Kick off the New Year with Cynthia Bentzen-Mercer & Kimberly K. Rath, the authors of NOW, NEAR, NEXT a practical guide to energizing self-agency, igniting intentionality, and actualizing your full potential!
The Founders of The Zeal of the Heel, Cynthia Bentzen-Mercer and Kimberly Rath are your go-to self-development and leadership experts as they leverage their many years of executive experience to help more women thrive.
Through keynotes, workshops, retreats, executive coaching, and a debut book, Cynthia and Kimberly inspire and empower women to energize self-agency, ignite career intentionality, and actualize potential.
Corporate executive, human capital strategist, author, and executive coach. Working from the time she was 14, her leadership journey began early. A working mom and breadwinner serving in predominantly male-led industries, throughout most of her 30-year career she was the youngest and only female on the executive team.
Navigating a career as a chief executive in gaming, hospitality, and healthcare, while raising two children and pursuing advanced degrees, Cynthia has experienced the joys and challenges of trying to “have it all.” With deep appreciation for those who shined a light for her, and as a social psychologist with a passion for unleashing human potential, she feels a personal responsibility to help women claim their agency and amplify their possibilities.
KIMBERLY RATH, MBA
Best-selling author and co-founder and co-chairman of Talent Plus®. An innovator and visionary, Kimberly has been at the forefront of thinking about talent her entire career, helping others discover and develop their unique strengths. Through her leadership at Talent Plus®, she has delivered tremendous outcomes for some of the world’s most well-known brands, including Estee Lauder, Delta Airlines, Ferragamo, The Ritz-Carlton, UCLA Health, Microsoft, and Montage International. Kimberly is passionate about giving back, sitting on several boards, and supporting various foundations and professional organizations. Kimberly is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of Business Success Secrets