Cari Caldwell

Cari Caldwell

Senior Consultant

Cari is a consultant, facilitator and coach who works at the intersection of leadership development, cultural diversity and sustainability and has been doing so for over 12 years. She is passionate about helping people and organisations to transform their abilities and approaches to achieve their highest purpose and results in these areas.

Previous Experience

Cari began her career with Coopers & Lybrand in the US and spent 4 years in their human resource consulting group where she designed and facilitated interventions and courses on diversity and people issues to clients such as Ford Motor Company, Bayer AG, Korn Ferry International, Capital One, Societe Generale, First Maryland Bank. She developed a depth of experience in diversity and intercultural issues in organisations and has audited, reviewed, designed and trained in all areas of diversity in organisations including: race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, thinking styles, value orientations, functions, and issues of sexual harassment.

In 1999, she moved to London to evaluate and address issues of global cultural diversity internally for PricewaterhouseCoopers. A year later, she joined the human resources consulting where she worked on a variety of project in Europe including competency development, benefits change process, and managing HR due diligence for a US/Slovakian construction company merger. Cari was a member of the design team and also coached and facilitated for what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers premier executive development programme, ‘Ulysses’. This groundbreaking programme, combines leadership development with cultural diversity and corporate social responsibility through a field-based projects such as UNDP, Childline India, and UNOPS. Ulysses continues to be a cutting edge programme today. Cari left PwC in December 2001 to become a Director at Future Considerations. Since then she has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors, first developing and implementing schemes and programmes relating to the Race Relations Amendment Act and coaching NHS chief executives. Her clients have included the London Boroughs of Ealing, Greenwich, Richmond, Lambeth, Hackney and the Office of Fair Trading. In the private sector, she has worked on innovative projects in the area of global diversity and international assessment centres for Cadbury Schweppes, and also developed and implemented partner level diversity initiatives for KPMG within the UK and also intercultural support with their European mergers.

Cari is project director for Future Considerations work with HSBC’s Next Generation Development Programme, an innovative leadership development programme that develops top talent in the bank globally by immersing them in leadership and sustainability through field challenges working with local communities in countries such as Brasil and India. Future Considerations partners with LEAD International to deliver leadership development and business results to NGOs during the field challenge phase of the programme and then goes on to support virtual participant teams to deliver strategic group level business projects over 6 months. The initiative is an elegant solution to integrating real experiences of leadership development and learning about sustainability and cultural diversity while delivering value to society, the organisation and transforming the individual.

Education

Cari holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, International Studies and History from Northwestern University, and has completed coursework toward an MA in Intercultural Communication from Antioch University. She holds certification in Intercultural Development Inventory© and Level 1 Certification in Spiral Dynamics cultural values methodology. She is a graduate of VISIONS Intensive Racism Workshop and of Strozzi Institute Personal Mastery programme and has completed initial coursework in Somatic Coaching. The birth of Cari’s son Conor has inspired her in the direction of childbirth education, and Cari became founder and producer of Birthwise DVD, a childbirth education DVD to empower and support new mothers and families. She loves to travel and explore, write poetry, practice yoga and play dinosaurs with her son.

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