Jennifer McCollum

CEO, Linkage | Host, Women in Leadership Institute™

Expertise

Purposeful Leadership , Advancing Women Leaders , Creating Cultures of Inclusion

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’s First-Ever Virtual Women in Leadership Institute Is Just Days Away | Celebrating Our Trailblazing Presenting Partners & Impact Award Recipients

As we prepare to welcome over 1,400 women leaders to this four-day, transformative leadership development experience, Linkage’s CEO, Jennifer McCollum shares her excitement for the incredible week of inspiration that lays ahead of us and anticipation, as we innovate in this brand-new virtual conference format. And, above all, the overwhelming gratitude for the women leaders who have recommitted to their leadership at this critical time—and for the organizations who support them on this journey.

Reflecting on the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ginsburg said it best: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Together, in her memory, we will fight to get them there. Last Thursday, I returned to the Supreme Court, and waited in line alongside thousands of others to be close to her, to whisper a heartfelt thank you, and to promise her that I will do everything I can to continue her legacy.

What Does Being an Ally Look Like? | Linkage Featured in the Wall Street Journal

Linkage CEO Jennifer McCollum speaks with Patrick Thomas, a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, about our Juneteenth webinar, “Reflecting on Race & Allyship: How to Drive Meaningful Change” and Linkage’s ongoing work to build and support cultures of inclusion at leading organizations.

Reflecting on Race and Allyship: How to Drive Meaningful Change | Commitments Leaders Can Make Today

Linkage CEO Jennifer McCollum reflects on the latest webinar installment of Linkage’s Critical Leadership Conversations series with Bev Wright, expert leadership consultant and inclusion advocate, and Eddie Turner, international best-selling author and award-winning coach. “Reflecting on Race & Allyship: How to Drive Meaningful Change,” was an interactive conversation grounded in lived experiences and actionable strategies for change. The discussion proved to be an invaluable opportunity for more than 1,000 leaders to reflect and discuss the shameful reality of the past; the shifting reality of the present; and the hope for the future.

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