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Dr. Cynthia A. Phillips is an economist, statistician, writer, producer, and social entrepreneur. She serves executive teams at game changing companies and organizations as a strategist as well as an innovation, risk management, sustainability, data science, and marketing expert. Former senior executive in risk management and marketing at American Express. She is the founder of 22nd Century by Design, The Disruptive Quarterly, and The Disruptive Factory. Phillips is a Venture Partner at Renew Venture Capital an impact fund that focuses on diversity, sustainability, and supporting underrepresented founders and game changers. A 2020 Finalist Global Women in Tech, Phillips is a champion of the 17 UN SDGs and supports nonprofit organizations, creators as well as companies of any scale to integrate the SDGs into their business planning, Business Intelligence, ESG and CSR. She served as an Executive Producer of A Plastic Ocean and Producer of A New Resistance as well as Climate Refugees 2. Her writing has been recognized by The Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship, Humanitas, and LA International Screenwriting Awards. Her first novel, A Sensitive Instrument, was awarded a 2022 Arizona Artist Grant. She believes sharing our stories – well told -and advancing businesses focused on real impact and innovation- can change the world.

Cynthia A. Phillips, PhD

Writer, Producer, Entrepreneur, Changemaker & Speaker

Photo Credit: Allyson Foerster



How we spend each moment is how we spend our lives. We are all creators.
The goal I have in my life, work, creative projects, and social enterprises is to ignite and empower the best in myself and others through creativity, storytelling, and action.


Life is a mysterious and profound blessing.  I strive not to squander a moment of it.



WRITER Fiction | Non-Fiction | Screenplays

  • A Sensitive Instrument (Novel in progress - first of a series)

    • ​Based in New York City, Chloe Reardon solves the murder of artist, Meredith Bishop. She navigates the global art world and a Russian Oligarch named, Ursula Regev.​​

  • The 22nd Century Handbook (in progress)

    • A study in an environmentally responsible circular economy; the building blocks of the 22nd Century. ​

  • The Study of Position, Formerly Half-Life (Screenplay) – Top 15% Nicholl Fellowship 2021, Semi-finalist Humanitas Drama Awards 2021
    (Additional accolades: Top 20% Nicholl Fellowship 2020 & Finalist LA Screenwriting Awards 2020 - Coverfly)

  • Selected for Squaw Valley Screenwriters Workshop in 2009, led by the late Tom Rickman of AFI



TV, Documentary, Feature Films & Engagement Platforms

  • The Disruptive Quarterly  Founder, Publisher, Editor

  • A New Resistance (Documentary) Producer

  • Climate Refugees 2 (Documentary) Producer 

  • Uncommon Conversations: Thich Nhat Hanh and Brother David Steindl Rast

  • Identity, Thought & Vision: Palestinian, Druse and Jewish Artists Foster Coexistence

  • Partnership to Cut Hunger & Poverty in Africa: 5 African Presidents Launch a Vision

  • Pathways to Gratefulness: Conference Producer with LiveStream @Sounds True

  • A Plastic Ocean (Documentary) An Executive Producer - Watch Here

  • Global Shift Festival & Summit: Bali, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, Pittsburgh (Producer)

  • Verti: Earth’s New Champion (Animated Character – Transmedia, Animated TV Series, Feature) Creator and Producer

  • GlobalShift2030 Mobile App Designer & Producer – Passport to Impact & UN SDGs

  • 22nd Century by Design App (in progress)

More information available on request

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