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Changing the Face of Leadership by Empowering Women Leaders to Reach the Next Level

In Her Own Voice provides actionable support for women, with a broader organizational call to action. Discover gender-specific hurdles women face to advancement and how to overcome them, including:

Creating Clarity & Intention for the Future
The Inner Critic & Proving Our Value
External & Internal Biases

Branding & Presence
Negotiation & Networking
Recognized Confidence

Look Who’s Talking About In Her Own Voice:

“The beauty of this book is that it’s based on the experiences of tens of thousands of women, with guidance that is applicable to every one of us, no matter where we are on our own unique journey.”
Anne Chow
Former CEO of AT&T Business, Lead Director at FranklinCovey, Board Director at 3M
“Insightful and backed by relevant research, In Her Own Voice provides the tools for everyone to become an advocate and champion for women in business today.”
Marshall Goldsmith
New York Times best-selling author of The Earned Life, Triggers, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“Using your authenticity as your competitive advantage, your experience to drive your confidence, and your relationships as leverage, this book will punctuate your journey. Read it, embrace it and go get ’em!”
Carla Harris
Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley and best-selling author of Expect to Win
“Jennifer McCollum has drawn a road map to help women gain clarity on what they want, take risks that create recognized confidence, manage their leadership brand, and operate successfully with increasing authenticity.”
Herminia Ibarra
The Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School and author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity
“I’ve been a friend and mentor of Jennifer’s since 2020, when she approached and asked me to help her apply principles of my Working Together© Leadership and Management System and Culture of Love By Design at Linkage. This book provides a glimpse at the brainpower (and heart-power) of the woman at the helm of that turnaround.”
Alan Mulally
Former CEO of Ford Motor Company and Boeing Commercial Airplanes, member of the Board of Directors at Google (now Alphabet), Carbon 3D, and the Mayo Clinic
“As intersectionality is increasingly discussed, more companies are seeking to understand how our multiple, interlocked identities shape how we experience the world. The more we all understand the experiences of all women, the better off our organizations will be. Books like In Her Own Voice can help.”
Marilu Galvez
President and General Manager, WABC-TV New York and Emmy Award–winning journalist
“Jennifer McCollum and I share the conviction that more gender-diverse boards will accelerate a shift of more gender-diverse corporate leadership teams. Whether you’re a senior leader looking for a way to support talented women, or an individual who’s serious about moving up in the ranks, you’ll love the compelling stories and practical advice in this book.”
Maggie Wilderotter
Former CEO and Executive Chairman of Frontier Communications, board member of Costco Wholesale Corporation, Lyft, and Sana Biotechnology, and Board Chair at DocuSign
“What makes a person influential has little to do with working harder or having the most impressive skills. Aspiring C-suiters, take notice: In Her Own Voice is the voice of wisdom and will guide you on your ascent.”
Liz Wiseman
CEO, The Wiseman Group, New York Times best-selling author of Multipliers and Impact Players
In Her Own Voice is one of the most clearheaded and least grandiose books I have read about the future of work post-pandemic. It highlights the key role women must play in helping companies meet the challenge of an empowered and highly diverse workforce that demands an inclusive environment in which they feel recognized and valued.”
Sally Helgesen
Best-selling author of How Women Rise, Rising Together and The Female Advantage
“With a data-grounded road map, Jennifer McCollum helps women crack the code on what it will take to accelerate faster into leadership ranks, and what organizations can do to support them. A must-read for women and men at any level who care about the future of work.”
Molly Fletcher
Author of The Energy Clock and host of the Game Changers with Molly Fletcher podcast
“Every page of this book convinces me that Jennifer McCollum knows how to play the game right. She has crafted a life that’s not just successful but meaningful and deeply fulfilling. And here’s the thing: so can you.”
Dorie Clark
Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Long Game and executive education faculty, Columbia Business School


Jennifer McCollum in the News

Jennifer has presented on hundreds of stages, podcasts, and webcasts across the globe and has been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Forbes, and Psychology Today.

Click the media categories below for recent appearances and articles


Book Jennifer for Your Next Event

Jennifer is a dynamic speaker with a wealth of experience presenting to audiences in all industries.

Here are topics she addresses frequently:

  • Why NOW is the time to accelerate women’s advancement
  • The 7 research-based hurdles that hold women back (from Linkage, a SHRM company)
  • Data-driven strategies for attracting and retaining women at all levels of leadership
  • What companies that excel at advancing women do differently
  • How external bias perpetuates the gender equity gap – and what women and organizations can do about it
  • The role of men in advancing women leaders

Jennifer is available for both in-person and virtual events that range from 30 minutes to 3-hour application sessions.

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  • Virtual keynote must be delivered by 12/31/2024.
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  • Jennifer will deliver up to a 60-minute in-person keynote to your organization, meeting, or group event.
  • Keynote must be delivered by 12/31/2024.
    (Client pays all travel expenses.)

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      Jennifer McCollum

      Jennifer McCollum is on a mission to create better leaders and workplaces by advancing women and developing inclusive leaders and cultures. She’s an accomplished CEO, speaker, and consultant, and the author of the new book In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO. This book uses data and personal stories to shed light on the unique challenges women face on their journey to leadership, providing actionable insights for aspiring leaders and organizations.

      Jennifer is the current CEO of Catalyst and was the first female CEO at Linkage Inc. (now SHRM), a global leadership development firm dedicated to “Changing the Face of Leadership.” With over 25 years of experience building teams and organizations, she has a unique talent for crafting powerful visions and inspiring teams to turn them into reality. 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.

      She is an avid tennis player and skier, the mother of three and lives in the Washington, DC, area with her husband.

      Amazon #1 Bestselling Author and OWL Award winner of In Her Own Voice: A Womans Rise to CEO

      Jennifer’s Career Highlights

      CEO – Catalyst
      CEO – Linkage, Inc.
      VP and General Manager – Korn Ferry
      Managing Director – CEB, now Gartner
      Founder and CEO – IntraVision, Inc.
      Member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches
      LinkedIn Top Development Voice

      What Others are Saying About the Impact Jennifer has Made

      “For the first time in years, I stepped into a Barnes & Noble over the weekend, and I happened upon your book. Call it fate, but this book has spoken to my soul. Thank you for writing it.”
      Alyssa Welch
      Sr. Data Engineer, Consumers Energy
      “Your inspiration for me to jump in and throw my hat in the ring for a big role I wanted paid off! I am now co-lead of our HR search practice for North America! Thank you for lighting a fire under me.”
      Teresa Green
      Partner, Co-Lead People & Talent Practice, True Search
      “Your book is so good! It was rich with wisdom, practical knowledge, powerful stories, and…for me…a perspective I needed to see. I’m a better man, father, and leader because I listened to your voice in your book. Thank you, Jennifer.”
      Arron Chambers
      Paster, Author, Marriage/Life Business Coach
      “You have done an amazing thing. Woven so much so beautifully and brilliantly: compelling research (not dry or disconnected from experience) that is startling, shocking and evidence of what I feel in my body; inspiration through vulnerable stories of your own life; your voice articulate, heartfelt and conversational; passionate call to action along with powerful deep practices…it is a gift to the world. Smart, convincing, and illuminating. Depth and breadth. Honest!!!! It has stimulated me to reflect back and look forward.”
      Piper Leigh
      Author, Poet, Artist
      “A huge thank you to Jennifer McCollum for putting into words what every career woman needs to hear. Your journey and your honesty have been a guiding light for me, and I can’t wait to see where this newfound spirit takes me.”
      Cierra Johnson-Besler
      Director of National Partnerships, Excelsior Staffing
      “Jennifer, job well done – insightful, honest, encouraging, and inspiring. Even for Boomers in the later stages of our business roles, you shared leadership lessons that are relevant in the What’s Next Stage of Life. Thanks for your passion for helping uplift women of all ages in encouraging us to be great in our leadership positions.”
      Susan Driscoll
      Owner/Principal, McWhorter Driscoll
      In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO is exactly what our Business World needs and could not have come at a better time! The book’s data-driven approach provides a clear roadmap, interwoven with inspiring real-life stories of women reaching the C-suite. It also offers practical steps for finding purpose. I strongly recommend it to every organization and leader committed to advancing gender equity at all levels. ”
      Simon Frewer
      President, Home Services, The Menkiti Group
      “This book is a data-based roadmap intertwined with real-life stories of women’s unique journeys to the C-suite, and includes practical steps anyone can take toward finding clarity in their purpose. It will inspire and motivate readers to chart a better path forward for women leaders in the workplace and strive readers to improve gender equity at every level in their organization.”
      Chantal Veeveate
      Board Director, Professor, Retired CHRO of Phillips 66
      “When asked about how to overcome major hurdles to reaching leadership roles, Jennifer McCollum has some great advice: “Ask for what you want, and not the watered-down version of what you think you’ll get.” This is a powerful reminder for all leaders, especially women, striving to break through barriers and reach leadership positions. Let’s embrace this mindset and fearlessly pursue our ambitions, unapologetically asking for what we work hard to achieve. Together, we can empower each other to aim high and shatter those glass ceilings!”
      Whitney Johnson
      Founder, Disruption Advisors
      “Congratulations to Jennifer McCollum on her inspirational book In Her Own Voice: A Woman’s Rise to CEO. This book is a game-changer and provides us with a data-driven roadmap, interwoven with inspiring real-life stories of women reaching the C-suite. And I love that it offers practical steps for finding purpose. I wholeheartedly recommend In Her Own Voice to every organization and leader committed to advancing gender equity at all levels.”
      Laine Cohen
      Global Head of Learning, HR, Citi
      “I have been fortunate enough to work for and learn from amazing female leaders, and I have been fortunate to work alongside and learn from amazing female colleagues. And, I have been dedicated to promoting female talent and building strong diverse and inclusive teams. Diverse and inclusive teams find better solutions to complex problems faster. Jennifer and I talked on multiple occasions about how male allies are so important to drive change. There is much more that we can do. We need to continue on this important journey towards gender equality.”
      Christian Seufert
      President Capsules & Health Ingredients & Executive Committee Member, Lonza
      “This book is an essential read for anyone looking to contribute to the much-needed shift towards inclusive, balanced leadership. An inspiring, empowering guide for the modern woman leader.”
      Bonnie Timms Hageman
      CEO, EDA, Inc., Co-Founder and Co-Chair, WomenExecs on Boards

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