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Cynthia Leeds Friedlander

Cynthia Leeds Friedlander is an executive coach, management consultant, career and communication coach, educator, lecturer, trainer, counselor, and group facilitator. Her areas of expertise include Communication, Executive Coaching, Professional Presence, Career Management/Transition, Leadership Development, Conflict Resolution, and Teambuilding. She has maintained a private career consulting and executive coaching practice since 1979, Cynthia Leeds Friedlander Consulting Services. Her consulting affiliations have included Partners International, Sirkin Associates and QED Consulting. She was a Vice President at The Strickland Group, from 1997 to 2000, providing career transition consulting, executive coaching, communication training, leadership development, team building, client management and a wide variety of organizational consulting, speaking presentation and seminar delivery. She was affiliated with Right Management Consultants, as a Senior Professional Services Consultant from 1985 to 1997. She has consulted extensively to law firms, legal associations, corporate legal divisions and general counsel departments, working with all levels including legal administrators, junior associates, associates, senior associates, partners, senior partners, managing partners, general counsels, heads of legal, and heads of business affairs. She has worked extensively with all levels of the workforce including CEO, Executive Director and President. Her consulting has included diverse business environments including entertainment, mass media, financial services, retail, manufacturing, consumer products, technology, legal, publishing, advertising, and marketing as well as various cultural, government, trade and educational organizations and associations.

She is a frequent presenter and seminar facilitator for diverse professional associations and businesses on the topics of effective communication, executive presence, and leadership. She has been a Counseling Associate and presenter for the Harvard Business School New York Career Assessment Seminars and a presenter for The Harvard Business School New York Club, has directed a career assessment program for Stanford Business School alumni and has been a Career Advisor for Wharton alumni. Her experience includes the Directorships of Career Services for the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and Yeshiva University, as well as coordinating the Ellen Morse Tishman Seminars at Hunter College of the City University of New York for college educated women with family responsibilities exploring re-entry into the workforce. She has also been an Adjunct Faculty member at Hunter College, City University if New York, teaching Adult Career Transition and Career Counseling in the Masters in Counseling program.

Her background includes extensive business experience in the fashion industry in both retail and wholesale manufacturing settings including Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Charles of the Ritz Cosmetics, Van Raalte and specialty boutiques in Virginia and North Carolina.

She has been a volunteer for Share, a support organization for women with breast and ovarian cancer where she ran the Friends and Family Group and has led groups for women with cancer who are addressing difficult work situations. She has also presented career seminars for inner city students at Jobs For Youth in New York City, a cooperative program with major Fortune 100 corporations as sponsors. She is an Advisory Board Member and Facilitator for the Corporate Workplace Program for The Children’s Aid Society.

She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Hunter College and a Bachelors Degree from the University of North Carolina, has studied at the University of Grenoble, France and speaks French.