My passion is unleashing the potential of people to be more connected, capable, and human together at work and in life.
Years ago, I started my career serving students with significant disabilities living in some of Chicago’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. I became a champion for those kids. I sought to learn everything I could that would enhance my capability to unlock their potential to grow. I transitioned from working directly with students when I experienced that my bigger lever in opening opportunities for student growth was by supporting the transformation of the leadership and systems that served them.
I’ve reinvented myself several times since then – administrator, consultant, mediator, coach – working in organizations and for private clients spanning education, business, non-profit, and community sectors.
Throughout, I've remained a champion for the people I serve – constantly learning and practicing ways to unleash their individual and collective capacity as human beings to create their future and to grow in the direction of their deepest aspirations. Others have done and continue to do the same for me.
The core of what I bring to my work is relentless curiosity, a belief in possibility, the humor in being human – and love.
Linda earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Indiana University and also holds the following certifications:
- Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies, Woodbury College/Champlain College, VT
- Immunity to Change Workshop Facilitator, Minds At Work, Cambridge, MA
- Leadership Circle Profile and the Leadership Culture Survey 360 Assessments, Full Circle Group
- Team Diagnostic Survey - 6 Conditions for Team Effectiveness, Advanced Practitioner, Team Diagnostics, LLC
- Appreciative Inquiry – a Model for Positive Change in Human Systems, Weatherhead School of Executive Management at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
- Science and Practice of Managing Abrasive Behaviors, Accredited Boss Whisperer (ABW), Boss Whispering Institute
Linda is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF); Boss Whispering Institute; Association for Conflict Resolution; and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Coaching (IOC), a Harvard Affiliate.
Linda co-authored A Positive Manifesto – How Appreciative Organizing Can Transform Public Education (Burrello, Beitz, & Mann, 2015) and the SWIFT Center State Education Agency Blueprint for Equity Based Inclusive Educational Reform (Beitz, Mitchiner, Sailor, & Lord-Nelson, 2016), a brief on the role of states in implementing whole system educational change.
Some clients and organizations served include: Aloft Aerial Arts, Chicago, IL; Champlain College, Burlington, VT; Charlotte Selectboard, VT; City of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Farm to School Network, VT; Harper College, Palatine, IL; Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, IL; Institute for Sustainable Communities, VT; KITCO, Montreal, Canada; Latin School of Chicago; MA Urban Project, MA; Roundstone International Inc., VT; University of Kansas Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center; University of South Florida, Gulf Coast Partnership Project, Tampa, FL; and private individuals and organizations (non-disclosure agreement).
Depending on the scope and size of a service contract, Linda has access to a talented and experienced cadre of colleagues who can co-deliver services, as needed.
Linda resides in Chicago, IL, USA. She is the proud mother of two young adults – each a great coach in enhancing her own ability to have better conversations, better relationships, better results.