Sharkey is an inspiring keynote speaker at many national and international events. She is currently leading the Global HR Academy with the Conference Board, and she was a keynote speaker at the World Human Resources Development Conference in Mumbai, India. Linda was honored to be recognized at this conference with the “Super Women Achievement Award” for 2013. She has a reputation as a no nonsense executive coach that enables those she coaches to show measurable behavior change in the eyes of others.
Linda currently is CEO of Tomlin and Associates. Additionally, Dr. Sharkey is a Founding Member of the Marshall Goldsmith Group, a premier executive coaching organization that shows measurable improvements in those they coach.
Most recently, Linda was Chief Talent Officer and V.P., People Development at Hewlett Packard, responsible for establishing and driving the company’s talent management initiative, performance management processes, career development, executive staffing, coaching, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion efforts. In this capacity she launched an executive development process that resulted in key actions to drive a high performance culture. She refocused the diversity efforts to be part of the mainline talent management initiatives and embedded them into the core processes of the company.
Prior to HP, Linda was with GE and held numerous Senior Human Resources and Talent Management roles. She established a leadership development effort for GE Capital that became part of the Crotonville offerings and was named a best practice by CEO Jack Welch. She led several key cultural integrations and established a coaching process for executives, developed HR professionals as coaches and personally coached many senior leaders.
Linda is widely published in the area of leadership development, culture change and executive coaching. She is frequently a keynote speaker at company events, Linkage, Talent Management Magazine conferences, Conference Board and the Organization Development Network. She holds a PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University, MPA from Russell Sage College and a BA in History from Nazareth College. She is a past two term member of the Academy of Management Board for OD as the scholar practitioner.
Board and Professional Memberships: Distinguished Fellow, Center for Global Leadership Development, The Marshall Goldsmith School of Business, Alliant UniversityAdjunct Professor – Benedictine University, Naperville, IllinoisExecutive Board Member of The Academy of Management Organization Development and Change DivisionFormer Advisory Board Member of CatalystFounding Board Member, Best Practices Institute
Linda Sharkey, Ph.D.Dr. Sharkey is a trusted transformational expert and speaker. She is the co-author of The Future-Proof Workplace and specializes in helping businesses prepare for the future. She is also an HR Executive and Business Strategist with experience in Fortune 10 companies coaching and developing leaders and teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. She is a founding member of the Marshall Goldsmith Group focused on helping successful executives become even more successful.
- Building a Global Mindset
Global expansion is the new normal and having leaders that can create value in the new normal is essential to succeed. This discussion focuses on the 5 dimensions of global leaders that have been proven to drive business success. You will learn the dimensions and how to spot and develop them in your leaders and talent pool.
- Culture - the Glue to Organization Success
“Culture eats strategy for lunch” says Peter Drucker. This discussion helps you understand the role of culture in your business and understand it’s impact on your bottom line and ability to retain/attract talent. Learn how to shape values that matter and leaders that live your values to ensure your culture is productive.
- Coaching to Greatness
Learn how to put coaching to work in your organization and make it part of your development DNA (to build and retain great talent fast and replace performance management). Learn steps to build a coaching culture that is timely, cost effective and fast.
- How to Ensure You Have Great Talent to Meet Your Challenges
Talent is the single most important issue on most CEO’s minds today. However, much of what we do in the talent space is based upon 20th century beliefs, practices and realities. This presentation provides a statistical and valid framework to ensure you have the right talent to compete now and in the future.
- Building High Performance Cultures
This presentation provides the nuts and bolts of ensuring your culture supports your company strategy. You will learn what to look for in your culture, how to analyze your culture for strategic execution and what to do to drive alignment between your leaders, your culture and your strategy.
- Transformation of the Workplace in the 21st Century
This discussion focuses on the 10 critical forces that are shaping the workplaces of today. Organizations who correctly recognize these forces and proactively manage them will have a distinct advantage in the years to come.