Jennifer CyraDean's Advisory Board Chairshe/her/hers

As a global executive who has been at the heart of transformation for my entire career, my professional experience includes mergers, integrations, merchandising, product development and global sourcing. Today, I leverage my 30+ years of industry experience to advise companies ranging from Fortune 500 to innovative startups on strategy, executive development and managing change. The School of Human Ecology recognizes that people are the heart and soul of everything, and this is certainly true for any transformational initiative in the business world. I live in Chicago and in my spare time, I love to travel and train for the occasional half marathon.

Why do I care about Human Ecology?

At the center of everything, people matter. The School of Human Ecology’s mission supports research and education that improves people’s lives, and like the School, I care deeply about wanting to make the world a better place by improving the human experience.

What excites me about my role as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board?

I am excited that the role of the Dean’s Advisory Board continues to evolve and grow along with the School of Human Ecology. I gather positive energy from the visionary approach of our Dean, Soyeon Shim, and from the innovation and creativity demonstrated by our Board members in finding ways to support the vision through our unique role within the School.

Awards and Recognition

  • AIMO Mobilization Certification, Global PMI Partners, 2022
  • Illinois Diversity Council Glass Ceiling Award, 2016
  • Diversity Magazine “Women to Watch,” 2011
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  • Cynamen Advisors, President and Founder, Advisory Services for Global Retail and Consumer Goods companies
  • Global PMI Partners, Senior Executive Advisor and Integration Strategy Director
  • Patina-A Korn Ferry Company, Executive Coach and Mentor
  • International Women's Forum, former board member and Secretary, Chicago Chapter
  • Women Unlimited, Executive Mentor LEAD program
  • Chicago Innovation, Mentor, Women's mentoring Coop


  • BS, Retailing '87, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

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