About Charles

About Charles

Dr. Charles Thomas Jr. is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur, educator, best-selling author, on-air personality, and Concerned Citizen™. He has committed himself to service and philanthropic efforts and has varied experiences in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Charles strives to live according to the Renaissance ideal of broad learning and full engagement in life as a demonstration of human potential.


Charles is the Founder of Concerned Citizen™ Media, which is the home of Divergent Thought™ and CommYOUnity Talk™ (forthcoming) radio shows where he serves as a co-host. Charles also serves as the Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and People Operations for Data Intelligence, a software engineering company within the Intelligence Community.


Within the non-profit sector, Charles serves as Chairman of the Board for OAR Fairfax, teaches Life Skills classes to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry, and volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Charles also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development & Transformation, and Consulting Management & Practice.


Charles is a former Division 1 Student-Athlete, Sankofa Scholar, NAACP Senior of the Year, Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year, Arthur Ashe Scholar Athlete award winner, two-time Notre Dame Monogram winner, and two-time Big East Academic All-Star Team member.


Charles’ engagement as a civic minded professional has also yielded positive outcomes. Some of his more recent recognition is as follows:


Emerging Influential Leader of the Year – Northern Virginia   Chamber of Commerce
Two-time 40 Under 40 Honoree
Alpha Sigma Nu Magis Medal Winner
Northern Virginia Trustee Leadership Award – Leadership Fairfax
National Intelligence Professional Award – Director of National Intelligence
Creighton University Outstanding Service to the Community award recipient

Dr. Thomas earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Doctoral degrees with distinction. He is from Flint, MI and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children.

Radio host

Radio host

Charles is a co-host of Divergent Thought™ and CommYOUnity Talk™ (forthcoming).

Both live stream internet radio shows air weekly and focus on issues
that impact the core of human engagement – social,

educational, political, and health issues.


Divergent Thought™ airs live on Wednesday nights from 8-9pm on blis.fm. Please visit iTunes to download the Divergent Thought podcast.


More information on CommYOUnity Talk™ coming soon.



Requests for speaking engagements or interviews should be sent to


susan@myerspr.com or benjamincarterhughes@concernedcitizenmedia.com

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Leading Through Difficulty: The Darker Side of Workplace Behavior (Expected release date: Winter 2017)


If you are a new manager or experienced manager, new leader or seasoned leader, it is critical that you understand the various, often unspoken, elements of the darker side of workplace behavior. Your charm, charisma, intellect, network, bank account, and/or academic pedigree do not play a role in others’ desires to engage in objectionable behaviors within the workplace.


Deviant workplace behavior happens. It happens everywhere. It happens all the time. The darker side of workplace behavior does not solely afflict terrible managers and leaders. It is not a nebulous conception that fails to impact elite organizations. The simple fact that humans are a part of the equation means that deviant workplace behavior will occur, and will happen more than you think. When it comes to routine nonconformity and dysfunctional workplace behavior, an elusive but fundamental question remains: Why are some individuals within the workplace inclined to participate in the darker side of workplace behavior?

Breakthrough: Stories of Resilience Tragedy and Triumph (May 2017)

Amazon and Westbow Press Best Seller


Breakthrough: Stories of Resilience, Tragedy, and Triumph captures the lived experiences and collective wisdom of individuals from varied walks of life. The trials, tribulations, and battle scars that we all don are not meant to be hidden. They should be embraced and shared with the world. Life is but a fleeting moment. Regardless of how long we live, it will not be long enough. As such, it is advisable to smile, have fun, live, learn, enjoy the life journey as much as possible, and break through whatever is holding us back from being the best version of ourselves.


Throughout Breakthrough, you will have the blessed fortune to learn about and incorporate the wisdom of some remarkable human beings who have experienced a variety of breakthroughs in their lives, are enjoying their journeys, and are successful, based on their own definitions. You will receive advice that will dramatically amend your perspectives on success, achievement, philosophies of life, love, and leadership, and many of the principles necessary for the full engagement and active participation in your life journey. You will learn the elemental importance of not allowing who you are to stop you from becoming who you want to be. The stories and themes of hard work, failure, resilience, learning from others, asking for help, leading from where you are, etc., are most inspirational. I am confident that the insights provided within these pages will offer you value and help you as you prepare or continue to offer useful service as a servant to many.

Scars, Exile, & Vindication: My Life As An Experiment (August 2012)


Have I been sent to this earth by the Creator to challenge the very being and thought processes of others? Was I made to be a comet in a planet full of stars? Is it my duty to give other people a reason to believe, a sense of hope? Why do I ask so many questions and try to understand such complex issues? I do not know the answer to…these questions. What I do know, however, is that writing my story…gave me a deeper meaning into what this world has in store for all of us, and it gave me the opportunity to enrich lives and hopefully be a blessing to others.



Charles serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior and Organizational Development & Transformation at the Undergraduate level. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership Theory & Practice and Consulting Management & Practice at the Doctoral level. Within the local jail system, Charles teaches Life Skills (Communication, Financial Literacy, Decision-Making, and Mental Health) to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry.



Charles has committed himself to service before self. He was taught at an early age that in order to offer sustainable value in life, one must strive to be a servant of many. As such, community engagement is a driving force in his life journey and he strives to add sustainable value to others.


Charles serves as Chairman of the Board for OAR Fairfax, teaches Life Skills classes to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry, and volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He also regularly engages in other volunteer and philanthropic efforts within and external to his community.





Leadership Center of Excellence – 40 Under 40

Start date: November 30, 2017

End date: December 31, 2017


The mission of Leadership Center for Excellence is to enlighten, inspire and connect leaders through community building and leadership development. The vision of Leadership Center for Excellence is a prepared, inspired and inclusive leadership who together embrace responsibility for the common good.

Leadership Center of Excellence

This organization fosters a sense of community that motivates participants to become involved in our community’s future. Through leadership training, the organization creates an infrastructure that will insure an ongoing source of trained leaders in our community by focusing on the application of leadership skills in a unique environment of experiential learning. Leadership Center for Excellence’s events and programs promote skill-building, connect leaders and encourage philanthropy and civic engagement in our communities.

Leadership Center for Excellence held its first 40 Under 40 event in December 2014. This event recognizes 40 emerging leaders under the age of 40 who demonstrate impact personally and/or professionally through their exceptional leadership in the DC metropolitan region. 40 Under 40 is an opportunity to show support for and invest in this next generation of trailblazers.

For its inaugural event in December 2014, we received approximately 250 nominations to fill 40 spots. Additionally, the event sold out well in advance of the luncheon date and again in 2015 and 2016. Each year, we see impressive cohorts of trailblazers join our group of 40 Under 40.

40 Under 40 is an initiative of Leadership Center for Excellence in partnership with Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington Community Foundation, Arlington Economic Development and Sun Gazette.

Since its inaugural event in 2014, this event has sold out every year with more than 275 people registered. Want to gain exposure from this event? Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Barbara Bush, Director of Development, at bbush@leadercenter.org or 703-528-2522.

Honoree Luncheon
Thursday, November 30, 2017
11:30am – 1:30pm
Army Navy Country Club
1700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202



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