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Dr. Carla Thomas (She/Her/They)

Dr. Carla Thomas (She/Her/They) is the President and Founder of The Realize Leadership Group. She is passionate about pushing the boundaries of practical organizational development approaches that create more effective and inclusive environments.

My Story

Dr. Carla Thomas (She/Her/They) is Founder of The Realize Leadership Group, a consultancy that specializes in diversity & inclusion services and has worked with clients ranging from higher education to global fortune 500 organizations in sectors that including, but not limited to: Healthcare, Higher Education, Technology, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Retail, and Wholesale Consumer Goods.


Carla currently sits on several advisory boards including a federal appointment to the  United States Education for Seapower (Naval War College), Saint Joseph’s University’s Organizational & Leadership Development graduate program as well as The University of Pennsylvania’s Chief Learning Officer doctorate program. They are an active member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences, the Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Organizational Development Network, and the Inclusion Allies Coalition.


She utilizes her consultative skills to address human-centered spaces through an empathy-driven lens. Her expertise includes research, facilitation and design in:


Mixed Method Assessment 

Change Management



Strategic Planning

Organizational Effectiveness

Talent Acquisition Strategies

& More...


A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Saint Joseph’s University, Carla completed her doctorate at The University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores psychosocial factors that mitigate the negative effects of implicit bias in the workplace. She is committed to improving dialogues across difference while pushing the boundaries of practical and measurable actions that create more inclusive environments.

Dr. Thomas is a sought-after guest lecturer and keynote speaker. Having traveled internationally leading lectures, advising clients, and connecting to individuals –  they speak on topics at the intersection of Diversity, Power, and Socio-organizational behavior.


Their expertise spans organizational development, empathy, and mitigating bias.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

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