Carol Seymour is a sought-after business leader and catalyst for growth. As an executive advisor to businesses and executives around the globe, she has a passion for helping leaders perform at maximum potential in their professions and lives.
She founded Signature Leaders in 2013 and now runs multiple leadership-focused offerings, including The Signature Program – a unique development initiative and peer network for global female executives on the cusp of Executive Management in the Fortune 1000. In 2020, she was named to RealLeaders top 40 Women Keynote Speakers. Today, more than 120 market-leading companies use The Signature Program for investing in their key talent, including ADP, AholdDelhaize, Ingersoll Rand, Cardinal Health, Prudential, Coca-Cola European Partners, UPS, Heineken, Merck, NetApp, Lincoln Financial, and more. Signature programs help recognize key talent, improve retention, and create a multiplier effect for other female leaders in their organizations. The Signature Network provides ongoing support for more than 1200 accomplished female executives.
Carol has a successful track record as a senior executive in large cap companies, startups, and private-equity-backed organizations. She has led critical transformations, product/service innovations, and fast-track turnarounds. Chief Marketing and Commercial roles at Accenture, Spherion, MeadWestvaco, and DBM led her to build World50, the world’s premier senior executive networking organization. She launched six C-suite private memberships as she grew World50. Prior to starting Signature Leaders, she was a managing director of G100, a private CEO network for 200 CEOs globally.
Over the past decade, Carol has interviewed more than 1000 C-suite executives for their leadership insights. She has orchestrated executive discussions among some of the world’s most acclaimed leaders and CEOs. Several of her highlighted interviews include Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat/Chrysler (FCA), and Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto and CEO of the Year. She has also facilitated discussions with Condoleezza Rice, Greg Norman, Fred Smith, Paul Azinger, Larry Bossidy, Doris Kearns Goodwin, among others, extracting high impact ideas for executives to action in their own organizations.
Carol’s book, Wisdom Warriors: Women with the Courage to be True to Themselves covers more than 200 stories and lessons of leadership AND life from amazing, accomplished executives. The book is being used by companies, coaches, and executives to catalyze organizations to share stories. Carol also authored a custom version of the book for Cargill and another for Ahold Delhaize.
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Carol’s emphasis on leaders developing future leaders shines through in her presentations and writings. She also launched TWOthroughYOU, an initiative asking leaders to take individual ownership of sponsoring two female leaders behind them. TWOthroughYOU.com provides advice and actions for sponsors to be successful and for sponsorees to earn their support and flourish.
Carol is a Founding Member of Paradigm for Parity and uses Signature Leaders to do her part to address the gender gap in executive levels.