Cynthia Burnham

Cynthia Burnham, author of The Charisma Edge tells us how we can all gain that special “something” called charisma.


… a highly-experienced senior management development consultant who brings her clients extensive expertise in motivational leadership, executive presence, communications alignment and sales. Called a “charisma coach” by her clients, she helps leaders become more confident and aware so they can connect more powerfully with important employees, colleagues and customers. Recent representative clients have included Booz Allen Hamilton, Sony, SAIC, SPAWAR, Biosite, Qualcomm, Illumina, State Farm Insurance, Northrop Grumman and L-3.

Her ability to help companies and individuals understand, integrate and accelerate change has made her an invaluable asset to the organizations with which she has worked. Prior to returning to her home, San Diego, in 2005, Cynthia was Senior Vice President, Director of Employee Relations & Learning for the Wall Street firm, UBS Financial Services. In that capacity, she led multiple groups for the 20,000 U.S. employees of the division and participated in numerous global initiatives. She managed a full-service field and home office training department, as well as Corporate Employee Relations, which created Human Resources policies and programs and included a widely-acclaimed internal alternate dispute resolution department. She also managed the Diversity function on an interim basis during an extended search for a Director of Diversity, and she is well-grounded in the resolution of cross-cultural issues. Cynthia earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from U.C.L.A., and a B.A. in Creative Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and spent a year in Bordeaux, France. She speaks conversational French and is a professional singer and songwriter, living in Descanso, CA. She is also certified in Laughter Yoga.