Linda Calvin believes that the best way to affect change in an organization is through tailored, succinct and creative communication efforts. She is passionate about strategy and dutifully follows her mother’s advice: do your homework! The temptation by many is to jump immediately into solutions space and focus on the sexier, more visible tactics. But Linda understands the key to delivering results is seeking first to understand the challenges. Linda believes that humor is critical to the success of any project and encourages her colleagues and teammates to acknowledge cultural and personal norms: laugh, breathe and collaborate.
Linda is the Statewide Vice President of the School of IT at Ivy Tech Community College. In her role, Linda partners with faculty to ensure tech curriculum meets industry standards, collaborates with industry partners and community organizations to promote the school of IT for the recruitment of students for hire and internships, and work with stakeholders and legislature to promote Ivy Tech as a tech talent pipeline for the state of Indiana.
Linda has spent most of her career working in technology and communications in the private sector. She began her professional career at Dow AgroSciences supporting systems for the R&D organization. Leadership quickly took notice of her technical acumen and communications skills and expanded her role to include training scientists on how to efficiently use technology. These skills propelled her into leadership positions throughout the organization, including Manufacturing, R&D, Policy & Public Affairs and Digital Strategy.
During her career at Dow AgroSciences, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Butler University. Three years after graduating cum laude from Butler, she entered law school to pursue her Juris Doctor from the IU School of Law. Her education gave her a new lens into the complexities of communicating in a regulatory environment. She soon began to serve as an expert to attorneys and the business of communicating via digital and social media in a regulatory environment. Linda taught attorneys how to appreciate social media marketing and marketing personnel how to appreciate attorneys. No small task.
In 2013, Linda decided to take the leap and pursue a legal career. Linda served as a civil prosecutor for the City of Indianapolis. Linda was a featured speaker for the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Marion County Bar Association (MCBA) on use social media in a regulatory environment. While she enjoyed the legal professional, she yearned for the technology industry. Linda accepted a role at Teradata as the Director of Employee Engagement and Communications. She designed programs to create a culture of innovation and collaboration with leadership. In that role, Linda also served as the key liaison and relationship manager for TechPoint and the Orr Fellowship. In 2016, Linda served as the Senior IT Manager for Digital/IoT/eCommerce for Stanley Black & Decker. She partnered with business and IT leaders to develop solutions to advance business initiatives and sustain business growth.
Linda believes she owes success in her career to the community who supported her. Linda is a former board member for Child Advocate’s and the Indiana Youth Group. She was also a volunteer attorney for the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and the Indianapolis Bar Association. Since 2015, Linda has served as a guardian ad litem for Kids’ Voice of Indiana, representing the voice of the child in abuse and neglect cases. She also serves on the board of the Gifted Gown, and as a mentor for young women entering tech through Pass the Torch for Women and Mentors of Color. Linda is a mentor for the Starfish Initiative, an organization that provides mentors for 21st Century Scholars. Linda is an advocate for actionable diversity strategies in Indiana tech and regularly speaks on panels for equity in tech for women and people of color.
Linda was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Indianapolis and considers herself a Hoosier. Linda is an iOS technophile and goes few places without her iPad and iPhone. When not working, Linda spends her time networking with local organizations and building new relationships, exploring Indy’s growing foodie culture and indulging her obsession for fashion.