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Institute Fellow

Dr. Cynthia Ingols

Professor, Consultant & Researcher

About Cynthia

For three decades, Dr. Cynthia Ingols has worked as an organization consultant. She focuses her consulting work in three areas: developing interactive executive education programs, particularly using cases and simulations; coaching women managers and executives to enhance their leadership potential and careers; and conducting diagnostic work to promote change in organizations.

Cynthia particularly enjoys coaching women executives across disciplines and industries on how to deal with gender bias in the workplace.

Professional Experience

Cynthia had a long career at Simmons University, teaching undergraduates and MBAs for the School of Business. In the MBA program, she taught “Organizations and their Environment,” “Career Strategies,” and “Negotiations.”

She directed the undergraduate Internship Program, supporting students to find internships and work in their chosen fields. She was the faculty Director for Strategic Leadership for Women, a management education program that welcomed women executives to Simmons from around the world. Earlier in her career, she taught Management Communication at the Harvard Business School.

Research & Publications

The fourth edition of Cynthia’s wonderfully popular co-authored textbook, Organizational Change: An Action-Oriented Toolkit, was published in 2019. With co-authors, Cynthia has published a number of teaching cases, such as: Healthassist, Inc.: Leading through a Pandemic (2021); Ellen Zane – Leading Change at Tufts/NEMC (2008 & 2011); Helen Drinan: Giving Voice to Values (2012); and FOX Relocation Management Corporation (2001). In fall 2016, Cynthia served as a guest editor and author on a Special Issue on Women’s Leadership in the Case Research Journal (2016). Cynthia has published articles about careers in such journals as the Journal of Career Development. She has co-authored two books on career management: Take Charge of Your Career (Barnes & Noble Business Basics, 2004) and A Smart, Easy Guide to Interviewing (Barnes & Noble Business Basics, 2002).

Cynthia’s research on executive education programs has been published in leading journals, such as Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, and Training. Her research on creating innovative organizational structures was published in the Design Management Journal.