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)
Professional Training and Coaching
Training and Development
Public Relations and Communications
Areas of Expertise (9)
Executive Development and Staffing
Six Sigma Leadership Strategies
Innovative Approaches to Resource Constraints
Building and Sustaining Organizations Through Values Driven Leadership
Culture Change and Organization Transformation
Talent Strategy Development
Human Resources Management
Distinguished Fellow (professional)
Linda is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Global Leadership Development - The Marshall Goldsmith School of Business, Alliant University.
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.
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.
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