About Dr. Pace, Ph.D., CPF — “The Leadership Guru”

Dr. Cynthia Pace, “The Leadership Guru”, is a speaker, leader, consultant and a certified professional facilitator endorsed by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).

Dr. Pace holds a Master´s and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University (1979) and is the principal in her firm, Pacemaker, LLC. Prior to developing a consulting practice, Dr. Pace was a community college president and served in higher education for over 25 years.

Dr. Pace serves the government and nonprofit sectors. She helps individuals and organizations “Experience Their Greatness” by identifying needed leadership behaviors that produce successful results. Her specialty is assisting organizations in creating a culture of trust and personal responsibility.

Certified Professional Facilitator

Group Facilitation has been the cornerstone of Dr. Pace’s work since 2000. She is well known for facilitating and creating events that are engaging, interactive and exciting. She uses facilitation models including graphic facilitation to achieve the desired outcome. As a Certified Professional Facilitator, she is independently certified by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). She is also a member and former co-chair of the Mid Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN) and is the Dean of the Mid Atlantic Facilitators Network University. Dr. Pace is presently the United States Representative (Board Member) for the International Association of Facilitators.

Training, Facilitation, and Speaking

Dr. Pace combines the skills of trainer, speaker and facilitator to deliver content that creates an experience that is
 memor-able, penetr-able and remark-able. She is an expert in using DiSC (Inscape Publishing behavioral assessment) and other assessment tools to identify the behaviors of individuals in organizations to assist them in adapting their behaviors to meet their personal and professional goals. Her seminars range from “Building Trust and Personal Responsibility in the Workplace” to “Eliminating Gossip in the Workplace”.

Organizational Development Consulting

Dr. Pace provides organizations with business process reengineering, change management, and strategic planning. She specializes in creating custom strategies for clients to address their needs. She works with groups to bring about profound and sustained change in their professional and personal lives. She is known for assisting organizations in identifying the gaps that prevent them from creating an environment that builds trust and being supportive of individuals within the organization.


Dr. Pace has had experience working with numerous organizations including…

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The Department of Human Resources (State of Maryland)
  • Lucent Technologies
  • The Department of Defense (Marine Corps)
  • The Ford Foundation
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • American Management Association
  • United States Department of Labor
  • Montgomery County Executive Leadership
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • The District of Columbia Department of Public Works
  • The District of Columbia Department of Energy
  • The National Nuclear Security Administration
  • The National Governors’ Association
  • The National Credit Union Administration
  • Constellation Energy

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