out how to better market your products and services to your customers by ‘casting’ yourself in the part
Understand human behavior (your boss or client) by analyzing a character
I believe that Communication, Performance, Presence and Leadership are intrinsically linked—and learnable.
EDUCATION & AFFILIATIONS
I’m a life long learner and enjoy variety in my work.
After receiving a BA in Speech from Wayne State University, and a MFA from York University, I studied to be a Career and then an Executive Coach.
I’ve received certification in the Myers-Briggs-Type-indicator, completed the YWCA Life Skills Coaching course and am a Master Facilitator: Ariel. I’m also a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.
In the 90’s I ran a program for the Canadian Federal Government for three years called: The Job Finding Club.
After that, I became part of a four-member team at A.T. Kearney that taught North American and European Management Consultants how to influence and persuade more effectively. This became the longest running course in the company’s history, and consistently received the highest evaluation scores of any workshop they offered.
In 2000 I joined a start-up consultancy in Toronto, Canada called: e-roleplay as VP, Learning. We began with a huge client contract from The Royal Bank of Canada for 3,000 learners and had no employees!
When I left to move to New York in 2006 I’d hired, trained and coached a staff of 200, created infrastructure, developed new accounts and grew the firm 20x to over $5M.
Since then, I’ve spoken at hundreds of leadership conferences, coached C-Suite executives and have designed dozens of communication and leadership development workshops for clients.
When the pandemic hit in March of 2020 clients asked me to pivot my offerings to the virtual world because their employees were now working—and learning from home. As a lifelong learner myself I took up the challenge and am now a Certified Virtual Speaker and Presenter.
My most rewarding work is with people who are eager to learn—and who challenge me to be my best. I’ve been lucky to partner with some smart, savvy folks:
I’ve been a professional actress and playwright for over 20 years appearing both off-Broadway and on film with the likes of Jimmy Smits, Linda Hamilton and the late Leslie Nielson.
FAVORITE THEATRE EXPERIENCE:
Starring alongside Sylvia Kauders (from the original Broadway production) in Crossing Delancey
PROUDEST THEATRICAL ACHIEVEMENTS:
Creating, producing and performing three award winning solo shows:
That Dorothy Parker
After Anne Frank
All 3 shows have toured internationally.
A New York Times review that said: …’Lempert is a lovely performer. Charming and resonant.’ The day I read that I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
All My Children
Bless the Child
26 episodes of Rockabye Bubble for the Family Channel
13 episodes of Hello, Mrs. Cherrywinkle for Canada’s TVOntario
Hundreds of TV commercials
SEE ME IN ACTION
Take a look at some of my acting work.
After Anne Frank
Learn how you can lose the jitters and nail that virtual presentation!
We engaged Carol as part of our 18-month leadership development program. To date, she has been rated as one of the ‘most impactful’ Speakers in our series.
Her ability to engage the audience and help them integrate her techniques into real, daily business interactions is exceptional. One of our sales executives reported having an “ah ha” moment in the middle of the speech. He said: Wow! I’m going to completely change how I approach our customers – making them the hero of the story instead of showing them how we are the heroes here to save them.
Carol gave an energetic and enlightening presentation on Speaking Up, Stepping Up & Moving Up for Philadelphia’s Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications. It was an early morning event and she had the attendees completely engaged and interacting immediately. The feedback from our members was great. “…one of the best WICT events of the year.” “…favorite Philly WICT event yet, I learned small things that I know will increase my presence at work.” Carol is an amazing speaker and facilitator.
Jerri Shelton, WICT Board Member
Carol Lempert creates vibrant and vital learning experiences for her program participants. Her sessions on Leadership Branding and Executive Storytelling are both entertaining and effective at promoting professional skills and organizational development. Carol “flips the classroom” to ensure that clients’ requirements are fully addressed. Her Broadway-to-Boardroom mastery makes a lasting impact, delivering deep value to participants and stakeholders.
David C. Bloom, Lecturer of Finance, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
I’ve contracted her for our people for over 15 years and find her inspiring, engaging, professional and creative. She’s also incredibly versatile in her ability to coach and relate to many different kinds of people.
Christine Hepburn, Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager, AT Kearney
After 20 years of corporate experience, I have attended many leadership programs with Accenture, Goldman Sachs and American Express – all great companies that invest in developing leaders. Of all the programs, your sessions are the most memorable and relevant to my daily challenges. Please continue doing what you are doing–it makes a difference while making everyone smile.
Christine Cox, Guest Panelist WICT, Vice President Digital Sales and Marketing
Carol’s training as an actress and skill as a coach gives her the ability to keep people engaged and make storytelling an experience that they remember and feel comfortable trying to emulate. She is willing and able to adapt her content to suit the size, experience level and cultural background of the audience. Would definitely work with her again.
Glen Mohr, President Mohr Collaborative
Carol is an exceptional professional. She uses forward-thinking techniques to teach Executive Presence through embodied learning.
My program has had the pleasure of working with Carol for the past two years in a seminar course that involves 80+MBA students annually.
Watching Carol lead these sessions has been a treat. Her use of candor, humor, and empathy compliment her central teaching points wonderfully.
I emphatically recommend her!
Wayne Hutchinson, Director of Academic & Program Services, MSU
The direct feedback I heard, as well as the evident impact on peoples’ thinking about their presentations, served as testaments to your ‘traction’ with a sometimes skeptical group of nearly 150 elite bankers from 30 different countries.
I hope we get the opportunity to work together soon.
Art Hutchinson, Founder & Principal, Cartegic Group
I was so impressed by Carol’s two-day training that I raved about it with my co-workers. Carol is a stellar example of how interdisciplinary skills in drama art and business can come together teach valuable lessons in communication and personal presence. What made Carol’s training so unique is that she provides and encourages candid feedback and then shows exactly how to address personal challenges.
Now, approximately six years later, I can say that I still recall Carol’s advice in that one training course. As I am embarking on a new phase of my career, Carol was gracious enough to speak to me as a mentor to offer her guidance and advice. As a mentor, Carol is just as candid as she is as a trainer and offers real advice that is immediately actionable. I highly recommend Carol as both a mentor and a corporate trainer.
Jenny Tran, President and Founder, Fint.Cloud
It’s amazing how much Carol’s teachings have impacted my life – not just at work, but in my personal life as well. I’ve been mindful about practicing at every opportunity. My anxiety has lessened, presenting feels more natural, and I feel more patient and secure in my ability to control stressful situations.
I’ve shared some of her exercises with coworkers, and they’ve also found them to be extremely helpful!
Kayla Young, Senior Art Director, Leo Burnett
Carol is the kind of Keynote Speaker that delivers the right messaging and motivates people to learn and commit to positive changes. If you value such results then Carol will reliably deliver!
Michael Florentino, Senior Consultant, Amdocs
Carol Lempert is an extraordinary talent. Working with her will not only upgrade your executive presence and speech making capabilities, it will change your life. I have worked with her in a number of capacities and cannot recommend her enough.
My first experiences working with her were during my preparation for my term as global board chairman of YPO. Our focus was on storytelling and connecting with large audiences around the world. I was so impressed, I not only brought Carol into work with my executive team at Hagerty but also the entire YPO board of directors in Hong Kong.
Carol is brilliant, energetic and strategic. I cannot recommend her enough!
McKeel Hagerty, President and Chief Executive, Hagerty Insurance
Carol Lempert is one of the most exceptional speakers I have ever worked with. Along with her ability to write a signature talk that is informational, inspiring and transformative, her expertise as a working actor lends to her ease of knowing how to deliver a captivating performance every time. If you want to count on having a exceptional speaker that will move you to action while making you feel something, call Carol immediately for your next event.
Carol’s skills as a speaker are terrific! Her willingness to engage with our audience made an impact on each participant. Our sales team started selling with stories within a few days of Carol’s Stories that Sell talk. We are definitely going to have her back to work with our other teams soon.
David Micha, Director of Commercial Operations, Western Markets at Molecular Devices
Many understand the value of communicating a strong message, but communicating so that people take action can mean the difference between life and death in certain situations. Having benefited from Carol Lempert’s expertise in different settings (workshop, presentation and speaker’s salon), I am an unequivocal fan of her work and her message that we could all benefit from the skills and techniques actors employ in their different roles.
While other trainers may focus solely on content and medium, Carol goes deeper into message and presence. She looks at body language and what lies behind the way our subconscious conveys a message. For example, is what we say, do, and how we appear aligned with our message? What crutches to we employ under stress? How would an actor do it? The sessions are highly interactive and fun! No power points, no rote learning – it’s all about communicating on your feet and knowing yourself as a communicator so that you can do your best every time to move people to take action to change policies, save lives and ultimately creating a world worth living for.
Marielle Sander, UNFPA
If you want to perform like a star on the stage of business and life, you need to hire Carol Lempert. As a CMO, I worked with her at two successive companies and have recommended her to many more. Her curriculum, based on her acting background is unique and her style models the riveting presentation style and powerful executive presence she teaches.
Jeffrey Pease, CMO and Founder of Message Mechanics
Carol is a gem of amongst gems when it comes to speakers. It is rare to come across a person who has the ability to translate life experiences into life lessons and make them relatable to audiences. Carol has that uncanny ability. She disarms you with her smile, breaks through barriers with her infectious enthusiasm and uses her humility to help you find solutions that work for you.
Her ability to connect at a personal level, while working a crowd, is unparalleled and at the same time making sure universal lessons are absorbed easily without sounding overly pedantic. She grabs your attention from the first minute and doesn’t let go of it long after her session has ended. I thank you for all you have done for me and my group, Carol.
Carol’s expertise within psychology and the science behind communication is vital to any executive looking to communicate their message both internally to their company, and externally to the market. I highly recommend Carol’s services for anyone looking to hone their communication and presentation skills.
Her sessions are not only informative and valuable but also a lot of fun!
Austin Conti, CEO, Co-Founder, Tenna
Carol spoke to our participants about “Getting Camera Ready”. She was adaptable and used her prior life experiences to customize her presentation for the interests of our group. She is a public speaker and actress by trade but is a natural born trainer and motivator. She lights up the room when she enters it, and her participants hang onto every word she says. Her high energy presentation style is very open and inviting to questions from all listeners. I highly recommend Carol for any speaking engagements, workshop facilitations or keynote addresses!
Christine Dykeman, Counsellor, Monmouth County Workforce Development
Carol Lempert is a powerful, authentic and gifted speaker. It was invigorating to watch her command the attention of the audience at The American Express Success Summit and draw people in as she taught effective strategies on executive presence. Every point she made was beautifully illustrated in an engaging story which led to many “aha” and “wows” in the room. I was so mesmerized by her delivery and perfect incorporation of just in time learning strategies, I made a dash to chat with her afterward but she was already surrounded by other grateful listeners. I had the great fortune to be seated next to Carol in a closing session and we had the most delightful conversation. Carol, you are a gem! Thank you for your words of wisdom, guidance and resources!
I recently attended a keynote on personal branding and executive presence with Carol as our guest speaker. Carol kept the session very fresh, interactive, and SO entertaining. Her content was just incredible – original, creative, relevant, useful, inspiring and very uplifting! I truly feel that this has been THE best training I have had in my professional career. I highly recommend Carol and her work.
Michelle de la Paz, Regional Water Consultant, Pall Medical
Beckman Coulter Life Sciences asked Carol to develop and deliver training to our global our commercial teams to use Story Telling skills to improve develop our selling skills repertoire. Carol took time to understand our objectives in depth. She went above and beyond our expectations to understand our business in depth. This diligence enhanced the focus and relevance of the training delivered to over 500 associates at our Global Sales Meeting in Washington DC. The training was perfectly prepared with a high level of associate involvement, both in the presentations to the complete group, but also in the smaller group working sessions. Carol’s preparation and attention to detail was impressive and her delivery to large and small audiences was entertaining, informative and compelling. We have had feedback from the attendees and the resounding message is that their new Story Telling skills will help them be more effective in their roles. Personally, I have used the story telling approach in a recent Danaher Leadership meeting presentation and the feedback was very positive.
Giles Snare, VP, Global Commercial Operations, Danaher Corporation
My team spent last week working with the talented Carol Lempert on Executive Presence and No More Death by Powerpoint. We focused on:
-Organizing your content and supporting materials
-Grabbing and keeping your audience’s attention
-Managing the vulnerability of Q&A
Then, the team put their new skills to the test with a fun, high stakes Shark Tank pitch to Senior Leadership. Every single one of them improved! All thanks to Carol’s expertise.
Eric Giesing, Director, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences/Danaher