Carol Goldsmith PCC, NLPT, The Discovery Coach

Carol Goldsmith

Professional Certified Coach
Carol is a certified professional coach, coach-trainer, mentor, and recognized leader in the coaching field. Since 2001, she has helped hundreds of clients on four continents unleash their leadership potential through her proven coaching methodology. Grounded in neuroscience and behavioral psychology, Carol’s approach empowers leaders at all levels to quickly identify the strengths and skills they need to succeed in the last place most people think to look: inside their own direct experience. That is where success leaves clues. When past performance informs present action, clients quickly achieve what Carol calls a positive Return on Experience (ROX).™
Often called a “coach’s coach,” Carol has designed numerous models, tools, and trainings to help fellow coaches and leaders bring out the best in others. In 2014 she joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a director in its new Leadership Coaching Center of Excellence. Her influential 2016 white paper on Top Trends in Organizational Coaching identified coaching as an essential skillset for high-potential managers and emerging leaders who want to transform their organizations for good.
Carol has served as president of the International Coach Federation Metro DC Charter Chapter, the world’s largest ICF city chapter, four-time chair of the Capital Coaches Conference, mentor coach to incoming ICF chapter leaders worldwide, and past chair of the ICF Prism Awards honoring excellence in organizational coaching in the capital area. 
Training & Certifications
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC) candidate
  • Trainer, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Action Learning Coach, World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL)
  • Co-Active Coach, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
  • Certified to deliver The Leadership Circle Profile (TLC) 360 assessment
  • Certified to deliver the Professional Strengths, Values, & Story Survey (SVSS)

Prior to coaching, Carol worked as a writer/editor for The China Business Review magazine and later as a hotel and tourism industry executive who traveled to China more than 30 times.  She lives and works in Reston, VA, where she takes care of her mother and three spoiled cats.