About Jennifer

Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, 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 designed to accelerate purposeful leaders, advance women leaders and create inclusive cultures.

Jennifer has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space. Her expertise includes bringing analytic rigor to critical talent decisions by linking leadership behavior to corporate performance outcomes. The products she and her teams build help global organizations across industries make the right bets on their current and future leaders at critical decision points: when identifying high potentials, developing leaders and planning for succession.

Background & Experience

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 nonprofits. Her passion is creating vision, executing strategy and managing cohesive teams toward aspirational goals, with a special focus on supporting women in leadership roles.

She is an avid tennis player and skier, and lives in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and three children.

Education & Training

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.

Jennifer's Insights

Linkage Named Top 20 Leadership Training Company by Training Industry | Developing Leaders in the Age of COVID-19

In times of crisis and uncertainty, those who can lead from a place of inclusion and high emotional intelligence will quickly differentiate themselves from those who cannot. As leaders, our teams and organizations are looking to us for inspiration and support during these critical times. How are we rising to the occasion? With these inclusive leadership practices, we can create cultures of inclusion where all voices are heard, and team members can realize their full potential.

Upcoming Webinar: Leading in a Crisis with Alan Mulally | Lessons Learned from Leading Ford through the 2008 Financial Crisis

In times of crisis and uncertainty, those who can lead from a place of inclusion and high emotional intelligence will quickly differentiate themselves from those who cannot. As leaders, our teams and organizations are looking to us for inspiration and support during these critical times. How are we rising to the occasion? With these inclusive leadership practices, we can create cultures of inclusion where all voices are heard, and team members can realize their full potential.

In Uncertain Times, Your Teams Need You: Double Down on the Commitments of Purposeful Leadership®

In a crisis, when the path forward is unclear, leading is even harder. At Linkage, our purpose is to change the face of leadership, by accelerating all leaders to be more effective and advancing women and other under-represented populations. In challenging times, this mission becomes even more critical, as we help all leaders face this uncertainty with confidence and emerge even stronger.

Linkage’s Latest Research Proves the Most Effective Leaders Are the Most Inclusive Leaders

Creating and promoting a culture of inclusion is not easy–and it takes far more than getting the right mix of people together. We must achieve diversity first, and then we can foster a true sense of inclusion over time.  

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