Innovations in Wellness: Elevating the Standard of Well-Being

Cindy Joyce


Cindy Joyce

Cindy Joyce is the founder of Pillar Search & HR Consulting, a boutique firm that specializes in retained executive search for exceptional nonprofits, foundations, associations, and socially-responsible for-profit organizations and human resources consulting for all types of organizations with an emphasis on improving employee productivity and promoting a strong organizational culture. Based in Boston, Pillar was founded in 2015 and works on the local and national level. Recent clients have included Crane Currency, Junior League of Boston, New England ACH Association, PwC, Reading Partners, The FAB Foundation, The Landing School of Boat Building, WildAid, Year Up, and Yestermorrow Design/Build School.

With over 20 years of experience in recruiting and human resources, Cindy has worked at some truly great organizations. Before founding Pillar Search & HR Consulting, Cindy was an Executive Search Director with Lois L. Lindauer Search, one of the top search firms in the country focused on advancement and development professionals. There, Cindy was responsible for searches with marquee clients including Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Nantucket Athenaeum, Santa Barbara Film Festival, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior, she was an Executive Search Consultant with City Year and Assistant Director of Recruitment for Harvard Law School. Her career before to entering the nonprofit arena was in the investment management space, including Director of Human Resources with FundQuest, a division of BNP Paribas Bank, and Senior Human Resources Generalist with State Street Research and Management.

Her volunteer roles have included multiple leadership roles with Junior League of Boston, Board Member of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Chair of the Financial Services Human Resources affinity group, a volunteer training role with Dress for Success, and an advisory board member to the New England Human Resources Association.

Cindy holds a master’s degree in Organizational Development from Lesley University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Regis College. She is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School teaching the International Human Resources course. Cindy’s writing has appeared on Thrive Global, LinkedIn Pulse, and the Northeast Human Resources Association. In addition, she has appeared on BBC’s “World Have Your Say” and has been a featured speaker with Lean In, Harvard University, PwC, The Materials Research Society, and The Junior League of Boston.


Fostering Resilience in the Workplace

Using the relationship between resilience, stress, and productivity to help managers understand the importance of creating resilient teams.

Many business leaders assume an employee’s mental health is not their business. However, an employee’s mental health can greatly impact their performance—as well as a company’s bottom line. According to the Center for Prevention & Health, mental health problems (including depression and anxiety) alone are estimated to cost US employers between $79-$105 billion annually. Therefore, fostering resilience in the workplace has become an increasingly important business strategy – and managers are a key component.