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2014 Exceptional Award for an Honorary Alumnus – Carol Thompson

thompson_carol_h250Carol Thompson is an entrepreneur, economic development strategist, mentor and business advisor. After serving as CEO of a five-store Computerland franchise, co-founding Hiretech (a recruiting firm) and Thompson Executive Search, Ms. Thompson founded The Thompson Group in 1993. The Thompson Group has since served upwards of 100 clients ranging from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies, from Services to Technology, from Manufacturing to Healthcare, from Legal to Education.

Ms. Thompson has been recognized by the Austin Business Journal as “one of Austin’s 5 most powerful women” and named by the Austin American-Statesman as one of Austin’s “top 25 tech players to know.” She was on the cover of Digital South Magazine, which named her “A Real Hero of Southern Technology” and was lauded in an October issue of eCompany as one of the “Nine People to See in Austin.” She received the Women in Communication Liz Carpenter’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Ms. Thompson was the recipient of the Office Depot National Woman in Technology Award presented by the Office Depot National President.

Ms. Thompson has served on more than 30 professional, civic and charitable boards in Texas, including six years on the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Board. Ms. Thompson has also played a significant role in the bridging of Austin’s new and traditional economies. As a Leader on the first Austin Chamber of Commerce business recruiting trip to California in the late 80s, Ms. Thompson and the Chamber Team laid the groundwork for a future influx of companies into Austin. In 1990, Ms. Thompson chaired the Chamber Board and 95 companies visited Austin to talk about expanding here.

Some of the nonprofits and boards Ms. Thompson has served:

University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering Advisory Board
Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Board
Young Women’s Alliance Advisory Board and Founder of YWA
Host Committee for COTA/Formula One 2012/2013
Austin Lyric Opera, Advisory Board
IMPACT Texas 2014 Conference Chair

About the Award

The Exceptional Award for Honorary Alumnus is given to an individual who is not a graduate of Leadership Austin. The selection is made on the basis of lifetime achievement of statesmanship and community service—which epitomizes the highest standards of integrity and servant leadership—while demonstrating a commitment to the core values of Leadership Austin: Community Trusteeship, Inclusiveness, Collaborative Decision-Making, and Personal Responsibility.