Cindi’s heart has always been her greatest asset. With over 20 years of experience in growing organizations and leaders, she has founded The Bright Group from humble beginnings. Cindi grew up in Vallejo, Ca during the 1960s and 70s, a time where she was ostracized because of her bi-racial ethnicity. She entered the workforce at the age of 17 where she continued to witness the mistreatment of people. These experiences led her to finding her passion. Love for people! She began to develop a deep understanding of political sociology and systems thinking.
She excelled her career, spanning from civil service roles to executive ranks of Fortune 500 companies, achieving all of this with just a high school education. She became a single parent in 2002 helping her son to achieve high academic excellence, ultimately leading him to graduate from Stanford University. During this time she attained a certification from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business in The Soul of Leadership, a profound leadership course taught by Deepak Chopra about leading from the heart.
In 2012, Cindi faced a crossroads in her career. She wanted to be MORE. She was accepted to the University of Washington, Foster School of Business where she received her Executive MBA in 2014, graduating in the same year as her son, Aaron. She is one of few to do this with just a high school education.
Cindi has found great fulfillment in serving her community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Urban League, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of African Americans. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Mentoring Works Washington, and is a member of the Government relations committee to facilitate mentorship for youth. Prior to this, she served on the Board of Directors for Atlantic Street Center, a non-profit providing youth counseling services in communities of color for several years. She leads a Seattle Chapter of Propel Women (propelwomen.org), a non-profit dedicated to uplifting women and helping them tap into their divine potential.
Cindi is passionate about using her experiences to inspire. She is a provocateur of change! Her intuition and love for people has continued to propel her to new leadership roles. She has become a sought after leadership and team development consultant as well as a thought leader on both women and race issues in corporations. Cindi is a life coach, executive coach, public speaker, author, and change agent.
Aaron and his mom have always been close. Their unique bond is one not typical for mother and son. In fact, he likes to think of it more as brother and sister. Aaron attended Bellevue High School where he became a stand out basketball star. At this time, it was likely you would catch Cindi in the stands profusely cheering on her son.
Aaron received a full basketball scholarship to Stanford University where he received a Bachelor’s in Science, Technology and Society. Aaron was a 3-year starter and two-year captain during his time at Stanford. During his sophomore season, Aaron led Stanford to win the NIT championship in Madison Square Garden, receiving MVP honors. An injury his senior year left him with one more year of eligibility where he opted to play his final year at Saint Mary’s College of California. During this time Aaron received a Masters in Leadership Studies.
Aaron’s experiences have led him to a new passion, connecting and inspiring people. He has currently taken on new endeavors such as consulting, screenwriting, and stand up comedy. He is passionate about uplifting communities of color as well as women. His relationship with his mom has inspired him to help start The Bright Group, a platform where they both can help leadership teams reach their fullest potential.