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Meet Carol Murray

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Carol is a co-founder and principal of The Lifework Institute. She brings more than 25 years experience coaching executives through personal and professional transitions and facilitating them and their organizations through periods of profound change.

A graduate of Duke University (BA Economics), Carol began her career as chief in-house economist for a $3 billion private bank in Washington, DC. She subsequently joined a Washington based executive career services and outplacement firm, moving from a staff position to Partner, ultimately managing the firm’s most profitable regional office in San Francisco.

In the mid-80’s Carol co-founded The Pharos Companies, a San Francisco based executive-level career consulting and coaching firm where she developed and introduced a series of leading edge, group-process focused training programs.

Through Pharos and its successor, The Lifework Institute, Carol has directed, coached or provided oversight for nearly 2,000 professional development assignments for executives currently functioning in corporate leadership positions throughout the U.S., Europe and the Pacific Rim. A skilled presenter and public speaker, Carol has designed and led well over 300 off-site leadership trainings, team-building efforts and total emersion retreats for individuals and organizations committed to growth and success.

Selected List of Coaching and Consulting Clients

Real Estate and Related Services

AMB Property Corp.
BRE Properties
BRIDGE Housing
Carmel Partners
Chartres Lodging
Digital Realty Trust
Economic & Planning Systems
Essex Property Trust
Ferguson Partners
Grosvenor Estate Holdings
Grosvenor Investment Management
IHP Capital Partners
JCM Properties
JLF Investment Properties
The Mark Company
O’Brien Group
Opus West
Ponderosa Homes
Prologis, Inc.
Spectrum Development Solutions
Swift Real Estate Partners
Terra Search Partners
TMG Partners
Urban Land Institute
Urban Planning Partners
Van Meter Williams Pollack
VITA Landscape Architects
Western National Group
Women’s Development Collaborative

Financial Services

Bank of America
Charles Schwab
LPL Financial Services
The Money Store
Robertson Stephens
Wells Fargo

Consulting Services

Anderson Consulting
Arthur Anderson
Arthur D. Little
Bain and Company
Caspian Consulting Group
Deloitte & Touche
KPMG Peat Marwick
Price Waterhouse

Manufacturing and Technology

Applied Materials
Apple Computer
CASK Solutions
Softagon Corporation
Sun Microsystems

Food/Consumer Products/Retail

California Egg Commission
JS West & Co.
NuCal Foods
Levi Straus
Del Monte
Frito Lay
QRS Corporation


Pacific Bell
Pacific Bell Communications
Qwest Communications
U. S. West


Alliant University
Alpine Rose Resorts
Genomic Health
Janus Associates
Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital
Overture Films
Pattern Energy