Charlie Guild

Charlie Guild

Having a deep background in Mentoring, change management and operational excellence, Charlie has developed and conducted training, mentored and consulted for over three decades, on three continents and in over a dozen countries.

While he has extensive experience in the automotive, gaming and consulting industries, Charlie has also held executive leadership positions in both the plastics and the capital goods manufacturing sectors as well.

Charlie is a frequent guest lecturer at Northwestern University’s Masters of Engineering Management Program, an avid reader and has never met a dad joke he didn’t like.

Charlie lives in downtown Chicago with his wife and teenage son.

My Thoughts on Mentoring

Mentoring has always been an important part of my personal and professional life. My earliest mentors where, and still are, my big sisters Lori and Mary and my big brother Tim. Lori passed at the far too young age of 30, but her influence continues to be felt. She was vibrant and funny and full of kindness and love. She was also the scrappiest, most hard-working person I have ever known.

At major crossroads in my life, Mary has been cast in the role of the antagonist. She has always pushed my thinking, often times frustrating me to no end, and admittedly, many times she is right. Tim is a no-holds-barred, honest and authentic person that continues to teach me to pursue my passions and believe in myself.
After serving in the U.S. Army, I began a career that has allowed me to travel to many corners of the world, engage with people from different cultures and backgrounds and collaborate and learn from some of the brightest minds in industry.

As a process engineer and change leader, I’ve participated in and helped develop a couple intercontinental Mentoring programs in the automotive and gaming sectors. I have helped many small and medium-sized companies strengthen their values-based culture through in-house mentoring and skills resource building programs. And I have always believed in continuous learning.

As my career progressed, I’ve also stepped up to take on roles in senior leadership. While conventional wisdom may have led me to think “I had arrived” having reached what I thought to be the pinnacle of my career, that’s when I felt the need for mentoring the most. Being the captain of the high school football team is leadership, sure. And managing a project with a budget requires responsibility, no doubt. But having to make decisions that affect other people’s job security and career trajectory, that’s the stuff that can keep you up at night.

Discover A Mentor is a labor of love. For everybody that has helped guide me, thank you. For anyone that has ever listened to, been influenced by, and/or learned from anything I was able to share, thank you for your trust.