Carolyn Davidson

Carolyn Davidson

Location: Santa Cruz, CA


With over 30 years of experience as a business leader and expertise in organization development, Carolyn excels as a coach. She has designed leadership programs for Fortune 500 companies, focusing on developing leaders, building capabilities, and fostering high-performing teams.

Carolyn's leadership background spans various industries, including startups, technology, retail, finance, healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, the public sector, education, and non-profit. She has navigated through mergers, acquisitions, rapid hiring, and layoffs, guiding teams and organizations through change.

Clients working with Carolyn report increased effectiveness in their roles, career satisfaction, and a deeper connection to their purpose. They develop composure in challenging situations, enhance executive presence, influence desired outcomes, and cultivate high-performing teams. Her coaching engagements empower leaders to take on expanded roles, improve communication, enhance leadership effectiveness, and expand their spheres of influence. Cultural values and norms and their impact on behavior are key focus areas.

In her coaching, Carolyn brings purpose, humor, compassion, active listening, and insightful perspectives to complex issues. Clients value her ability to quickly build trust and her straightforward, grounded approach to addressing challenging issues.

Continual professional growth allows Carolyn to provide her clients with up-to-date tools and strategies to unlock their full potential. For the past 25 years, she has offered coaching services to individuals and teams, helping them tackle complex challenges and develop effective leadership behaviors. Self-responsibility, honest communication, and collaboration form the foundation of her approach to working with others.

Niche Areas of Expertise

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Executive Presence
  • Onboarding
  • Organizational Development
  • Women & Leadership

Industry Experience

  • Media & Entertainment
  • High Tech
  • Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Education
  • Automotive & Assembly
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Healthcare Systems & Services
  • Government
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products


  • English


  • UMass Boston - BA, Public Administration/Business
  • Antioch University Seattle - MA, Organizational Development


  • Hogan
  • DiSC
  • MBTI
  • AIIR Team Effectiveness Survey
  • Myers-Briggs Personality Instrument

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