Linkage Named 2023 Top 20 Training Company for 15th Year by Training Industry


Sarah Breigle, Senior Strategist, Integration Marketing | 781.402.5599

Date – May 2, 2023

BOSTON, Mass: Linkage, a SHRM company, has been named among the 2023 Top Training Companies™ in the leadership training sector for the 15th year in a row. Linkage is a global leadership development firm committed to advancing women and accelerating inclusion in leaders and organizations.

“Gender equity, diversity and inclusive leadership are at the forefront of the global leadership agenda,” said Jennifer McCollum, CEO of Linkage. “And for 35 years, Linkage has delivered the data, insights and products designed to advance women leaders and create more purposeful, inclusive leaders and organizations. This award is a recognition of our proven expertise and long-standing success partnering with progressive Fortune 1000 organizations to address critical leadership issues impacting the workforce.”

Linkage has long been known for its research-based leadership development solutions designed to accelerate women in leadership and develop more effective leaders. During the past three years, they’ve scaled their digital learning solutions, bringing action-oriented leadership development programs to hybrid and remote workforces through a combination of individual and organizational assessments, live instructor-led training, self-paced modularized learning, and individual one-on-one coaching.

More than 3,000 women leaders attended Linkage’s hybrid Women in Leadership Institute™ (WIL) in 2022, making it the largest women’s conference in the organization’s history. This event, which has a 23-year history, was made available to attendees as an in-person experience or through three different virtual learning passes, allowing organizations to choose the best development experience for their women leaders based on their talent development needs.

“The world of work has changed dramatically in the past few years and brought unimaginable challenges, particularly for women leaders, with many women downshifting in their roles or leaving the workforce altogether. There has never been a more urgent need to engage, develop, and advance women into leadership roles,” said McCollum. “Inclusive leadership is the path toward building a workplace where all can thrive.”

Training Industry, the leading research and information resource for corporate learning leaders, prepares the Training Industry Top 20 and Training Industry Watch List reports on critical sectors of the corporate training marketplace to better inform professionals about the best and most innovative providers of training services and technologies.

“Linkage has been named one of Training Industry’s Top 20 Leadership Training Companies for the fifteenth consecutive year! Through select [or dynamic] course offerings and the Women in Leadership Institute, Linkage empowers learners to solve vexing leadership challenges,” said Jessica Schue, market research analyst at Training Industry, Inc. “Linkage continues to evolve their digital development to offer their learners quality improvement and develop opportunities within leadership.”

Selection to the annual Top 20 list is based on a variety of criteria, including thought leadership and influence on the leadership training industry, the breadth and quality of programs and audiences served, industry recognition and innovation, and strength of clients and geographic reach.

About Linkage: Linkage, a SHRM company, is a global leadership development firm committed to advancing women and accelerating inclusion in leaders and organizations, trusted by more than 250 clients across industries. For more than 30 years, Linkage has been changing the face of leadership by impacting organizational effectiveness and equity. Through our work with more than one million leaders, we continue to evolve our unique datasets, insights and innovative products to create comprehensive solutions—empowering top organizations to solve their most pressing talent challenges.

About SHRM: SHRM creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With nearly 325,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 235 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.