Speaking

Rave Reviews

You knocked it out of the park!” Thank you so much for helping us to lend affirmation to our global Champion message. Everyone loved your talk. (Keynote on the occasion of the 2014 international company-wide meeting.)

Jim Ingram
President & COO, Bartlett Tree Expert Company
We’re all still beaming from your presentation on “Customer Service Experience” at our national team’s annual property management meeting.

Todd Mitchell
Columbia Property Trust
Thank you for the great job speaking Saturday. Your speech was full of details and well delivered…..Our team was pumped after the event and your participation was an important part. (Keynote on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of employee ownership.)

Mark Tobin
President & CEO, Hartney Greymont
We had the pleasure of having Cynthia hold a coaching session at our 2014 Annual Conference. Aside from being extremely knowledgeable and professional, Cynthia is an engaging speaker who really gets the most out of her time with the attendees. After just a few minutes into the session you could really see the light bulbs go off and the attendees start to think about how they can benefit by engaging in a coaching relationship. By the end of the session it was clear that everyone had a takeaway. Cynthia is someone we would welcome back anytime to speak to our members.

Joe Sapp, CAE
Executive Director, American Institute of Constructors, Talley Management Group
I had the privilege of being able to have Cynthia lead a session for the Association Executives of North Carolina’s Annual Meeting. As a person that books speakers, I don’t normally get to sit in the sessions, but I couldn’t miss her session and I wasn’t disappointed. She delivered a great session that was inspiring and motivating and really made the attendee think. I would bring her back to AENC yearly!

Jim Thompson, CAE, IOM
Executive Director, Association Executives of North Carolina
Thank you again for your presentation on “Being a Facilitator of Organizational Dynamics” at the ISAE CEO/CAE Boot Camp. You had a wonderful and positive impact! We talked about several items at dinner, and I kept hearing how great and beneficial it was and also that it was amazing how much information you packed into an hour.

Addy Kujawa
Executive Director, American Association of Orthopaedic Executives,
ISAE Boot Camp Organizer
Attending the all day Executive Presence Session for aspiring CEO’s at ASAE’s Annual Meeting was one of the best things I have ever done. The way the content was designed, the structure of the day, the conversations between participants, and the way Cynthia Mills and Greg Fine interact together as presenters and facilitators was just excellent. It was a big turning point for me. I would highly recommend it.

Jane Balek
Executive Director, School Nutrition Foundation
I had the pleasure of attending your session, and very much appreciated the series of guiding questions that you led. I found your own story to be inspiring, and have come home taking a deeper look at my own career path. I just wanted to say thank you for the great session and hope our paths cross again.

Lowell Aplebaum, CAE
Director, Membership & Components, International Facility Management Association
Cynthia Mills, CAE spoke to our group, the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) during consecutive Annual Meetings. In 2008, Cynthia presented on “Effective and Appropriate Governance” and in 2009, on “Answering the Call to Leadership Post-2008.” The evaluations of her presentations? In a nutshell – a clamor for more, more, more from someone our members know and trust and respect deeply. As you can see from Cynthia’s profile, she is both a Past President of GSAE and a recipient of our highest honor, the Clifford M. Clarke Award. Cynthia enjoys enormous credibility in our community, as a leader and a dedicated volunteer for many years. Our members appreciate not only her creative way of presenting (the economy is never an enjoyable topic these days) but also her emphasis on strategy and solutions to help them run their respective associations more effectively. As the chief staff person, I trust Cynthia to deliver high quality, thought-provoking presentations. I cannot recommend working with Cynthia highly enough. Please feel free to contact me directly for more information.

Wendy Kavanagh, CAE
President & CEO, Georgia Society of Association Executives;
hired Cynthia as a Speaker in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
I had the pleasure of participating the past few days in the Georgia Society of Association Executives’ Annual Meeting in beautiful Asheville, NC. One of the most thought provoking parts of the conference was a session led by Cynthia Mills, CAE. Working from a series of scenarios drawn from her professional experiences, I joined other participants in discussing the ethical, legal, and leadership issues encompassed in the situations. It was an engaging learning opportunity. One takeaway was that it is not uncommon to find yourself or your organization scrambling to react to a sticky ethical issue for which there is a lack of previous preparation or training. Cynthia wrapped up the session by noting that association professionals can serve as the core of an ethical renaissance, influencing not only our own organizations, but also the industries and professions that we serve.

Greg Melia
Chief Membership and Volunteer Relations Officer at American Society of Association Executives
Thanks again for speaking at our leadership workshop. I don’t know if you (know) yet, but you received rave reviews. Your presentation was very good – as usual!

Sharon Lilly, ISA
I was just getting ready to email you to say how impressed I was with your session at the leadership conference…. We are wondering if you would be willing and available to come to Michigan to do a similar program with our Board of Directors and Committee Chairs.

Denise McGinn
Executive Director, Michigan Forestry and Park Association
You were the highlight of the GSAE meeting for me….. I do not think I have attended a more impressive presentation than your workshop on governance. I did not miss the PowerPoint. You used the audience to make your points. Masterful. Thanks for coming.

Sharon Hunt
Executive Director
I thought your speech was great – values, faith and servant leadership. All excellent, and words that caught my attention….

Scott Jamieson
Member
On behalf of the Dutch …. Chapter members, the entire board of directors of the Chapter, the organizing committee and all the attendants ……, I wish to express our sincere thanks for your contribution to a successful conference.

Pius Floris
President Dutch Chapter;
VP International Society of Arboriculture, Conference Chair
I wanted to thank you for an excellent workshop…..to point our board in the right direction regarding “Legal and Fiduciary Responsibilities.” (Are you a natural born speaker?) I know everyone’s eyes opened a little wider at several points in the meeting.

John Smith
Board member
Cynthia’s passion and dedication was evident the moment we met. Her expertise in and out of the classroom provided students with an opportunity to explore real time leadership challenges. Cynthia balanced theory with actual scenarios to assist students in developing critical thinking and nurtured a zeal for learning beyond the classroom. Any organization would benefit greatly from her professionalism, expertise, and leadership. I would hire Cynthia again in a heartbeat.

Dr. Katrina Kerr
New England College
Cynthia was our instructor at NEC. She was extremely professional, engaging and inspiring in the classes I attended. Her drive to excel in her profession was evident and permeated the class. It fostered the drive in me to further excel in my activities and to promote the same from those with whom I engaged. It was a privilege having Cynthia as an instructor. I am now the Training Director at my organization and I would love to bring Cynthia back to our area to provide workshops on Ethics, Board Governance and the like. Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing your light!

Karen Blow
HR Manager – Generalist, Harbor Homes
As the instructor of a graduate level strategic planning course Cynthia brought the class through the planning process from inception through implementation and evaluation of the results. Cynthia guided her students through in a way that left the direction up to them offering advice, encouragement and suggestions to smooth the process. Students completed the class ready to act as highly effective agents of change within their respective organizations.

Alexander Slosman
Office Automation/Editorial Assistant USDA NASS;
former Information Technology Specialist, TCIA
I am just letting you know that I thought you gave a great talk. It was the first talk where the speaker actually asked the class what we would do. I would just like to say thank you.

Casey Tresp
University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge Graduate
I thought the use of volunteers in a mock board meeting was awesome and really helped a tough, boring topic come to life. I learned some things about how we run our board meetings….. that we should be improving. Well done!

For-profit CEO & Board member
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience, approach and all around sparkling demeanor…..come back when you can.

Patty Williams
Executive Director
Great to see you at the 100th…Your presentation was incredible, Cynthia….There were parts of your presentation that had me so bubbling with pride that I got misty….

Alan Jones
Bartlett Tree Expert, Vice President
I just want to say again that I know the time and energy you took with your talk to make our 100th Anniversary a huge success. Thanks so much for your attention to our people and the detail during your presentation. Our managers, representatives and guests are now out enthusiastically telling great stories about their fantastic experiences, your talk being a big part of our wonderful time together.

Jim Ingram
Incoming Company President, Bartlett Tree Expert Company
Thank you, thank you, Cynthia, your presentation was so interesting! We were dreaming about the whole PEO chapter going to York. I went home and told my husband that I wish I had heard your presentation before we went to Yorkshire.

Carol McPhee
PEO Charlotte Chapter
Your presentation, “Efficient and Appropriate Governance” was extremely well-received by our meeting attendees. And I quote, “Cynthia Mills is a rock star.” I agree of course.

Wendy Kavanaugh, CAE
President