Dr. Cynthia Ingols

Professor, Consultant and Researcher

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Dr. Cynthia Ingols is an experienced professor, consultant and researcher, who specializes in the ways individuals lead and organizations change and negotiate with their environments. At the Simmons University, School of Business, she teaches in both the Undergraduate Program and Executive Education programs. Ingols is the faculty director of Strategic Leadership for Women, an executive education program that strengthens the leadership skills, attitudes and motivations of its global participants. Earlier in her career, she taught Management Communication at the Harvard Business School and qualitative research methodology courses at other institutions.

For three decades, Ingols has worked as an organization consultant. She focuses her consulting work in three areas: developing interactive executive education programs, particularly using cases and simulations; coaching women managers and executives to enhance their leadership potential and careers; and conducting diagnostic work to promote change in organizations. Past clients include: The Leadership Center of the Boeing Corporation, the US Department of Defense, Harvard University, and Verizon. Ingols enjoys coaching women executives across disciplines and industries on how to deal with gender bias in the workplace. 
Ingols’ research and publications follow similar lines. The fourth edition of her co-authored textbook, Organizational Change: An Action-Oriented Toolkit, will be published in September, 2019. In fall, 2016, Ingols served as a guest editor and author on a Special Issue on Women’s Leadership in the Case Research Journal. Her research on executive education programs has been published in leading journals, such as Harvard Business Review, Organizational Dynamics, and Training. Her research work on creating innovative organizational structures was published in the Design Management Journal. She has published about careers in such journals as the Journal of Career Development and co-authored two books on career management. They include, Take Charge of Your Career, and A Smart, Easy Guide to Interviewing.