USA Today Women of the Century

Press Release from Institute of Organization Development

Institute OD is so excited to the announce the nominations of Dr. Cindy Banyai and Dr. Nancy Zentis for the USA Today Women of the century.


Dr. Cindy Banyai is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at the Institute of Organization Development. She has worked in the field of OD since 2006 as head of her own consulting firm specializing in evaluation and starting a nonprofit providing housing for homeless families. Dr. Banyai received her Master’s and Ph.D from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan and her works have been published in peer-reviewed journals. She has also also edited and contributed to several books. Dr. Banyai is on faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University and received the Donald W. Littrell New Professional Award in 2015 from the Community Development Society and 2018 Advocacy and Use Practice Award from the American Evaluation Association.


Dr. Nancy Zentis is the founder and CEO of Institute of Organization Development, offering OD Certification Programs in Organization Development, Leadership Development, Talent Management, and Executive Coaching. As a global leader in the field of OD, Nancy is well recognized for her accomplishments in the field of OD for over 30 years. Nancy holds a Ph.D in Organization Development from Capella University, a Master’s in Human Resource Development and Business Development from Central Michigan. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation, and certified as an Action Learning Coach, Dension 360, 20/20 Insight 160, DISC, Myers Briggs, and Emotional Intelligence.


February is National Women's Month celebrating 100 years of Women’s Right to Vote.  USA today is asking to nominate women from their towns, cities and states who have made a difference on a state or national level in areas such as Art and Literature, business, Civil Rights, Education, Entertainment, Law Media, Nonprofits and & Philanthropy, Politics, Science and Medicine and Sports to highlight more than  500 women who have inspired us over the past 100 years.


USA Today is also launching Womankind, an extension of our Humankind Franchise to celebrate unsung women who make the world a better place through their good work and example.

If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, here’s the link -

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