Linda Lindquist-Bishop is president of Courageous Thinking Inc. She facilitates strategic clarity and alignment for companies and individuals in times of transition as the foundation for success in strategic planning, exit planning for founder-owner businesses and leadership development.
Linda has blazed trails in the all-male world of offshore yacht racing, sailing on over 100 teams in the past 28 years. Winning two world championships in 2004 and 2009, she thrives in high-risk, stretch-goal team environments. Making history as a member of America3, the first and only all-women’s team to compete in the America’s Cup, she simultaneously competed as a team member and spearheaded their successful sponsorship program.
Prior to America3, Linda drove the marketing and branding for the world’s largest marine paint company, creating new product lines in the off-shore sport fishing, bass and high performance sailing markets. As Publisher of Yachting Magazine (Times Mirror), she leveraged her grand-prix sports success and 15-years of brand building in the luxury goods market, to create an array of non-endemic business opportunities.
Combining her athletic and business expertise, Linda creates dynamic speaking and teaching experiences for corporate, non-profit, government, military and faith-based audiences. Linda continues to serve on local and national boards in her areas of passion – specifically economic develop- ment, sailing, aviation, US Air Force, women in sports and Impact 100 – a women’s philanthropy movement.
Certified as a NAVIX Exit Planning Consultant she guides founder owner businesses through the NAVIX Exit Planning Process to achieve successful exits while building value and growth in the short term.
A passionate mentor and advocate of inspiring and developing women leaders, Linda is also co-founder and executive director of the Rising Tide Leadership Institute (RTLI). RTLI utilizes the high-tech, high-performance platforms of sailing, aviation and motor sports to inspire and equip women leaders.
Linda was awarded Glamour magazine’s ‘Women of the Year’ in 1995, International Women in Boating ‘Woman of the Year in 1995, and Lifetime Television’s list of ‘100 Women of the Century’ in 1997.
Continuing to compete successfully in sailing at the international level Linda and her husband, Air Force Major General (ret) Brian T. Bishop, live in Leland MI & Newport RI with their golden retriever Sky.