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About Caroline Stokes CEC, PCC
Founder, FORWARD

Caroline Stokes is a human capital entrepreneur and author of Elephants Before Unicorns (Entrepreneur Press, out Sept 2019). As an executive headhunter, certified executive coach, and certified EQ.2.0 practitioner, Caroline helps culture-first innovation leaders prepare their teams for the AI revolution. Caroline has spoken at World Bank (Washington DC), CPHR (Vancouver, Canada) and SHRM (Cleveland, US) on the need for talent to develop emotional intelligence and resilience in the face of technological advancements.

After a career at Sony, Virgin, and Nokia, Caroline founded FORWARD, which holds the distinction of being the first executive search and coaching firm to incorporate executive coaching. In addition, FORWARD provides training to talent seeking new career pathways and/or leadership development, plus coaching for the first 100 days for all talent placements.

In addition, Caroline is course curator and podcast host of The Emotionally Intelligent Recruiter, a training and learning platform which helps recruiters adapt their emotional intelligence and leadership abilities in the AI age.

Caroline Stokes is a sought after speaker for CPHR Canada, SHRM and leadership development events including Recruiting Trends, ERE and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

Caroline has talent and culture development columns in Forbes, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Venturebeat, LinkedIn and The Undercover Recruiter and she has been quoted by the New York Post, DICE, Fast Company, TechRepublic, Business News Daily, Monster, Recruiting Daily and ERE.


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