May 06, 2021 - We Welcome Jennifer McCollum, for "Making the Most of Your Leadership: Driving Your Business Forward in an Increasingly Uncertain World."
Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, Inc., where she oversees the strategic direction and global operations of the Boston, MA-based leadership development company. With a mission to "Change the Face of Leadership," Linkage has dedicated 30 years to improving leadership effectiveness and equity in hundreds of organizations globally. Linkage provides assessments, training, coaching, consulting and conferences, with Solutions designed to Accelerate Purposeful Leaders; Advance Women Leaders; and Create Cultures of Inclusion.
For decades, Linkage has studied what the best leaders do, amassing assessment data from one million leaders to surface the Purposeful Leadership model. In 2019, Linkage isolated specific inclusive leadership behaviors and found they correlate perfectly to Purposeful Leadership, indicating inclusion is a proxy for effective leadership. Additionally, Linkage has addressed the challenge of advancing women leaders, surfacing specific hurdles that women face and competencies to overcome them. Linkage's approach is captured in two books: Become: The Five Commitments of Purposeful Leadershipand Mastering Your Inner Critic and 7 Other High Hurdles to Advancement.
Jennifer has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space. Prior to Linkage, Jennifer spent a decade growing businesses within Korn Ferry and Corporate Executive Board (CEB), now Gartner. At CEB, she led product management within the leadership division, driving innovative solutions that helped organizations select, develop and place leaders at all levels. She also ran CEB's Leadership Academies business, which developed more than 30,000 professionals in 2,100 companies throughout 50 countries and grew revenue at a 97% combined annual growth rate across five years.
Previously, Jennifer served as CEO of IntraVision, a leadership consultancy she founded and grew over the course of eight years. She worked with public companies, start-ups, associations and non-profits. Her passion is creating vision, executing strategy and managing cohesive teams toward aspirational goals, with a special focus on supporting women in leadership roles.
Jennifer has a master's degree in communications from the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland and an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in psychology and communications. She is an avid tennis player and skier, and lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and three children.