As Chief Growth Officer, Leah Burdick leads PRIDE Industries’ Marketing (corporate, recruiting, and lines of business), Business Development (Commercial Facilities), Customer Experience, Public Relations, Proposal, and Foundation teams. She also develops partnerships with businesses, agency partners, and disability organizations for customer, mission, and candidate growth.
Since joining PRIDE Industries in 2020, Leah has boosted the company’s recognition, transformed its marketing and sales support function, spearheaded the launch of the Customer Experience program, expanded The Michael Ziegler PRIDE Industries Foundation, and launched the I AM ABLE Helpline, a one-of-a-kind employment helpline for people with disabilities and barriers to employment. She also conceived of a Disability Job Fair concept that will launch in October 2023.
A skilled marketer, Leah brings a formidable depth of experience to PRIDE Industries. She has launched startups, built more than 20 brands, managed teams on three continents, and led several multifaceted international projects to successful fruition. Before joining PRIDE Industries, Leah was Head of Global Marketing with Hudson RPO, an international, publicly traded talent solutions and recruitment outsourcing company, where she also built and led the organization’s employer brand service offering for clients like BMW and MINI. Prior to that, she was Head of Global Digital and CRM Marketing for its parent entity, Hudson Global, Inc. where she transformed the company’s lead generation practices. Leah launched and ran a digital marketing agency in Chicago that was named women-owned business of the year by a local chamber of commerce. Earlier in her career, she held multiple Vice President of Marketing roles within Jones Lang LaSalle, a Fortune 500 global commercial real estate firm. Leah got her start running projects for companies like Disney, American Airlines, and Scholastic Books at a New York City advertising agency.
A Passion for Service
Leah earned her Global Management MBA (with honors) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Spanish from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Active in the community, Leah created FosterCoalition.com, an online resource site for foster youth, foster parents, and those who wish to support children in care. She also serves on the Boards of the Sacramento Family Justice Center and CHILL Sacramento, a nonprofit dedicated to building healthy, safe communities. Leah was named an Angel in Adoption honoree by Congressman Adam Schiff and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. In 2023, she was named to Comstock’s “Women in Leadership: An annual salute to extraordinary women breaking barriers and rising to the top,” and, in 2022, she was a Sacramento Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” honoree. When not working, Leah enjoys hiking, meditating, refurbishing old furniture, and being a mom to her wonderful nine-year-old son.