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Carrie Arnold, Ph.D., MCC, BCC - Fielding Graduate University. Centennial, CO, US

Carrie Arnold, Ph.D., MCC, BCC

Associate Faculty - Evidence Based Coaching | School of Leadership Studies | Fielding Graduate University


Leadership coach, consultant, author, researcher, and educator



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Dr. Carrie Arnold is passionate about helping others find their voice!

In addition to serving as Associate Faculty for the Evidence Based Coaching Program at Fielding Graduate University, she is the principal coach for The Willow Group. She has over 25 years’ experience working in health care, human resources, training, and organizational development; and has worked for multi-hospital systems in leadership positions. Since 2011, she has owned and operated her own consulting business.

She is author of the book 'Silenced and Sidelined: How women leaders find their voices and break barriers.'

Dr. Arnold trained as a leadership coach at Georgetown University through their Center for Continuing and Professional Education. She is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) and a Board Certified Coach (BCC). She holds three degrees from Fielding Graduate University, including a PhD in Human Development. She is also a fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation and continues post-doc research on voice and silencing.

Dr. Arnold’s coaching philosophy is to take a strengths-based approach with clients and co-create the coaching relationship based on the client’s desire to grow. She uses a multidisciplinary approach and follows evidence-based practices while subscribing to the ICF core coaching competencies.

As a coach, Dr. Arnold works with multiple federal government agencies, all levels of education, health care, and private sectors, and has worked with over 300 individual and group clients. She coaches emerging leaders as well as c-suite clients, physicians, and superintendents.

Dr. Arnold is certified to administer and interpret The Leadership Circle Profile, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)®, DiSC, and the Social & Emotional Intelligence Profile.

Industry Expertise (5)

Training and Development

Program Development



Professional Training and Coaching

Areas of Expertise (6)

Women's Leadership

Research on Silencing

Voice with Currency

Masterful Coaching

Coach Training


Education (3)

Fielding Graduate University: PhD, Human Development 2017

Dissertation - The Silenced Female Leader: A mixed methods interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Georgetown University - Center for Continuing & Professional Education in Leadership: Certificate of Leadership Coaching 2011

Emphasis on non-profit executive leaders

Fielding Institute: MA, Organizational Management 2002

Thesis - Authenticity: The vehicle for leadership not the destination

Affiliations (4)

  • Georgetown University Alumni Association - Career Coaching Partnership Program : Member
  • International Coach Federation (ICF) : Member
  • International Coach Federation (ICF) Colorado Chapter : Member
  • Denver Women's Press Club : Member

Media Appearances (4)

Two Things that Cannot be Taken Away – My Voice and My Silence: How to Leverage Both for Career Success

2018 Georgetown University Alumni Association  online

Webinar presentations

Coaching the Silenced Female Leader: Strategies for both Men and Women

2018 Center for Creative Leadership; Harvard Institute of Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare; ICF Ohio Chapter; WellCoaches Association  online

Webinar presentations

Are You being Silenced at Work?

2018 Visible Women Podcast  online

Webinar presentation

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Complex Silencing: When silenced leaders unknowingly create organizational norms of silence

2017 Treasury Executive Institute, Washington, DC  online

Webinar presentation

Event Appearances (13)

The Silencing Factor: Executive women and voice

2019 Women Lawyers Group Retreat - Keynote - SheppardMullin  Los Angeles, CA

The Silencing Factor: Executive women and voice

2019 Leadership Series - Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network  Illinois

The Silencing Factor: Executive women and voice

2019 Manatt Women’s Initiative Summit - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips  Santa Monica, CA

The Silencing Factor: Executive women and voice

2019 Women’s Leadership Initiative - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck  Denver, CO

The Silencing Factor: Executive women and voice

2018 Women’s Initiative Think Tank - Keynote - Orrick Law Firm  New York, NY

Coaching the Silenced Female Leader: Strategies for both Men and Women

2018 ICF Colorado Chapter  Denver, CO

The Silenced Female Leader: Leveraging a valuable voice

2018 Willow Group Workshop  Denver, CO

The Silenced Female Leader: Finding voice efficacy

2018 Women in Technology (WIT) - Roundtable Keynote Speaker  Washington, DC

How the Topic of Silencing Informs Educators

2017 Guest Speaker: Colorado University  Denver, CO

The Silenced Female Leader: Coaching Women to Find Purposeful Voice

2017 Institute of Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference - Harvard Medical School  Cambridge, MA

Coaching the Silenced Female Leader

2017 International Coach Federation Converge Conference  Washington, DC

Coaching the Silenced Female Leader: Strategies for both Men and Women

2017 ICF Philadelphia Chapter  Philadelphia, PA

Coaching the Silenced Leader

2016 Georgetown Coaching Alumni Conference  Washington, DC

Articles (5)

BOOK: Silenced and Sidelined: How Women Leaders Find Their Voices and Break Barriers

2020 Rowman & Littlefield, New York, NY

Arnold, Carrie Lynn, PhD

In the age of multiple equity movements, it is critical to explore an unspoken nuance—the silencing of women leaders. Carrie Lynn Arnold calls attention to the history and complex dynamics that can suppress a leader’s voice while offering solutions for change. Women are taught to speak up, develop confidence, leverage their strengths, polish their interpersonal skills, widen their competencies, and fight to sit at the table. But once they make it to that executive chair, they rarely examine the unspoken dynamics that impact their success. The silencing of female voices is an all too common epidemic, preventing women from harnessing their full capabilities and leading with maximum potential. This phenomenon of isolating women by subduing their voices is a decades-old tradition. It can be impossible to avoid encounters, organizational cultures, and even feelings of self-suppression that all foster silencing. It is no longer about questioning competency or confidence. It is about understanding the complex factors and biases that are deeply embedded in relationships between men and women, amongst women, and within the dynamics of systems and the self that allows for this trend to continue despite growing successes in equity...

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Leading while silenced

2020 Choice Magazine

Arnold, C.

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The silenced female leader

2019 Coaching World

Arnold, C.

Imagine an executive leader has hired you as a coach to help her with issues that stem from lacking confidence, managing conflict and being more decisive. When you do your intake, you learn the following. She has worked hard to get the corner office, has a Ph.D. and has two decades of industry experience. She is in that mid-50 age range, allowing her to reconsider what she perceives to be necessary and relevant, as well as a genuine acceptance of self. She now has a salary with benefits that permit things impossible in earlier years. This is the time to appreciate that she knows how to manage, compete with men in knowledge and technical abilities, contribute in meaningful ways, and strategically lead. She can now think about transformation and explore vertical development and broader ways of viewing her world. Imagine all this is true, but you discover after several coaching sessions she also feels silenced...

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The currency of voice

2019 The Fielding scholar practitioner: Voices from 45 years of Fielding Graduate University

Arnold, C.

pp. 43-49 Katrina S. Rogers & Monique L. Snowden (Eds.) Santa Barbara, CA: Fielding University Press

Manage Employees

2011 Human Resources Management

Arnold, C.

pp. 253-288 Burcroff, A. & Ballentine, L. (Eds.) McKinley College, Fort Collins, CO.