Maria Howard

Chief Revenue Officer, Principal Consultant, Linkage


Purposeful Leadership , Advancing Women Leaders , Creating Cultures of Inclusion

About Maria:

Maria Howard is Chief Revenue Officer at Linkage, where she oversees the global business development, marketing and Linkage Network teams. She brings more than 15 years of experience building and leading businesses in the professional services industry with a focus on leadership development, assessment and succession, and talent acquisition. Maria was named a “2020 Women on the Rise” by Paradigm for Parity for her work to diversify the face of corporate leadership.

Maria’s area of expertise includes aligning business and talent strategies to drive measurable impact against organizational goals, and she has a passion for driving this growth through an organization’s most important asset–its people. She has brought to market innovative and integrated solutions, linking the talent life cycle from hiring, retention, development and promotion, resulting in differentiated leaders capable of growth in an ever-changing and disruptive marketplace.

Background & Experience:

Prior to joining Linkage, Maria spent the last decade growing commercial businesses within Korn Ferry. During her time there, she led several post-acquisition integrations, driving double-digit growth across solution areas. She started a new global function driving capability to deliver the integration of KF Executive Search, Futurestep, and Advisory/Product businesses to the market. She has served as an executive sponsor on marquee accounts across life sciences, consumer, industrial and technology industries and has delivered global programs to clients and internal colleagues across NA, APAC, and EMEA.

Education & Training:

Maria earned a Master of Arts in psychotherapy and organizational development from the Adler Graduate School, and an undergraduate degree in communications and psychology from the College of Saint Benedict.

Maria's Insights

How Women Can Glide Over the Hurdles to Advancement in the Workplace | 3 Takeaways from My Conversation with Sally Helgesen

Linkage’s Chief Revenue Officer, Maria Howard shares three critical takeaways from her conversation with Sally Helgesen, international best-selling author and women’s leadership expert during a recent webinar on the advancement of women leaders in the age of COVID-19.

How We Commit to Be Purposeful, Inclusive Leaders in 2020 and Beyond

Out of crisis comes opportunity, and strong and effective leadership is a cornerstone of our ability to rise to a challenge—within our organizations, communities, and in our world. The commitments of Purposeful Leadership, grounded in inclusion, become even more important as we all strive to lead in a permanently changed world. We must inspire, innovate, achieve, engage and become in order to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

Effective Leaders Are Inclusive Leaders — Organizations Navigating a World in Crisis Accelerate through Inclusion

It’s clear that inclusion can be the accelerator to our success. So, what can we do to activate the power of inclusive leadership at our organizations? We need to put an equal emphasis on creating the cultures of inclusion necessary to support a diversified workforce. And, we must put a common behavioral language behind what inclusive leadership is in action if we are to create a new standard of leadership that serves all people in our organizations.

When Work from Home Stops Being Optional | How to Effectively Manage Remote Teams during COVID-19

Leaders are thinking creatively and acting swiftly to accommodate the changing needs of their workforce, with the ultimate goal of keeping their employees and teams safe. With a new focus on working from home, leaders have a significant opportunity to quickly and meaningfully enable their teams to continue working with little or no interruption to their schedules and productivity.

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