Dr. Carla Thomas (She/Her/ Hers)

Dr. Carla Thomas (She/Her/ Hers) is the president and founder of The Realize Leadership Group. She is passionate about improving dialogues across difference while pushing the boundaries of practical organizational development approaches that create inclusive environments.

My Story

Having worked with clients ranging from higher education to global fortune 500 organizations in sectors that include: Higher Education, Technology, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Retail, and Consumer Goods, Dr. Thomas currently holds a faculty position within Villanova University’s Human Resources Graduate Program as well as various programs within The University of Pennsylvania.


She sits on the advisory boards of The University of Pennsylvania's CLO program, Saint Joseph’s University’s Organizational & Leadership Development graduate program. She is an active member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences, 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 diversity & inclusion through an organizational development lens. Her expertise includes facilitation, research, and design in:


Culture Transformation

Psychometric Assessment

Organizational Change Management

Evidence-based Interventions

Executive Coaching

Leadership Development

Strategic Planning

Organizational Effectiveness

Talent Acquisition Strategies



A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Saint Joseph’s University, Dr. Thomas completed her doctorate work at The University of Pennsylvania. As a scholar practitioner her research explores psycho-social and organizational factors that mitigate the negative effects of implicit bias in the workplace.

Dr. Thomas is a sought-after guest lecturer and keynote speaker. Having traveled locally and nationally teaching seminars, facilitating workshops, and giving talks to individuals – ranging from student forums to leadership staff training of large organizations, she speaks on topics at the intersection of socio-psychology, organizational behavior, and group dynamics.


Her expertise spans organizational development, diversity & inclusion, mitigating bias, and the workplace.


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