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Linda Sharkey - Executive Networks, Inc.. San Francisco, CA, US

Linda Sharkey

Executive Director | Executive Networks, Inc.

San Francisco, CA, UNITED STATES

HR specialist who develops high potential leaders through proven talent processes that yield improved capabilities and business results








Linda is a proven leader with experience in Fortune 10 companies building teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. She has specific expertise in culture transformation, developing high potential leaders and building proven talent processes that yield better leadership capability. Her most recent book co authored with Dr. Paul Eccher, Optimizing Talent is a groundbreaking work spelling out proven steps to build a talent rich organization and a must read for every leader who knows talent is the real competitive advantage.

Linda currently is Executive Director of Executive Networks, Inc.– a world-wide organization that connects key HR heads from the largest corporations in the world. She provides members new ideas, advice, practical materials and "early warnings" on key trends and innovations.

Most recently Linda was V.P., People Development at Hewlett Packard, responsible for establishing and driving the company’s talent management initiative, performance management processes, career development, executive staffing, coaching, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion efforts. In this capacity she launched an executive development process that resulted in key actions to drive a high performance culture. She refocused the diversity efforts to be part of the mainline talent management initiatives and embedded them into the core processes of the company.

Prior to HP, Linda was with GE and held numerous Senior Human Resources and Talent Management roles. She established a leadership development effort for GE Capital that became part of the Crotonville offerings and was named a best practice by CEO Jack Welch. She led several key cultural integrations and established a coaching process for executives, developed HR professionals as coaches and personally coached many senior leaders.

Linda is widely published in the area of leadership development, culture change and executive coaching. She is frequently a keynote speaker at company events, Linkage, Talent Management Magazine conferences, Conference Board and the Organization Development Network. She holds a PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University, MPA from Russell Sage College and a BA in History from Nazareth College. She is a past two term member of the Academy of Management Board for OD as the scholar practitioner.

Industry Expertise (9)

Corporate Leadership

Professional Training and Coaching

Training and Development

Business Services

Talent Management

Public Relations and Communications

Human Resources

Management Consulting

Corporate Training

Areas of Expertise (9)

Leadership Development

Performance Management

Innovative Approaches to Resource Constraints

Building and Sustaining Organizations Through Values Driven Leadership

Culture Change and Organization Transformation

Talent Strategy Development

Human Resources Management

Executive Development and Staffing

Six Sigma Leadership Strategies

Accomplishments (2)

Executive Director (professional)

Linda is an Executive Director with Executive Networks. With a 25-year legacy as a leading provider of executive peer networks, Executive Networks is focused on building the world's foremost constellation of executive peer networks. Our model for executive peer networks is focused on providing unparalleled value to members in three key areas: personal, professional and organizational. We are unique as a firm that is focused solely on being the world's best provider of executive peer networks.

Distinguished Fellow (professional)

Linda is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Global Leadership Development - The Marshall Goldsmith School of Business, Alliant University.

Education (3)

Benedictine University: Ph.D., Organization Development

Nazareth College: B.A., History and Political Science

Russell Sage College: Master of Public Administration

Event Appearances (5)

The Brand of You! - The Keys to High Performance

Future Women Leaders Conference  San Francisco, California


Optimizing Talent: Creating a Talent-Rich Organization

The Fourth Annual Springfield Lecture Series  Springfield, Illinois


The Importance of Benchmarking

Organization Development Network Conference  Seattle, Washington


Optimizing Talent: What Every Leader and Manager Needs to Know to Sustain the Ultimate Workforce

Future Connect Conference  Orlando, Florida


Organization Innovation in Action: A “C Suite” Case Study to Unleash Creativity and Innovation Across and Down the Organization

Organization Design Conference  New York City


Sample Talks (1)

The Brand of You! - The Keys to High Performance

Are your thinking and behavioral styles contributing to your effectiveness and success? Or are your patterns of thinking counter-productive and producing the wrong results? This event will illustrate the value of self-assessment and reveal high-performance styles and behaviors. Using the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI), a validated self-assessment, participants will discover 12 specific styles of thinking that can either help or hinder a person from reaching his or her potential.


  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC


*Will consider certain engagements for no fee