It is curious — curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
Linda Beverly is retired from a career with nonprofit organizations and association
management, earning the professional designation of Certified Association Executive
(CAE). Prior to retirement she was the vice president of administration and member
resources for the International Facility Management Association, headquartered in
Houston, Texas. She joined the staff in November 1996 and served the organization
in various capacities, including serving as IFMA's chief financial officer. Areas
that she was directly involved in or had staff oversight responsibility for were
global relationships, the World Workplace annual expo, corporate relationships, the
IFMA Foundation, and marketing. She was well-known to the organization's membership,
maintaining a close relationship with chapters and councils.
On April 20, 2007, Linda's character strengths were tested in the furnace of affliction
when her husband, David Beverly, an engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston,
was murdered by a coworker during a three-hour hostage standoff. (You can learn more
about the incident and read of David's memorial here.) Since retirement she has become
a spokesperson on the issue of violence in the workplace. We'll discuss how her
character has been tested and the strengths she leans on.
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