Author | Speaker | Performance Coach | Coach Trainer | Scholar
As an award-winning author, speaker, performance coach, coach trainer, and scholar, Dr. Carmack has over 28 years of experience in work/life well-being promotion and lifestyle optimization. As the author of Well-Being Ultimatum, Genius Breaks, and Coaching for Well-being, and as the CEO of the Center for Well-Being Education, she has personally coached over 3000 individuals, teams, organizations, and government agencies to optimize their performance, productivity and prosperity. She has also trained over 1000 coaches worldwide in her well-being coaching methodology -- which integrates talk- and movement-based coaching techniques to promote mind-body integration and optimal work/life well-being. As a professor of well-being serving on the faculties of George Mason University and the American University, she lectures and presents workshops internationally to share her thought leadership and research exploring the ways that high achievers in high consequence fields (education, healthcare, military service and emergency response) cope with stress and sustain optimal performance and work/life well-being. When she is not writing books, delivering keynote talks, coaching her Genius Inner Circle community or training coaches in her signature method, she loves to apply her research in the practice of her own lifestyle by spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, and practicing yoga and Pilates. She is a proud native of Pittsburgh, PA, and resides in Northern Virginia (near Washington, DC) with her daughter and fiancee. Her adult sons are both graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University.
As an award-winning author, speaker, performance coach, coach trainer, and well-being scholar, Dr. Carmack has over 28 years of experience in work/life well-being promotion and performance optimization. As a professor of well-being serving on the faculties of George Mason University and the American University, she lectures and presents workshops internationally to share her thought leadership and research exploring the ways that high achievers in high consequence fields (education, healthcare, military service and emergency response) cope with stress and sustain optimal performance and work/life well-being.
Dr. Carmack trains coaches and teams in her signature coaching method through her Center for Well-Being Education. Her coach training is approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, and is one of a handful of national programs selected to prepare coaches to take the National Board of Medical Examiners' Exam in Health and Wellness Coaching. Her coaching method is inspired by her 15-year private coaching practice, and integrates talk- and movement-based coaching techniques to promote mind-body integration, and optimal work/life well-being. Dr. Carmack's approach to coach training facilitation is informed and inspired by her experience as an international trainer of instructors for the Yoga Alliance, the Pilates Method Alliance, and the American Council on Exercise as well as her 28 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate university courses.
As a sought-after speaker, Dr. Carmack has personally delivered over 150 keynotes for public and private organizations including: the University of Pittsburgh’s Women in Medicine and Science Conference (2018), Kaiser Mid-Atlantic Physician Wellness Conference (2016), the State of Maryland Wellness Conference (2016), and Professional Women in Healthcare (2016 and 2019). She also regularly presents her coaching and well-being promotion program research at adjudicated conferences such as the American College of Sports Medicine (2019), the American Public Health Association (2018; 2017; 2015; 2012), and HIMSS (2018). Dr. Carmack is also regularly asked to engineer and facilitate “c-suite” convenings, bringing senior government and NGO leaders together to co-create systems-level, silo-cutting solutions to solve national issues of concern.
As a thought leader and trusted advisor to senior government agency and private sector leaders, Dr. Carmack is frequently commissioned to develop tailored leadership training programs and well-being strategy frameworks for public and private agencies and organizations. In 2018, she was tapped by the Commander of the Air Combat Command to create the first-ever resiliency and compassion training for senior leadership for the U.S. Air Force. As one of the early pioneers in the fight against sitting disease, she was commissioned by the leadership of the Pan American / World Health Organization to create international workplace wellness and mental health campaigns promoting "desk-ercize" movement practices (2012), mindfulness in the workplace (2013) and team walking meetings (2014). She has also custom-designed mindful leadership and resiliency workshops for the DC's Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (2016), the National Park Service (2016-2018), Fairfax County Parks and Recreation (2008-2012), and the American Psychiatric Association (2017), as well as professional education and training workshops for educators and leaders with Fairfax County Public Schools (VA) and George Mason University (2015). Dr. Carmack also led the stakeholder engagement efforts that brought the Cloud to CDC (after two prior efforts had failed), and she is currently the lead communication scientist supporting the 2020 edition of the U.S. Surgeon General's Report, which explores the intersections of community development, public health and economic prosperity.
As a scholar, Dr. Carmack is widely recognized for her non-traditional and multi-disciplinary work in the fields of well-being promotion, health communication, implementation science, and knowledge translation, inspired by her advanced degrees in the social sciences (PhD, communication), humanities (MFA, theatre) and natural sciences (MEd, kinesiology). She was awarded George Mason University’s Alumna of the Year award by the Department of Communication (2018). Her mixed-methods doctoral dissertation (Carmack, 2014) posited the idea that well-being can be conceptualized as a sense-making (communication) process -- in which an individual "makes sense" of their health outcomes, role identified, and life situations and can therefore be fostered and promoted by narrative reconstruction.
PhD, Health and Strategic Communication, George Mason University (2014)
MEd, Kinesiology, University of Texas at Tyler (2009)
MFA, Theatre, University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival (1991)
BA, Communication Arts, Allegheny College (1989)
NBC-HWC, Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (2018)
ERYT, Registered Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer, Yoga Alliance (since 2006)
PMA-CPT, Board-Certified Pilates Teacher, Pilates Method Alliance (since 2003)
ACE-CPT, Personal Trainer and Faculty, American Council on Exercise (2006)
GFI, Group Fitness Instructor, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (1997)
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