Loyola University Chicago

Founders' Dinner - Archive

Cynthia A. Dickens

DAMEN AWARD - SCHOOL OF CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

Cynthia Dickens (MUND ’96, MSHR ‘99) is a veteran human resources professional. Her areas of expertise are in talent and organizational development, training, recruitment, mergers and acquisitions, and employee relations. In her current position at Pfizer, she is the U.S. commercial HR lead, who supports numerous sales teams and a team of HR generalists. She partners with sales leaders to drive and execute HR initiatives in both North America and Puerto Rico.

Prior to Pfizer, where Dickens has risen through the ranks, she was an HR director supporting sales and manufacturing for Sara Lee, a regional HR director with Aramark, and a generalist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Dickens is also a leader in her community. She sat on the board of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys and Girls Club as the nominating committee’s vice president. She has served as a sponsor and mentor of Linked Unlimited, which is a mentoring and college preparatory organization that assists disadvantaged African American students throughout high school. She served on the board of the Chicago Association of Minority Recruiters (CAMR) and was past chair of its scholarship committee. The CAMR scholarship was named after Dickens, who was instrumental in starting the program.

Dickens has served in several different roles at Loyola, including at the medical center. She earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice at Mundelein College and a master’s in human resources and industrial relations at Loyola.

Dickens supports a number of institutions and church ministries, including Loyola University Chicago, the American Red Cross, Interfaith House, Playworks, Feed the Children, Naomi’s Village, By the Hand, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys and Girls Club. Inspired by her ministry at New Life Covenant Church in Chicago, Dickens recently published a memoir on giving entitled Be a Cheerful Giver: Unlock the Promise of God Through Giving.

Dickens continues to mentor, coach, and counsel people in the areas of interviewing and resume writing, and she provides career advice.