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Carrie Vanston focuses on CEOs and their unique challenges, using a system for gaining insight into the CEO's thinking combined with her deep empathy and experience to provide pragmatic, independent guidance that is truly helpful. I've benefited from Carrie's insights and submit that any CEO looking to improve ought to speak with Carrie before selecting a leadership coach.--Ron Martin, CEO,  CTX Capital Group

Getting Out of the Alligator Pit provided a clear framework for processing a key problem I was addressing in my career. If you need a mindset shift, this program could be an important step in challenging your thinking and reigniting your problem solving skills.--Anna Westbrook, CEO, Isabel & the Runaway Train

"Leaders lead people and Carrie leads through example and by her uncanny vision of the future — and she's usually right! She has been a great speaker for me on several occasions and attendees are always glad they came. In many ways, she has been an inspiration to many business owners and business leaders, including me. Her positive but realistic view of the world keeps the alligators at bay, adds energy when things are tough or complicated or just moving too fast, and makes it easier to make decisions and take action."
--Jan Triplett, CEO, Business Success Center

"Carrie gave a great presentation at the Nonprofit Tech Club. We really appreciated her time and we are now much better informed about changing our thoughts in positive, win-win ways."
~Carolyn Appleton, Organizer, Nonprofit Tech Club

"Carrie Vanston's hour long seminar inspired me to start moving. I've been stuck for a couple of years, as areas I've worked in for a long time have shifted prompting me to explore additional fields. Carrie's suggestion to examine the uniqueness, impact, and sustainability I could bring to new areas helps me right now in planning my future. She is known for insight, especially in the areas of leadership and innovation, and brings this experience to dynamically elicit creative ideas with the people she counsels."
~Jim Bryce, Owner, James Y. Bryce, Attorney at Law

"Carrie delivered a jolt of energy to the audience with her enthusiastic delivery of stories about how to shift our thoughts to the positive, connect with each other, and move forward in our businesses. The presentation was followed by an interactive exercise that got everyone involved. I highly recommend Carrie for those looking for excellent speakers to inspire and entertain their audiences."
~Shannon Brooke Mantrom, Executive Director at Leap to Success

​​Carrie provided exceptional personal coaching for me and vision development facilitation for my organization. She significantly raised my leadership energy levels in the areas of emotional intelligence, dynamic communications and influence with her extremely valuable personal coaching. For vision development facilitation she was able to lead a very diverse team to agree on a single purpose statement that was critical to moving the vision forward. Her professional leadership skills kept the team focused on the purpose development. She was able to listen to the team and lead them to consensus. I highly recommend Carrie in these coaching areas based on the results she provided for me. 
~Dave Glanzer, CEO, SO LArMAR

I have had the pleasure of working with Carrie Vanston over the course of several years. Carrie gave a great presentation at the World Affairs Council about the importance of creating and growing business cultures that encourage engagement and innovation. The audience was inspired with examples and ideas to bring back to their offices for their own development. I recommend Carrie to other organizations looking to create and grow strong, connected organizations."
~Ben Ramirez III, Executive Director, World Affairs Council

My first experience with an executive coach was recent and with Carrie Vanston. Carrie is a consummate professional. She was always prepared and handled whatever I brought up. We met by phone 3 times and each time I came away having learned something useful in my personal life as well as my business life. I often brought up topics that were more about my interest in picking her brain for business advice which she is so good at. But each time she handled it as a coach. I highly recommend Carrie's services.
~Gerald Wagner, PhD., President, Academy of Culture Ambassadors

Carrie was great - she helped think through the sequence of needs and put some clear actions steps around it. She asked some critical questions (some of which I didn't have answer to) and offered some great resources to help with the next steps. Look forward to following up with Carrie on this initiative!
~Edward Urgola, Director, Circle Up Foundation

Carrie has been providing me with executive coaching services for 4 months now. I have greatly benefited from her focused approach to guiding me through several leadership challenges. Her listening abilities and probing questions have enabled me to gain a better understanding of several situations and relationships. Carrie goes beyond helping me achieve a clearer perspective but facilitates my movement from understanding to action. She does an exceptional job supporting me in identifying next steps and provides a comfortable level of follow up and accountability. I highly recommend Carrie as an effective leadership Coach who is helping me achieve tangible results
~Nancy Edgar, MA, SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer, Community Health Choice

Carrie was very helpful and asked great questions to help me reframe my project goals. In the end, we came up with a guiding principal for my project that will help it benefit everyone at my organization.
~Keegan Doughtery, Group Expeditions Manage, Earthwatch Institute

Carrie helped us iron out some thoughts on priorities, and come up with a tangible goal of hiring a researcher to investigate where we can show our eco-cinema film festivals. She was patient, and was able to interpret our needs based on what we told her we had done.
Noemi de la Puente, Community Outreach Director/Corporate Liaison, Environmental Education Fund

 I had the pleasure of attending a workshop where Carrie was the guest speaker. She was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and informative in her presentation on small business culture and innovation. I reached out to Carrie so that we could brainstorm a new venture I was pursuing and came away impressed with her passion and insight on how to go about developing a strategies for small business initiatives, drawing up benchmarks and implementing the goals we discussed. I am now working on setting up a time in the near future to take the Energy Leadership Assessment with Carrie to further my skill set in the small business culture. I highly recommend Carrie as she is a true professional with invaluable experience in the business world.
~Chris McNelley, Founder, CMC sports & Entertainment

Carrie delivered an enlightening presentation at the Central Texas Chapter of World Future Society. She shared with us her company's years of research on how businesses can look for novel opportunities and encourage engagement and innovation in their organizations, generously exemplified with stories from local Austin entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who reinvented themselves, their businesses and the local community. We are very thankful for Carrie sharing her talents, insight and positive disposition with us and would gladly recommend her to any event planner! I am excited to see her again at the WFS conference in San Francisco, July 2015.
~Anne Boysen, Vice President, Central Texas Chapter of World Future Society; International Speaker, Generational Foresight Strategist After the Millennials

I recently took the Energy Leadership Index (ELI) assessment and received a debrief of the results from Carrie. Throughout the entire debrief process she made me feel completely at ease to speak openly and honestly about my experiences and how my different energies were showing up in my work and life. I believe that safe environment allowed me to achieve a greater learning and perspective shift. Carrie acknowledged and validated my reservations, and spoke to me in a way that I could connect to. I walked away with a deeper understanding of where and how stress was showing up in my personal and professional life, and with a feeling that I could start to make small adjustments to reduce the impact of that stress.
~Lyndsey Kelly, Lyndsey Kelly Coaching, LLC

I went to a presentation by Carrie about International Dimensions of Strong Corporate Cultures. I learned a lot about engagement, collaboration and innovation in organizations with different nationalities. It was excellent. I highly recommend Carrie as a presenter about these topics!
~Richard Atkinson, Advisor to Entrepreneurs, Access Creative Power

Working with Carrie has broadened my perspectives and sparked a new approach into my own problem solving and self-discovery journey. As an Energy Leadership Coach Carrie is certified to administer the Energy Leadership Index (ELI) assessment which created new insights into how I show up in my every day activities both personally and professionally. Her debrief of my assessment was very professional and insightful, I was given lots of valuable information which has enabled me to navigate through life with added awareness. I have praise for Carrie as a certified professional coach and would definitely recommend her services and the ELI assessment to anyone.
~Hector Santiago, Operations Support Specialist, Rave Property Management

If you are looking for a tool to help you in developing as a leader, the Energy Leadership Index provides insights you won't find in the Myers-Briggs or DISC. Carrie introduced me to the tool and led me through a debrief conversation that helped me identify situations where I tend to rely on the various energy types. More than that she helped me identify triggers I should keep on eye out for and offered tips for how to redirect my energy to the level which inspire with creativity and entrepreneurship.
~Ashley Harper, Principal Consultant, Harper Strategy

Carrie knows her stuff and has put a great deal of thought into distilling the essence of motivating, innovative business cultures. Her "Five Keys" represent a clear path from valuing employees as individuals eager to contribute their unique assets to a larger purpose, through organizational and personal development, to the innovative capacity that delivers real, transformative value to customers and communities. Carrie's warm and engaging manner and gentle humor help the message stick.
~Michael Grant, Global Team Builder, Swift Passage Trading

Carrie did an ELI Assessment debrief for me that was very extensive. I walked away with a greater sense of knowing how I react in certain situations, and how I can better respond in the future. The debrief with Carrie was very enlightening, I enjoyed her feedback and her approach in how she explained the assessment, how she guided me on a how I can shift my energy and, in turn, be more centered and fulfilled daily.
~Tanya Kelley, Attorney at Law, Harris County, State of Texas

I would like to write a recommendation for Carrie Vanston. When I first met Carrie, she described herself as a connector in our community. Since then, I don't think a day goes by where I don't see Carrie, or Technology Futures, or her conference come across my radar screen. I believe that people naturally gravitate to Carrie because she exudes genuine commitment to her work, her company, her clients, and her community. Carrie's interpersonal, marketing, event management, and sales talents are without equal. It is truly a pleasure just to watch Carrie Vanston operate. She truly knows what she is doing, and she executes flawlessly every single day. Carrie Vanston is a real asset to our community.
~Ronald Hash, Program Director & Engagement Manager (Application Systems Modernization: Workday Project),The University of Texas at Austin

Do not let Carrie's sweet disposition and kindness fool you, she is a steely visionary and a adroit executive. Few people can pull off a dinner party, and she was able to have an international conference right here in Austin, TX that was both informative and entertaining. She is leading the concept that companies have to look at Mini Trends to be able to be AHEAD of the competition. I was an honor and privileged to have been part of her great conference.
~Jeffrey Fry, CEO/President, Well Beyond Care

I am so thankful that I have the pleasure of knowing Carrie. She's absolutely passionate about her work and her writing, and it really sets her apart. She's constantly hungry for new knowledge and new technologies. Carrie manages her ambitious career and her growing family with such ease and always with a smile on her face. This attitude and determination have propelled her and her family's business to the top of their industry. I would never hesitate to recommend Carrie - on a personal or business level. She's an absolute joy to work with!
~Laura Alter, Board Member, Austin Kids Foundation