Cynthia Heathcoe is CEO and owner of Contemporary Living, a mid-priced, high style furniture showroom located Downtown at the Gardens, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Once a homeless single mother and resident at The Lord’s Place family center, she is now a successful entrepreneur, earning the title of Entrepreneur of the Year with Palm Beach SCORE in May of 2016 and HFA Emerging Star Award 2017. Cynthia has always held a passion for helping others and is currently involved in several charities within the community, hosting numerous events at her showroom to benefit causes near and dear to her heart.
In addition to serving on the Board for The Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Cynthia also has the honor of serving on the Board of Directors for The Lord’s Place. To satisfy her philanthropic passion she collects free of charge clients’ used furniture to be donated to The Lord’s Place Thrift Store. Cynthia is host of “Make Your Room Happen”, a weekly hour-long lifestyle radio show that touches on numerous topics from creating your perfect space, to owning your brand as a woman entrepreneur. Often seen as a role model for other women, Cynthia has shared her personal journey in various speaking engagements to encourage and empower others. She is a regular guest speaker with the Jim Moran Institute of Business, Office Depot Foundation Summer Intern program and speaks regularly with the women and families served by The Lord’s Place.
Innovative ideas often begin, not with corporate giants, but with independent thinkers and operators. Furniture Today will bring together some of the most creative small and mid-sized retail stores to discuss innovative, outside-the-box approaches to, not just surviving, but thriving in a rapidly changing retail marketplace.