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WHO ARE OUR CLIENTS?

Savvy leaders who care about people.

Executives and senior managers who want the best from their leaders, teams and culture. And for them. They continually invest in leadership growth, people develop and cultural improvements. And expect results.

Actively transforming.

Clients embark on mission-critical change initiatives. They engage Leading Matters to address the people-side. initiatives vary – Scale business to meet fast growth, Re-organize to enhance profitability, Implement innovation program, Build thriving culture, Merge acquisition, Embrace new product strategy, Executive team transition, etc.

Diverse businesses.

Clients come from a variety of industries. Sizes range – late-stage startup, mid-sized domestic, Fortune 100 global. Function areas include management, engineering, R&D, finance, operations, marketing, sales, supply-chain, customer care, IT, HR, etc.

“Anyone with a desire to grow, learn and unlock their potential will benefit from Cynthia’s practical approach to coaching.”

Jan Plutzer

COO, Apcera

“We spent a year outsourcing back-office functions. It involved a new organization, 1,200 employees and multiple countries. The project ran into great difficulty. Adrienne and team swiftly yet meticulously identified stakeholders, assessed impacts and minimized disruption. She ensured issues were vigorously addressed to mitigate negative impacts.”

Senior Leader

Levi Strauss

“Leading Matters did something for my team we’ve not been able to do by ourselves for two whole years. They got us to understand our fundamental assets, and how to work collaboratively to create more power, more momentum, more results, and (frankly) more fun. Not in some fu-fu way, but in a high-powered, navy-seals-coming-to-save-you kinda way. To call them coaches or an OD firm would be an injustice. They are team transformational gurus.

Finally, don’t let their warm gracious natures fool you, they will kick your entire team in the a** to get them to step it up. With some pointy toe shoes. Don’t hire them if you’re not ready to get to the highest stratosphere of success.”

CEO, Rubicon Consulting and author of The New How

I’ve used Leading Matters as strategic advisors for my team’s effectiveness starting in 2009. I find their team assessments, coaching and workshops to be incredibly valuable. They quickly get the issues on the table, identify the team’s blind spots, and give us an experience of how to be more productive. Now, we always have a roadmap to help us achieve much better short-term and long-term performance across the team.

Genevieve Haldeman

VP Global Corp Comm, Symantec

“Leading Matters understands how businesses function. Their ability to work with me through very complex interpersonal challenges and business complexities was invaluable.”

Jan Plutzer

COO, Apcera

The best part of working with Cynthia is the freedom to discuss the tough sticky topics you would not want to discuss with anyone else.

TJ Williams

Head of Sales, Dropbox

The Leading Matters team understands organizational behavior, anticipates human reactions to change and knows how to create proactive change management activities that support transformations with minimal negative disruptions.

Ajit Dixon

CEO, CloudIO

I’m a much more rounded – and better – leader now.

Cor Bosselaar

Director, Global Innovation Capabilities and Processes, Kimberly-Clark

“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Cynthia over a number of years in her role as facilitator for Watermark’s C-Suite events and for strategic planning sessions that include some of Silicon Valley’s most sophisticated, high-end executives. She stays focused on impact and does so with creativity and tact. Cynthia has the rare combination of being in touch with business trends in the market while understanding that human behavior drives revenue – both matter and both drive successful results.

I strongly recommend Cynthia to any size organization to facilitate strategic planning; improved execution; Leadership or Management team building; or problem resolution where conflicting objectives exist.”

Lynne Born

Chair, Board of Directors, Watermark

“Cynthia is an ideal COO co-lead of the Watermark Women of the C-Suite Network, actively working with us to explore topics that we’re passionate about and that will move us forward in achieving our goals. Cynthia ensures active and balanced participation – and she fosters a safe and open setting for frank discussion. Plus, she has a knack for helping us see that the challenges we face are actually an excellent opportunity of res to continue to build critical skills.”

Lori Pouquette

VP, Global Customer Operations, Xilinx

Ken helped me clarify my key priorities, balancing executive and company expectations with the other important elements in my life. He quickly assess situations and provides clear, timely advice. Whatever the scope of the challenge, Ken’s leadership and insight stand above all others.

Jim Glueck

COO, FusionStorm

One word sums it up. Accelerate. Cynthia and the Leading Matters team taught my E-staff to communicate and engage in ways that accelerate solutions. Working through issues could take us months. Too much mis-alignment, unproductive dynamics and miscommunication. Now it takes us days. They accelerated my E-staff’s delivery. I highly recommend them.

Ken Denman

CEO, Openwave

“Our annual Chief Technology Officer offsite plays a critical role in our company’s operating rhythms to grow and develop our senior product and technology leaders. This event was one of the first deliverables in my new role, and Cynthia helped me execute the event flawlessly. Guided by her engaging and thoughtful facilitation style, we successfully reviewed our strategy as well as strengthened our leadership skills and teamwork. Cynthia is a dream to work with. I highly recommend her.”

Merline Saintil

Head of Operations, Office of the EVP & CTO, Intuit

Adrienne’s calm, objective and deliberate demeanor makes her very effective in difficult, complex transformational situations.

Wasi Wahid

Senior Director, Commercial Strategy, Symantec

We revamped our business model. It affected every single aspect of our organization – including executive staff – and required a monumental shift in our culture. Adrienne was instrumental. She articulated the big picture, identified key stakeholders and secured  champions.

Wasi Wahid

Senior Director, Commercial Strategy, Symantec

Ken has a reputation as a talented executive coach. Ken’s supportive style and deep experience were invaluable.

Rebekah Owen

Managing Director - US Operations, WildAid

Engaging Cynthia as my coach is one of the best investments I’ve made in myself. I’ve gained substantial positive changes to how I approach work challenges and interactions. The end result?  A solid foundation and mindset that better supports my professional (and personal!) growth goals.

Julie Meador

Group Director, Business Development, Cadence Design Systems

Implementing a new ERP on a global scale required large-scale process, technology and role redesign. Adrienne played a critical role, creating a strong framework, change governance and global communications.

Mark Burrows

SVP, Global Business Services, Juniper

The members of our C-Suite program are some of the most sophisticated and high-end executives in Silicon Valley, who come from a wide variety of industries and disciplines ranging in size from global multi-national corporations to mid-size regional organizations.

Cynthia brings a sophisticated, business-oriented, genuine and grounded approach to her work. She walks the fine line between maintaining a laser-like focus on business outcomes but also understands that the humanity and authenticity of the individual members of the Leadership Team are the foundation of successful businesses of today.

She stays focused on impact and does so with creativity and tact – whether helping the individual executive surface a new approach to solving a personal business problem or in facilitating high-end brainstorming sessions with the Leadership Team for strategic planning sessions for the organization.

Cynthia has the rare combination of being in touch with business trends in the market while understanding that human behavior drives revenue – both matter and both drive successful results.

I would strongly recommend Cynthia to any size organization for strategic planning; focus on continuing execution of the plan; executive coaching, team building for Leadership or Management Teams or to facilitate resolutions to business problems where conflicting objectives need to be resolved.”

Lynne Born

Chair, Board of Directors, Watermark

I was impressed by the wide breadth of knowledge, experience and resources Leading Matters brought. I would recommend Leading Matters to anyone seeking to push to the next level and accelerate progress towards goals.

Julie Meador

Group Director, Business Development, Cadence Design Systems

Adrienne has a very strong intuitive grasp of the impact of any kind of change across multiple organizations and geographies. Her work style is fast, yet deliberate, measured and methodical. Her calm and serene demeanor brings order to chaotic situations.

Ajit Dixon

CEO, CloudIO

“If you are struggling with how to lead your team, I urge you to work with Cynthia.”

Charlene Li

CEO, Altimeter

“Ken guided me through the most challenging time of my career. With his expert coaching, I was able to navigate many hurdles. I’m in such a better place. Ken has made a huge and lasting difference.”

Senior Director

Data Analytics

Adrienne quickly became a trusted, thoughtful and well-respected partner who kept our team focused on results. Adrienne is simply a very professional change leader, passionate coach and a pleasure to work with.

Mark Burrows

SVP, Global Business Services, Juniper

Leading Matters’ framework for managing change guided us through our journey, especially with addressing very difficult problems and personalities.

Wasi Wahid

Senior Director, Commercial Strategy, Symantec

“Adrienne has a very strong intuitive grasp of the impact of any kind of change across multiple organizations and geographies. Her work style is fast, yet deliberate, measured and methodical. Her calm and serene demeanor brings order to chaotic situations.”

Ajit Dixon

CEO, CloudIO

Cynthia posed questions that forced me to pause and think about things differently – especially thoughts about my team, our motivations and how best to drive change.

Cor Bosselaar

Director, Global Innovation Capabilities and Processes, Kimberly-Clark

Leading Matters knows how to communicate across all levels of management and how to deliver the difficult messages needed to bring about positive change.

Ajit Dixon

CEO, CloudIO

By working with Leading Matters, I learned a lot about myself and how to improve my leadership weak spots. I very much appreciate knowing that they are dedicated to my success.

TJ Williams

Head of Sales, Dropbox

“As facilitator of our executive peer group, Cynthia brings remarkable insight that keeps the group progressing – continuously learning, helping each other and building camaraderie. She brings insightful conversations starters and incorporates outside resources to enhance learning. She is a great listener giving everyone the opportunity to share and knows exactly when to reign in the conversation. And, she artfully and concisely summarizes the learning at the end.

Glennis Orloff

COO , Whole Biome Inc.

Our Clients

 

Abbvie-Pharmacyclics
Agilent
Altimeter Group
Apcera
Avago Technologies
Cadence Systems Design
Charles Schwab & Co.
Cisco
CloudIO
Deloitte Consulting
Dropbox

Fossil
Fusionstorm
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Google
Informatica
Intuit
Juniper Networks
Kaiser-Permanente
Kimberly-Clark
Lam Research

Levi Strauss
Lotus Bakeries
Nextgen Climate
Nutanix
Openwave Systems
PopSugar
PwC
Quantenna
Roche-Genentech
Rubicon Consulting

Salesforce
Samsung
Silicon Valley Bank
Starbucks
Sun Microsystems
Symantec Corporation
TriNet
VMWare
Watermark
WildAid

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