Cecily Rodriguez Communication Leadership Alumni
Organizational Leadership

Cecily Rodriguez

Cecily Rodriguez has spent two decades in Corporate America so she knows it well. Well enough to know she can have more impact on it from the outside than in. In 2015, she co-founded Shift Happens, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in organizational development services for small businesses such as leadership development, team building, training and facilitation.

Rodriguez graduated in 2011 with her MS in Communication and Leadership. She recommends Canisius to those who value a quality education, hands-on experience they can apply immediately and of course -- flexibility. She also always mentions the relationships. Canisius classes are small so you get to know your classmates and professors. She says, “These relationships are invaluable to me.” They help her with everything from job searches and event planning to sourcing panel speakers.

At Canisius, Rodriguez learned theory and leadership and learned to apply those lessons to her own life. When she needed support as a woman trying to advance her career, Rodriguez co-founded Women On The Rise. When she wanted to do more public speaking, she earned a spot to speak at the inaugural TEDxBuffaloWomen conference. Rodriguez credits Canisius with giving her the knowledge and confidence to pursue those opportunities. And she’s just getting started.