For over two decades, Chip Carter has served as an experienced technology leader, manager, business/leadership and wellness coach/mentor, strategist, executive board member, software architect and developer, and meditation teacher. He has held senior C-level positions as a CIO/CTO and interim CMO leading impactful transitions involving technology for complex stakeholder groups in both private and nonprofit sectors. He is the founder of his own coaching company and practice, MudLotusHealth, and has coached leaders and wellness clients from a wide array of disciplines. As a technology and business leader, Chip brings effective, integrated approaches to innovation, change management, staff empowerment, and business process and productivity.
The IBM Software Group awarded him Manager of the Year in 2007, during his tenure as Director/Manager of a 90+ person engineering team at Lotus IBM. While CIO/CTO and interim CMO at two large global development NGOs – Mercy Corps and Plan International USA, each a global development NGO working in over 30 countries – Chip led sweeping, large-scale infrastructure changes, fundamental shifts in business practices and culture, the introduction of innovative marketing approaches and dramatic improvements to mission productivity and reduced total cost of ownership. Three elements characterize his professional history and operational approach: the interdependencies of clear vision and crisp execution; the development of strategic partnerships aligned on mission (as opposed to separate “businesses inside the business”); and a “whole person” approach to management and leadership, emphasizing job satisfaction, employee wellness, creativity and autonomy, and a healthy corporate culture.
Chip is a certified coach with a BS from Davidson College in biology and an MTS from Wesley Theological Seminary (Summa Cum Laude, comparative religion, psychology and philosophy). He has given numerous keynote talks and lectures on a variety of subjects: technology innovation, business process, leadership, corporate culture, change management, workplace wellness, happiness and mindfulness. Chip has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for over 30 years, which grounds his coaching practice and approach. In addition to his leadership/executive and wellness coaching practice, Chip is a Senior Advisor at the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, where he earlier served as COO. Chip has also worked as a professional musician, academician, meditation instructor and fine furniture maker.