Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, Inc, a premier leadership development firm whose mission is to “Change the Face of Leadership.” For nearly 35 years, Linkage has worked with leaders and organizations globally to accelerate purposeful leaders, create inclusive cultures, and advance women leaders. Linkage has been consistently ranked a top 20 training company globally, providing assessments, training, coaching, consulting, and conferences.
Jennifer is an acclaimed speaker, consultant, coach, and author – with two decades of experience leading and building businesses in the leadership development space. Her expertise includes how to close the gap to gender equity; why the most effective leaders are inclusive leaders; and how to demystify inclusion for leaders and organizations. Her new book, titled In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO, will release in October 2023.
Jennifer is also a contributing author to Leadership in a Time of Crisis and The Freedom of Constraints, and has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Chief Talent Development Officer, CEO Refresher, and Real Leaders. She is a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches community.
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.
Previously, Jennifer served as CEO of IntraVision - a leadership consultancy she founded and grew over the course of 8 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.
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. An avid skier and tennis player, Jennifer is the mother of 3 and lives in Washington, DC with her husband.