Carol Davis is co-lead of the AEA research-analytics team, which curates AEA’s digital library collection of vetted resources (i.e., credible research and data used to mitigate age bias in the workplace). She is a subject matter expert in the fields of communication, information design, and elder autonomy.
Carol began her career as a legal secretary, then transitioned to corporate executive secretary, and finally journalist at a local paper. With the birth of her first child, she turned to freelance “word-processing” at home and reentered the workforce part time when her eldest son was 12. She served on the school board and was actively involved in private, Christian education from 1981-2006. She homeschooled her youngest child three years.
For nearly a decade, Carol was an administrative and executive assistant at a large, social services agency, where she and the HR administrator managed payroll and employee benefits. She also served on the strategic planning committee and tracked due diligence processes. Her writing and editing skills contributed to the procurement of annual state and federal grant monies amounting to more than $250K. She resolved delivery issues for Meals-On-Wheels drivers and tracked therapeutic meal prescriptions for 300 clients who lived with chronic diseases.
When research surfaced showing the connection between personal choice and health outcomes, Carol became an advocate for “person-centered decision-making.” And soon began advocating for people over 60 who were victims of ageist stereotypes and myths. For more than two decades, her passion for clear, concise communication has made her a voice for those who cannot self-advocate.
In 2018, Carol served as a member of the LTSS (Long-Term Services and Support) Advisory Board for Indiana’s Family and Social Services Division of Aging. The board was disbanded, but she continues to advocate for changes to the Indiana State Plan on Aging, to give older adults a voice in emergency preparedness planning activities.
Carol earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Empire State College and has done graduate work in Strategic Communication, through Purdue University’s online Master of Science in Communication program. To learn more about Age Equity Alliance, visit our LinkedIn page. To contact Carol, visit her LinkedIn page.