Cynthia Way


Cynthia Way, a Master Certified Coach, founder and President of Way To Go! inc., helps leaders and teams achieve breakthrough results. She provides executive and leadership coaching, team coaching, leadership development programs, facilitation, strategic planning, team retreats, keynote speaking, plenary sessions, systems thinking and customized training. Her signature offerings are Team Survival Intensive, a unique approach to teaming and Leader as Coach, fostering a culture of inspiration, accountability and respect with proven results that have a positive impact in the workplace. Her keynote topics include Living From Passion & Purpose and How Your Thinking Impacts Your Results.

Cynthia served as Council Member on the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) Board of Trustees 2007-2009, was a co-founder of the SoL Coaches Community of Practice (CCOP) and formerly served on the interim Board of the SoL Global Coaching Community. She was part of a large-scale multi-year change effort in a prominent IT organization within DoD, and provides training and coaching domestically and internationally.

Clients include more than 24 Federal agencies, various nonprofits, and private industry to include Airbus, International Finance Corporation and World Bank.

While her coaching and consulting career started in 1991, Cynthia brings a unique background: cross-cultural experience from working with multi-cultural executives, working for the American Embassy in West Africa for two years, living in Mexico, teaching an empowerment course to women and children at a homeless shelter, a successful 13 year career within the Central Intelligence Agency on the executive track, receiving a Denman award for her role in a private sector merger and acquisition with AT&T, being an active volunteer in the Cambodian-American community and launching a humanitarian effort called Big Big World Project ( to break the cycle of poverty for Vietnamese orphans. She is also the adoptive mother of two multicultural children.
Find out more on Cynthia’s Website

Speaking Topics

  • Living From Passion & Purpose
  • How Your Thinking Impacts Your Results
  • The Power of Listening
  • Leader as Coach

Bibliography & Video

  • Adams, M. G. (2004), Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 7 Powerful Tools for Life and Work (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler).
  • Covey, S. R. (1989), The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (New York: Simon and Schuster).
  • Darling, M., C. Parry, and J. Moore (2005), “Learning in the Thick of It,” Harvard Business Review, 83(7): 84-92.
  • Goleman, D. (1995), Emotional Intelligence (New York: Bantam Books).
  • Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R., & McKee, A. (2002), Primal Leadership: Recognizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (Boston, Harvard Business School Press).
  • Gottman, J., & DeClaire, J. (2001), The Relationship Cure (New York: Three Rivers Press).
  • Gottman, J., & Silver, N. (1999), The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (New York, Three Rivers Press).
  • Katie, B. (2002), Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (New York: Harmony Books).
  • Oncken, W. Jr. and D. L. Wass (1999), “Who’s got the monkey?” Harvard Business Review, Product 3928.
  • Patterson, et al. 2002), Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High (New York, McGraw-Hill).
  • Reidy, D. (2012), Why Not Lead? A Primer for Families of People with Disabilities and Their Allies, (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse).
  • Rock, D. (2009), Your Brain at Work, (New York: HarperCollins).
  • Rock, D. (2006), Quiet Leadership (New York: HarperCollins).
  • Rock, D. and J. Schwartz,(2006), “The Neuroscience of Leadership,” Strategy + Business, Reprint 06207.
  • Senge, P. M., et al. (1994). The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization (New York: Doubleday/Currency).
  • Young, S. (2007), Micromessaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words (New York: McGraw-Hill).


  • Master Certified Coach, International Coaches Federation
  • MS, Learning and Development, Revans University, England, 2008
  • BS, Social Therapy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2001
  • Post-Grad Certificate in Social Therapy, East Side Institute, New York, NY 2001
  • Certified in Social Action Research, Willamette University, 2009
  • Enrolled in Emergent Learning certification training, 2014
  • Certified in Systems Thinking, Action Research, The Leadership Circle Profile, Team Diagnostic Assessment and others.

Speaker Endorsement

  • Deborah Reidy,
  • Rick Karash,
  • Birgit Hanson,
  • Natalie Matushenko,

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