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 Co-Founder and CEO of Clear Cloud, a software engineering organization focused on development, data science, and delivery. He is also the Founder of Concerned Citizen™ Media, which is the home of Divergent Thought™ and Make it Make Sense™ (forthcoming) radio shows where he serves as a co-host.
Within the non-profit sector, Charles serves as Chairman of the Board for OAR Nova, teaches Life Skills classes to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry, volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors for Shelter House. Charles also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.
Charles is a former Division 1 Student-Athlete, Sankofa Scholar, NAACP Senior of the Year, Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year, Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar 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:
• Rising Star Award – Washington Business Journal
• Emerging Influential Leader of the Year – Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce
• Two-time 40 Under 40 Honoree – The Network Journal and Leadership Center for Excellence
• Alpha Sigma Nu Magis Medal Winner
• Northern Virginia Trustee Leadership Award – Leadership Fairfax
• Two-time National Intelligence Professional Award – Director of National Intelligence
• Outstanding Service to the Community Award – Creighton University
• Sojourner Truth Award with OAR NOVA
• Meritorious Citation – Intelligence Community
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.
Charles is a co-host of Divergent Thought™ and Make it Make Sense™ (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.
More information on Make it Make Sense™ coming soon.
Best Kept Secrets (August 2019)
Best Kept Secrets was written by an athlete for athletes and those with an athletic or personal development mindset. At the macro level, this book is for people who have felt or feel marginalized and/or ostracized because they aren’t the superstar in their respective space. At the micro and more personal level, Best Kept Secrets is a book by a walk-on, for walk-ons, about walk-ons, and the power that we possess to move from feelings of invisibility to life champions.
While the context of Best Kept Secrets highlights the sports journey, it is not only about sports. It is also about life. The life game we play is not for the weak. It is for the battle tested. It is for the courageous. It is for those who understand their why.
Transitioning from best kept secret to life champion is about more than throwing a ball through a hoop, lifting weights, running a ball into an end zone, kicking a ball into or hitting a ball over a net. The transition is about the journey from caterpillar to butterfly. In order to become a life champion, significant effort is required. Craftsmanship and personal mastery are foundational. The mandates to become artisans of our own fortunes, the best of the best, examples of human potential, and love personified are calls to action. Fear and love cannot live in the same place. To transition from best kept secret to life champion, a willingness to carry on despite the odds stacked against you is imperative.
Best Kept Secrets is an outpouring of love. This is a manifesto for my forgotten tribe members. This is a clarion call for athletes and non-athletes who aspire to summit their chosen mountains.
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?
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 Leadership, Civility, and Personal Responsibility, 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 Nova, teaches Life Skills classes to men who are incarcerated and preparing for societal re-entry, volunteers as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors for Shelter House. He also regularly engages in other volunteer and philanthropic efforts within and external to his community.
Blessed to teach a class on Leadership, Civility, and Personal Responsibility at George Mason University
Very excited to present the inaugural Concerned Citizen of the Year award at George Mason University’s Black Excellence Gala
Excited, blessed, thankful, and grateful to be selected as a 2019 Washington Business Journal Rising Star!
Super excited for my upcoming Spartan Races. #TrifectaTribe
#NewBookAlert. I am super excited to share that Best Kept Secrets will be released in August 2019. I am scheduled to go on a domestic and international book tour in 2019 and 2020. The messages in the book will help anyone who wants to summit his/her chosen mountain. #BestKeptSecrets #WalkOnWay #SportsLife
The place where it all began. I am super hype to be back on campus on 27 September 2019 for a Best Kept Secrets book signing event at the Hammes Notre Dame bookstore. #FlintMade #NotreDameEducated #WalkOnWay
Excited to be the keynote speaker for career day at my alma mater on 17 October 2019. As Samuel Beckett said, “try again, fail again, fail better.” #ChargerLife