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Carol Stewart Bio

Known as The Coach for High Achieving Introverted Women, I am an Executive, Career and Business Coach, founder of Abounding Solutions, and author of Quietly Visible: Leading with Influence and Impact as an Introverted Woman.

I have over 28 years coaching and leadership experience and help women (with a particular emphasis on introverted women) to be great leaders, and to lead with influence and impact. I also provide workshops, training and talks to corporate gender networks and BAME networks on career development, personal development, and leadership development, and I am a leadership team facilitator.

I provide coaching, training and talks to organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Asurion, Department of Health, NHS England, NHS London, Westminster City Council, Crown Prosecution Service, Metropolitan Police Service, London Borough of Croydon, London Borough of Waltham Forest, London Borough of Lambeth, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and more, she is listed coach on the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales) Women in Leadership Programme, as well as coaching private clients.

I was named as one of Britain’s Top 50 Business Advisers in 2015 by Enterprise Nation; a LinkedIn Top Voice UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019; a We Are The City Rising Stars Champion in 2018 for her work helping women to develop in their careers, and listed as one of Britain’s inspirational Christian women making major impact by Keep the Faith Magazine in 2019.

In 2019, I co-founded Northern Women of Colour and held an International Women’s Day conference in Sheffield (my home town) for BAME women in the North of England. This came about as a result of there being a lack of opportunities for BAME women in the North, and a lack of such events up there to support them. Empowerment and developmental events for BAME women tend to be London centric.

The first conference was well received, and gained a lot of media attention, which resulted in me being interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield, featured in The Sheffield Star (a daily Sheffield newspaper) and becoming a semi regular columnist for the Sheffield Telegraph. Following the success of the 2019 conference, it will be an annual event.

I am a semi regular columnist for the Sheffield Telegraph, a weekly newspaper established in 1855, and have also written for several other publications. I volunteer my time mentoring women business owners in developing countries for the Cherie Blair Foundation, volunteer for a youth charity (having previously been Chair of the Board of Trustees), I am a school governor, and lead the Marketplace Ministry at my church.

My book Quietly Visible: Leading with Influence and Impact as an Introverted Woman was published in January 2020.

With thanks to Carol Stewart for supporting the SDF’s Festival of Learning & Development 2021