Loden Associates, Inc.

Naples, FL • mail@loden.com

Diversity Consulting • KEYNOTE SPEAKING • Diversity Management coaching & Training • diversity program assessment



    Marilyn Loden is a leading authority on managing change to support and leverage diversity in the workplace.  For over 30 years, she has consulted to corporations, government organizations, universities, law and management consulting firms conducting research and implementing programs to build inclusive organization cultures that leverage the talents of the global workforce.  Her clients have included many premier organizations such as ChevronPhillips, ConocoPhillips, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Genentech, Louisiana Pacific and Neiman Marcus Group to NASA, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Phillips 66, Procter & Gamble, Rohm and Haas Texas, Salomon Brothers, the University of California and the US Treasury Dept.

    Prior to establishing her consulting practice in the 1980’s, Ms. Loden directed the organization development function at New York Telephone where she was responsible for leadership education, organization effectiveness surveys and consultation to senior managers on strategic change issues.  Throughout her association with the Bell System, she played a pivotal role in AT&T's efforts to increase management career opportunities for women and people of color.  In this role, she pioneered the development of awareness training as a strategy for accelerating personal and organizational change.  Marilyn is also the originator of the term "glass ceiling" which she first used in a presentation at the Women's Action Alliance Conference in New York City in 1978 to describe the invisible barriers to advancement that many women professionals still face. Today, as an author and organization change consultant, Marilyn works with senior executives and their teams to increase innovation and enhance competitive advantage through more effective utilization of workforce diversity.  Her work focuses on helping clients align strategy, organization systems, practices, training and oversight to ensure success and sustainability.

    As an author, Ms. Loden is credited with writing the first book, Feminine Leadership or How to Succeed in Business Without Being One of the Boys (Times Books, 1985), to define the unique management style of many women professionals and the glass ceiling issues they face moving up the career ladder into visible leadership roles.  Selected as one of the 50 best business books of the year by The Library Journal, Feminine Leadership has been published in six languages.  Ms. Loden was also the lead author of Workforce America! Managing Employee Diversity As A Vital Resource (Irwin Publishing, 1991), the first comprehensive text about diversity management written for executives and human resources specialists.  This book outlines the key dimensions of diversity that inform an individual’s social identity and has been used in graduate business schools and diversity management training programs in numerous public and private organizations. Her third book, Implementing Diversity (McGraw-Hill Publishing, 1996), outlines practical steps required to build a culture of inclusion and leverage diverse talent. This book applies principles of change management research to guide organization implementation, accelerate acceptance of increased diversity and reduce resistance to this critical change.  It also discusses the classic mistakes that many organizations make when embarking on efforts to build diversity-friendly cultures.        

    In addition to writing and consulting, Ms. Loden speaks at business, government and professional conferences on topics such as building cultures of inclusion, shattering the glass ceiling and gender differences in leadership style.  Over the years, her work and writings have been featured in national news media such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and The Today Show.

    Marilyn is a graduate of Syracuse University.  She is a fellow of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and has served as an adjunct member of the graduate faculty at American University in Washington, D.C.  In 1993, she was named Joyce Barnes Farmer Distinguished Guest Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for her work and research on gender, leadership and diversity. Currently she also serves as a civilian advisor to the U.S. Navy as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel.

    Marilyn is married  to D. John Loden, a writer and retired advertising executive.  She and her spouse divide their time between homes in Napa, California and Naples, Florida.