Linda Peek Schacht
Linda Peek Schacht has advised government, business and nonprofit leaders on communication and strategy for over forty years. A veteran of the Carter White House press office, she held the top communication positions for USA Today, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and a national presidential campaign. Linda is former board-elected vice president for global communications and public affairs strategy for The Coca-Cola Company where she created programs to help launch the modern corporate social responsibility movement and represented the company at the World Economic Forum. After twelve years at Coca-Cola, she focused on leadership and communication as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and led the organizational and political communication department at Emerson College.
From 2010-2015 Linda founded and led the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb University, where she launched academic and community programs reflecting her lifelong focus on leaders committed to collaboration for the common good. As a long-time board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation and Athena International, Linda has worked to advance women’s leadership around the globe. She is a founder of the high school leadership academy Music City Girls Lead and Leadership Tennessee, designed for established leaders to collaborate to meet the state’s opportunities and challenges. She serves as executive coach and speaker in the State of Tennessee’s award-winning leadership development initiatives. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, and recipient in Nashville of the NBJ Women of Influence Trailblazer award, the Athena Award, and the YWCA’s Academy of Women of Achievement. The widow of artist and writer Mike Schacht, Linda splits her time between Nashville and Atlanta, where she manages his art legacy.