Cindy O’Neill

I have made Seabrook Island my “forever” home, after my husband and I spent many years coming to Seabrook on the weekends, while still working and living in Atlanta.  We decided to build a new (larger) home on Seabrook Island in 2014 to accommodate our growing family (three children, a son-in-law and two granddaughters).  We still owned a home in Atlanta but found ourselves wanting to spend more time at Seabrook Island.  The pandemic made it an easy decision for Seabrook Island to become our full-time home.  We enjoy the advantages of living in a smaller community where we can make more of a difference than living in a big city.  In short, we love the island life and want to contribute to sustain and improve this amazing and unique treasure that we now call our permanent home! 

I was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, graduated from Duke University, and worked in healthcare IT for 40 years in Atlanta.  During my career I held numerous positions that allowed me to develop valuable skills applicable to many situations – project and strategic planning, event organization and realization, communication skills, and collaboration.  Specifically, I managed people, partnered with companies in the technology and healthcare fields and mentored colleagues.  I spent most of my career working at Microsoft.  It was a unique experience to be able to work with folks that develop software that almost everyone in the world uses every day and to influence the direction of that development.  During my time at Microsoft, I was invited to be a board member of a company that relied on Microsoft software to develop and run their business.  This is where I learned the economic value of collaboration firsthand.   With my knowledge of Microsoft technology and their own business knowledge, we worked together to improve their efficiency and increase their profit margins.  I also participated in many company-sponsored volunteer activities, including Habitat for Humanity, mentorship work in schools, as well as numerous fund-raising activities.

With every career move, I was fortunate to work with incredibly smart people.  I am what a lot of folks refer to as a “connector.”  I learn how to recognize the talents of people and put together teams to meet the challenge of the task at hand.  I love the everyday challenges of finding solutions to problems and improving situations that may have been working well, and by collaborating with others, finding a creative solution to make them work even better. As I am settling into retirement, it would be easy to simply focus on improving my golf game, travel abroad, and continue my volunteer activities with Made With Love and others. However, I have a ton of energy and passion for Seabrook Island and I want to share my unique business experience and perspective.  I look forward to joining the SIPOA board and finding new challenges that take advantage of my unique talents.