OUR TEAM

THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE US, US

The bonds among this team are pretty special. It’s this kind of chemistry that results in powerful work and constant gratitude.

DARCY BIEN

FAVORITE BOOK
The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck

FAVORITE QUOTE
I did not make this sh!t up.

Strategist Darcy Bien partners with CEOs, executives, and leadership teams to plan their organizations’ futures. With more than 20 years of experience helping hundreds of companies, her team-based approach and time-tested processes helped build her national reputation for delivering “actionable strategy.” The daughter of a brilliant entrepreneur who struggled with execution may explain Darcy’s bulldog tenacity among clients for doing whatever it takes to achieve successful strategic implementation.

In addition to Stretch, Darcy is the Director at Partners in Change, LLC, a Cincinnati-based strategic consulting firm and has also partnered with the Dayton-based consulting firm, Aileron, since 2010, to support their strategic planning initiatives. Prior to that, she was the National Partnership Director of the National Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation, where she developed new partner sales processes and created long-term partner strategies. With her expertise in strategic planning, continuous process improvement, and Total Quality Management, Darcy co-led the Strategic Eight Planning Process with the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce for five years.

Darcy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her career started at Procter & Gamble, where she spent five years cultivating operational, team development, and risk management. During graduate school, she developed a marketing strategy for Converse, Inc., Action Sports Division, utilizing consumer behavior technology and ZMET, and created several business plans. As a business solutions consultant, she completed a process improvement sales initiative for Bayer Plastics and a supply chain management project for Johnson Wax Professional.

Recognized as one of Cincinnati’s Forty under 40 and selected as an examiner for the Ohio Award for Excellence, Darcy enjoys volunteering in her spare time – having served as the HBS alumni Club President, PTA President, and Junior Achievement Instructor. Currently, Darcy is a Saint Ursula High School committee member of Parents of Diversity and on the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Leadership Team. When she’s not volunteering at her children’s school or running her three kids to an after-school activity, she’s running the trails with her dogs (who are not bulldogs).

RIELEY SCOTT, Business Development

FAVORITE PODCAST
Imagined Life. Great stories about famous people.

FUN FACT
I appeared on HGTV and received a horrendous room makeover.

Rieley has led the development and execution of successful solutions at Fortune 500 corporations and a niche direct sales business, which achieved double-digit growth annually. During her 23 years in business, Rieley has managed marketing programs for national accounts, enterprise-wide communications initiatives for APAC/EMEA/Americas, large creative teams, acquisition operations and communications, software implementations, and an event with 30 satellite locations and 10 corporate sponsored locations with over 5,000 attendees. Her talent is for tackling unique challenges and making things happen. She is most passionate about people and their engagement within their lives and the work they do. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and Business Communications from the University of Kansas.

Her strategies have earned her a business patent for coupon code systems and numerous awards, including:

  • Gold Key Award/BMA for B2B promotions
  • Gold Key Award/BMA for production
  • Gold Integrated Media Association Award
  • Two NY Festivals awards for direct mail campaigns
  • Silver Pick from the Public Relations Society of America

CYNDI WINEINGER

SECRET TALENT
Ability to travel at a moment’s notice.

BEST CAREER ADVICE
Your career is just a part of the beauty of your entire life. It should be an exciting and empowering part of your story

Cyndi is passionate about coaching people and organizations so they can operate from a place of brilliance and purpose.

Surpassing the “10,000 hour” point of maximizing the talent of leaders and teams, her purpose is simple:  help leaders and companies achieve their unique goals through healthy leadership and high-performance teams. Known for her charming and heart centered straight-talk and candor, Cyndi consults with CEOs and executives of lean, growing organizations who are impatient for results. She’s led hundreds of leaders through Coaching, and thousands through her self-created Leadership Development Training.  In addition, more than 6,000 hiring decisions and career moves have been made through Cyndi’s expertise and guidance. She wants people to succeed in healthy cultures while feeling the impact of success over the long haul.

With a degree in Marketing and Sales from The Culverhouse College of Business at The University of Alabama (Roll Tide), she’s led numerous Procter & Gamble initiatives over her 10-year contribution with a focus in sales management/hiring/training, new venture startup, technology development, and strategic planning. After following her passion to elevate others, Cyndi also helped build a non-profit organization from a start-up with three employees to a $15+million enterprise with more than 100 employees and 2,400 volunteers from 1995 to 2005. Now having served as a consultant for 15+ years, she helps people stretch to their vision and goals.

Cyndi is always exploring new ideas to innovate and help others live with excitement and resilience, crediting her success to two furry and loyal followers, Happy and Camper, her English Retrievers. Her Certifications include:

  • Advanced Senior Certified Birkman Consultant Certification, a distinction held by less than 5% of Birkman-certified consultants
  • Professional Master Coaching Certification –  a distinction held by 2% of coaches
  • Certified Professional Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner
  • Life-time Associate of the Career Thought Leader Consortium
  • Member of the Professional Association for Résumé Writers and Career Coaches

JANE MEYER, Marketing Strategist

FAVORITE BOOK
The Heart Aroused by David Whyte

SECRET TALENT
Impervious to brain freeze. 

Jane’s expertise ranges across marketing strategy development, advertising, and project management. Working on world-renowned brands including McDonald’s, Scripps Howard, Mayflower Transit, Simon Malls, and Wyndham Worldwide, she understands what drives consumer behavior and how to build brands people trust and love. A mix of analytical savvy and creative insight, Jane has helped produce several award-winning campaigns.

NANCY MCCARTHY, Business Coordinator

FAVORITE ACTIVITY
Boating with family and friends.

#1 ON BUCKET LIST
Go back to Ireland and spend time with family and friends.

This whole operation would fall about without Nancy! She masterfully coordinates schedules, answers questions, and manages all the administrative details.

Nancy is a Cincinnati native who enjoys getting to know clients as they work through their process. Her favorite part of the job is seeing how a company thrives when they implement the strategies that Stretch Strategic Leaders gives them!

Nancy shares: Going through the 2-day Personal Strategic training was truly life changing for me! Self-awareness is so important to be able to be your best self! To watch people from other companies go through the training brought me so much joy as well! I loved seeing everyone come around and really get it! I felt like everyone left with a clear set of goals and self-awareness!

I love being a part of making businesses thrive both internally and in the marketplace!

THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE US, US

The bonds among this team are pretty special. It’s this kind of chemistry that results in powerful work and constant gratitude.

DARCY BIEN

FAVORITE BOOK
The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck

FAVORITE QUOTE
I did not make this sh!t up.

Strategist Darcy Bien partners with CEOs, executives, and leadership teams to plan their organizations’ futures. With more than 20 years of experience helping hundreds of companies, her team-based approach and time-tested processes helped build her national reputation for delivering “actionable strategy.” The daughter of a brilliant entrepreneur who struggled with execution may explain Darcy’s bulldog tenacity among clients for doing whatever it takes to achieve successful strategic implementation.

In addition to Stretch, Darcy is the Director at Partners in Change, LLC, a Cincinnati-based strategic consulting firm and has also partnered with the Dayton-based consulting firm, Aileron, since 2010, to support their strategic planning initiatives. Prior to that, she was the National Partnership Director of the National Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation, where she developed new partner sales processes and created long-term partner strategies. With her expertise in strategic planning, continuous process improvement, and Total Quality Management, Darcy co-led the Strategic Eight Planning Process with the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce for five years.

Darcy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her career started at Procter & Gamble, where she spent five years cultivating operational, team development, and risk management. During graduate school, she developed a marketing strategy for Converse, Inc., Action Sports Division, utilizing consumer behavior technology and ZMET, and created several business plans. As a business solutions consultant, she completed a process improvement sales initiative for Bayer Plastics and a supply chain management project for Johnson Wax Professional.

Recognized as one of Cincinnati’s Forty under 40 and selected as an examiner for the Ohio Award for Excellence, Darcy enjoys volunteering in her spare time – having served as the HBS alumni Club President, PTA President, and Junior Achievement Instructor. Currently, Darcy is a Saint Ursula High School committee member of Parents of Diversity and on the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Leadership Team. When she’s not volunteering at her children’s school or running her three kids to an after-school activity, she’s running the trails with her dogs (who are not bulldogs).

CYNDI WINEINGER

SECRET TALENT
Ability to travel at a moment’s notice.

BEST CAREER ADVICE
Your career is just a part of the beauty of your entire life. It should be an exciting and empowering part of your story

Cyndi is passionate about coaching people and organizations so they can operate from a place of brilliance and purpose.

Surpassing the “10,000 hour” point of maximizing the talent of leaders and teams, her purpose is simple:  help leaders and companies achieve their unique goals through healthy leadership and high-performance teams. Known for her charming and heart centered straight-talk and candor, Cyndi consults with CEOs and executives of lean, growing organizations who are impatient for results. She’s led hundreds of leaders through Coaching, and thousands through her self-created Leadership Development Training.  In addition, more than 6,000 hiring decisions and career moves have been made through Cyndi’s expertise and guidance. She wants people to succeed in healthy cultures while feeling the impact of success over the long haul.

With a degree in Marketing and Sales from The Culverhouse College of Business at The University of Alabama (Roll Tide), she’s led numerous Procter & Gamble initiatives over her 10-year contribution with a focus in sales management/hiring/training, new venture startup, technology development, and strategic planning. After following her passion to elevate others, Cyndi also helped build a non-profit organization from a start-up with three employees to a $15+million enterprise with more than 100 employees and 2,400 volunteers from 1995 to 2005. Now having served as a consultant for 15+ years, she helps people stretch to their vision and goals.

Cyndi is always exploring new ideas to innovate and help others live with excitement and resilience, crediting her success to two furry and loyal followers, Happy and Camper, her English Retrievers. Her Certifications include:

  • Advanced Senior Certified Birkman Consultant Certification, a distinction held by less than 5% of Birkman-certified consultants
  • Professional Master Coaching Certification –  a distinction held by 2% of coaches
  • Certified Professional Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner
  • Life-time Associate of the Career Thought Leader Consortium
  • Member of the Professional Association for Résumé Writers and Career Coaches

RIELEY SCOTT, Business Development

FAVORITE PODCAST
Imagined Life. Great stories about famous people.

FUN FACT
I appeared on HGTV and received a horrendous room makeover.

Rieley has led the development and execution of successful solutions at Fortune 500 corporations and a niche direct sales business, which achieved double-digit growth annually. During her 23 years in business, Rieley has managed marketing programs for national accounts, enterprise-wide communications initiatives for APAC/EMEA/Americas, large creative teams, acquisition operations and communications, software implementations, and an event with 30 satellite locations and 10 corporate sponsored locations with over 5,000 attendees. Her talent is for tackling unique challenges and making things happen. She is most passionate about people and their engagement within their lives and the work they do. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and Business Communications from the University of Kansas.

Her strategies have earned her a business patent for coupon code systems and numerous awards, including:

  • Gold Key Award/BMA for B2B promotions
  • Gold Key Award/BMA for production
  • Gold Integrated Media Association Award
  • Two NY Festivals awards for direct mail campaigns
  • Silver Pick from the Public Relations Society of America

JANE MEYER, Marketing Strategist

FAVORITE BOOK
The Heart Aroused by David Whyte

SECRET TALENT
Impervious to brain freeze.

Jane’s expertise ranges across marketing strategy development, advertising, and project management. Working on world-renowned brands including McDonald’s, Scripps Howard, Mayflower Transit, Simon Malls, and Wyndham Worldwide, she understands what drives consumer behavior and how to build brands people trust and love. A mix of analytical savvy and creative insight, Jane has helped produce several award-winning campaigns.

NANCY MCCARTHY, Business Coordinator

FAVORITE ACTIVITY
Boat with family and friends

#1 ON BUCKET LIST
Return to Ireland and spend time with family

This whole operation would fall about without Nancy! She masterfully coordinates schedules, answers questions, and manages all the administrative details.

Nancy is a Cincinnati native who enjoys getting to know clients as they work through their process. Her favorite part of the job is seeing how a company thrives when they implement the strategies that Stretch Strategic Leaders gives them!

Nancy shares: Going through the 2-day Personal Strategic training was truly life changing for me! Self-awareness is so important to be able to be your best self! To watch people from other companies go through the training brought me so much joy as well! I loved seeing everyone come around and really get it! I felt like everyone left with a clear set of goals and self-awareness!

I love being a part of making businesses thrive both internally and in the marketplace!

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