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Cynthia J. Kohlbry


Cindy Kohlbry is the managing partner of Executive Bridge, the Midwestern Affiliate of Conley Search Partners, which has a North American and European network of retained search specialists. She is also the founder of Recruiting Bank, a board matching service for not-for-profit organizations. Kohlbry has recruited talent for most of her 40-year career and as a search consultant and career advisor for the last 20 years. Specializing in executive-level projects, she is known for her broad and diverse recruiting practice in the not-for-profit, financial services, life sciences, and private equity. She also created both the Not-for-Profit and Financial Services Recruiting Practices for a local recruiting firm, Grant Cooper, and Associates, which she owned and managed for ten years. Before her career in search, Ms. Kohlbry worked in investment and merchant banking for CitiGroup; HSBC, a London-based merchant bank; and a regional bank later acquired by Bank of America. She has lived and worked all over the world but is originally from St. Louis, which she now chooses as her primary residence.

Cindy has served on several financial institution-related committees and boards and the boards of several European manufacturing concerns. An active and engaging speaker, she makes regular presentations at industry conferences and financial services and Not-for-Profit forums. A graduate of Smith College, Cindy is deeply involved in her community. She was a founding member of the Shakespeare Festival board and also served as past president of the board of the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), board member and programs director for the Women’s Forum, board member of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, the board of Craft Alliance, the advisory board for the Business and Technology School of Webster University, and the board of the Episcopal City Mission. She is active with Leadership St. Louis, the Bridges Across Racial Polarity group, the Association for Corporate Growth, the Missouri Venture Forum, and numerous other civic ventures. She currently serves on the boards of The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation and Upstream Theater, and volunteers to assist executives in their career searches in her weekly Executives in Transition session.

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