Jennifer McCollum

CEO, Linkage | Host, Women in Leadership Institute™

Expertise

Purposeful Leadership , Advancing Women Leaders , Redesigning Inclusion

About Jennifer:

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 Inclusive Organizations. 

Jennifer is a highly sought-after consultant and speaker, with a deep expertise in Inclusive Leadership and Advancing Women Leaders. She has delivered workshops, keynotes, webinars and podcasts to thousands of leaders globally on live and virtual stages, including 100 Leaders Live (Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches conference), Chief Learning Officer Exchange, Chester Elton’s “Leading with Gratitude” LinkedIn Live, John Baldoni’s “Grace under Pressure” LinkedIn Live, Candy O’Terry’s “The Story Behind Her Success” podcast, and VoiceAmerica radio broadcast. She is a contributing author to Leadership in a Time of Crisis and has been published in The Wall Street JournalFast CompanyChief Talent Development Officer, CEO Refresher, and Real Leaders. She is a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches.

Background & Experience:

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 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

A Special Message from Jennifer McCollum, CEO: Linkage is now a part of SHRM

This is an exciting moment for all of us at Linkage. As you may have seen in our recent announcement, Linkage has been acquired by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a leading membership organization dedicated to elevating HR and building a world of work that works for all. Read more here.

There’s a Great Wake-up Call around Women in Leadership. We Need to Answer It.

In this six-part blog series, Linkage CEO Jennifer McCollum highlights new trends that will inspire women toward achieving gender equity in leadership, and shares practical insights on what organizations and individuals can do right now to impact progress. In the second blog of this series, Jennifer discusses the notable and growing “Great Wake-up Call” around women’s value to corporate America—and why we need to take aggressive action now to protect their stake in our future.

Yes, Global 500 Women CEO Numbers Are Lackluster—But Other Hopeful Signs Point to a Brighter Future

In this six-part blog series, Linkage CEO Jennifer McCollum highlights new trends that will inspire women toward achieving gender equity in leadership, and shares practical insights on what organizations and individuals can do right now to impact progress.

Juneteenth Resources for Leaders

Jennifer McCollum, CEO of Linkage, reflects on how public recognition of significant historical moments can stimulate honest dialogue and a better understanding of our shared history and outlines important Juneteenth resources for leaders.

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