Susan MacKenty Brady
Executive Vice President of Global Program Strategy & Development, Executive Coach, and Principal Consultant
Susan MacKenty Brady is the Executive Vice President of Global Program Strategy & Development at Linkage. Susan is responsible for guiding the global growth and development of Linkage’s signature immersion learning institutes, as well as public and virtual programming.
Susan is an expert speaker, coach, and facilitator, and has extensive experience in building executives and leaders across all levels. She is well known for her success designing and implementing targeted leadership initiatives focused on advancing women leaders. Most recently, Susan led Linkage’s research around what women can do differently to help their own journey of advancement, culminating in the research brief and corresponding video 7 Leadership Hurdles Women Face in the Workplace.
Now in its 18th year, she also serves as the co-chair of Linkage's Women in Leadership Institute™, which boasts a network of over 8,000 alumni worldwide. Susan's personal mission is to help leaders step in to lead their best life.
Prior to joining Linkage, she became a sought-after professional development coach for male and female executives alike, thanks to her pragmatic and direct manner. Her coaching philosophy rests on the premise that behavior change comes from understanding the specific behaviors that may be preventing leaders from operating at their highest level of performance and then focusing on these behaviors in a deep and practical way. She also served as the CEO of the Relational Life Institute, an educational services organization, and held leadership positions with two spin-offs of the Harvard Negotiation Project.
Susan earned her BA while on a theater scholarship at Marietta College and holds a master’s in educational leadership and applied behavioral sciences from Ohio University. She is also a contributing author of the book Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Path to Leadership. She published The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Critic and co-authored "Coaching Your Inner Critic" on Forbes.com.
Senior Vice President of Consulting
Jillian Ihsanullah, PhD, is Senior Vice President of Consulting at Linkage. She specializes in working with organizations to build values, people systems, and leadership experiences that accelerate the development and commitment of women, while enlarging talent pipelines.
Jillian has designed and facilitated a wide range of leadership development programs, including classroom experiences, action-learning teams, executive coaching, and executive retreats. Most recently, she integrated her passion for leadership with her expertise in measurement as the architect of Linkage’s Return on Leadership Development system, a unique offering designed to measure the bottom-line impact of leadership development efforts. Her clients include Aldo Shoes, American Airlines, GE Capital, General Motors, John Deere, Lockheed Martin, Mattel, McDonald’s Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Toyota, and The United Nations, to name a few.
Prior to joining Linkage, Jillian earned recognition for excellence in teaching undergraduate psychology courses at Purdue University. She previously worked at the Indianapolis think tank, Hudson Institute; cofounded Thought Labs, a social media consulting company; and ran Decisions That Matter, her own executive consulting and coaching business.
She holds a BA in psychology from Connecticut College and an MS and PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue University, where her research focused on measurement, decision making, and leadership styles.
Director of Operations & Principal Consultant
Shannon Bayer, JD, is the Director of Operations and a Principal Consultant at Linkage. In this role, she helps organizations to drive business results through improved team effectiveness, effective negotiation, coaching, and innovation.
Shannon specializes in designing, facilitating, and implementing innovation, change leadership, and leadership professional development programs and has led strategic initiatives across a variety of industries, ranging from government to financial services, healthcare, insurance, and consumer products and goods. Notably, she designed and successfully launched Creating an Innovation-Capable Organization in partnership with Linkage partner and innovation expert Stephen Shapiro.
Prior to joining Linkage, Shannon was a Scientific Recruiter for Kforce and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. At Dana-Farber, she coordinated the training and career development of Dana-Farber’s postdoctoral researchers while attending law school at night. She started her own law practice and successfully grew her business using alternative and innovative methods in a challenging economic environment.
Shannon holds a BS in animal science from the University of Vermont and a JD in international law from Suffolk University.
Briana Goldman is a Senior Consultant at Linkage. She is passionate about driving a collaborative approach to consulting, working with her clients to co-create shared understanding and generate solutions in Organization Development. She is a key innovator, contributor, and strategist to Linkage’s change management and advancing women and inclusion practices.
Briana is a skilled consultant, facilitator, and coach. She is particularly proud of her work partnering with the Institute of International Education, where she has been central to redesigning the organization to build on its exceptional client service and program management to increase reliability, consulting capability and reach. She created an innovative design for Avanade’s Leadership Program for Women to drive culture change at all levels of the organization. In addition, Briana is leading the development of Linkage’s work on sponsorship; she believes that the greatest opportunity organizations have to promote women and minorities is through an organization-wide commitment to driving executive sponsorship.
Prior to joining Linkage, Briana pursued a mission-driven career path in the world of Jewish non-profits. She led a team of warm-hearted development professionals as the Associate Director of Advancement at Brandeis Hillel Day School. In her role as a Leadership Development Associate at the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco, she partnered with the board to support an organization restructure and evolve leadership development efforts.
Briana has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Counseling from Golden Gate University, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Chico. When you meet Briana, ask her what she’s reading at the moment, or where she took her last hike.