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Carol Vallone Mitchell, Ph.D.

Author & Leadership Development Advisor

Carol is the author of Breaking Through “Bitch”: How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes and Lead Fearlessly and the upcoming book COLLABORATION CODE: How Men Lead Culture Change and Nurture Tomorrow’s Leaders.

Cofounder of Talent Strategy Partners in 2001, she works with companies to identify and develop leaders who will build and nurture the right workplace culture and drive results. Please visit our website http://www.tsphr.com/.

She is an accomplished researcher in gender differences in leadership and has developed over 50 competency models used to assess and develop men and women in all industries. Notably, she developed the Women’s Leadership BlueprintTM, described in Breaking Through “Bitch” and Men’s New Leadership BlueprintTM, defined in COLLABORATION CODE.

Carol received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a frequent speaker, podcast and radio show guest, and writer on leadership and culture.

Carol is based in the Philadelphia area.


Collaboration Code

Coming in January 19, 2021

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From the foreword:


"Dr. Carol Mitchell has done it again.


In her first book, Breaking Through “BITCH”, Carol tackled the thorny subject of how female leaders can manage unfair gender expectations and still successfully climb the corporate ladder. Now, she has brought her attention to another unspoken crisis plaguing the workplace today: male leadership.


This is a crisis because, frankly, male leadership has become synonymous with reinforcing male stereotypes—and, even in recent times, many male leaders simply don’t see this as a problem. After reading Collaboration Code: How Men Lead Culture Change and Nurture Future Leaders, I have a feeling their perspectives may change."  – Eric Solomon, Ph.D., former marketing executive for YouTube, Spotify, Google and Instagram.


How do men weather the storms of culture change as they play out in our work environments? How do men lead effectively, build trusted professional relationships, and create healthier work cultures? How do men blend feminine-associated characteristics into their leadership styles while maintaining their masculinity? How do men lead collaboratively as men?

Collaboration Code:

  • Describes a portfolio of behaviors that successful collaborative male leaders have in common.

  • Shares executives' stories of nurturing top performance in individuals, teams, and organizations by leading collaboratively.

  • Reveals how men develop and demonstrate empathy, humility, and respect.

  • Shows how collaborative male leaders make excellent mentors, particularly for women.

Collaboration Code provides a roadmap for what male leadership can and should be. It empowers men to be their best selves, stretch beyond stereotypes and lead inclusively.

Breaking Through "Bitch"

September 21, 2015

When a man strongly asserts his point of view and autonomy, he is hailed as a strong, competent leader. When a woman exhibits the same executive qualities, she is labeled a brusque, overbearing bitch. This is not really news anymore, is it? Yet these unfair perceptions are a key reason only 6.6% of Fortune 500 Company CEOs are women.

How can women break through that brick wall of "bitch?" How can they manage gender expectations and still successfully climb the corporate ladder?

Breaking Through "Bitch" takes an innovative, sometimes controversial approach, using stories from executives at the highest corporate levels to show how women can hone their innate skills, rise to the top, and be effective, outstanding leaders. It addresses head-on why women cannot and should not "act like men."

Order your copy today.

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"Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals."

– Unknown


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