Keynote Speaker Linda Sharkey

Linda Sharkey

Business Strategist, HR Executive and Fortune 10 Talent Development Expert

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    North Carolina, USA

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Linda Sharkey’s Key Accomplishments Include . . .

Linda is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s preeminent thought leaders on global leadership development. At the foundation of Linda’s success are years of in-the-trenches experience with some of the worlds largest and most admired companies- building high-performing teams and developing talent that drives productivity and company growth.

Dr. Sharkey is a Founding Member of the Marshall Goldsmith Group, a premier executive coaching organization that shows measurable improvements in those they coach.

As Chief Talent Officer and V.P., People Development at Hewlett Packard, Linda was responsible for driving the company’s talent management initiatives, performance management processes, career development, executive staffing, coaching, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion efforts.

As Senior HR Executive with GE, Linda established a leadership development effort for GE Capital that became part of the world-renowned Crotonville offerings. This program was named best practice by CEO Jack Welch.

Testimonials 9

  • Linda Sharkey is one of the greatest leadership development professionals and executive coaches I have ever met.

    Marshall Goldsmith

    Best Selling Author and Top Executive Coach

  • “I would use Linda Sharkey in any leadership development program or as a great speaker. I had a big sales meeting for over 300 NBC sales leaders. I brought Linda in to do 2 segments/keynotes – one on the true meaning of leadership and the second on coaching. We got rave reviews on her from a rather tough crowd. She is inspiring, yet practical and tells relevant stories to make her points.”

    Executive, NBC

  • It was WONDERFUL to have you with us!!! I have only received the highest remarks about your presence in our reunion! In fact, our CEO mentioned interest in having you close to our organization in his final remarks. I hope that you continue to inspire many hundreds in days to come.

    Emanual Garza


  • We specifically chose Linda Sharkey from thought leaders around the world based on her unique, researched, and lived insights about how successful leadership works in the world of multinationals and importantly how it can be developed. Her theory about ‘transglobal leadership’ resonated powerfully with our audience of multinational executives providing them with practical steps for improving their own leadership effectiveness and that of others. She was a delight to work with.

    Rich Hirst

    CEO Forum Group

  • What a wonderful session you ran for our leadership team.  Not only was your design of the event perfect for our leaders but you have an engaging way of interacting with the team that helps them learn without feeling “taught”.  Your work with us has really helped transform our leadership group into a true leadership team.  Look forward to our continued work together

    Carol Montgomery

    CHRO York Risk Services

  • “Linda’s command of leadership development and organization culture issues is impressive. She is passionate about these issues and can inspire an audience to new heights.”

    Robert Cooke

    CEO, Human Synergistics

  • “Linda opened our Food Marketing Institute for all the major retailers with a 3 hour workshop onOptimizing Talent – How to build a Talent Rich Organization.  Her command of the topic and of the audience was impressive.  We all walked away inspired, but also with practical tips we could apply the next day.”

    Laurie Gefkin

    Director Food Marketing Institute

  • I wanted to say thank you for the session you ran for HS in Sydney, it was extremely insightful and it is always inspiring to have the opportunity to hear from people  like yourself with such deep and valuable experience.

    Marketing Manager

    Human synergistics, Sydney Australia

  • Your energy and experience is fantastic!  You are inspiring!

    Dana Ertischek Greez

    Menorial Sloan-Kettering

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Onboarding and Integrating Global Talent

Linda works your team through Ten Steps to provide a “safe haven” for outside talent and ensure their success.

Following these steps will guarantee strong loyalty and retention of the talent that you bring in from the outside. They will more quickly feel part of your organization. A process such as this is much less expensive than having a new hire “flame out”. Once someone “flames out” you have to go back to the drawing board, spend more money on search and risk the demoralizing of existing staff. Worst yet they may poach some of you existing talent when they leave. It is worth spending time creating a world-class on-boarding and integration process that ultimately saves you time and money. Plus your company will be branded as a great place to join!

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