Linda sees her purpose in life being to “inspire action”. Over the years, she has been inspired by many great leaders – and at times, found her inspiration from within herself – but she has always been known for taking action.
In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Linda reinvented herself many times. From humble beginnings as an apprentice horse trader to her father, she evolved to a career in journalism, marketing some of Canada’s top performing & visual arts companies (Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre, Vancouver Art Gallery), selling sponsorship and broadcast rights for international sporting events (Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games) and becoming a highly rated coach and advisor to C-Suite executives.
Linda founded Oglov Business Development Inc. in January 2000 and has maintained an active national and international practice ever since. She has coached CEOs and executives in several different industries and offered workshops in career transition, business development and leadership development.
In addition to her private practice, for six years (2013-2019) Linda was Forum Chair for four groups of Vancouver-based CEOs as part of MacKay CEO Forums (www.mackayceoforums.com), finishing up as a highly rated Master Forum Chair. She credits her experience with MacKay CEO Forums for broadening her expertise in working with C-Suite leaders and engaging with top thought leaders in all aspects of leadership management.
Prior to graduating in 2008 from the MBA-level Executive Coaching Programme at Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC., Linda worked in the global major event industry for more than 25 years.
Starting with Vancouver’s EXPO 86 where she was Director of Entertainment Marketing for some 43,000 performances during the 5-month event, she held senior positions or consulted to some of the world’s leading events in Southeast Asia, Australia, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Linda worked in the business of the Olympic Games for more than 15 years. She was one of the first executives hired in 2000 for the international phase of Vancouver’s Bid to host the 2010 Winter Games. As Vice President Marketing she led the raising of record-setting sponsorship revenue as well as the international marketing strategy. When Vancouver won the bid in 2003, Linda left the newly formed organizing committee (VANOC) to set up as a consultant to companies seeking to become sponsors of the 2010 Games, including Bell Canada, RBC Financial and Petro Canada.
Linda concluded her career with the Olympics with the London 2012 Games where she worked for BT (British Telecom) for two years negotiating that company’s multi-million dollar sponsorship, as well as working with future company sponsors for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games and the Rio 2016 Summer Games.
Linda and her artist husband Stan Oglov live on Pender Island, in the beautiful Gulf Islands of British Columbia.