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Professional Expertise.

40+ years of executive coaching, freelance group facilitation, corporate and executive leadership

Executive Coaching

My coaching focuses on leadership & executive behavior, transitioning to new situations & enhancing communications at all levels. I have a particular expertise in personal presence.

Motivational Speaking

My speaking/workshop topics include executive presence, business planning, change management, career development, style assessment & selling to women.

Industry Experience

I have coached senior & midlevel executives in broad range of industries including, defense, biotech, financial services, consulting & technology.

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Years of experience


Happy Clients


Coaching Hours




Building Trust

"Cynthia has a natural talent for rapidly building a trusting relationship through insightful dialog."

Intuition is Top Notch

"Cynthia's presence, common sense, experience and intuition are top notch."

Think Big Picture

"Cynthia grounds her approach with what is practical yet encourages the client to think bigger picture."

Cynthia Understands People!

"I found her to have a broad and thorough understanding of people, company cultures and relationships."


I am a Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC), Board Certified Coach (BCC), leadership consultant, former Wall Street Senior Vice President, and author of The Charisma Edge: A How-To Guide for Turning On Your Leadership Power, and in 2019 I was inducted into the prestigious Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches organization.

I have been honored to be called “life altering” by my clients, and I have a deep personal mission to help others become more powerful, confident, and aligned with who they are at their best, most authentic core.

I specialize in personal presence, leadership enhancement, and powerful communication techniques. I have more than 40 years of combined corporate and independent experience, working with hundreds of groups and thousands of people in global, U.S.-based and regional companies where my goal is always to help people get out of their own way while delivering business results. I earned an MBA in marketing from UCLA, and a B.A. in Creative Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara. I currently sit on the Advisory Board of the Center for Respectful Leadership, and am a Board Member for the San Diego Master Chorale.

I am also a professional singer and a trained Laughter Yoga Instructor, and I live in the mountains east of San Diego where there is actually snow a couple of times a year


B.A., Creative Studies, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara

M.B.A., Marketing, University of California, Los Angeles

Hogan, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MHS Change Style IndicatorDiSC, Benchmarks, Lominger VOICES 360, FIRO-B; familiarity with Birkman

English, Conversational French, Basic Spanish

Professional Singer & Songwriter

Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor

Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches
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Success Factors.

Career Success

My background includes multiple, successful career paths including in-line sales, training, human resources & consulting.

Business Issues

I understand the broad array of issues within both corporate & independent businesses & the successful strategies needed to address them.


I am committed to my clients' success, both personal & professional.

Integrating True Self

I believe it is possible to enjoy one's work, even have fun & to successfully integrate one's best & truest self into one's work.

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    Cynthia Burnham.

    San Diego, CA
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