Cindy Lenkiewicz grew up in Buffalo, New York. She earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Buffalo School of Law and a B.S. in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Ithaca College. She began her legal career as a corporate attorney at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City. For over the past two decades, she has worked as a corporate governance attorney in the financial services industry for various companies. She has held her current position as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of New York Life Insurance Company since October 2005, where she has responsibility for the planning, organization and documentation of the Company’s Committee and Board meetings and advises on corporate governance matters.
While never participating in any sports in school, other than cheerleading, Cindy took up running in her late twenties. She challenged herself and achieved what seemed to be an unattainable goal of completing her first New York City Marathon in 1997. She was inspired and went on to complete 9 additional marathons in various destinations, such as Paris, France and Anchorage, Alaska. For a number of these marathons she raised money for the Leukemia Society through its Team in Training program.
Cindy is passionate about adventure travel and also enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking, and biking. Combining these interests, she has travelled the world extensively, including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro; trekking the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu; hiking in Nepal, Patagonia and Norway; biking in Europe, Asia, and the Americas; and exploring various wonders of the world. Cindy embodies the Hans Christian Andersen quote “To Travel is to Live,” and believes that her wanderlust has provided her the opportunity to broaden her perspective in so many ways.
Cindy and her husband, David Polek, live in New York City and Southampton, New York. Cindy joined the i-tri Board in June 2019. Continuing the legacy of her family and moved by their community service, Cindy wanted to volunteer in her local Hamptons community and lend her corporate expertise and detail-oriented organizational skills to a non-profit where she is enthusiastic about the mission. She is looking forward to a rewarding experience empowering, inspiring and mentoring adolescent girls.