David King, Chairman & Founder

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David has the day to day privilege of observing a group of very talented women do things better and faster than he could ever do. If he were not the founder, no one would even ask who he is or what he does. And that doesn’t bother him one bit. 

David King founded CFW Careers as Careers For Women, Inc in 1973.
At the time, this was the only organization in the world whose sole purpose was to attract, train and place women in the Executive Sales Profession.

 

History of CFW Careers

When David founded Careers for Women in 1973, most women didn’t know about “executive sales” jobs or how suitable they would be for them. Most women didn’t understand why business-to-business selling had many career advantages, not just greater compensation but also increased job opportunities, career advancement potential and even a new kind of personal fulfillment.

Our business was to educate women about “Executive Sales,” a term we coined in 1973.

Our main focus was training in the form of seminars. We offered up to fourteen 3-hour seminars including “Why Sales?” “How to Select a Career Path in Executive Sales,” “How to Sell at the Business Lunch,” “How to Construct and Give Sales Presentations,” and “How to Sell Advertising Space.”

No one else had ever done this before, so someone wrote a newspaper article about us in The Chicago Tribune. Then someone else wrote another newspaper article. And then there were several more.

Next, magazines wrote about what we were doing for women, including Family Circle, Essence, Women’s Daily and close to 50 others. Our founder, David King, wrote a book in 1979, The Best Way in the World for a Woman to Make Money, and it warranted personal TV appearances on “Good Morning America,” “AM Chicago,” “Detroit,” followed by appearances in Cleveland, Toronto, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, and more. 

 
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Over 40 Years

Now, just past our 44th anniversary, we have placed more than 50,000 women and men in Executive Sales and related areas and, in the process, launched and advanced their successful careers. We’re proud of our heritage, the work we do, and the difference we’ve made in the professional lives of those we serve.

 

Cynnie King, President & Owner

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Cynnie previously served as Vice President of an executive coaching, leadership development and organizational development consultancy, WJM Associates. She was Managing Partner of an international branding consultancy and a business development executive of several other strategic branding and marketing communications firms. A graduate of Colby College, she also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She co-leads day-to-day operations of the firm as well as playing an account management and recruitment role. Cynnie finds her bliss walking through Washington Square Park with her husband, David, and their rescue Pug, Sally. 
 
"Careers for Women and David King introduced me to sales 30 years ago. It means so much to me to continue building this business— a firm with a great legacy and also a distinctive positioning: truly “executive search with a soul.” While the executive search industry has changed over the years, especially in the past seven years since I joined the firm, it’s thrilling to see that David’s original premise for the company has only become more significant: educating people to make smarter career choices. Together with our team of very talented career development professionals, we are making a difference and creating success stories for both candidates and clients."

Rachel Fagnant-Fassler, Vice President & Owner

Rachel co-leads day-to-day operations of the firm and plays an account management and recruitment role. Previously, Rachel worked as a personal and career counselor. She has a M.A. in Counseling from New York University and a B.A. from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). When she’s not in the office, you can find her running in Prospect Park, volunteering on the board of a CSA, or talking incessantly about the joys of Brooklyn life.

"I joined Careers as a graduate student. At the time, I thought that I was gaining invaluable skills that would inform my clinical practice. Ultimately, though, I found that my training enabled me to contribute the most to candidates and clients in career development. I love facilitating candidate career growth and working with a team of recruiters who light up when an individual lands his/her dream job. "

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Stephanie Kronenberg, Program Development Lead & Talent Consultant

Stephanie recently joined CFW after receiving her M.A. in Psychology from City College and her B.A. from New York University. Initially, Stephanie intended to pursue a career in research psychology with a focus on the impact of lifestyle and exercise on emotional and physical health. However, she soon realized that she wanted to play a more interactive role effecting change in people’s lives. CFW came to her at just the right time! She’s very excited to help candidates make the next step in their careers.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys being dragged around Brooklyn Heights by her two dogs, Dempsey (a boxer) and Memphis (a rescue Pit mix). She also enjoys baking, and her apartment frequently looks (and smells) like a cupcake shop.

“In all that I do, I aspire to have a positive impact on others. At CFW, that goal has become a reality. It is such a pleasure to come to work every day knowing that in every interaction I have, I will at least provide someone with valuable information or feedback. I love being surrounded by a team of people who care as much as I do.”

Eugenia Neri, Talent Consultant

Eugenia is originally from Venezuela, the country of beautiful beaches and the world's tallest waterfall (featured in the movie Up!), and brings a much-needed second language fluency to the CFW office! She recently graduated from Boston College, where she majored in Psychology.  After an undergraduate career filled with psychology research and clinical experiences, she realized that organizational psychology and its related applied fields (recruiting!) spoke to what she liked best about psychology: listening to and learning about other people's stories. On the weekends, you can find Eugenia eating arepas with friends or spending time with one of her many (23!) cousins in the area. In the wintertime, she’s been known to enjoy hitting the slopes on her snowboard. 

"Boston College instilled Jesuit ideals—guiding us to become men and women dedicated to serving others.  Working at CFW Careers has allowed me to live that ideal.  Every day someone shares with me a part of their story, and I attempt to give back by helping people navigate through a crucial aspect of their life, career development. I love coming to work with a team of passionate and dedicated individuals. We lead with kindness, both in how we interact with each other, as well as with candidates and clients. This environment not only enables me to grow professionally but also personally--something I am thankful for every day." Learn more →

 

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Katie Keane, Junior Talent Consultant

Katie recently graduated Lehigh University where she studied English and Psychology. While she was looking for a start to her post-grad life, she knew she wanted a job where she could learn about people from all walks of life. When Katie found CFW in her career search, she knew recruiting would be a great fit. Katie loves to travel as much as she can. So far, she has been to over 15 countries across 4 continents. When Katie is home, she loves to spend time on Long Island with her family, her black lab, and her flat-coated retriever.

“In all that I do, I aspire to have a positive impact on others. At CFW, that goal has become a reality. It is such a pleasure to come to work every day knowing that in every interaction I have, I will at least provide someone with valuable information or feedback. I love being surrounded by a team of people who care as much as I do.”

MacKenzie Vile, Junior Talent Consultant

MacKenzie graduated from Bates College where she majored in Psychology and double minored in Japanese and Economics.  After graduation, she moved to Japan spending two years teaching English to elementary students in rural Akita and founding a read-aloud library program called Alphabet Soup. Her original plan being to remain in International Education, she returned to the states and worked as an International Admissions coordinator before (lucky her!) joining the CFW team. She’s found that helping candidates navigate their careers (and the hiring market) was exactly the kind of work she’d been looking for.

Outside of the office MacKenzie can be found in her tiny NY kitchen whipping up tasty dishes, or dragging her friends to some new Japanese spot she’s just discovered.  A self-proclaimed bibliophile, she also loves curling up in bed with a good book.

“I’ve always enjoyed connecting with people through their stories, and what is a career, but part of someone’s larger narrative. I love knowing that at CFW I’m working for our candidates just as much as for our clients—ensuring that what comes next builds on what came before, and is a coherent, meaningful, and strategic next chapter in their story.”

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Allison Reid, Recruiting Coordinator

Allie came onto the CFW team as a Sourcing Assistant while completing her B.A. in Politics, Rights & Development at New York University, and has recently taken on the role of Recruiting Coordinator as she works toward her M.A. in Comparative Politics.

When she's not at work (or in the library studying), Allie loves to explore the East Village and find new coffee spots to check out. She’ll jump on a plane any chance she gets, and is passionate about experiencing new places, cultures and people.

"When I was finishing up my undergraduate degree, CFW Careers was the perfect environment not only to work, but also to help develop my professional skills. CFW gave me invaluable insight into a variety of different industries, as well as how various companies conduct their interview and hiring processes. Beyond the logistic knowledge that I've gained, however, is what I've learned by watching an office of strong businesswomen and recruiters who truly care about their clients and candidates. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to work in a place where I am constantly learning and developing who I am as a person and young professional."