Conglomerate Science Fiction Game
Persiplex Businesswoman, Women's Issues champion and Philanthropist
Cynthia Leyanne Jarrel (143-267CE)
- CEO of Cynthia’s Boutiques on Persiplex 178CE-245CE
- Co-founder and financier of the Persiplex Lady’s Club in 208CE
- Revived and expanded the Urban League in 215CE
- Third wealthiest person on Persiplex in 208CE
In the days before The Bourse was initiated by Tiresias Kartoum, independent law firms were used by Protocol Enforcement as sub-contractors for PE’s Bureau of Arbitration. One such firm on Persiplex was Kensington and Associates, handling legal disputes for the Megacorporations of Persiplex. There, an ambitious young legal secretary named Cynthia Jarrel started a relationship with Nikolas Kensington, the head of the firm. He had fathered two sons, both now junior partners of the firm, but in his old age had begun longing for a daughter. Cynthia started out treating him like a dad, but quickly realized that she had something even better to offer him … her Birthright and an actual genetic daughter.
Kensington took her up on her offer, moving Cynthia into his mansion and enthusiastically participating in the raising of their daughter Cybele Kensington Jarrel. He also invested in a corporation for Cynthia designing clothing, jewelry and other fashion accessories. She was good at it, and within fifteen years, her Cynthia’s Boutiques outlets were worth hundreds of megacredits on their own, and were spreading out beyond Persiplex. When Kensington passed away, leaving his entire fortune (including the mansion) to her and Cybele, Cynthia found herself the third wealthiest person on Persiplex.
With no inkling that the move would make her famous, Cynthia attempted to join the Landover Garden Club, an Executive Club where corporate execs sipped liquor, played cards and chatted about debonded securities. And, of course, made back-room deals. When she was turned down despite her wealth and business credentials, Cynthia vowed this insult would not go unanswered. A quick search of the comnet turned up mocker Angelique Marava’s story about a secretary named Lillian Kosque who was pathetically trying to start a competing club for ladies after also being rejected by the Landover Garden Club for being a woman. Cynthia saw her chance to make a difference. She contacted Kosaque and offered her ten megacredits and invitation to use her mansion for future meetings. The rest is history.
But Cynthia‘s story doesn’t end there. When unfair business practices and collusion between male competitors threatened her Cynthia’s Boutiques chain, she again took action. Harnessing the power (and deep pockets) of her Persiplex Lady’s Club, she started a comnet database that both exposed her competitor’s tactics and the shoddiness of their merchandise. As a famous figure among the wealthy ladies of Persiplex, people payed attention. In no time, members of Persiplex Lady’s Club were contributing reviews of other products that had inspired critique, both pro and con. Soon after that, contributors outside of the Lady’s Club began contributing to the database, both men and women.
In 215, Cynthia was contacted by the Urban League. They told her they were interested in expanding their social agenda to include policing corrupt corporations. Her database was a good start on what they wanted to do, so they offered her 100 KCr for it. Cynthia said she would consider it, then started calling her contacts within the Lady’s Club. When she contacted the Urban League two days later, she gave them a counter-offer: the Urban League could have the database as a donation, and 20 MCr on top of that if they would file to become a non-profit consumer protection organization with her as Chaiman of the Board and her daugher Cybele as CEO. She pledged to continue and expand the Urban League‘s socially-conscious agenda. The League agreed immediately. Under her and Cybele’s leadership, the Urban League expanded from a group of irritating do-gooders to the interstellar corporate watchdog they are today.