Cynthia Fortlage

Award-Winning Gender Identity Speaker

Do you need a speaker with presence on stage who can engage your audience in thought provoking subjects with creativity and heart? Addressing timely topics such as Gender, Diversity, Leadership, Strategy and more? Look no further.

Cynthia has been described by past audiences as;

“… an inspiring and positive speaker… able to connect with the listener on every level”

“... positive attitude and demeanor she exudes make her an amazing lecturer and teacher for those with in hearing distance”

“... she’s an amazing positive prolocutor … can’t wait to hear her again.”

Cynthia is an award-winning executive and board member. She is a well-spoken presenter and is well-publicized with media, analysts and business communities. She has extensive presentation experience with over 300 in person events in 25 countries.

Some Notable Awards:

> 2014-2016 Huffington Post named Ms. Fortlage to The Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter

> 2016 CXO Talk Named Ms. Fortlage as one of the 20 Most Influential CIO's

> 2016-2018 Ms. Fortlage named to Top 100 LBGT Executives Out-standing.org and Financial Post

> 2019 Ms. Fortlage was a Finalist CIO of the Year by Women in IT Awards

> 2020 Leading LGBT+ Executives Outstanding & Yahoo Finance


One Leader, Two Genders; My Views on C-Suite Diversity
It is much harder being an executive as a woman than a man. I should know I have been both! At the age of 50 and at the peak of my professional success I transitioned on the job. In this session, I will share some of what I learned and tips for organizations to be more diverse and inclusive, based upon my philosophy of Acceptance without Understanding™.

In this session, I will share reflections on;
- How Gender shapes your experiences in the boardroom
- Why Language matters
- The Lessons I learned on my journey
- What I wish my employer had known
- Open Q&A with the audience

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