Partnering to Build Inclusive Cultures

Laura Stone is adept at helping people grow, thrive, and understand their unique purpose so they can provide value and results.

As vice president of Linkage’s Inclusive Leadership Practice, Stone oversees the development of the firm’s work in Inclusive Leadership. She is known for her ability to quickly assess where an organization or leader is stuck, provide valuable insight, facilitate problem solving, and connect the system and its people to achieve results.

At Linkage, she partners with organizations to help them build inclusive cultures for realizing each individual’s unique contribution and ultimately achieving better results.

Her colleagues say her energy and enthusiasm is evident in everything she does. They describe her as passionate and highly skilled at understanding what matters most to leaders, teams, and the companies and then equipping them with the insights they need to fulfill their goals.

Stone is an expert strategist, speaker, and team facilitator, and has extensive experience working with leaders and leadership teams to drive bottom-line results. She co-developed and launched Linkage’s Intensive™ on Leading Inclusively, a three-day program that helps leaders build awareness, cultivate mindfulness and modify their leadership style. Also, Laura was recently appointed to the University Of Wisconsin School Of Business Diversity Board Of Advisors.

Prior to joining Linkage, Stone worked as a strategic leadership consultant and executive coach with organizations such as Harvard Business School, GE, Fidelity Investments, and Unilever. With over 25 years of consulting experience, she is adept at working with organizations of every size, from start-ups to the Fortune 100.

Stone holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin, and studied International Relations and Art History at the L’Institut des Americain and the Marchutz School of Fine Arts in France, as well as energy medicine at the Four Winds Society. She’s also a former U.S. Coast Guard 50-ton Captain and former contributing editor to HRO Today in the area of leadership and organizational effectiveness.

Words she lives by are in a Sufi passage: “Before you speak, have your words pass through three gates. At the first gate, ask yourself, is it true? At the second, ask is it necessary? At the third gate ask, is it kind?”