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Meet Dr. Carrie A. Colella

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Hello Everyone,


I'm Carrie Alexander Colella, Ed.D . I am "mom" to three college educated adult children and part of a sibling group of five.

I am an award winning, published author of "Communication: The Heart of Organizational Leadership" I hold a Masters of Social Work degree with a concentration of displaced populations. My BA degree is in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. My Doctorate is in Organizational Leadership in Business.

I am also a certified Dream Builder Coach from the Life Mastery Institute of transformational Coaching in Los Angeles, CA. I have completed numerous courses in the "feminine power" theoretical approach, and based on my experience and education I have landed on working with women and their powerful contribution to the family and to society.

I have twenty-four years of Social Work practice in child welfare and family services. I am very interested in working with women re-entering the community from incarceration.


While it is difficult to contribute my  current self to any one part of my life, I will say that as a child, before I learned societal restrictions, I was a child of curiosity just as most young children are.  I did not feel that I should be anything but curious. I remember that I laughed at things that others may not have found funny.


One of the most critical things I have learned and want to share with you is this: the key to getting to wholeness  and becoming the person you were meant to be is through the gateway of communication, the clear, open and honest truth of who you really are and what you really want to be and to do. We know that communication is both verbal and non-verbal, and sometimes the non-verbal can speak louder than words.

 My experience of the 80’s  & 90’s  is that this time period was filled with the concept of me first, “it’s your thing do what you wanna do.” 

Many acted as if the concept of “me first” meant a denial of compassion or empathy for anyone except themselves. I’m convinced that we got that wrong, but fortunately I believe that the pendulum is slowly swaying back towards compassion for others because I think we have learned that alone does not produce much, and no matter how bright and intelligent we are, we need other people to make anything we do valuable. And yes, we need the support from others to make our lives meaningful.

“We simply cannot become the best of ourselves by ourselves.”

Start Your New Beginning with Listen First Consulting

Our Mission:

Listen First Consulting, LLC is a company established with a dual purpose. First, it is designed specifically to help adults who are at

a transition point in life such as: 

  • a change in their work status or livelihood 

  • returning to the community from incarceration

  • divorce/separation or death of a loved one or

  • facing financial uncertainty and need assistance in identifying next steps and direction for themselves

 We do this by offering an established personal insight program which helps individuals focus on their innate talents and

gifts. This is a ninety-day guided coaching program which helps individuals identify what career path is best suited to them. Development of a professional resume is available in this program.

Second, Listen First Consulting, LLC provides for the facilitation of effective communication practices for small business owners who

are experiencing and have identified low morale as a barrier to production or goal accomplishment among their employees. This program begins with a program assessment of current communications practices and ends with a new communication practice model.

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“I have to admit, I thought the odds were stacked against me at this stage of my life, but after a few sessions with Dr. Colella, I now know , I can do this.  

Diana Waldman

Founder at Jewl.io

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“As Dr. Colella told me when I first met her, "Never let your past stop you from following your dreams. Start where you are and change your future." 

Eric Leon 
VP Marketing Mobile.ze

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I turned my passion of crafts into my business. Sometimes with a little motivational support we can make a living doing what we love to do."

Rachel Rose

Rachel Rose crafts.com

and get my latest Book “Communication: The Heart of Organizational Leadership"  Request your copy at onecaredc@gmail.com

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Phone Number: 123-456-7890    /     Email: info@mysite.com   

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