Cindy L. Warner

Occupation: Managing Director, AlixPartners

First Car: 1976 Chevy Nova, 4 door, green with light green vinyl top.

Favorite Restaurant: The Boathouse, Old Mission Peninsula, MI

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). I have flown an airplane
b). I own two restaurants
c). I love to cross country ski

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Designing and developing a mixed use development, that included a commercial building and 12 condominiums.

What's your best childhood memory?

Baking authentic Italian cookies with my family each holiday.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

My mother - she died an untimely death at the age of 60 from lung cancer. She was my best friend, confidant, and best cheerleader. I would tell her how much I miss her and how thankful I am for how well she prepared me for my life.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Watch my mother die from lung cancer.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Kayaking on Lake Michigan in front of my house.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

The World is Flat - (updated version)
Emotional Intelligence - I think IQ is nothing without EQ.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

Mount Everest

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

Schools for Humanity - this is a non-profit organization that I began with some friends about 5 months ago to provide schools for children in third world countries.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Running my restaurants, and soon to be wine bar and specialty food market.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I found myself doing “projects” for companies while working for them. I really liked this variety and sense of completion.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Be patient....you will do a lot of work that seems to be beneath you before you are granted a great deal of responsibility. This is all laying a great foundation for your future and will help you make great decisions!