Speaking from experience:
meet our team
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
(in addition: social butterfly, graceful multi-tasker, compassionate friend, born on the fourth of July)
Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer
(in addition: artist, fierce listener, feminist, canine lover, retired student success advisor)
Cindi has a robust career history, starting as a social worker in public education and falling in love with the training and development field. She completed her Masters of Education in Human Resources Development at Xavier University and has worked in not-for-profit, Fortune 500 and small businesses throughout greater Cincinnati with variety of titles and hats. Her greatest accomplishments are creating ah-ha moments for learners, and providing safe, friendly environments for open dialogue and questions. Cindi has experience with instructional design, classroom and virtual facilitation, consulting with business partners, launching enterprise wide learning management systems, leading change management activities during system implementation and building relationships. Gild has encouraged her path back to the classroom.
Her heart is most full when visiting her like-a-nieces and nephews in Michigan. She loves adventure, travel, dark roast coffee and bargain shopping, and has travelled internationally to countries including South Africa, France, Scotland and Spain and more.
Kate’s background stems from studies in psychology, leadership development, law, and human resources. She is dually-focused in her education, with a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Rollins College and an additional Master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. Her work and research has led to a sound understanding of the science behind organizational frameworks and therefore has produced projects and results that have led to systemic change.
Kate has over 10 years of experience at Fortune-200 companies in organizational change and development, executive coaching, championing culture, data & metrics analysis, project management, policy development, legal compliance, and performance management; additionally, she is a certified facilitator. She considers herself to be very curious, inquisitive, analytical, direct, compassionate, and empathetic.
She loves music (a collector of vinyl), trying new foods, finding breathtaking views, all things Disney, exploring big cities, trying new coffee and tea spots, photography, and traveling. Originally from Orlando, FL, Kate has resided in the Cincinnati area for nearly two years and lives with her husband, dog, and three cats.
Kara is a recent graduate from the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Masters program at Xavier University. Her Master’s thesis focused on mothers in the workplace, particularly how the presence of family-oriented workplace practices impacts a mother’s career advancement potential. Kara has a passion for gender equality in the workplace, which led her to Gild Collective.
Currently, Kara is applying her degree working in Human Resources at Luxottica. Outside of work and school she enjoys golfing, tending to her flock of chickens, utilizing her green thumb, listening to 80’s-90’s country music, kayaking, and reading classic novels.
Advisory Board Member
Ben is probably one of the few people in the world who is equally comfortable in a university classroom, a corporate boardroom and in full body armor carrying a U.S. government-issued M4 assault rifle.
An assistant professor of management at Cleveland State University, Ben researches and teaches human resource management and organizational behavior. His research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, and he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Psychology. He is also a partner at the management consultancy Agility Consulting and Training, and his consulting clients span a wide range of industries and sectors. Since 2002, Ben has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and is currently a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and from December 2012 to December 2013, he served on active duty as an adviser to the Afghan National Police as part of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.
Ben holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and communication from Villanova University and earned his master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and Ph.D. in organizational science from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
When not working with dynamos of the business, academic and military worlds, Ben enjoys picking up heavy things and running (sometimes at the same time, but not usually). He lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife and four rowdy children.
Advisory Board Member
Amanda Thompson is a director of strategy and corporate development for the EW Scripps Company. She has been advising businesses within corporations for 5 + years and started her career in financial auditing in 2003. Besides advising businesses, she applies her financial acumen while researching industries and opportunities for corporate investments and acquisitions. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and advising them how to build a sustainable business for the long term. As a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, she resides close to her alma mater in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. When she isn’t working, she is a busy mother to two beautiful children and spends a lot of time with family.