I chose this career path because
For 35 years I owned and operated my consulting firm, Carol E. Anderson and Associates working with both for-profit and non-profit organizations assisting them with the human issues that arise in all enterprises. In 1997, I founded my own non-profit, Rebellious Dreamers, with a mission of providing small grants and mentorship to women over 35 to help them realize a dream that had been deferred.
After "flying up"-- my term for retirement, I went back to school and got an MFA in creative non-fiction. That led to writing my first published book, You Can't Buy Love Like That: Growing Up Gay in the Sixties. I have always loved writing and focusing on this memoir was a path to a much deeper appreciation for the courage I had to follow my heart in the sixties and choose a course that was right for me in the face of great opposition.
I prepared for this career by
I hold a Doctorate of Ministries in Spiritual Studies from Wisdom University, a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University, a Master’s in Film and Video from the University of Michigan and in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. I am also a certified Integral Coach (New Ventures West, 2009), as well as a trained Quantum Coach (Gay Hendricks’ program, 1999). I also completed a four-year program in the healing arts at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and most recently an MFA in Creative nonfiction from Goucher College.
This eclectic background has allowed me to bring a multi-dimensional perspective to my work as a consultant and as a writer. Each educational endeavor broadened my understanding of the human experience and deepened my compassion for myself and others.
The biggest challenge I've overcome
Born into a working class family in 1947 with an elder brother, it was always assumed that he would go to college and I would get married. Therefore little attention was paid to my interests, intelligence and creativity. People made incorrect assumptions for most women of my generation. Fortunately, my curiosity and drive to understand the world around me led me to shatter the stereotypes of that time and to pursue many areas of interest.
Returning to Ford Motor Company to lead a global change effort later in my career, was a triumphant moment as my first job offer there had been as a secretary.
My greatest strength(s)
My ability to listen and see to the heart of a matter is one of my greatest gifts--whether it is an issue in a major corporation or a challenge faced by a friend.
My greatest accomplishment to date
My greatest accomplishment is living an authentic live and receiving the respect, admiration and love of my peers, clients and friends.
My personal/professional goals
My life time goal is to continue to be a more loving person and to empower women to find the beauty that exists within themselves. I have coached many women over 20 years and have observed how often they they underestimate themselves.
My spouse and I are writing a s book on the art of creating a life-long love affair by telling our story as a memoir. Our hope is to provide others with a path in creating a loving partnership.
Continue to support young women in their 20's to know themselves at a deeper level and to trust in that knowing in their personal and professional relationships.
Support US based and international organizations through financial and practical means that empower women to be in charge of their lives and economically self sufficient. We are currently engaged in a project in the DRC that involves the acquisition of land for women to farm who will be able to provide for their families by growing food in a safe environment.
What/Who has inspired me the most
My father's unconditional love and belief in me that I could accomplish anything, is what still inspires me. My mother was also a big influence in that she gave me continuous opportunities to improve myself and loved me dearly.
I most want to be known/remembered for
I want to be remembered for my purpose in life - to evoke wonder, inspire vision and encourage the heart. To be known as a person who lifted others up, gave of myself and left a legacy of love.
I have received the following Honors/Awards/Scholarships
- 2nd Place Reader Views Literary Awards - LGBTQ Category, 2017
- Finalist – Best Book Awards – Best New Non-Fiction Category, 2017
- Finalist – Best Book Awards – Best LGBTQ Category, 2017
- Finalist - Sarton Book Awards - Memoir Category, 2017
- Mentoring Award - Pepperdine University, 1990
I support the missions of these charities/volunteer my time
- Rebellious Dreamers, Founder
- First Step Initiative, Coaching Founder
- Women Rising, Consultant to Project
- Girls Group, Facilitate Group Sessions
I enjoy the following hobbies/interests
I love bike riding, making collage and photography.