Oak Park Speaker Series
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Oak Park Speaker Series: Author Cynthia Marshall
VIP early entry at : 5:00 PM
Doors Open at : 5:30 PM
Showtime at : 6:00 PM
Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall
CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and President & CEO, Marshalling Resources Consulting
Retired AT&T SVP-Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer
Cynthia Marshall is chief executive officer of the Dallas Mavericks. In February 2018, Marshall became the first black female CEO in the history of the National Basketball Association. Marshall was also one of her university’s first African-American cheerleaders at the University of California, Berkeley in the late 1970s. Marshall worked for AT&T for 36 years in a leadership role focused on improving workplace culture and encouraging diversity/inclusion.
Marshall prefers to be called “Cynt” as she acquired the nickname with her high school track team — “Cynt the Sprint.” The fourth of six children, Cynt grew up in Richmond, California, and lives in the Dallas area. She and her husband, Kenneth Marshall, have four adult children.
When Cynt was hired as the CEO of the Mavs in March 2018, she set her sights on a culture transformation. Her vision was for the Mavericks organization to become the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity. Cynt brought transparency, trust and her values-based leadership style that evolved the company culture in her first 100 days.
Cynt’s notoriety began many years ago as a young Officer at AT&T and grew exponentially when she served as Senior Vice President – Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T. Cynt also led the team that created a world class Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top 3 on Diversity Inc’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies. She also spearheaded the work that for the first time placed AT&T on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2017, one of only two Fortune 50 companies.
Widely recognized for her visionary leadership and ability to get things done, Cynt is the recipient of several honors and awards. In 2021, Forbes named Cynt one of 15 of the world’s most inspiring female leaders,“50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine and named to Ebony magazine’s 2016 “Power 100”.
In 2022, Random House published Cynt’s memoir You’ve Been Chosen: Thriving Through the Unexpected, which covers her personal and professional life as well as her battle with cancer.
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