Carl Garraffo

C-Suite HR executive with 30+ years of diversified experience in all facets of human capital leadership. Executive and leadership coach and leadership development expert for clients in various industries/sectors.

C-Suite HR executive with 30+ years of diversified experience in all facets of human capital leadership. Executive and leadership coach and leadership development expert for clients in various industries/sectors.

Full Bio

Carl is a Human Resources leader who invested his entire career in helping develop talent and grow organizations. He has extensive HR leadership experience at Arthur Andersen, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, Prime Hospitality, and Lennar Corporation. He was a CHRO for a Fortune 150 company for 20 years. Carl is especially adept at identifying emerging leaders and developing their skills. He also helps people recognize their strengths, overcome barriers to success, address areas for improvement and coach them to achieve their personal and professional goals. Carl is also very tuned in to the organizational culture and helps people adapt to changing circumstances involving cultural shifts and business plan pivots. Carl has coached people at every level of a company, from first-line managers and supervisors to Presidents and CEO’s and many positions in between. He has coached people in established multi-billion dollar companies (Lennar, Lennar Mortgage, Inspire Home Loans, Kessler Hospitality, Hellmann Global Logistics, etc.) to smaller organizations and start-ups.

Notable Client Achievements

  • Coached a COO at a hospitality company who was being promoted to President so that he was ready to tackle the challenges of the new role.

  • Coached a North American CEO of a logistics company who was assuming broader responsibilities and needed to prepare his leadership team to assume responsibility for all of the Americas.

  • Coached an EVP at a large mortgage company who was struggling to find work/life balance.

  • Coached a senior executive at a large financial company to seek professional medical help with a personal problem adversely affecting his career and personal life.

+ read more
Chief Human Resources Officer
Arthur Andersen
Director of Human Resources
  • 30+ years of executive level HR experience
  • 100+ hours of coaching
  • Diverse industry experience including Constuction/RE, Financial Services, and Law
Financial Services
Law Practice
Real Estate
Human Resources
Recruiting Staffing
New People Manager
Experienced People Manager
Discover Skills And Strengths
Performance Productivity
Internal Mobility
Relationship Building
Managing Up
+ more


Describe your coaching style.

Although I am ICF trained, my coaching style differs somewhat from the ICF methodology. I must initially establish trust with the coachee. I then begin building a relationship by finding commonality with our personal experiences. I ask important questions, sometimes very tough questions, to get to the root of the issues. I am easy to talk to, approachable, create a psychologically safe environment, and focus on initial coaching goals established by all stakeholders. These goals sometimes shift during the coaching journey, and I adapt as needed.

Who is your ideal client and why?

I love coaching people at every level of a company and I am truly industry agnostic. However, the ideal client is the one who sees coaching as a proactive experience, one that invests in their talent, offering them the opportunity to increase self-awareness and hone the skills necessary to grow careers.

How do you measure success with a client?

Success is measured by evaluating the desired outcomes. The stakeholders (company sponsor, immediate manager/supervisor and coachee) and I meet in person at the beginning of the coaching engagement and define goals and timetables. I do a 3 month evaluation to ensure we are on track and then a thorough review of outcomes at the completion of the engagement.

What is your coaching superpower?

I can really read people well. With 40 years of HR leadership under my belt, I know instinctively when someone is fabricating a response or holding back. I know when to speak and when to listen. I can reach into my mental toolkit and pull out questions that will steer someone onto the right path.

More questions

Schedule An Intro Call with Carl Garraffo

Get to know Carl Garraffo, share your story, and determine if it’s a match.

Grow your career with a coach

Find my coach