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Cyndee G. Patterson

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Cyndee G. Patterson is President of the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the historic Duke Mansion and The Lee Institute.

At The Lee Institute, her work includes project design and facilitation of the Economic Development Task Force, the Urban League strategic plan, facilitation of the Cultural Life Task Force, Charlotte Symphony board development, and Centralina Council of Governments civic engagement. She has also facilitated Connect, The CMS Task Force, and StrengthsFinders assessment and training for the American Leadership Forum, the Charlotte Community Blood Center and UNC Charlotte University Advancement.

Cyndee’s education includes numerous MBA courses at Indiana University and Queens College and a BA with honors from Purdue University where she graduated with honors. She also has extensive training in facilitation, dialogue, conducting interviews and focus groups and Appreciative Inquiry. She is also a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum, Class II.

Previously, she was President and Founder of Patterson Blake, Inc., a corporate meeting and event planning, and organization and development consulting firm. Patterson Blake worked with clients to strategically plan and implement meetings and special events.

Cyndee served as an at-large Charlotte City Council member, 1985-1993 and Mayor Pro Tem, 1989-1991. She was a champion of City/County consolidation in the Parks and Recreation Department and Police Department. She also led the move towards community policing.

Community recognition includes the 1997 Women of the Year, the 1992 Charlotte Chamber Women Entrepreneur, the 1990 Spirit Award, the 2003 Evie Lifetime Achievement Award, the Special Events Magazine National Gala for Best Corporate Event, and the 2001 Marie R. Rowe Award for support of the Arts.

Cyndee is past Bechtler Museum of Art Board Chair and a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board and the Women’s Impact Fund Advisory Board.

Charlotte has been Cyndee’s home for 30 years; she loves gardening, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She and her husband, Robert, have one son, Hank, and an extended family including Allison Blake, and Robert’s children from his first marriage, Michael and Erin. They enjoy the amazing fun of having five granddaughters.

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