Linda A. Mason
Linda Mason is an American charity executive and is the chairwoman and co-founder of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, a global provider of employer-sponsored child care, emergency back-up care for children and adults/elders, educational advising, and global work/life consulting.
Bright Horizons Family Solutions operates more than 750 child development centers for 850 employers in 40 states, Europe, and India. Bright Horizons also operates eight elementary schools, private and charter. The company employs 20,000 people in six countries and serves more than 80,000 families.
Mason was one of five corporate recipients of the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership presented by President Bill Clinton. She was the 1996 recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, one of Business Week's 1997 "Best Entrepreneurs. Bright Horizons was selected by FORTUNE magazine in January 2014 for the 15th time as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” Bright Horizons is partnering with First Lady Michelle Obama on her national “Let's Move!” child anti-obesity campaign.
Mason is the author of The Working Mother’s Guide to Life, published in November 2002 by Random House. She has written and spoken in such venues as NPR, the MIT Sloan School of Management Leadership Series, and the Harvard Business Review, on early education and the issues of corporate work/life policies and challenges, including participating on White House work/life panels and initiatives during the Clinton administration.
Mason is Chair of Mercy Corps, a $300 million international relief and development agency headquartered in the U.S. In her capacity as Chair, Mason has traveled frequently to regions such as the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
Mason served as Co-Country Director of Save the Children's emergency program in Sudan during the African famine of 1984-85, creating a national program that served 400,000 Sudanese famine victims. Mason also directed a large feeding program for malnourished children in Cambodian refugee camps along the Thai border after the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia of 1979. She co-authored the book, Rice, Rivalry, and Politics (University of Notre Dame Press, 1983), which looked at the politics and the challenges of the Cambodian relief operation.
Mason studied at the Sorbonne and the Conservatoire Rachmaninoff in Paris. She also worked at the New York and Paris offices of Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Mason has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Mason has held leadership positions on the boards of several important non-profit institutions, serving as: Chair of Mercy Corps; Co-Founder of Horizons for Homeless Children; Trustee of Yale University; Chair of the Yale School of Management Advisory Board, trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and trustee of the Packard Foundation.
- Bright Horizons Management Team
- William J. Clinton - Remarks on Presenting the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership - February 11, 1998
- Ernst & Young - Past National Award Winners
- Business Week - Cover Story - The Best Entrepreneurs - 1/12/1997
- FORTUNE magazine "100 Best Companies to Work For in America" 2012
- Michelle Obama speech 6/8/2011
- Mason, L.A. (2002). The Working Mother's Guide to Life. Random House
- NPR: Linda Mason, Co-Founder Of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Dec. 8, 2010
- MIT Sloan School of Management - Leadership Series - Composing a Career and a Life - Linda Mason
- Harvard Business Review - The Best Advice I Ever Got - Linda Mason - September 2008
- Horizons for Homeless Children Board of Directors
- Mercy Corps Staff
- Mery Corps Charity Navigator Listing
- Boston Globe: Mercy Corps' Linda Mason Brings Hope in Wake of Disaster (07/14/2012)
- Business Week - How Bright Horizons Takes Care of Kids — and Business - 12/8/98
- Mason, L.A. Rice, Rivalry and Politics (1983) University of Notre Dame Press
- Financial Times - Big interview: Out to see the world and take a new approach - 1/26/2009