Cynthia Ackrill

Cynthia Ackrill

Speaker, Consultant, Leadership Coach, Stress Expert

Areas of expertise

Leadership, stress management, brain-based performance

Professional summary

Cynthia Ackrill, MD is a coach, speaker, consultant, and principal of WellSpark, helping high achieving leaders and professionals find more energy, focus, brilliance, and career/life satisfaction through the science and wisdom of human performance. I work with leaders and their teams eager to proactively tackle the stress and energy drains inherent in today's business cultures, practices and personal choices. Together we assess performance potentials, audit energy drains, and find the small shifts that will give disproportionate rewards.

As the only MD certified in both wellness and leadership coaching with expertise in applied neuroscience and stress management, I bring a unique viewpoint, applying the science and wisdom of human performance to real life situations. I love to work with leaders curious about how to find new ways to increase effectiveness and to facilitate teams to change cultures to support the best of human potential. I customize all work- speaking and coaching- specifically to meet your needs and welcome any inquiries to see if we are a fit for creating new ways to increase performance outcomes within a fulfilling and fun life.

Dr. Ackrill is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a Fellow and Board Member of the American Institute of Stress, a charter member of HeartMath, and a former board member of the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research. A certified Wellcoach® and Wellness Inventory coach, Dr. Ackrill has also completed training in advanced executive coaching, positive psychology, intrinsic motivation, peak performance coaching, Team Advantage®, and mentored in organizational effectiveness and leadership development. She is affiliated with Pyramid Resource Group and is a member of the International Coaches Federation and an affiliate of the Institute of Coaching of the Harvard Medical School.

Engagement overview

Duration and cost of an engagement depends on the scope of work, identified during the initial consultation.


• Deloitte
• Toyota
• Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Benefit Controls of the Carolinas
• Leonard and Moore
• Westall
• Gray
• Connolly and Davis
• Altavista Wealth Management
• National Wiper
• McNair Law Firm
• Davidson Centre for the Professions