“Find your passion, know your values, pray for guidance, live your dream”
Cynthia Mills is the Founder, President & CEO of The Leaders’ Haven™, a consultancy serving clients as a business strategist, board consultant, business and executive coach, succession planning and change management guide, leadership development catalyst, speaker, and facilitator for small privately held and family-owned businesses, corporations, associations, not-for-profits, NGOs, and faith-based communities. Nicknamed “The Board Whisperer™” by clients, Cynthia relishes transformational journeys.
The Leaders’ Haven’s™ clients are leaders in the business, industry, finance, service, co-op, education, philanthropy, energy, healthcare, pharmaceutical, legal, marketing, environmental, real estate, facility management, retail, agriculture, senior living, publishing, media, engineering, transportation, construction, safety, club manager, entertainment, hospitality, restaurant, fraternity, and faith sectors. An award-winning national and international CEO, Cynthia partners with future seekers, change masters, high performers, corporate culture architects, committed & developing leaders, best practice designers, and believers in succession planning to align for impact and exceed expectations.
As a Rotary Ambassador Scholar, Cynthia received her MA from the University of York, England and a dual BA from Queens College as a Presidential Scholar, where the motto is “not to be served but to serve.” She is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC), Association of Charlotte Area Consultants (ACAC), International Coach Federation (ICF), International Coaching Council, American Society of Association Executives, (ASAE), Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC), an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE), a Lifetime Member of Strathmore Who’s Who Worldwide, National Academy of Bestselling Authors, and the National Association of Experts, Writers & Speakers. Cynthia is Certified as a Master Coach, Professional Coach, Christian Coach, and Association Executive and is a Fellow of the association profession.
Citizen of the World:
Cynthia has represented organizations in Asia, Europe, Scandinavia, the UK, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the U.S. Cynthia has led diverse teams working and engaging with the Danish, Tongan, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, British, Swedish, Italian, Norwegian, German, Austrian, American, Canadian, Hispanic, Belgian, Dutch, Australian, Nepalese, Indian, and Native American peoples.
Cynthia designs transformational work in complex international, national, and regional companies and organizations. She led multi-corporate subsidiary operations; an international organization with 25,000 members and 800 chapters around the world; and industry trade associations serving over 300,000 people. Cynthia also played key leadership roles in merger conversations with national and international organizations and the CEO/executive search process. She was awarded the Chair of the Board’s Award twice for her work to transform an industry.
Cynthia invested in leader creation as adjunct faculty at New England College, developing curricula and teaching strategic planning and policy, the dynamics of governance, and thesis preparation for the MS in Management for Nonprofit Leadership. She was also a member of the Curriculum Review Team for two MS degrees and on the Exploratory Committee to establish a Ph.D. in Management.
Cynthia is the designer of the Building Owners & Managers Association of Georgia’s CRE Leadership Masters Program, helped to redesign the Leadership Academy curricula for the Georgia Society of Association Executives and is the exclusive executive coach for the American Traffic Safety Services Association’s Leadership Program serving corporations nationwide. Cynthia is also an official CEO, executive, career, and life coach for the American Society of Association Executives.
Cynthia chaired the bird-dogging campaign of the NH Primary Project for the New Hampshire Center for Non-profits to bring not-for-profit issues before the U.S. Presidential candidates. Watch: Non-profit Primary Campaign
She is on the Board of Visitors of Queens University of Charlotte, the Royal Crest Board of Directors and attends Christ Lutheran Church.
Cynthia has formerly served on the National Alzheimer’s Association’s Ronald & Nancy Reagan Research Institute Committee, Public Policy Committee, & Program Committee; C12, Rotary International, United Way, Georgia State University Nonprofit Advisory Committee, and the Staunton/Augusta County Commonwealth Community Alliance for Drug Rehab & Education. Cynthia also served the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE) as President, and as a Director on the Board and Executive Committee of ASAE and ASAE’s for-profit subsidiary, ASBI.
Business Leader Media named Cynthia as a Business Leader Woman Extraordinaire, and Strathmore Who’s Who Worldwide chose her as Professional of the Year in Consulting, Coaching and Professional Development. TCIA bestowed the Chair’s award twice under her leadership. Queens College identified her as one of Ten Who Make a Difference and bestowed the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
In 2018, Cynthia was inducted into the Academy of Leaders, a highest individual honor from ASAE, for exceptional leadership and outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession. Cynthia is also an ASAE Fellow, which is bestowed on less than 1% of the profession. She was subsequently elected Fellows Chair. GSAE honored her with the Clifford Clarke Award as Outstanding Association Executive, the President’s Award, one of 90 Movers & Shakers, and awarded her Lifetime Honorary Membership. Cynthia was also selected as the inaugural Southeastern Association Executive of the Year by Southeastern Association Executive Magazine.
Cynthia is the author of multiple books. “The Empty Front Porch: Soul Sittin’ to Design Your porch to Porch Plan” was published August, 2015. Cynthia is a co-author with Jack Canfield of the best-seller, “The Big Secret.” Her chapter, “Align for Impact,” received an Editor’s Choice Award. “CEOs First 90 Days: Breathing Tips for the Other End of the Fire Hose” is available through this web portal of resources. 2018 releases include “Breaking the Concrete Ceiling: Empowerment Tools for Women” and “Leading from the Heart.”