Linda Calvin is a 20-year veteran of the private IT sector with strengths in communication, law, and global leadership. Linda holds a BA in Journalism from Butler University and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University, and is also a Certified Scrum Master. Linda is the Chief Impact Officer for Reboot Representation, where she collaborates with Reboot Tech Coalition partners to create cultures that attract and retain Black, Latina and Native American (BLNA) women in tech.
Before joining Reboot Representation, she served as the IT Sector Vice President for the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Community College, where she provided professional leadership in the development of quality standards, ensured curriculum was relevant to the tech industry, designed new credentials in response to market demand, collaborated with the Office of Diversity and community to address issues of diversity, equity and access to education, and partnered with employers to sponsor School of IT activities. Linda also served as the global Digital IT Leader for the Security business of Stanley Black & Decker and Director of Employee Engagement for Teradata Marketing Applications (formerly Aprimo). Linda kicked off her IT career at Dow AgroSciences in 1993, now Corteva AgriScience, working in Systems Support for the R&D and Commercial organizations. Until 2013 she held several roles at Dow AgroSciences in R&D, Manufacturing Operations and Policy Communications. She worked closely with attorneys at Dow AgroSciences and Dow Chemical to architect data privacy and social media policies and train peers on CAN-SPAM and other tech regulations. During this tenure she also earned her juris doctor and subsequently accepted a position with the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis as Assistant City Prosecutor. While working for the city, she regularly spoke on the topic of digital and social media in highly regulated environments for the Marion County and American Bar Associations.
Linda learned long ago that the community that supports your journey should receive the fruits of your labor. Thus, Linda takes an active role in the community. Linda has served on the boards of the Indiana Youth Group (IYG) and Child Advocates. She holds many board and volunteer positions including serving as a Board Member and the Executive Women’s Forum Director for Women & Hi Tech, the largest female in STEM organization in Indiana. Linda is a Board Member for Kids Voice of Indiana, where she has also served as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem. She also serves as a member of the Digital Fluency Advisory Council for Franklin College and the Six Sigma Racial Equity Institute in Indianapolis. Additionally, she’s on the board of Rooted School Indianapolis, a public charter technology high school which seeks to lay the groundwork for closing the financial wealth gap for black students. with a focus on technology. Linda has recently been named to two more council positions: the United Way Technology Committee, providing guidance on tech investments for nonprofits and the Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity (IECC). Linda regularly speaks on panels about tech equity, the tech talent gap and mapping passion to tech.
In 2022, Linda received the annual Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Technology Leader Award, Tech Leader on the Rise for Education. Linda has also been nominated for the Indiana Techpoint Mira Award Community Impact Award, and was instrumental in her role as Statewide IT Sector VP at Ivy Tech in securing two nominations for the Techpoint Mira Awards Talent Pathways and Tech Educator of the Year in 2022. Linda was also a nominee for the 2022 Women & Hi Tech Leadership Award, which recognizes a female who has increased the impact, representation, and effectiveness of women in STEM through outstanding leadership, advocacy, and social contributions in her organization and/or the broader community. She was also a Mira Award Nominee for Tech Educator of the Year in 2021. Linda has also been recognized by the Indianapolis legal community and was named to the Indianapolis Bar Association’s 2012 Pro Bono Hall of Fame for her volunteer work with the Low Asset Will initiative, the Ask-a-Lawyer service, providing free counsel to low-income communities, and for her volunteer work welcoming new citizens in US Naturalization Ceremonies.