Linda Holroyd is a high-energy, high-integrity, results-oriented business leader with vast and relevant experience working with entrepreneurial and executive teams to articulate (or refine) a vision, to define a strategy, and to collaboratively execute and deliver results.
Over the past 20+ years Linda has worked as a manager, leader and consultant for a wide range of technology-based companies from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies. Across each project and role, Linda consistently reflects a respect for business and technology trends, an alignment to a transformational strategy, and a drive to collaboratively deliver business outcomes, often creating order from chaos, leveraging an ecosystem of stakeholders.
Linda began her career as an elementary school teacher before transitioning to start-up management in the document imaging, document security and web development spaces. She co-founded, grew and sold a web development consultancy to four million dollars, with high-profile clients in the financial services, tech start-up, education, non-profit, healthcare and government services space.
Linda then briefly joined a nonprofit before launching FountainBlue in January 2005, with a focus on facilitating leadership and innovation through monthly events, including a monthly When She Speaks, Women in Leadership series and a monthly VIP roundtable series, in partnership with powerhouse tech companies in the valley.
Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC Davis and earned certificates in executive and program management from UCSC Extension. She and her husband (an Xoogler) recently left her Silicon Valley home and moved to Southern California, where she can better dote on her young adult daughter, who just graduated with a degree in cognitive science from UCLA, and a member of the 2018 UCLA Championship Beach Volleyball team.
Ever health-conscious, Linda enjoys cooking and eating a wide range of healthy international cuisines, walks her two dogs (‘the boyos’, Dazzle and Comet) an hour a day every day, does more than her fair share of push-ups, sits-ups, and stretches and biking/walking cardios. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, singing, playing games (especially mahjong), reading, and watching volleyball games – indoor, beach, men and womens.
Facilitating innovation and leadership for tech leaders one conversation, one leader, one organization at a time is my passion, my mission, my cause through my work at FountainBlue. We’ve been doing it since January 2005. Here’s my WHY…
I’ve always been a world-changer. I get a visceral response when I experience cruelty and injustice, especially when the under-served, the un-empowered, the majority are the victims of that injustice.
One of my earliest memories is of my five-year-old self objecting to our assigned homework by cajoling my uncle to do it for me. When asked by my teacher ‘who did your homework’, I responded truthfully that my uncle did it upon my request. The teacher sent me back to my seat, and assigned less homework to everyone. As I walked back to my seat, I saw a sea of faces saying clearly – ‘Who are you to ask this for us – you, who are 5 years old, an Asian, and a girl at that?’
I didn’t fit in. I don’t often fit in, but I can’t help but make a stand against injustice, even if it means that I didn’t have special someones to wish farewell as we journeyed from my birthplace in Hong Kong to America.
I earned scholarships and worked my way through college as an office worker – learning typing, administration and management – as a notetaker – learning communication and information synthesizing – and as a preschool teacher – the best leadership training ever. After graduating from college, I began my career as an elementary school teacher as I wanted to educate and empower others.
I taught elementary school for six years, but then realized that I wanted to make a broader impact, leveraging technology and innovation. I provided sales, marketing and operational support for three start-ups before co-founding a web consultancy alongside my techie husband. During that period, we also had our daughter, now a young adult.
I learned a lot about technology, business, management and operations through that period, and applied those skills to a nonprofit cause, as I wanted to focus on doing well while doing good.
From there, I brought together my passion to make a difference, my skill for integrating technology and business imperatives, and my talent for connecting leaders and innovators into my work at management consultancy, FountainBlue.
At FountainBlue, we support innovation and leadership one conversation, one leader, one organization at a time through our on-site and now-online programs, as well as through our coaching, consulting, and advisory services.
Now you know WHY I’m passionate about doing this work day in and day out, and also HOW I wound up doing what I’m doing.
Since January 2005, as CEO and founder for management consultancy FountainBlue, Linda has conducted monthly on-site, and now on-line programs with emphasis on leadership and innovation topics.
- Launched in Silicon Valley in May 2006, FountainBlue’s monthly When She Speaks panel discussions feature senior women leaders from partner tech companies speaking on leadership and innovation topics. Our online interactive conversations are known for being inspiring, educational, practical and fun. Each monthly program runs from 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST
- Launched in May 2020, FountainBlue’s Semi-Monthly Front Line Managers Online series features a panel discussion of HR, product, engineering and business leaders, presenting on leadership and innovation topics of interest to front line managers, individual contributors, and leaders at all levels. Our monthly meetings are conducted online from 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m., generally on the first and third Fridays
- Launched in December 2015, FountainBlue’s VIP Roundtables convene executive leaders in monthly conversations on innovation and market trends. This invitation-only monthly programs convene monthly, typically on the second or third Fridays from 7:50-9:00 a.m. PST. A corporate partnership for the series costs $2500/year for two executives to attend each program
As founder and CEO of FountainBlue, Linda Holroyd has coached executives at all levels to step into a better version of themselves, advised teams on change management and digital transformation adoption practices and partnered with senior leaders to articulate, support and grow business, people, community and sustainability goals.
- Find out more about FountainBlue’s Executive Coaching, including testimonials
- Find out more about FountainBlue’s Change Management and culture development services, including testimonials
- Find out more about FountainBlue’s Strategic Advisory services, including testimonials
As a serial entrepreneur and former managing director at an incubator, and former director at a venture fund, Linda has extensive experience providing strategic guidance to executives and entrepreneurs focused on delivering operational results which meet current and anticipated client needs.