Carmen A. Medina (USA)

Expert on critical thinking, innovation and intrapreneurship


Carmen, a retired Senior Federal Executive with 32 years’ experience in the Intelligence Community, is a recognized national and international expert on intelligence analysis, strategic thinking, diversity of thought, and innovation and intrapreneurs in the public sector. She is the co-author of the book Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within.



Carmen is an in-demand expert on critical thinking, diversity of thought, and intrapreneurship, speaking to Fortune 500 companies, major non-profits, and governments. Between 2005-2007 Carmen was part of the executive team that led the CIA's Analysis Directorate. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. Her story as a change agent at CIA is featured in Wharton School professor Adam Grant's bestseller Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.
Carmen describes herself as Puerto Rican by birth and Texan by nationality. She likes to garden and cook things that she has grown. She is currently active in mentoring women in the national security field as a founding member of Amazing Women in the Intelligence Community, and serves on the boards of the National Intelligence University and the National Security Institute.


Rebels at work

Gamechangers stage
22. 7. 2023 16:30 - 17:30