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Born in Ireland, Cynthia is a global nomad and entrepreneur currently living in London, UK. Cynthia identifies as a white lesbian woman with a trans+ history and is an international award-winning LGBT+ executive, entrepreneur, and board leader. In recent years, Cynthia served as President of the Rainbow Resource Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was the national chair for Women’s March Canada, a feminist organisation. She serves on the board of Outright International based in New York City, a global LGBTIQ+ human rights organisation and the United Nations Secretariat on LGBTIQ issues.

Cynthia grew up in Canada, and for 30 years, Cynthia was an information technology executive. She worked in technology, process simplification, and strategy, then grew into developing intentional corporate cultures, leaders, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Cynthia founded CAF Services in 2017 and dedicated herself to helping support inclusive organisations at the intersection of Human Rights, Sexuality, & Gender with an Intentional Culture where people feel they Belong.

Cynthia brings one leader with two genders of experience to every engagement and has coined the important term #AcceptancewithoutUnderstanding™. Cynthia is a prolific public speaker who has spoken at 475+ events in 30+ countries. Cynthia used to take her coffee black, but since moving to the UK, she has taken up tea drinking again and likes it neat.

Notable Achievements:
Certified Mentor – Mentorloop 2021
I AM Remarkable facilitator – Google 2020
Top 20 Influential Chief Information Officer – CxO Publication 2016
OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives, presented by and the FT 2016, 2017, 2018
Finalist CIO of the Year – Women in Tech 2019
OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives, presented by and the Yahoo! finance 2020
British Diversity Awards Hero of the Year 2024 – Shortlist Candidate