Cynthia Banks

University of Colorado – Boulder & Global Leadership League


Cynthia Banks is a recognized leader in education abroad with more than two decades of experience. She was founder/CEO of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad for 25 years, which she sold in 2014, and is now the Faculty Director for Global Initiatives (and on the faculty) at the University of Colorado Boulder and consults privately on business strategy and organizational design. Her passions include developing women leaders and making education abroad accessible, and she is founder of the Global Leadership League and the Foundation for Global Scholars in support of those efforts.

She has served in numerous leadership roles with NAFSA including the Board of Directors, and currently serves as advisor to Diversity Abroad, the Fund for Education Abroad, Greenhouse Scholars and Terra Dotta. She is an elected member of the International Women’s Forum. A Colorado native, Cynthia earned degrees from both Colorado State University and University of Colorado. Honors include 2009 Small Business of the Year by Colorado Women’s Chamber and the 2013 Top Three Minority/Women Owned Business by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.