Cindy Burrell
President, Diversity in Boardrooms


Diversity in Boardrooms consults with Corporate Boards and Advisory Boards. Leading the firm, Ms. Burrell contributes over 20 years of executive search expertise with a special focus in recruiting and referring diverse Director Candidates who enhance a company’s growth, profitability, and social responsibility reputation.  Over the years, she developed best practices guidelines for boards and she often serves as a Board Facilitator.

In the Chicago area, Ms. Burrell is a recognized leader in the business community as well as a strong diversity advocate nationally.  She is a Founder and Board Director of the Private Directors Association, which promotes private company board formation, supports excellent practices in board governance, and provides a network to connect individuals with private companies. In addition, she is a Board Leader for 2020 Women on Boards and a Member of 30% Coalition, both national organizations that advocate increasing the number of women corporate board directors.

She is Director Emeritus of 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.

Currently, she is an Advisory Board Member for Skytop Strategies, which delivers high-content programs worldwide on topics such as Gender Equality in Boards; ESG; CSR; and Impact Investing. She is a 2019 “Director to Watch”, Private Company Director Magazine.

Ms. Burrell’s academic achievements include a Master’s degree from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University.