Cindy Kushner founded Women Executive Leadership, Inc. in 1999. Recognizing the need that many companies are committed to gender diversity but find it difficult to identify board-ready and executive female candidates, and recognizing that many of these female candidates do not know how to access these opportunities. Cindy created WEL to bridge that gap. WEL, and its strategic relationship with the 20/20 Women on Boards campaign, is able to help companies identify female candidates and help the candidates connect with the companies, search firms, and executives involved in the searches.
Cindy’s philosophy is that it is not about getting more women on boards and in executive positions, it is about getting the right person, and that means getting more women in the selection process. Hence WEL is about raising the visibility of the tremendous female talent pool. Cindy serves on the advisory board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida Chapter and serves on the United Way of Broward County’s governance committee. She is a member of the AICPA, FICPA, and serves on the FICPA Mobility Task Force. She is a former Board of Director of Florida Venture Forum, former VP and Treasurer of Diabetes Research Institute Foundation-Ambassadors and Past Executive member of the State of Israel Bonds Committee.
Cindy Kushner is a Partner with Crowe Horwath LLP with more than 20 years of experience in Big 4 accounting firms serving clients in the public and private sector as a trusted tax and business advisor. Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the top 10 public accounting and consulting firms in the U.S., has been recognized by local best places to work programs in Florida, West Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio for its worklife programs that include Crowe’s flexible work arrangement program, road warrior program. Women Into Leadership (WIL) program and personnel assistance programs. Cindy is actively involved with WIL, a program designed to support Crowe Horwath’s commitment to retaining, developing and advancing women leaders within its firm.