About Linda Lidov
Experienced communication professional serving diverse organizations for 26 years
My professional path
My work in the communication field has spanned the nonprofit, philanthropy, corporate and government sectors – exposing me to a variety of challenges and opportunities in the communication world, and to diverse subject matter and people. With an initial focus on high-tech, my work has evolved to concentrate on environmental conservation, economic and social justice, and community development.
Private industry. My career began with a marketing job at a start-up document management software firm. After getting my feet wet in the technology realm, I joined a commercial spin-off of an aerospace industry giant whose plan was to launch the world’s first high-resolution commercial imaging satellite. The experience was the cornerstone of my 11-year tenure in that industry, during which I became fascinated with how satellite technology influences people's work in environmental and agricultural monitoring, disaster recovery and response, and government planning and mapping.
Agency work. For two years I led teams in a high-tech public relations agency, which fueled an interest in independent consulting and, ultimately, led to the formation of my own business in 2004.
Consulting. In recent years as a contractor, clients have ranged from philanthropic foundations advancing social and economic justice, to nonprofits conserving natural resources and encouraging people to spend more time outdoors, to technology firms building more sustainable communities, to state and federal government agencies promoting energy efficiency and economic revitalization.
Three qualities have been keystones to my success: my strategic and tactical abilities, my passion for storytelling and my eagerness to engage.
From the board room to broken-down buildings. My varied public relations experiences have built me into both a strategic thinker and a person who “gets things done.” I’m comfortable in the board room guiding executives through a messaging session, hunkering down to write a strategic plan, and managing the many moving parts of a communication project. On the tactical side, I’ll happily get my hands dirty, figuratively and literally. From writing press releases to interviewing workers in dusty attics and capturing video in dilapidated buildings, I enjoy the process of communication.
A storytelling evolution. I've always loved to write. As a young girl and into motherhood I've kept journals. But writing has not merely been a tool for recording my own experiences; it's a professional tool that shares the experiences of organizations and the communities they serve. Clients find my storytelling (via the written word, a video or a photo collage) to be an invaluable tool for explaining their work, illustrating their impacts, and "painting a picture" of the people and communities who have been shaped by – or helped shape – their work.
Connection is key. From CEOs to the formerly incarcerated, I am at ease talking with people from many walks of life. Because of this I’m able to effectively engage and connect with diverse audiences and build the relationships that are so essential to any successful communication program.
As a volunteer, I have spent much time in Denver's public education realm: I served for four years on the board of directors for the Denver Center for International Studies Foundation, was instrumental in transforming a previously failing elementary school into a high-demand neighborhood school, and was a founding member of an early childhood cooperative daycare program. I also enjoy digging into projects involving a shovel and a good pair of leather work gloves.
On a personal note...
I was raised in Colorado and, except for the time I spent living in France, have resided in this beautiful state since 1973. I earned my bachelor’s degree in French after having studied and fallen in love with the language. I live in north Denver with my husband and sons, and in my spare time enjoy practicing martial arts, gardening, traveling and exploring Colorado’s outdoors.