Cynder Niemela

Coach, Consultant, Author to Leaders & Teams

Cynder Niemela, MA, MBA is an award winning author and globally recognized expert in leading, developing and coaching global teams. Cynder has led hundreds of multi-million dollar consulting engagements with Fortune 100 companies from all over the world; she will be with you in each section to contextualize your course material with over 35 years of real-world experience.  

Recognized by Fortune Magazine as a pioneer in team and executive coaching and development

As noted in Fortune Magazine, “So You’re A Player; Do You Need a Coach?”  Cynder’s skills and expertise have inspired executives from major firms like Ernst & Young to achieve both team and individual goals. 

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where I train and lead global leaders and teams on delivering complex projects. 

Cynder specializes in the coach approach to building high performance teams to support major business transformations. With Ernst & Young, Cynder designed and implemented enterprise-wide, team-based coaching and culture initiatives with global leaders and geographically dispersed teams. With the Boeing, Omnicom and BAC, Cynder designed, led and implemented leadership, coaching and teaming systems and training programs designed to shape the desired culture and drive a high level of employee engagement and organizational performance. 

Cynder coaches executives, team leaders and their teams to effectively unleash the talent and achieve exceptional results.  

Among her other clients are senior level executives, business owners and teams at companies such as IBM, HP, Cisco, Intel, Deloitte, Hulu, EA, Genentech, Mobil, Disney, Dropbox, AT&T, Verizon, Oracle Corporation, Apple, Google, Boeing, and Saudi Aramco, SAP, DBM, and Ken Blanchard Company.

Cynder leverages her experience living and working in the Middle East, Europe and England in her approach to working with global leaders and teams.

Her book, Leading High Impact Teams: The Coach Approach to Peak Performance was published in October 2001 and voted one of the top 10 business books in 2002 and 2003 by CEO Refresher. Cynder has authored and been featured in numerous articles on the subjects of coaching and team leadership in Fortune Magazine, Investor's Business Daily, The LA Times, Executive Excellence, HR Magazine, Training and Development, SAM Magazine and others. 

Cynder is among the first to be certified as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Cynder is an invited speaker for many associations and organizations including Linkage conferences, the Association of Applied Sport Psychologists, the ICF, Project World, The Power of Coaching Conference, The ATD, NAWBO, SHRM and others.

Cynder, a mother of two, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their rescued dog, Sky. Her hobbies are hiking, yoga, travel, photography, writing, taking classes and enjoying our diverse culture.

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