COO and President
Purpose Linked Consulting

Builder ~ Transformer ~ Healer


Alaina Love is the President and COO of Purpose Linked Consulting, a leadership and team development consulting firm. She consults to large, multinational Fortune 500 firms as well as small, independent companies and hospitals, working with leaders to build passionate, high performing teams. Alaina is the developer of PLC’s groundbreaking instrument, the Passion Profiler™.

Prior to founding PLC, Alaina spent twelve years with Merck & Co., Inc., a multinational pharmaceutical firm. There, as Executive Director of Human Resources, she was responsible for HR services for the sales and marketing division, both domestically and internationally. Her client group included over 15,000 employees worldwide, generating US$12.3 billion in sales. Earlier in her career, Alaina was a research scientist for Merck in the field of immunology, where she worked to develop products for the treatment of diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus. She later worked in clinical research, with responsibility for monitoring international clinical trials for the anti-ulcer treatment known as Pepcid®.

Alaina is the co-author of the book, The Purpose Linked Organization, which focuses on PLC’s research on the importance of purpose and passion in creating a fulfilled and motivated workforce. She is also the author of executive workshops on purpose and passion including, Leading with Purpose™ and Renaissance Reconnections™, which are conducted at the firm’s retreat center in Virginia. In addition to a blog for the PLC website, Alaina writes a monthly column for SmartBrief on Leadership, and has been a contributing columnist to Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, and Harvard Business Review online.

Alaina is a graduate of the University of Michigan Business School’s Change Leadership Program, has completed advanced Human Resource studies at Rutgers University, and medical studies at Tufts University School of Medicine. She also holds an undergraduate degree in medical technology from Monmouth University. Alaina has been awarded the distinction of Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resource Management. In addition to the US, Alaina has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Asia and has work experience in Europe, Canada and Latin America.

Purpose and passion is a powerful combination that we believe can change the business environment for the better. It is a gift and a pleasure to work with cutting edge organizations that appreciate the value of leveraging this force to create cultures where individuals can flourish and apply their passions to generating great results.

alove@thepurposelink.com