Carolyn Jill Rivera

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Carolyn Jill Rivera

Carolyn Rivera is an motivational speaker, leadership trainer, learning & development executive, reality television star and soon to be author. Carolyn's professional career is rooted in the corporate world where she has worked for Fortune 50 companies for over 25 years.  Her personal areas of expertise include  leadership development, talent management, performance management, operations and linking performance to business results.  Her responsibilities have included creating and executing strategic business plans, implementing a performance based culture and achieving business results through change management practices.  Throughout her corporate career, Carolyn's focus thas been developing leaders.  Leadership is a passion for Carolyn and she has used her talent to help organizations achieve results far beyond their initial expectations.  Her personal success is attributed to her need to constantly learn and grow.  Carolyn is committed to mastering her own personal leadership first.  By leading herself to achieve more, pushing her own limits, and eliminating obstacles she has become an effective leader capable of transferring her talent to management teams and organizations to achieve great results.  


Carolyn has a unique background as she auditioned for  Survivor for four years before she was selected as a contestant.  She appeared on Survivor Season 30 Worlds Apart.  She was tireless in her ambition and motivation which was ultimately recognized when she finished as runner up.  Carolyn thrived as a contestant on Survivor - she loved the entire experience and the challenges that came with it.  She is accustomed to pushing beyond her personal limits.   She is a life long leaner who is always looking to use her everyday experiences to continue to learn and grow as an individual.  Carolyn’s background in leadership aided her in her success.


Carolyn’s uses her life experiences to lead the audience to a place where they too want to go out and reach for the stars knowing they can do anything they set out to do!

Areas of Expertise:



Keynote (up to 90 minutes): $3,500
Half day (up to 3 hours): $5,500
Full day (up to 6 hours): $7,500



Carolyn's Most Requested Programs:


7 Influential Steps, Leading Your Team To Victory!

Victory starts with a vision.  As a contestant on Survivor, Carolyn had many people doubting her.  Her pseduo-fans thought she wasn't young enough, fit enough, or frankly that she could Survive at all.  In Carolyn's speech she shares the seven influential steps that any leader can use to achieve bringing their vision to life just as she did when she was a castaway on the island of Nicaragua.  


Carolyn’s passion is to develop future leaders by helping individuals see who they can be and how they can get there.  Schools, Organizations, Not-for-Profits all need great leaders.  Leadership takes courage, sweat and skills.  Some people think that you have to be a born leader.  Carolyn has helped athletes, business managers, teachers, and call center agents all develop the passion to lead, and with her insights and the skills that she supports, they have been able to transform.  After attending her session you will be on the path of transformational leadership.






Change:  Don't Just "Survive", Thrive In Perpetual Change

The only thing constant in life is Change.  The only distinction between change moments is intensity.  In this talk, Carolyn strips back the curtain in this talk and reveals how in her personal life and professional life there were moments when she doubted her ability to manage through tsunami’s she did not anticipate.  Through her stories and life lessons, Carolyn built a toolkit that explains the skills to work through change and how to embrace change making everything flow seamlessly.



Believe, Commit, Achieve:  Build Your Pathway To Success!

Everyday we are faced with choices.  Which route we choose and how we handle adversity impacts us.  Carolyn shows you how to build your pathway to success and reveals the "Will to Win" process.  Carolyn takes you on her personal journey which starts on the high school boy's gymnastics team.  It didn't stop there and after four years and nine videos, she finally fulfilled her dream of being a contestant on Survivor!



One Vision, One Voice, One TEAM; Examples To Catapult Results

Carolyn has participated in hundreds of teams throughout her life.  As an athlete, community and business leader she has contributed to team success and learning from team fails.  In the jungle, conflict between team members caused everyone to operate independently, this is no different in an office environment.  Carolyn shares her CTCR approach to building effective teams each time change happens.  Her stories and proven techniques will inspire and support you in building teams and team members who enjoy the sweet taste of success!



“Whether it is 20 tax professionals in a small setting or 3000 franchisees at a National Convention, Carolyn is able to tailor her message in a way that is compelling, engaging and fun.  She weaves her life experience stories into her key message points for a very inspirational and memorable presentation.”

Robert Moretti, Vice President H&R Block



“Carolyn is an accomplished executive, both in what she brings to business in determination and enthusiasm, as well as her ability to collaborate with a wide range of diverse business leaders and personalities.  She has a deep experience in developing and implementing innovative corporate training programs.  She combines the best of pragmatic thinking and “can do” attitude that makes her a real asset to any team she works with.”

Kip Knight, President US Retail Operations, H&R Block



“Carolyn is an inspirational leader, trainer, mentor and coach.  I had the privilege of working with Carolyn at two Fortune 50 companies where she demonstrated excellent presentation and training skills at all levels.  She connects with people in the room by sharing her personal experiences and weaves humor and learning together through a dynamic conversation.  She holds herself to a high standard of personal responsibility and her competitive spirit is contagious.”

Deb Capolarello, Former SVP People Practices and Chief Talent Officer Metlife,  VP Global Chief Learning Officer Citibank Consumer Bank



“One Word:  FANTASTIC!  Today’s leadership session with the executive team was fantastic!  I received lots of compliments from the team relating to the content and delivery.  Our CEO Mike Wheeler said, “This was the best session”.  Carolyn’s enthusiasm and manner of deliver was certainly well received!”

Gayle Fili, Senior Vice President Retail Banking, Beverly Bank



“I’ve worked with Carolyn for over (10) years.  As my career grew, her leadership was critical through the milestones of my growth.  She has led large organizations as well as small; ranging from 5 to 125+, most importantly with results.  She has more energy than anyone I’ve ever worked with and would recommend her for any leadership workshop, forum, coaching, interventions or development programs.”

Judy Mavrakes, Director Learning & Development Vonage

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