Cynder Niemela, Leadership and Team Coach

Cynder Niemela, MA, MBACynder Niemela, MA, MBA 

Cynder Niemela is an award-winning author and globally recognized expert in leading, developing and coaching global teams.

Recognized by Fortune Magazine as a pioneer in team and executive coaching

Cynder specializes in the coach approach to building high impact teams to support major business transformations and achieve exceptional results. She has led and delivered hundreds of multi-million dollar consulting engagements with Fortune 100 companies.

As noted in Fortune Magazine, “So You’re A Player; Do You Need a Coach?”  Cynder’s skills and expertise have inspired executives from major firms like Ernst & Young to achieve both team and individual goals. 

  • With Ernst & Young, Cynder designed and implemented enterprise-wide, team-based coaching and culture initiatives with global leaders and geographically dispersed teams.
  • With the BoeingOmnicom and BAC, Cynder designed, led and implemented leadership, coaching and teaming systems and training programs designed to shape the desired culture and drive a high level of employee engagement and organizational performance. 

Among her other clients are senior level executives, business owners and teams at companies such as IBM, HP, Cisco, Intel, Deloitte, Hulu, EA, Genentech, Mobil, Disney, Dropbox, AT&T, Verizon, Oracle Corporation, Apple, Google, Boeing, and Saudi Aramco, SAP, DBM, and Ken Blanchard Company.

Cynder leverages her experience living and working in the Middle East, Europe and England in her approach to working with global leaders and teams.


Her book, Leading High Impact Teams: The Coach Approach to Peak Performance was published in October 2001 and voted one of the top 10 business books in 2002 and 2003 by CEO Refresher. Cynder has authored and been featured in numerous articles on the subjects of coaching and team leadership in Fortune Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, The LA Times, Executive Excellence, HR Magazine, Training and Development, SAM Magazine and others. 

Cynder is among the first to be certified as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is an invited speaker for many associations and organizations including Linkage, the Association of Applied Sports Psychologists, ICF, Project World, The Power of Coaching Conference, ATD, NAWBO, SHRM, and others.

A mother of two, Cynder lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her rescued dog, Sky. Her hobbies are hiking, yoga, travel, photography, writing, and enjoying our diverse culture.