Linda is a multi-faceted individual with over 35 years of professional experience in law; compliance; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); and multicultural competency. She earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After graduating from law school, she practiced law as an associate at major New York City law firms and Senior In-House Counsel for big four accounting firm (Ernst & Young). As a compliance professional, roles included Chief Compliance and Impact Officer, Chief Compliance Intellect Officer, AVP Business Ethics, and Privacy Officer.

She is the President of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute (NWI) and Co-Founder of the Multicultural Competency Committee. She lead the organizations through organizational and leadership change. She was also the leading subject matter expert and chief architect of NWI’s groundbreaking High-Level Wellness Through Multicultural Competency Certificate (highly engaging, self-paced online course).

She is a consultant, an author, and a public speaker. She has spoken and consulted in Africa, the Middle East, and throughout the United States and frequently writes on compliance, ethics, and equity issues.

Her career path, engagement with diverse audiences (domestically and abroad), and passion for social and corporate responsibility have made her a leading voice on diversity, equity, inclusion, and multicultural competency. She is committed to aligning corporate responsibility, inclusion, and compliance/ethics with business and organizational goals. She is a skillful communicator with the ability to deliver challenging messages with compassion, transparency, and strength in the boardroom, on the front lines, and in public statements.

She provides advisory services to organizations related to multicultural competency; diversity, equity, and inclusion; anti-racism; anti-discrimination compliance; healthcare regulatory compliance; and business ethics. She helps organizations create a culture of real inclusion and compliance and has worked with the private sector, higher education institutions, and not-for-profits. She has helped lead many organizations through change.As a living example of being the change you want to see, you can find Linda sharing her knowledge and time in various communities – from serving on boards and presenting at national industry conferences, to lobbying for wellness legislation on Capitol Hill, to volunteering with hospice patients, and beyond.

With experience in how to effect change at the policy level, Linda seeks to inspire other people that are also well positioned to do so. When leading advocacy conversations with boards of directors, she tackles the most challenging organizational and governance issues and works with internal teams to develop action plans to sustainable positive change.

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Linda Howard