Carol Thompson is an entrepreneur, coach, business advisor, and strategist. For the past 25 years, Carol has been a visionary thought leader of Austin, Texas. Today, she works energetically to prepare Austin’s economy for its next 25 years and beyond.
Her journey ranges from entrepreneur and technologist to community leader. As an entrepreneur, she served as CEO of a Computerland franchise in the early 90’s. , She o-founded Hiretech in 1997, and established her namesake consulting practice, Thompson Group, in 1993. Since then, the Thompson Group has since served upwards of 100 clients ranging from local to Fortune 500 businesses. Carol served a six-year term on the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board. In the 1980s and 1990s, Carol’s leadership as volunteer and chair of the Greater Austin Chamber attracted thousands of new jobs to the capital city.
In her civic life, Carol has served on more than 30 boards. Currently, Carol serves on The University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board, UT Innovation Center Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board of foodandcity.org. Carol is passionate about women’s leadership development and has been an invaluable mentor to hundred’s of young professionals. In the early 90’s, she co-founded the Austin’s Young Women’s Alliance and continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the organization today.
Carol is an accomplished speaker and frequently keynotes events across the community, including the Impact Texas Conference, Engineering for a Sustainable World Conference, and South by Southwest Festival, just to name a few.
At 75 yrs young, Carol spends her time still thinking about how to change the world, living a healthy life to 100, surfacing and making new ideas reality, engaged with Food and City, and learning from her grandchildren.
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