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2016 Bombeck workshop keynoter
Cindy Ratzlaff

Cindy Ratzlaff Author, speaker and entrepreneur Cindy Ratzlaff was named to the Forbes “20 Best Branded Women on Twitter” list, and Forbes Woman called her one of the Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship.” During her 20-plus years as a marketing executive with Simon & Schuster and Rodale, Cindy created branded marketing and PR campaigns that ushered more than 200 books onto the New York Times bestseller lists. She was named to the Ad Age “Marketing 50” list for the launch campaign behind The South Beach Diet, which went on to sell more than two million copies. Cindy’s essays on happiness have appeared on and, and her articles on social marketing can be read on She is the co-author, with her friend Kathy Kinney, of three books, Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-up Woman’s Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve, Queenisms: 101 Jolts of Inspiration and Queen of Your Own Life: If Not Now, When? By licensing the contents of her Facebook page, Queen of Your Own LifeTM, Queenisms are now available as a page-a-day calendar. Cindy speaks to conferences such as BookExpo America, the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Romance Writers of America, Ernst & Young, Texas Conference for Women, among others, on the topics of happiness, personal branding and creating a digital footprint. She engages daily with more than 450,000 people through her popular Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blog sites.

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