Cy Wakeman has honed her Reality-Based Leadership philosophy through hands-on experience, managing teams, and leading strategic planning efforts, large culture change initiatives, talent management initiatives, and succession planning projects. As a consultant to top executives and organizations, she is not only a thought leader but a sought-after speaker, delivering over 150 keynote speeches annually. Her background combines four successful business start-ups with 18 years working and consulting in a variety of arenas, including manufacturing, banking, government, high-tech and healthcare. Her ideas have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, hr.com, SHRM.com and her popular blogs at FastCompany.com and Forbes.com. She is the author of Reality Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results.