About Us

Cynthia Mahoney and Associates is a leadership development practice that works with individuals, groups, business and government in leadership and personal development, facilitation, coaching and mentoring, strategic planning and evaluation.

Director of CMA, Cynthia Mahoney, is passionate about working with people to develop their life and leadership skills and to increase diversity and participation in decision-making in industry, government and the community. She’s a strong believer in bringing people together to identify issues, exchange ideas and develop solutions that work for them, their family, their business and community.

Cynthia made a successful leap from an extensive career in government to founding her own leadership practice eight years ago. Through her business, Cynthia has created a way to combine her entrepreneurial spirit with her passion for developing people to be their best and her skills and talent in facilitation. Her journey of self-discovery, along with her empathy, authenticity, and commitment to courage, growth and self-leadership, enable her to help people, teams and organisations make positive change and achieve professional and personal success.

She developed her facilitation skills through her workshops with a range of SMEs, agricultural and wine businesses on strategic, personal and business planning and leadership development. She loves seeing people’s horizons opening up and new possibilities emerging for them when they take the time to dream, reflect and talk together about what’s really important to them.

She’s embraced the world of social media because of its pivotal role in digital inclusion and leadership and its potential to facilitate conversations, share knowledge, generate new ideas, connect and inspire people.

Cynthia’s experience means she brings a wealth of knowledge, processes and tools to her facilitation and project work. Prior to starting CMA in 2011, Cynthia had an extensive career in the Victorian state government where she led and facilitated a national leadership program for the Australian wine industry, worked as a business and strategic planning facilitator with farm families from a range of industries, as a Business Improvement Facilitator for a corporate culture change program, a project manager in agribusiness focusing on value chain management and export in the wine and horticulture industries, a project manager in biosecurity communications and community engagement, a farm management economist investigating rural adjustment issues in the Murray Darling Basin and was the statewide coordinator of the Victorian Rural Women’s Network.

She has a Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring and a Graduate Diploma of Business which focused on project and people management. She also has a Master of Agricultural Science specialising in farm business management economics and rural sociology and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science specialising in economics. She is an accredited facilitator of the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) tool that helps individuals and teams develop the awareness and skills they need to build more effective personal and professional relationships and improve performance. She also successfully completed, and with distinction, a MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course) called, “Designing a New Learning Environment”, with Stanford University which explored the impact of new technology on learning program design.

Besides her love of facilitation and working with people, Cynthia also loves spending time with her family and friends, supporting the Geelong Football Club, playing sport and feeding her Twitter addiction.