Tom Karl founded R1 Learning as the result of his own personal experiences in addiction and recovery. The idea for the R1 Learning System and the Discovery Cards came to Tom following a relapse when he noted a lack of practical tools in addiction treatment settings. He has used the creation of the tools to help him better understand himself and address his own personal challenges. Through R1, Tom’s goal is to put impactful self-discovery tools into the hands of individuals in recovery and empower them to change their lives. Tom has 25+ years of experience in learning and development, career planning, and employee engagement, working with global companies, government agencies, and education institutions.

Tom is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Arlington, Virginia. He is active in the recovery community and volunteers with patient engagement programs.