I'm a Changemaker - Beverly Brooks-Thompson
Baton Rouge - The School of Leadership and Human Resource Development would like to celebrate LSU Alumni, Beverly Brooks-Thompson, as part of our Changemaker series! Beverly calls Baton Rouge home, but grew up in Houston, TX. She graduated from LSU with her Bachelor of General Studies, a Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Leadership and Human Resource Development. Geaux Beverly! She chose to remain at LSU for her graduate degree because of the long term educational investment and opportunities for professional development offered by the institution. The LHRD program felt like an easy choice for Beverly because it offered the flexibility that other programs did not, without sacrificing the rigor or prestige she desired.
Currently, Beverly is the Managing Director of Carter Global, an international fundraising advising and philanthropic management consulting firm. The firm combines proven advancement principles and fundraising best practices with innovative, custom-tailored strategies to assist clients in realizing their philanthropic goals.
“Whether developing strategic plans, facilitating board retreats, creating focus groups or surveys, we are in the applied science business of LHRD”.
Beverly feels that the LHRD education greatly enhanced her ability to be innovative. She said the consulting course textbook still sits on her desk and she refers to it and other course materials when conducting or planning a feasibility study, building client expectations, or when engaging boards of directors for restructure, governance, or development issues.
“The LHRD program gave me the tools, structure, and scientific discipline to bring process and legitimacy to the many facets found in LHRD, particularly in emotional intelligence, cultural competencies, and employee engagement”.
One of the best experiences Beverly has had with the LHRD program was working with her major professor to become published, an extremely rewarding journey for a non-academic! The coaching, the teaching, the learning, and the pushing did not stop upon graduation, says Beverly, and for that she is perhaps most grateful. The knowledge and understanding of leadership development she gained during her time at LSU gave her the confidence and empowerment to tackle difficult and unusual tasks or opportunities, like turning a consulting class into a side hustle, which became a company that is now thriving, growing, and employing other people.
One of the key aspects of being a changemaker is being comfortable with being uncomfortable, which is a major part of the transformational change journey that people and organizations experience when working with Beverly and her company.
“We like to say we help people ‘Do Good. Better’, and at its core, that is the goal of LHRD”.
The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world-class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in human resource and leadership development. The BS, MS, PhD, and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. Additionally, SLHRD also offers two master’s programs and a certificate program, of which are 100% online. The School is housed within the College of Human Sciences & Education.
About the College of Human Sciences & Education
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.
Author: Allison L. Thorpe
Graduate Assistant, SLHRD
Contact: Jeffery S. Portier
SLHRD Public Relations Coordinator