One of the greatest things about Momentum is the powerful alumnae network. Periodically we interview these amazing women about their experience in our program.
Cindi graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting in 1981 and a Master of Accountancy from Auburn University in 2018. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.
Cindi began her career as an internal auditor at Hertz Corporation, and later joined Peat Marwick & Main as a tax accountant. She joined Ernst & Young’s tax division in 1988, later serving as a tax manager. Cindi joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama in 1991 as the Manager of Corporate Tax and was promoted to Vice President of Internal Audit and Information Security 12 years later. She was named Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in 2009.
Cindi is a Board of Trustee member for the Plan Investment Fund, Inc. as well as chair of the Nominating Committee. She is a Board of Director for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Ventures II and III, Inc. as well as a member of the Investment Committee. She is a Board of Director for TriWest Healthcare Alliance. She currently serves as Treasurer for Health Care Business Solutions, LLC, UTIC Insurance Company, Preferred Care Services, Inc. and The Caring Foundation. She is a Board of Director for The Women’s Fund and is a member of the Momentum Alumni Program. She is a former Board of Director for Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama where she chaired the Audit Committee.
What did you gain from your Momentum experience?
The best experience I’ve gained from Momentum is building a network of other professional women.
What is one piece of leadership advice you have been given that has helped you in your career?
Someone once told me to always be kind. That has been the best piece of advice I’ve been given.
If you knew then what you know now, what would you tell your 18-year-old self?
I would tell myself to study harder but to enjoy life.
What challenges do you think the next generation of women leaders face?
Tomorrow’s female leaders will continue to face the challenge of unconscious bias.
What do you think organizations need to do differently for more women to rise into executive roles?
Organizations need to be committed and transparent on how and what they are doing to help women rise up in the workplace.
What three words do you think should characterize every leader?
Every leader should be kind, curious and accountable.
How do you manage your career, home, and community life?
I managed my work/life balance when my children were young with the help of my family.
What advice do you have for aspiring leaders?
Aspiring leaders need to find a sponsor, mentor or advocate to help guide them.