Cindy Ihlenfeld
Biography
Cindy IhlenfeldArtist and Community Leader

Cynthia Ihlenfeld is currently an artist and facilitator of connections between people, organizations, money, and ideas.

In 2003, she left the corporate world and began to more adequately nourish her creative side. Since that time, she has served on the boards of several artistic organizations. Most recently, she was on the board and served as chair of the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum. During her tenure, the museum raised the necessary funds and completed a major expansion. She also paints, draws, and studies art history.

Previously, Ihlenfeld worked in banking, investment, accounting, and business management disciplines in Madison, the Twin Cities (Minnesota), Dusseldorf, and Brussels. She worked in a variety of positions while employed by 3M for over 18 years and added Asia to her geographical exposure. She then spent several years as vice president of planning and control for a division of Ecolab. Desiring a career change, Ihlenfeld left Ecolab to pursue a position with Jefferson Wells (now a division of Manpower), which advertised for business development managers with the question, “Are you a sales person trapped in an accountant’s body?” After several years selling consulting services, she transferred those skills to facilitating connections in her community and the organizations mentioned above.

Ihlenfeld earned a BBA with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School. She and her husband divide their time between Mahtomedi, Minnesota and La Quinta, California.