Global Executive Search Firm


is our DNA

Global Executive Search Firm

DEI is our DNA

In today’s ever-shifting landscape, finding the perfect fit to enhance your leadership team can feel like the impossible. Let us partner with you to find the top diverse leaders your company deserves.

We are a purpose-driven, women-owned and operated global leader in recruiting diverse executive talent. Executive and board search is the cornerstone of our business, but only the beginning of our partnership with our clients and candidates. Through our advisory and assessment capabilities, as well as our leadership development and onboarding programs, we provide the guidance and tools to help both parties reach their goals.

We are Reimagining Search through the talent we present, the success of our candidates, and the world-class experience we provide our clients.

Talent Thrives. Cultures Collaborate. Organizations Outperform.

From the Fortune 500 to startups, companies trust Ellig Group with their leadership, culture, and DEI initiatives.

Proudly Promoting

Boardroom Parity for over Two Decades

CEO Janice Ellig is the founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Biennial

Breakfast of Corporate Champions

The Breakfast of Corporate Champions recognizes S&P 500 and Fortune 1000 companies which exceed the national average of women on boards.

Our Services

Helping Companies Achieve Parity of Diversity in C-suites and Boardrooms

Our Search Expertise


Functional Roles​

What Sets Us Apart

Our Knowledge

Access to Executive Leaders Globally

Female-Founded Search Firm
Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Ellig Group Advisory Board
Leveraging the wisdom of experienced, high-profile executives, board directors, and thought leaders.
Global Search Consortium
A member of the world’s top 10 executive search organizations, with 400 consultants in nearly 40 countries.
C-Suite/Board Network
Broad access to diverse board and C-suite candidate sources through the Executive Leadership Council (ELC); Latino Corporate Directors Association; Ascend; 30% Club; and Women’s Forum of New York biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions, founded by Janice Ellig in 2011.

Our Experience

Extensive Experience Successfully Placing Diverse Leaders

Board Readiness Coaching Program
Preparing executive talent for the Boardroom through our robust network and relationships.
Market/Sector Experience
Considering both the markets you serve today and your future strategic imperatives, we tailor our searches to meet your industry needs. With expeditated results, the majority of our searches are completed within three months.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
80% of our C-Suite placements and 85% of our board placements are women and/or members of underrepresented groups. 45 years in executive search, 75% of our annual searches are with returning clients.
Minimal conflicts of interest and no internal conflicts between partners.

Our Process

Meeting Each Client's Unique Needs

Your Ambassador
We take the time to credibly market your compelling story to the best candidates. With our Partner-led approach, Janice Ellig interviews, assesses and presents all candidates.
Data-Driven Assessments
Hogan Assessment, The Leadership Circle, and Clifton Strengths ensure cultural fit.
100 Days of Post-Placement Support/Coaching
A certified Executive Coach partners with you and the placed candidate to facilitate smooth transition.
Client Portal
A password-protected online portal where you can track your search’s progress 24/7.
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A Celebrated Legacy

Our clients reap the full benefits of the insights, networks, and partnerships we've built over 45+ years in the business world. Janice Reals Ellig joined legacy company Gould McCoy Chadick as a Partner in 2000. As Co-Chief Executive Officer, the firm evolved into Chadick Ellig. In 2017, Chadick Ellig became Ellig Group and recognized as the premier woman owned search partner for diverse top talent.

An Expert Leader

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as “one of the world’s most influential headhunters,” Janice Reals Ellig is a respected expert in the executive search field as well as a founder, speaker, author, mentor, philanthropist, advocate and champion of gender parity and inclusion in the workplace. As CEO of Ellig Group, Janice wants her legacy to be gender equality with the appointment of more women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in the C-suite.

A Company For Today

Multi-generational, agile, transparent, and results-driven, we are today’s premier talent partners for tomorrow’s leadership needs. Proud to be a purpose-driven, women-owned and operated firm, we are dedicated to advocating for inclusive leadership that will shape the future. With a strategic network of global partners who focus on greater inclusion, equity and diversity, and share our philosophy of providing impactful talent solutions that help define and grow organizations.

Ellig Group is a purpose-driven and women-owned company. Over the last 20 years, more than 80% of our placements have been women and/or diverse candidates.

Ellig Group Timeline

Leadership Reimagined

Join Janice Ellig, CEO and founder of Ellig Group, as she sits down with extraordinary leaders in this series of game-changing conversations.

New episodes released on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Learn from other leaders

National Presence, Global Reach

Our Locations

NYC member, leading Worldwide Executive Search Consortium. We serve clients globally in over 40 countries with access to over 400 search partners.

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Social Impact

We are proud to donate a significant percentage of our annual profits to charities and organizations that drive social change for good.

Leadership Insights

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Janice Reals Ellig

Chief Executive Officer

As the head of the Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as the Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citi and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration.

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

A tirelessly active member of the industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database. (LINK:

Janice is personally committed to several NFP organizations: Board Director of the National YMCA and Past Chair of the YMCA Board of Greater New York; Trustee of the Actors Fund and Committee For Economic Development (CED); Incoming Chair, University of Iowa Foundation; Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club and The Economic Club of New York.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism in 2008. Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, she was also a recipient of the Channel 21 Award In Excellence for her contribution to “Excellence in the Economic Development for Women.”

“Listening to our clients’ needs, learning their business and understanding their culture is how we present the best talent and provide  a competitive advantage. We place candidates with the character, competencies, commitment, (intellectual) curiosity and courage to make a difference. Our goal is always to go beyond the expected and deliver valuable advice, measurable results and great talent!”

– Janice Reals Ellig

  • Champion of gender parity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Industry expert, speaker, and author
  • Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative
  • Committed board and committee member and philanthropist

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