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Adrian N. Carter, with a Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Resolution Studies, is an equity and inclusion strategist, expert facilitator, and executive coach for corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Carter is also the founder and CEO of the Carter Development Group, LLC (CDG), an inclusion, alternative dispute resolution, and leadership development firm. Dr. Carter trains, coaches, provides keynote addresses and facilitates interpersonal and organizational leadership that resolves conflicts by bridging the gap between persons and organizations using The Ellison Model.

With more than 20 years of experience in leadership development, Dr. Carter has impacted thousands of people using The Ellison Model. The Ellison Model is a diversity, equity, and inclusion tool for social development developed by world-class sociologist, professor, and mentor Dr. Deryl G. Hunt. The content areas of The Ellison Model make it an effective and solution-oriented model for corporate, government, non-profits, and educational institutions. Those content areas are Inclusion, Multicultural Appreciation, Conflict Resolution, Mentorship, and Relationship Building. Dr. Carter has personally and professionally used The Ellison Model’s inclusive theories to impact his life and the lives of others for leadership excellence. Dr. Carter firmly contends, “It’s not the problem that counts – It’s the solution.”


Dr. Carter’s work in leadership development, conflict resolution, and equity is robust. With a strong background in K-12 and higher education, Dr. Carter has served in numerous equity roles and has organized numerous events for cultural education and engagement.

Dr. Carter is the founder of the Center for Advanced Leadership and Conflict Resolution, a 501(c)(3) non-profit for educating men and boys on conflict resolution and equity and inclusion. The signature event of the non-profit is the EmpowerMEN Conference, a male empowerment initiative focused on conflict resolution, leadership development, and redefining the identity of men in the 21st century. Dr. Carter places immense focus on the identity, emotion, and power of men, specifically examining race relations, gender roles, the education system, and how they create interpersonal and organizational conflict amongst men, women, and society.


Moreover, Dr. Carter is a thought leader, committed to influencing people through his training and publications to become more caring, sharing, and loving individuals who understand the importance of inclusive community building.  Dr. Carter is the author of the must-have leadership development book, Emerging as the Right Person in the Right Place at the Right Time: Leadership in the 21st Century Using The Ellison Model.

Dr. Carter is also the author of a powerful book on love, marriage, and relationships titled Let's Get Married & Do Everything Except Make It Last: A Heart-to-Heart with Men on Loving and Leading. The book challenges social norms and gender roles to better romantic and interpersonal relationships. 


His most recent book is Black Fragility: Addressing the Unaccountability of Black Men & Women in the 21st Century to Heal, Encourage, Love, & Protect Blackness, a powerful book on the state of Black men and women and the importance of taking radical accountability and overcoming "Black fragility."


Dr. Carter's motto is "Build solutions." Solutions are built brick by brick and bridged together through the community's contributions. 

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