Linda started Designs On Talent with the vision of helping HR leaders drive faster and better results in talent acquisition and talent management.
The firm is known for helping great companies like Chick-fil-A, Home Depot, Microsoft, Toys R Us and TJX achieve higher levels of success through people. Linda’s practical, real-world approach, coupled with a bias for action and high quality results, is reflected throughout the Designs on Talent team.
Prior to consulting, Linda spent her professional career leading talent acquisition and talent management functions for global organizations such as Gap, Pepsi/Pizza Hut and Home Depot. At Gap, she held operational roles in the Northeast division, including running the highest volume store there, until she moved to the company’s San Francisco headquarters to lead a management development effort aimed at improving store performance.
While Pizza Hut was still part of the Pepsi organization, Linda held a variety of roles, including HR generalist, national staffing manager, and the division’s training and development group leader. Her last internal roles were at The Home Depot, where she was responsible for company-wide OD initiatives including succession planning, talent review and 360° feedback. She then was tapped to lead the company’s retail talent acquisition effort. In addition to centralizing TA for the first time in the company’s history, under Linda’s leadership, Home Depot also became the largest government contractor in the US.
Over the years, Linda has demonstrated the ability to break complex problems into manageable pieces, and has led many teams to drive results in a timely, effective and cost efficient way. She works closely with business leaders and HR partners to create the business case, consensus and tactical plan for change.
Her areas of expertise include talent strategy development, talent acquisition process improvement, leadership development, simulations and assessment centers, and self-directed career management.
Linda holds a Master of Arts degree in Labor and Employment Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Judaic Studies, both from University of Cincinnati.