Cindy Burrell

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About Cindy Burrell

Ms. Burrell leads Diversity in Boardrooms, an executive search firm that assists Corporate and Advisory Boards to better represent American strengths through their board composition. She contributes over 20 years of executive search expertise with a particular focus in recruiting and referring diverse Director Candidates who accelerate and enhance a company’s growth, profitability, and social responsibility reputation.   

In the Chicago area, Ms. Burrell is a recognized leader in the business community as well as a strong diversity advocate nationally.  In 2012 she was awarded special recognition and named Director Emerita by the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, which has the mission of Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism. She was honored in 2011 by the Chicago Association of Minority Recruiters (CAMR) for her success in recruiting women and minorities to both corporate and advisory boards. She served nine years on the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago Board, receiving an Officer’s Award in 2009 and a special Sojourner Truth Award from the Board President in 2002.  As a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), she was selected for the National Nominating Committee for two years.  At the Chicago NAWBO Chapter, she formerly served on the Board of Directors.

Ms. Burrell’s academic achievements include a Master’s degree from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.  After graduate school, she served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia.

University of St. Thomas - Minnesota Opus College of Business