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Seattle, WA


- Education & Women's Speaker
- Founder of AppLe St. (Applied Learning Styles)
- Author of "A Woman of Strength and Purpose"


Cynthia Tobias has a successful background that includes over 30 years of private practice, 8 years of teaching high school, and 6 years in law enforcement.  She has authored 13 books and is a featured guest on radio and television, a popular presenter for business, government agencies, churches and schools throughout the U.S. and the world. 

Cynthia’s educational clients have included a large number of public and private schools across the country and around the world.  She has taken her educational expertise to many international schools and organizations, including those in China, South Africa, Bolivia, Trinidad, South Korea, Australia, and more.

Cynthia’s corporate clients have included Seattle Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, International Association of Women Police (IAWP), General Motors, Walt Disney, Merrill Lynch, and BNSF Railroads, as well as numerous government agencies, law enforcement and fire & rescue services.

Cynthia received her B.A. at Northwest Nazarene University, her Master’s Degree at Seattle Pacific University, and an Honorary Doctorate from Northwest Nazarene University in 2015.  She is the mother of twin sons, now young adults, and she and her husband Jack live in the Seattle area.

What Women Are Saying About Cynthia's Strong Willed Women & Those Who Love Them Seminar:

  • "I like the term “strong will” in conjunction with women in the church/Christian women.  How freeing that we can know that our design can be mightily used of God…and it is a gift!"  --Glennis
  • "This was an excellent event!  Such a great combination of humor and thought-provoking content.  I had a great time hearing you speak and connecting with other strong-willed women.  It was such a relief to connect with other strong-willed women to further normalize my strong will while helping me see new ways to surrender my strong will to God.  Can’t wait to see where God takes this!"  --Megan
  • "Thank you so much for coming today.  Although I don’t consider myself a strong willed woman, I have a daughter who is and it helped me so much!"   --Christina 



File Name

You Can't Make Me

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Learning Styles

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Middle School: Brain Development

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Not Your Ordinary Women's Event


 <p>A Woman of Strength and Purpose</p>

A Woman of Strength and Purpose

 <p>The Way They Learn</p>

The Way They Learn

 <p>Every Child Can Succeed</p>

Every Child Can Succeed

 <p>You Can't Make Me</p>

You Can't Make Me

 <p>Middle School: The Inside Story</p>

Middle School: The Inside Story

 <p>I Hate School</p>

I Hate School

 <p>The Way We Work</p>

The Way We Work


"I never had so many wonderful comments and compliments about any of our speakers as I had about Cynthia. I am still laughing today when I think of some of the things she said. All board members were receiving the same compliments--it was wonderful!  I do not think I will be able to top her--that will be impossible."
-Carole Peterson, Friends of Weatherford Library

"May I just say [Cynthia] was incredible!?  Easy to relate to, to listen to, to find “take-aways” in her words, ideas, methods, and the anatomy of her presentations. She was an excellent speaker and teacher—thank you so much for bringing her to the conference! I am very happy to have purchased one of her books and to have the handouts she provided about two more of her books. They will be excellent resources to have, not just as a teacher, but as a person."
– Dr. Greg Wiles, Ed. D., Executive Director, Idaho Middle Level Association

“Cynthia Tobias presents the kind of workshop that teachers walk away from feeling they have truly been helped. After only a few minutes, it is obvious that Cynthia knows of what she speaks.”
-Hillier School, TX

“Cynthia was amazing. She has a gift of getting across to her audience in a most interesting and entertaining manner with very practical guidelines and suggestions. Cynthia was well received by teachers, parents and pupils and was able to hold teenagers attention in very hot and humid conditions, not an easy task in normal conditions. We will have Cynthia back again.”
- Gonubie Methodist Church, South Africa

"Cynthia is a speaker who has examined the research on learning styles and explains it in an entertaining and motivational presentation. She helped us to better understand ourselves and our students so we could improve the learning atmosphere in our classes. Get ready for a day of laughter."
- Credo Christian High School, British Columbia