Meet Cynthia

My Personal Narrative

I am a personal and writing coach, workshop facilitator, editor, and former business leader with over 25 years of experience teaching and leading groups. I specialize in helping people discover their purpose, express their truth, and consciously create a fulfilling, balanced life.

I started my career as the Environmental Communication Director at ERM West, an environmental consulting firm, where I advised and trained corporate clients in media relations, crisis communication, community relations, and risk communication. I also ran the in-house technical writing and editing program, acted as co-manager of a 60-person office, and offered communication and project management courses to ERM’s technical staff. Along the way, I taught communication courses for the University of Delaware, UC Berkeley Extension, and Executive Enterprises, as well as offering numerous “train-the-trainer” courses to enhance the presentation skills of professionals.

After many years of consulting, I experienced a profound shift when I became a mother. I realized my professional life was no longer fulfilling me, so I took improvisation and art classes to wake up the spontaneity and creativity that had been lying dormant in me. I also participated in a women’s coaching group that supported me in clarifying and creating a new life path. I even completed training as a Master-level Reiki practitioner to deepen my spiritual practice.

The end result was that I moved from the corporate world into individual and small group work to be able create more heart connection and facilitate deeper transformation in the people I worked with. To further these goals, I received additional training at the Coaches Training Institute as I shifted my practice to private coaching and workshops.

A few years later, I joined an Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method writing group and blossomed from a technical/analytical writer and editor to a writer/editor of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. I immediately began to incorporate more journaling exercises into my coaching and workshops to share the power of writing as a tool for exploration and expression. In 2010, I became a Certified AWA Writing Group Leader, and the AWA writing groups I lead now are a satisfying, exciting part of my practice.

In addition to my professional work, I have also found great satisfaction doing pro bono work judging for local middle school writing contests and leading annual writing seminars at the She’s All That middle school girls’ conference in Danville, sponsored by the Soroptimists Club. I treasure mentoring young writers through these events as well as working one-on-one with them to develop their confidence and strengthen their voice.

I also donate my editorial services to Voiceflame, a nonprofit that takes the AWA method to Malawi Africa to promote cross-cultural exchange and the empowerment of women through writing. Click on Voiceflame to learn more about this important organization.

Training/Education

B.A. in English Literature from Colgate University, summa cum laude.

M.A. in Communication from University of Delaware.

Coaching training at The Coaches Training Institute.

Writing training from Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA).

Reiki Master-level training at HCH.