UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- As a leadership coach, Penn State Smeal College of Business alumna Cindy Cornell, a 1990 accounting graduate, helps executives and professionals at all levels connect with their full potential. She will lead a Smeal Alumni Career Services webinar, “Wild Success: You Can Get There From Here,” on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
The webinar will run from noon to 1 p.m. The event is free, but participants must register to attend.
Though Cornell spent the first two decades of her career in accounting, finance and operations, an eventual job loss due to company restructuring prompted her to re-examine her career path.
“That was the start of my growth towards wild success,” said Cornell. “I appreciate accounting — the numbers are foundational to business — but I didn’t feel as though I’d found my calling. I thoughtfully considered what I loved about my previous jobs, what I wanted to give up and what I wanted to make room for in the future.”
“Coaching isn’t about telling people what they should or shouldn’t do. It’s about asking the right questions to help them to see the potential in their own lives. ... As a coach, I want to help people ensure that they're following their own dreams, not the path they think they should take."
-- Cindy Cornell, 1990 accounting alumna
After seeking feedback from some trusted people in her life, she began to pursue training as an executive coach and eventually founded the Hoshin Group in 2006.
“Coaching isn’t about telling people what they should or shouldn’t do,” Cornell explained. “It’s about asking the right questions to help them to see the potential in their own lives.”
She continued, “I believe that we are each the experts in our own lives and businesses. My job as a coach is to slow you down from your frenetic day-to-day activity to connect you with the results you really desire.”
In the Feb. 12 webinar, she will lead participants in thinking about what “Wild Success” might look like in their own lives and also how to define success in smaller, day-to-day tasks such as interviews, negotiations or meetings.
“'Wild Success' is incredibly personal. When I first started out, I thought it was what other people defined,” she said. “As a coach, I want to help people ensure that they’re following their own dreams, not the path they think they should take.”
Cornell says that the webinar will prompt participants to think about their intended outcomes and be more intentional about pursuing what they really want.
“I suspect people will leave with more questions than answers, but I will provide a framework for them to use in answering those questions to guide their intentions and their next steps,” she said.
Cornell, founder of the Hoshin Group, holds credentials from the International Coach Federation, Results Coaching Systems and New York University. As founder of the Hoshin Group, she works as a leadership and executive coach; she is also an adjunct member of the coaching faculty at NYU. In addition to her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Smeal, she holds an master of business administration degree in finance and marketing from NYU. She also studied leadership and positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and counseling at Penn State, where she was a resident assistant.