Cynthia Ferrara Elstien

Cynthia Elstien

Title: President, Human Resource Trusted Advisor
Company: People by CFE
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Cynthia Ferrara Elstien, President and Human Resources Consultant at People by CFE, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in human resources.

Growing up, Ms. Elstien often noticed companies in need of help. So, Cindi majored in Psychology and completed her Human Resource Certification at DePaul University. Cindi also completed a Strategic Coach Series Program offered by Dan Sullivan. Cindi is a licensed Producer of Life & Health and Property & Casualty insurance.

Ms. Elstien started her career as a claims examiner at Lynn Insurance Group, Universal Underwriters in Des Plaines, Illinois. In the following years, she gained experience at Fred S. James & Co currently Sedgwick of Illinois from 1979 through 1999. From 2000 to 2003 Cindi ran her own Human Resource Consulting firm, then from 2003 until 2020, Ms. Elstien excelled as the senior vice president and director of human resources at Alper Services LLC. Today, she continues to serve companies in need as the president and human resource consultant at People by CFE.

Outside of Ms. Elstien’s primary Ventures, she has served as President of the Society of Human Resource Professionals (Chicago SHRM) and currently serves as Board Emeritus for Chicago SHRM. She was also a Board Member for the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Outside of Ms. Elstien’s primary ventures, she has volunteered with Imerman Angels since 2015 and mentors women with breast cancer. She additionally remains active in her industry, participating in several established organizations such as EPWNG (Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group) and Inner Circle. In addition, this includes the International Platform Association, and the National Association of Professional Women, among others. Looking toward the future, Ms. Elstien would like to someday sell her business and preserve her legacy in her field. As a testament to her professional success, she is featured in several editions of Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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