Photo of Linda Štucbartová. Photo by Petr Weigl (Cosmopolitan photo shoot).

Photo by Petr Weigl (Cosmopolitan photo shoot)

My name is Linda Štucbartová, and I am a senior leader with more than 15 years of experience.

I studied international relations in Oxford and Geneva, and I have spent my professional career in learning and development, talent management, and consulting. I am passionate about leadership, women’s empowerment, and results-oriented cooperation between the science and business spheres.

I established Diversio with the aim of bringing together professionals interested in carrying out meaningful educational and transformational projects on the societal level.

I started my career at the age of 25 at the Diplomatic Academy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Besides organizing the 2002 NATO Summit—the biggest international event in the history of the Czech Republic up to that point—I was responsible for educating and preparing civil servants and entrepreneurs for EU accession. Export Academy, an institution that was established under the joined cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the organization Czech Trade is one example of a successful project I lead that has proven its value and outlived its government changes.

In 2006, I joined Servodata, a Czech family SME and one of the top players in the ICT sector. I lead learning and development, internal communication, and the agenda linked to National Security Authority clearance. Working in the SME has taught me the importance of company culture, a customer-driven approach, and the absolute imperative of process efficiency. Similarly, I was head of the Department of International Studies and taught negotiations at the Anglo-American University, the oldest private institution in the Czech Republic. I am also the author of Ambassadors Without Diplomatic Passports.

In 2012, I joined ŠKODA-AUTO and represented the largest private enterprise in the Czech Republic. As ŠKODA-AUTO is a conglomerate of VW—an international company, I was in charge of implementing two global projects: employee satisfaction and survey and management leadership training. I was also responsible for various negotiations, particularly between Czech trade unions and management.

In 2014, I became a Partner at ATAIRU, a Czech startup that has grown into an international development company. ATAIRU is the no. 1 company in the Czech market for providing cross-company and cross-sectoral leadership transformational programs. I have worked with more than 250 female leaders, 100 male leaders, and several company boards across the Central and Eastern Europe regions. ATAIRU clients include Fortune 500 companies, such as Microsoft, HP, and IBM; various banks (Raiffeisenbank, Erste); consulting companies (PwC, Deloitte); PR agencies (Ogilvy); production companies (United Technologies, Heineken); Czech scale-ups (Mall, Rohlík); and startups (Creative Dock or BrainOne). I have also designed and delivered special intracompany programs for women and other talented employees at Unipetrol.

In 2016, I was asked to bring my experience with the assessment of the commercial potential of research projects to the Board for Commercialization at Charles University. In 2018, I became an External Evaluator of the Board’s Technology Agency.

In 2018, I launched my own company—Diversio—that will bridge my passion in supporting women and fostering cooperation between corporations and academia. Diversio’s first project was organizing a Hungarian Embassy sponsored workshop for women-run start-ups from Visegrad Four countries.

For more than 10 years, writing has also been my hobby. Since 2012, I have become Chief Interviewer for Czech and Slovak Leaders Magazine. Each year I have the opportunity to interview 50 influential leaders, garnering unique insights and perspectives on leaders in our community.

As I have developed into an authority on women, leadership, and new forms of education, I have been asked to deliver speeches to various organizational bodies, political parties, and NGOs (People in Need, Open Society, and Advance Institute), thus earning a Master’s of Health Administration.

As I believe that one cannot separate one’s private and personal lives, I am also a mother of two children (10 and 14) and an equal partner with my husband.