To help women of color work and live happier.

Cynthia Pong

Feminist career Coach

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I am a lawyer-turned-coach whose true passion is helping women get more out of their careers.

I work with women of color – and also progressive women – in private coaching sessions to help them get clear on their life goals and career paths, manage their stress, and work through the obstacles and challenges they face in their personal and professional lives. I am an avid problem-solver with a methodical and compassionate solutions-driven approach.

My clients work in a variety of fields, including law, medicine, public health, journalism, filmmaking, academia, activism, tech, photography, and social work. I particularly love supporting mid-career women of color professionals who are pursuing unconventional paths.

I also facilitate group workshops on empowering women in their careers, negotiation for women, and stress management.

My social justice background deeply influences the ways in which I support my clients in their quest for self-fulfillment and improved wellness. Being a public defender taught me how to ask the right questions to get to the bottom of something and reinforced my zeal for supporting people through times of great difficulty. I counseled thousands of clients and helped them move forward through the worst experience of their lives. My experience with restorative justice showed me the value of deep listening with the goal of truly understanding another person.

I do what I do now because I’m sick of the marginalization of women of color and the disparities in pay, power, and respect in the professional world! That’s why it's my personal mission to use all my skills and training to try to change our current reality. So if you're ready to disrupt the status quo and get more of your career, let's work together!

Prior to founding Embrace Change, Cynthia was a public defender in the Bronx for six years, carrying a caseload of 100 to 120 criminal cases at a time. She fought tirelessly for her clients' liberty and rights; all her felony trials resulted in acquittals. Prior to working as a public defender, Cynthia clerked for Justice James E. Graves on the Mississippi Supreme Court. She earned her law degree from NYU School of Law (graduating cum laude) and her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Ethnic Studies (graduating magna cum laude).

For more about Cynthia, check out the Coaching FAQ.

Embrace Change Coaching Code

I believe in actively supporting clients in ways tailored to each client so that they see and experience concrete results and benefits from the coaching relationship. 

I will maintain the strictest level of confidentiality with all client information within the coaching relationship unless release is required by law. Clients may, and are encouraged to, take notes during coaching sessions for their own benefit. 

I will ethically speak what I know to be true to clients, current or prospective, about coaching, about me as a coach, and throughout the coaching relationship. 

I will regularly seek out candid feedback from clients to ensure that they continue to receive value and benefit from the coaching relationship.

I respect the client’s right to conclude the coaching relationship at any point during the coaching relationship, subject to the terms of the coaching agreement. I will remain attuned to indications of a shift in value from the coaching relationship, initiate appropriate conversations with clients, and promptly make necessary changes.

I will only enter into coaching arrangements with clients who are a good match for me. I will not enter into a coaching arrangement if I feel the client will not be served by working with me.

Coaching Standards of Quality and Coaching Code available in its entirety here.