Linda L. Witham CFP, ChFC was born and raised in Nebraska. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska where she graduated Magma cum Laude with a double major in Education and Literature. She gained international experience as a teacher in Bogota Colombia and as the Interview Team Leader for US State Department Refugee Services in Singapore and Indonesia. In addition, her NGO service included Assistant Director positions at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and at the International Scholarship Program of the Lutheran World Federation.
In 1982 Linda began her career in Financial Services as a Financial Advisor with Thrivent Financial (earlier known as Lutheran Brotherhood). She was promoted to a leadership position in the Southwest Region, serving more than 200 representatives and 20 staff in 4 regional offices throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii. During her service, she led the Region through numerous organizational and cultural changes associated with a successful corporate merger. During these years, the Southwest was a leading region nationally with top sales for over 20 years. She served on numerous committees for organizational change, including the Technology Advisory Team and the Financial Advisory Process Team.
After retiring from her Managing Partner position, Linda continued as a consultant to develop and coach new leaders in the company and the industry. She has authored numerous articles on Leadership and Training for GAMA International. GAMA provides leadership development solutions globally for financial services leadership. She achieved the GAMA Master Agency award every year from 1998-2011.
Along with Thomasina Skipper and Daralee Barbera, Linda co-authored the book “Women Matter – The Why and How of Gender Diversity in Financial Services”, available from Amazon.com.
Linda has presented keynote speeches at GAMA International conferences in 1995 and 2010; at the Hoopis Performance Conference in 2009; at the Kinder Leadership Institute in 2010; and at the GNP Leadership conference in Guadalajara Mexico in 2015 and 2017, as well as numerous local association meetings.
Linda’s service to the financial service profession includes President in 2009 of GAMA International (first female President in Association’s history); Executive Committee; chair of the Professional Development Committee and of the Membership Marketing Committee; member of the Women’s Advisory Task Force; and Trustee of the Foundation.
In her community, Linda has served as member and Board Chair of Solheim Nursing Home in Los Angeles and member of the Development Committee of the Los Angeles Lutheran High School.
In addition to the GAMA Master Agency awards, Linda was named Woman of the Year by Women in Insurance and Financial Services in 2010. She received the Soaring Eagle award from Kinder Brothers International in 2010. In 2006 Linda was named Alumni of the Year from her Alma Mater, Concordia University.
Linda now resides in Ventura, CA, along with her husband. Following full-time careers, they have voyaged 3-6 months annually, cruising over 40,000 miles in their sailboat, including crossing the Atlantic Ocean three times and voyaging as far south as Cape Town South Africa and as far north as Nova Scotia in the East and Alaska in the West.