Program Leaders

Carol Graser

Carol Graser is founder of the Annapolis Leadership Center, a firm focused on the transformation of leaders and organizations through executive coaching, leadership development, and organizational change management.  Carol works with senior executives globally who are leading enterprise-wide transformations and are facing significant challenges leading in turbulent times.  She also works with leaders who have stepped into new roles, helping them take their leadership to the next level.  The Center also focuses on experiential leader development, leveraging outdoor team building challenges to develop leaders and teams.

Carol has been adjunct professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, teaching Leadership in the MBA program. She is also an Executive Coach in the EMBA program at the Smith School.  Carol has been an adjunct professor in the Georgetown Executive Masters in Leadership courses on Culture and Strategy in the McDonough School of Business, and on the faculty of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Certification Program. Carol has been an instructor of Leadership Coaching in the Georgetown Institute for Transformational Leadership. She also teaches Leadership Coaching for officers and faculty at the United States Naval Academy.

Carol earned her coaching certification in the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certification Program.  She has also received certification in Brain-Based Conversations through the Neuroleadership Institute. In addition, she has studied leadership Coaching with Dr. Richard Boyatzis at Case Western University.

Carol is currently a Senior Fellow in the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy.

Carol has broad leadership experience in multi-national corporations.  She was a leader for several years on the IBM e-business strategy team, consulting to IBM’s major clients. Prior to IBM, she was Manager of Financial Reporting for the Eastern Division of Hewlett Packard, the Executive Director for Organizational Development at Merck Pharmaceuticals, and their Change Management lead for their enterprise-wide transformation. She was also Vice President of Customer Service for Caterair International (formerly Marriott), and a Director of Pricing at Marriott Corporation.  It is through these leadership experiences that Carol has forged her approach to leadership development and leadership coaching.

Carol’s global clients include senior executives at a wide-range of organizations:  Anne Arundel Medical Center, Amgen, Center for Naval Analysis, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Channel Marker Behavioral Health, Children’s National Medical Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, FDIC, Freddie Mac, Goodwill Industries, IBM, Johns Hopkins University, IQVIA (formerly IMS Health), Lockheed Martin, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Momentive, Pfizer, Eastern Shore Leadership, National Education Association, SourceAmerica, United States Naval Academy Faculty and Officers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds, University of Maryland Medical Systems, Veterans Administration Debt Management Center, U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems, Under Armour, USAID and others.

Carol received an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a BA in International Relations, American University, Washington, D.C. Carol’s research is focused on the neuroscience of leadership.

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Dr. Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas currently serves as the Director, VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the US Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD.  A retired Marine, he served previously as the Class of 1961 Professor of Leadership Education at USNA; Academic Director, US Customs and Border Protection Leadership Institute; and as Director, MajGen John A. Lejeune Leadership Institute at Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. In addition, he’s taught at the University of Notre Dame, University of Maryland, George Washington University and the National Outdoor Leadership School. He has published five books on the topics of leadership and ethics, along with numerous articles, book chapters, and research reports.

Joe supported student research that led to the award of Rhodes, Mitchell, and Fulbright scholarships. He’s also planned and led cultural immersion expeditions to South Africa, Tibet, Turkey, Vietnam, Morocco, Peru, Jordan, and Mongolia and has taught at service academies and war colleges in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and throughout Africa.  Joe holds masters’ degrees from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the US Army War College, a PhD from George Mason University, and Certificate in Public Leadership from the Brookings Institute.

This is the 8th year that Joe will facilitate leadership development with Shore Leadership on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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