Carolyn Warner is Founder and President of Corporate Education Consulting, Inc. (CECi). Her firm offers advisement, speaking, seminar and training services focusing on workforce/work place issues, education, leadership, women’s issues and public/private partnerships. CECi’s clients are Fortune 500 companies, foundations and numerous national associations. Warner delivers over forty keynote presentations a year, both in the U.S. and abroad, including three European Union conferences on education and skills training related topics.
Warner was a Congressional appointee to the National Skills Standards Board (NSSB) and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. She also serves as national Treasurer of Jobs for America’s Graduates, the nation’s most successful school-to-work transition program, and is past President of the Arizona Women’s Forum.
Warner served for twelve years as Arizona’s elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the first non-educator to hold that post. Increased accountability and the formation of business-education partnerships were hallmarks of her administration. Under her leadership, Arizona had the nation’s first sequential job skills identification initiative. She was then her party’s nominee for Governor, narrowly losing in an historic three-way general election.
In 1998, Warner received an honorary Doctorate from Northern Arizona University in recognition of her service to education and the community. Among her numerous awards are Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education, the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA of the USA, and the Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award from the Association for Career and Technical Education. She is the author of four books, including the best-selling The Last Word, A Treasury of Women’s Quotes.