Carol’s the quintessential “city gal” – she’s smart, stylish, sophisticated, and most of all fearless. You get all of that from her walking into the room. Talk to Carol and the term “city gal” takes on a whole new meaning. Carol’s made it her life’s work to develop our cities, tackling the toughest issues facing urban communities through creativity and innovation. When you think about the fact that two percent of the landmass of the United States produces 50 percent of its GDP, you get a sense of the enormous opportunity and importance of her work.

Named one of the top 50 urban thinkers of all time, Carol is currently leading the start-up ArtPlace, a new initiative to spark a creative place-making movement across America. Her career has allowed her to explore different fields and bring together national and international public policy experts, elected officials, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners, and architects. Be it her work with Smart City Radio or with CEOs for Cities (the organization she led at the time of our Let Go & Lead conversation), Carol’s the living embodiment of Margaret Mead’s words: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”