Cynthi's Coaching Bio

Cynthi Knight is an executive coach and consultant who helps small to mid-size organizations achieve higher levels of individual and team performance. Her more than 20 years of experience in Leadership Development, Organizational Effectiveness, and Talent Management provide her with a broad-based background to coaching.  She started her coaching business, Winning Leaders, to help leaders achieve better results by bridging the gap between where they are today and where they want to be as leaders.

Coaching Approach

As a coach, Cynthi serves her clients in multiple roles:  as a partner, coming along side as they consider challenges and potential solutions; as a sounding board, supporting them as an objective listener; as a guide, who sees the bigger picture with possibilities and potential; and spark, helping to trigger their commitment and action.

Cynthi helps senior leaders in small to mid size companies in Southern Arizona bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be.


She has served in numerous management positions with organizations such as McDonnell Douglas Corporation (now Boeing), California Institute of Technology, The University of Arizona, Tucson Airport Authority, and National Charity League, Inc.  As an independent consultant she has worked with clients such as Concordia University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Azusa Pacific University. Her projects have included leadership development, behavior coaching, performance management, career coaching, contract training, facilitating team building retreats, conflict management, and culture change initiatives.


“When I was struggling with an overwhelming schedule, Cynthi helped me find 12 additional hours in my week.”  Southeast Civil Service Manager

“After numerous employee complaints about an abrasive leader, we asked Cynthi to work with this Director on changing behaviors that were hindering her success with her team.  After six months there was a noticeable improvement in the Director’s communication style with her team.  University Executive Vice President

Education and Certifications

An alumnus of Loyola Marymount University, Cynthi holds her MBA and an alumnus of Northern Arizona University, she holds her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management.  In addition, she is an alumnus of Claremont Graduate University’s Advanced Management Program, where she had the privilege of learning directly from Peter Drucker. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.  She is a Certified Executive Coach and Certified Master Facilitator through the Center for Executive Coaching and recently acquired her ACC through ICF, and Board Certified Coach.  

Affiliations and Awards

SHRM-GT  Board of Directors-Vice President 2019
International Coach Federation (ICF) Arizona Charter Chapter, Vice President of Special Events

National Charity League, Inc. Leadership Development Team
YWCA Women on the Move past honoree
SHRM-GT Innovation Program Award
2018 SHRM Greater Tucson Volunteer of the Year, President's Award
She has three adult daughters and she resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband.

2018 SHRM Greater Tucson Volunteer of the Year, President's Award

Cynthi was recently awarded the 2018 SHRM Greater Tucson Volunteer of the Year, President's Award which was part of the Celebrating Innovation in the Workplace Event, held at Westward Look on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The event honored the Region's outstanding HR professionals, companies & Teams