Ambassador of hope and author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Living with Chronic Illness, Cindy Coney is a nationally acclaimed speaker, trainer, human resilience expert, and philanthropic force. Dedicated to helping both children and adults achieve optimal health and success, Cindy has taught thousands of people to move beyond coping with limitations to recapturing joy and fulfillment in their lives.
Diagnosed with lupus in 1980, Cindy has since driven a racecar 124 miles per hour; completed the Chicago Marathon; championed countless nonprofit organizations; presented to the World Lupus Congress as a keynote speaker; and shared her inspiring, empowering story from Belize to Baltimore. In 26 years as Executive Director of the Mendez Foundation, Cindy pioneered federally recognized educational work in health and prevention that continues to impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of students nationwide.
With the unique ability to make each individual among hundreds feel as though she is speaking directly to them, Cindy’s message of resilience resonates with audiences of all disciplines, ages and backgrounds. In addition to speaking, Cindy holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, has chaired The Lupus Foundation of America’s National Board of Directors, is one of eleven Master Trainers selected by the CDC to lead national training seminars, and has held leadership and advisory positions with the United Way, the Gasparilla Distance Classic and Mary Lee’s House for abused children.
In traveling the globe to share her story of thriving after a chronic diagnosis, Cindy has spoken in front of thousands of people and has been a featured keynote for groups such as the Scleroderma Foundation, Spina Bifida Association, and Lupus Foundation of America. Cindy’s deep and varied experience with chronic illness, non-profits, and leadership provides her the ability to explore a wide variety of topics and challenges with warmth and humor. A Florida native, she has raised two adult daughters with her husband of 35 years and is an ardent Florida State football fan.