Cynthia Stamper Graff is President and CEO of Lindora, one of the largest multi-site medical weight control systems in the United States. A nationally recognized expert in the field of weight management, she has been actively involved in the growth and development of Lindora since 1988. Graff, a leader in integrating technology into the treatment of obesity, has been instrumental in developing Lindora's clinical program, as well as the online and by-phone options. Lindora has been ranked one of the “Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in America” by Working Woman magazine three times.
Graff is the author of The New Lean for Life, published in 2014 by Harlequin. Her three previous books, including the bestselling Lean for Life, have sold more than one million copies. She is also the founder of the Lean for Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes obesity research and educational programs, and funds weight control services and programs for selected low-income, morbidly obese men, women, and children.
In 2010, she was recognized with the California State University-Long Beach College of Business Administration Distinguished Alumni Award. She was a Faculty Fellow at the university’s Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, and is a member of the center’s Governing Council. In 2010-2011, she served as the center’s William Dickson Leader-in-Residence, making presentations on entrepreneurship, ethical leadership, and living a healthy lifestyle. Graff is currently a member of the CSULB 49er Board of Directors.
Graff received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in 2012 from Orange County Business Journal. A previous recipient of the magazine’s Women in Business Award, she is the first person to have received both honors. Graff also received the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Remarkable Women Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. A national Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award nominee, Graff has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization since 1993 and a member of Adaptive Business Leaders since 1998. She is one of the founding members of The Women’s Philanthropy 100, which supports the work of the Orange County United Way.
Graff holds a law degree from York University in Toronto, and a B.S. in business finance from California State University-Long Beach. She resides in Newport Beach, California.
Marilyn Platfoot, Lindora's Chief Operating Officer, has over 25 years of retail experience in operations management of over 250 retail stores. In addition, she developed and opened over 150 "store within stores" across the country.
Before Lindora, she most recently held the position of Executive Vice President of Retail Operations and Joint Ventures for FAO, Inc., which included FAO Schwarz, Zany Brainy, and The Right Start. She developed and launched "Store Within a Store" within Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Department Store Group.
Marilyn held additional positions at The Right Start, including Executive VP, with responsibilities of Retail Operations, Merchandising, Marketing, Human Resources, Training, and Real Estate. Her personal skills and expertise in merchandising, financial planning, information systems, marketing, human resources, real estate, store operations, and negotiating partnerships has prepared Marilyn well for her current role with Lindora.