Linda Crompton (Dallas, Texas) is an international thought leader with a passion for helping women advance personally, financially and professionally. With more than 25 years’ experience in leading organizations to achieve both profitability and mission-driven objectives in various markets, she has served as senior executive, consultant and strategy advisor in nonprofit and for-profit sectors.
In 1987, Linda began her career in the Canadian banking industry, where she advocated for organizational and regulatory change. In less than 10 years, she made history, becoming Canada’s first female bank president. Linda served as Founding President/CEO of Citizens Bank of Canada in Vancouver from 1996 through 2001. Since 2001, she has called the U.S. home, when she was named President and CEO of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute. From 2007 to 2013, Linda was named President/CEO of BoardSource. A lifelong advocate for women, she has used a gender lens in her work to ensure equality and leadership opportunities for women. In the banking industry, Linda spearheaded the creation of Return to Work, a program designed to encourage women to stay engaged with their work while taking maternity leave. As CEO of Citizens Trust, the predecessor to Citizens Bank of Canada, she revised loan criteria in order to level the playing field for female entrepreneurs.
Linda has also been a columnist for Woman to Woman magazine and, in more recent years, advocated for more women candidates in corporate board roles. Since 2013, she has been an adviser to organizations wanting to expand their capacity and respond to new market demands. Linda has served as President & CEO of Leadership Women since 2015, focusing on expanding Leadership Women’s role in preparing women to lead in an increasingly global environment.
In addition to her commitment to equity for women, Linda has advocated for global sustainability and action on climate change for almost thirty years. She served on the first boards of directors for ethically screened funds, and was an early supporter of ESG factors to be included in mainstream investment decision making – serving as CEO of IRRC (Investor Responsibility Research Center) in the mid 2000’s. In 2020, she was appointed Co-Chair of the Global Advisory Board of Ethical Markets Media, a leading provider of sustainability-based research and technologies worldwide.