Linda has spent the previous 35 years primarily working in and with non-profit organizations. Her passion for the work and success of non-profits is contagious, and her proficiency with facilitation, strategic planning, creative problem solving, written communication and public speaking has benefited such groups as they’ve defined and refined organizational missions, structures, policies and strategies. Linda has been recognized for her ability to lead and develop teams, facilitate organizational change, write and edit cohesive summaries, and build consensus among those with even quite disparate points of view.
Linda’s background includes over 30 years promoting the fraternal movement, serving eight years on the board of directors for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, including four years as International President. She led the board through the process of redefining the organization’s mission, vision and guiding principles as well as determining strategic imperatives. During her board service, the sorority significantly revamped approaches to member engagement, philanthropy, leadership development, member education, collegiate housing, volunteer service, brand identity and marketing, and the organization experienced 56% growth in collegiate membership. Additionally, Linda has served on the boards of both the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation and Gamma Phi Beta’s Facilities Management Company, LLC, both of which developed new mission, vision and values statements and strategic plans. She has participated in inter-fraternal conferences and lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous leadership conferences, creating and leading workshops ranging from recruitment strategies and public relations to goal-setting and the legacy of leadership.
Beyond the fraternal world, Linda has been an active participant and leader in her community. She worked with Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO), a non-profit organization that provided ministry, social and community service opportunities to over 400 athletes at the University of Arkansas, assisting the executive director with various projects ranging from strategic planning and all-staff leadership development to the preparation of presentations and grant requests. She developed and supervised Champions of Character, a character education program featuring college athletes that reached at first elementary students in her hometown and then middle schoolers across Northwest Arkansas. Additionally, Linda served as the communications specialist at DaySpring Cards, coordinating leadership training opportunities for upper management, strategic planning for department teams and special company-wide events as well as monthly newsletters. She has been honored as Volunteer of the Year by her local school district; PTA, Odyssey of the Mind and various committees and task forces are a prominent part of her resume. Also including involvement in Junior League, PEO and church, Linda has experienced a wide variety of participation and leadership in various non-profits and strategic planning processes. She is an excellent presenter and facilitator.
Linda lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with her University of Southern California sweetheart and husband, Mike. Together, they’ve raised three children, all of whom are happily married and reside in different states. Because she strongly believes that appropriate strategic planning fosters healthier organizations as well as strong teambuilding opportunities, Linda is excited to share her expertise with your organization through Plaid.