About Our Clients
Our clients come to us from a wide range of industries and organizations, both for profit and nonprofit. We work in health care, academic medicine, life sciences, construction and development, manufacturing, transportation, financial services, engineering, sales and marketing, real estate, professional staffing and recruiting, IT and law.
Within these industries, we offer consulting and training and development solutions for operational units in large companies, and Executive and Leadership Teams and staff in small to mid-sized companies, start-ups and nonprofit organizations.
Our services are offered through on-site and virtual workshops and retreats, in-person and virtual group training and coaching, webinars, and individual coaching.
Director Emeritus of the Myers and Briggs Foundation
“Cindy Stengel Paris is one of a select few MBTI® practitioners of her generation that has sound knowledge and a deep understanding of what the MBTI® is all about. She is an excellent trainer and facilitator, and as such, has the ability to transfer her knowledge to others so it is helpful to them. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Cindy is creative and professional, even perfectionist, with her presentations, workbooks and material that she gives her clients. She has the ability to translate complex concepts into simple language and make the material useful; she leads her clients to achieving the results they are looking for.”
Katharine D. Myers, Co-Guardian of the MBTI
February 17, 2009
What They Are Saying
“Thank goodness for Google . . . at least in the sense that a Google Search (“best team-building consultants philly”) led us to Cindy and The People Skills Group! Cindy was a pleasure to work with from our initial inquiry call, through detailed planning calls, through the delivery of two outstanding team-wide workshops for the Division of University Advancement at Rowan University.
Cindy is a highly energetic, fun, honest, knowledgeable, and super-engaging presenter. (She also has an amazing capacity for learning and memorizing names, by the way!) Most of our team members have worked together for years, but I think it’s fair to say that we learned more about each other – how we take in and process information, and communicate that information, and approach problem-solving – in two sessions with Cindy than we could have possibly expected. I have no doubt that all of us would agree that each of us has a much keener, empathetic understanding of where are teammates are “coming from” than we did prior to working with Cindy.
When approaching Myers-Briggs training, Cindy is first and foremost an expert teacher. She emphasizes the Eight Dominant Functions which, at first, was a bit challenging. Cindy is so good at providing real-life examples and coupling those examples with research-based data, that it wasn’t long at all before all of us had a great handle on the concepts we were using, which allowed us to apply them to the many exercises we did. (Cindy also provided us with lots of excellent, readily accessible materials to use during our sessions and also to read and refer to later on.)
One of the things I liked best about Cindy’s overall approach is that in addition to learning a great deal about ourselves individually, we were able to begin to see what all the “pieces of the puzzle” look like and how they fit together when we examine ourselves from the perspectives of individual departments, and our team as a whole. I’m certain that, as a result of partnering with Cindy, we have the tools to become a more harmonious, productive team than we already were. Thank you, Cindy!”
Vice President for Advancement & Executive Director, Rowan University
“Cindy provided an outstanding workshop to my global team—smart, thought-provoking and really useful. An energizing and provocative presenter, she explained the concept of the Myers-Briggs Type, helped each team member to identify and understand their Type and what each Type means in terms of how we naturally communicate and what we like in communication from others; she then took us beyond this, leading us through exercises that highlighted our natural tendencies in problem solving—how we absorb and act on external information—and where our natural “blind spots” or hurdles may be.
The workshop was fascinating, and my team learned an enormous amount about themselves and each other. One of the great things about Cindy as a presenter is that she makes sure that the material is applicable and helpful—in our case, she tailored the workshop, using specific materials, to our company mission, values, and structure—so that we could put the information to use in a very real way. Cindy’s a true expert in her field and I hope to get her back for Round 3 in the future!”
CEO, Bennett International Education Consultancy
“It was a real privilege to be able to work with Cindy who put an outstanding MBTI program together for myself and my leadership team. Cindy is great at explaining what personality type is and how to apply it in the work environment. I found her to be extremely patient and very honest in the conversations she had with me and my team. Many of the members of my team were skeptical when we started working with Cindy, but the MBTI language soon became part of the fabric of our team culture. Cindy’s ability to appreciate the diversity of my team and to listen carefully for what each of the members required, made all the difference in the world. Through Cindy’s efforts, we transformed my staff into a team who appreciated and valued the diversity of personality types we had around the table. What a difference!
“I will be forever indebted to Cindy for the excellent job she did with my team and hope we can soon work together again.”
Michael Lark, PhD
“The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. engaged Cindy Paris as a presenter for its 2016 Women and Leadership Forum for a large regional audience. Cindy opened the program with a strong, very well-received workshop on Women, Leadership and Emotional Intelligence. Her presentation was interactive, and skill-building, and left the audience with enough practical information to begin their own emotional intelligence development planning. Cindy was exceptionally pleasant to work with throughout the process – professional, responsive and collaborative at every turn and she made a meaningful contribution to the Forum.”
Jodi Button McHale
Vice President of Community Impact and Development
The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc
“I have had the opportunity to work with Cindy with multiple groups and in different capacities (facilitator, coach, MBTI resource). She is a true partner and a phenomenal facilitator. She reads the room expertly and, using a blend of humility, humor and deep technical knowledge, creates a customized and highly engaging workshop. Her ‘between workshop’ guidance and interaction is concise and practical. She provides really useful tools, which make it easy to keep new learning front of mind. It is such a pleasure to work with her; I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the People Skills Group and will certainly consider Cindy for future development programs.”
Sarah Foster, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
“I had taken the Myers-Briggs several times before but never appreciated the value of the exercise until I participated in Cindy’s program. She is artfully able to translate your results into tools that you can use in the workplace. I now look at my colleagues with greater understanding. Cindy’s presentation style and materials are clear and easy to understand. I would recommend her and her program without hesitation. It was extremely valuable.”
Linda Cripe, M.D
The Ohio State University
Professor of Pediatrics
“Cindy had worked closely with my executive team to help us understand how to better communicate with each other and our reports. The sessions were interesting and highly informative. Not only did we learn how to communicate better, we also learned a great deal about ourselves in the process. My colleagues were engaged and looked forward to Cindy’s sessions. Her expertise in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator helped us understand the results of the assessment and, furthermore, allowed us to create an actionable plan for personal and professional growth.”
Co-Founder & Executive Vice President
Ricca Group, Inc.
“Cindy’s work with our Executive team, our full team and each of us individually, was transformative. Her ‘System of Energy’ approach to the MBTI and Type provided us with a window into how our team inter-operates and performs. As a result, we have modified our operating procedures to better accommodate everyone’s style, resolved conflicts and created a common language that helps us navigate communication challenges inside and outside the company.”
Philly Marketing Labs
“From the beginning, Cindy Paris from The People Skills Group, was committed to more than a box standard Myers-Briggs training for our professional service firm. She consistently brings positive energy into the room when working with our colleagues. Not only did she work hard to lay the foundation in MBTI theory, she then moved on to practical ways our multifunctional teams could apply concepts in practice. Her customized workshops provide insights to the various work styles at play in our particular organization. We are currently looking forward to Cindy’s facilitation of a Leadership workshop, in which we intend to invest in our in-house talent and equip them to be mindful leaders for their internal and external teams.”
Director, HR & Administration
MedErgy Health Care, Inc
“It gives me a great pleasure to write about Cindy Stengel Paris. I have more than twenty years’ experience in organizational development, leadership development and the training of adult learners. It was my good fortune to have had Cindy as my instructor for the MBTI Certification program recently. The class was successful due to Cindy’s skill in rapport building, creating a safe learning environment for participants to grasp complex concepts, and her ability to provide one-on-one attention to each person. Cindy displays an uncanny proficiency in translating the depth of her knowledge and consulting experiences in a way that complements the course material.
“Cindy is open-minded, intelligent, warm and works very hard for her students. Classes are structured in a way that meets all the requirements for adult learners and Cindy makes it fun. I recommend Cindy with no reservations.”
Anne C. Holden
Manager, Learning & Development North America
Johnson Matthey, Inc.
“Cindy Paris is a great coach. She dug way beyond the conscious mind and helped us surface the real issues limiting our potential as a team. She’s a multi-skilled practitioner with a strong background in understanding psychological type; this makes her solutions very efficacious and well rounded. We look forward to continuing our work with her.”
Philly Marketing Labs
“Cindy provided staff development training programs that created real change in behaviors and results. She was engaging and staff responded very positively to her training and development work on being more effective in the workplace. I very highly recommend Cindy for her ability to make people more effective and productive.”
Chrysler Financial Services
“Cindy was such a pleasure to work with. She is a master of her craft and was able to help our team gain a better understanding of our individual contributions, each other, and how we can work more cohesively together. The process was enlightening, inspiring and a lot of fun because Cindy loves what she does and it comes through in her work.”
Executive VP Paid Search
Philly Marketing Labs
“The recent workshop for our Directors was outstanding! We wanted a program that was interactive, meaningful, and valuable to our work together as a team, and Cindy more than met our needs. Cindy was engaging, inspiring, well organized, and knowledgeable. Her facilitation skills were excellent as you kept us on task, actively communicating during the day with a variety of exercises, and thinking ahead of ways to apply our new knowledge personally and professionally. Our director feedback was extremely positive and everyone felt the day was time well spent and exciting. Thank you so much for a wonderful day of sharing your talents and expertise!”
“Cindy Stengel of the People Skills Group is very well respected and recognized for her expertise in the areas of leadership development and team building. The coaching that Cindy has provided in these areas has been invaluable and has greatly assisted my clients in managing change in an unpredictable market climate. I and a number of my associates have taken multiple MBTI® training courses from Cindy. We are always impressed by her wealth of knowledge and masterful/skillful delivery. Her enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism make her a vendor of choice.”
Kristin “KC” Haines-Madeira
Merck Research Laboratories
“I met Cindy through the Delaware Valley Association for Psychological Type (DVAPT) when she was President. Her leadership in the organization and enthusiasm for the MBTI® instrument and its ethical use were apparent. I later qualified for the MBTI with Cindy and Type Resources; she expertly facilitated a diverse group of trainees of various types and from different backgrounds. She has a wide repertoire of tools and skills and found a way to target our different types with a satisfying training. Each of us walked away having successfully completed our qualifying program and well prepared to conduct MBTI assessments and trainings. I have since conducted over a dozen trainings and can say that her mentorship of the instrument has served me well. She continues to be a resource for new tools and tips through her website.”
“Cindy and her team provided an excellent MBTI® session for one of my large client groups at Tyco International. The entire team thoroughly enjoyed it and it exceeded the expectations of our Senior Vice President. I hope to have other opportunities to work with Cindy.”
“Cindy helped facilitate a senior management retreat for us, and I could not have been more pleased with the results. She took a new management team and helped with the critical ‘on-boarding’ process that is so fundamental for long-term success. Beginning with an intensive two-day retreat, Cindy helped us learn more about ourselves and how to work better with each other through her expert knowledge of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tools. Not only is Cindy extremely knowledgeable about the material and skilled at facilitating a group, she is a delight to interact with. I highly recommend her services for any organization trying to improve their staff’s effectiveness. Her training and the skills learned are tools that we can now use internally with each other, it has given us a better understanding of communicating in general that we use with our external clients and even in our personal lives.”
A. Frank Donaghue
Physicians for Human Rights
“I engaged Cindy Paris of The People Skills Group to specifically address issues related to our Development and Construction teams that were not working well together. Cindy quickly identified the underlying causes of the communication breakdown, the most blatant one being the VP team working within ‘silos’ rather than as a united team. Through training and coaching of team members from the VP level down, Cindy taught us how to build trust, manage conflict, and work as a team to foster commitment and accountability. We have seen positive and sustained changes in how our teams work together to produce a better product.”
Erickson Retirement Communities
“Cindy Paris of the People Skills Group facilitated team development programs for our Construction and Development groups that work together in one small office. As the leader of that team I can say that prior to the training, the groups from the two departments were at odds with each other and worked as separate entities. The team training provided us with insights into how we can work together as one team with common goals. Cindy provided us with the knowledge and tools for helping us to understand ourselves better, our teammates better and provided a structure for us to follow in our continued efforts to build a strong team. Personally, her follow-up through individual coaching has enabled me to develop my leadership skills in order to mentor the team efforts going forward.”
Erickson Construction, LLC
“Cindy has fundamentally changed the way I relate to others in my personal and professional life. She puts wheels on Myers-Briggs by putting everyone at ease and leading them through interesting and challenging individual and group exercises. Our employees saw immediate benefits and positive change which made us a more productive team. I would recommend hiring Cindy’s group if you want your team to become more efficient and work better together.”
Atria Senior Retirement Community
“Cindy was engaged to provide me with one-on-one professional coaching over the course of 18 months. Utilizing the MBTI, Cindy enabled me to better understand myself and others. A thorough self-examination of both my personal and professional lives, along with the understanding of the components of type, changed the way I view myself and interact with others. Cindy’s training allowed me to recognize and employ various communications styles, understand and build upon my strengths and weaknesses, manage stress and conflict situations, and expand my self-confidence. She provided me with the knowledge of my personality type, increasing my ability to build positive relationships, foster teamwork and develop my leadership skills. Cindy is not only a talented and skilled professional, but personable and humorous. I would recommend Cindy’s methods of coaching to anyone who wants to develop both personally and professionally.”
“I hired Cindy to do a one-day workshop for my team, and she did a fantastic job. She was extremely well prepared for each of us, provided us with an insightful program, and engaged us throughout the process with expertise and good humor. She got even our more skeptical team members on board and had us laughing while we learned of our potential communication weaknesses. Cindy also guided us in how to apply our newfound awareness, a crucial piece of the process, without which awareness might be less valuable. Excellent job!”
Bennett Schoolplacement Worldwide, LLC
“Cindy has worked with our executive team a number of times in the past couple of years. She has helped guide our group through Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team and brought great dialogue to the surface. Cindy’s ability to navigate some difficult communication landscape with groups makes her a great asset for any organization.”
Penn Tank Lines, Inc.
“As an educator, it is important to have depth of knowledge and the ability to communicate that knowledge. Cindy Stengel Paris demonstrates credibility in both – her knowledge of Psychological Type and her ability to facilitate seminars with warmth and professionalism makes her one of the best and most credible instructors around.”
Elizabeth A. Tuleja, Ph.D
The Wharton School
“Cindy’s professionalism and commitment to quality are unmatched. Her ability to communicate complex concepts in a way all can understand is a testament to both her mastery of content, as well her ability to connect with a diverse array of clients. Her creativity, focus and attention to detail is evident in all that she does. She listens to the needs of her clients and develops training that address the unique concerns of her audience. As a colleague, she always offered fresh insights and a wise perspective on any problem! I highly recommend Cindy for your training needs!”
University at Buffalo
“I engaged Cindy to help me become more effective at building customer relationships. Cindy has expert knowledge of the Myers-Briggs type indicator and helped me understand both myself and the personality differences of my clients and prospective clients. Her work with me has resulted in a much more effective, and enjoyable, sales process for me. Cindy is very passionate about what she does and she works well with her clients. I recommend Cindy to anyone who wishes to improve their sales effectiveness.”
Four Star Supply Chain Solutions, LLC
“Over the years I had not been successful in developing good rapport with certain personality types at prospective clients, and as a result had lost some business opportunities. So I asked Cindy to help me better understand my own personality type, to recognize other types that I was likely to (unwittingly) clash with, and how to ‘flex’ my style to reduce or avoid these problems. Cindy used her outstanding professional expertise to design and take me through a series of 1-on-1 coaching sessions that were very helpful. The reference materials and exercises she provided were excellent. She made the step by step process extremely productive, and at the same time a lot of fun. So I would not hesitate to recommend Cindy to both individuals and groups that need expert help to quickly resolve interpersonal problems that are hindering effective performance.”
Jon Oliver & Associates
“I have known Cindy for 10 years and have seen her deliver training programs on at least a dozen occasions. She is a ROLE MODEL trainer! Her stand-up skills (voice tone, pitch and projection; non-verbals) are just superb. In addition to this, her command of the theory and application of psychological type are world class. If you need someone to help you with ‘type’, she will not disappoint!”
“Cindy is facilitator and coach par excellence. She’s well versed in personality models, team meeting design, facilitation, and communication models. I’m delighted to have known and collaborated with Cindy for 6 years. She relates to people in all stages of life, providing support and insight regarding life and business challenges. A professional to the core, she’s dependable, smart, and instinctively aware of what people need, has a great sense of humor, and is enjoyable to work with.”
Type Resources, Inc.