Caroline Stokes

Caroline Stokes


Helping you succeed in an uncertain world.

Caroline Stokes is a highly experienced executive leadership coach and strategic business sustainability catalyst who helps renowned technology and creative leaders to stay a step ahead in an uncertain future.

Within the rapidly evolving business model and mindset of stakeholder and citizenship activism, leaders and employees need to consider how the amalgam of new emotional, relational and business intelligence practices intersect with societal and environmental sustainability in the quest for 2030 carbon neutral goals. Caroline works with clients to help them succeed in this citizen capitalist environment. 

She helps leaders understand how their team or organization needs to adapt to remain creative and competitive across business innovation, talent attraction, retention and growth to meet evolving employee, customer and stakeholder expectations.

The author of Elephants Before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies To Save Your Company (Entrepreneur Press, 2019), podcast host of “The New Business Playbook by 2030” and creator of the ground-breaking Workplace EQ Diagnostic, Caroline regularly engages with leaders at the forefront of technological, economic and societal change, and incorporates thought-leading concepts into her coaching practice.

Caroline spent more than 20 years working for corporations such as PlayStation, Virgin and Nokia in Europe and Australia, and went on to run two PR agencies in England and Canada. She witnessed and participated in major global economic, societal and technology pivots during this time. Since 2008, Caroline has led global executive search and talent development strategies for Real Networks, Autodesk, Microsoft, Amazon, Electronic Arts and Disney, and more.

Spurred on by her international experiences, in 2014 Caroline launched FORWARD with a vision to create a constantly evolving human capital solutions company with an ethical and humanist foundation. 

Caroline holds a PCC-level Executive Coach Certification from Royal Roads University, an Executive-level Business and Technology Sustainability Certificate from MIT and is a certified EQi2.0 practitioner. In 2019, she was honoured with Marshall Goldsmith’s Leading Global Coach Award, and is regularly called upon to share her expertise in publications including Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, the Globe and Mail, Fast Company and SHRM.

Caroline lives in Vancouver, Canada and is committed to working with leaders virtually to reduce her carbon footprint.



Let’s Work Together

Our #1 rule: We strive to understand your needs.

We ask a lot of questions. We work well with brains that enjoy a challenge, and are unafraid to go beyond the status quo to find solutions.

Are you ready to move FORWARD?