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Cynthia Burnham, MBA


Cynthia Burnham is an organizational consultant for Apex Performance Strategies. She is a highly-experienced senior management development specialist who brings her clients extensive expertise in motivational leadership, executive presence and advanced communication techniques, change management and the development of productive workplace relationships. She assists executives to understand their corporate environment and themselves, so they can precisely target their leadership, align themselves and their teams successfully with corporate goals, and operate with vision, competence and confidence.

Cynthia has been an organizational development professional for over 20 years. Her ability to help companies and individuals understand, integrate and accelerate change makes her an invaluable asset in the organizations with which she has worked. She is also the author of "The Charisma Edge: A How-to Guide for Turning On Your Leadership Power," and teaches public workshops on owning the room.

In her most recent corporate experience, Cynthia concurrently lead a 50-person full-service training department, Corporate Employee Relations, Diversity, and a formal internal alternate dispute resolution department - the first of its kind on Wall Street. In addition to overseeing the multiple groups for the 20,000 U.S. employees of the division, she participated in extensive global initiatives with other UBS divisions. She also held sales and sales management positions with Gillette and Duracell. Consulting Specialties include:

  • Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  • Executive and Leadership Presence

  • Advanced Presentation and Communications Skills

  • Diversity

  • Change Management

Her coaching experience ranges from Manager level to Executive Vice President level of Fortune 500 companies. Representative client industries include: Wall Street, insurance, consumer packaged goods, defense, technology and software, biotech, pharmaceuticals, and medical (delivery).

Some of her representative coaching experiences include:

  • EVP

  • Human Resources Global Financial Services

  • CTO, Global Financial Services

  • Divisional President

  • Global Defense Manufacture

  • Principal, Defense Consulting

  • Chief Nursing Officer, major regional hospital

  • Director of U.S. IT

  • Global Financial Services

  • Regional Sales Manager, Global Biotech

  • Divisional President, Beverage Distributor

  • Director of Marketing, Software

  • CFO, Accounting

Cynthia earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from U.C.L.A., and a B.A. in Creative Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also spent her junior year in Bordeaux, France, and she completed one year of coursework toward an M.A. in English Literature.

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