Board Search & Advisory Services

Decades of Diverse Placements: Champions of Change

Your Market Ambassadors

We work with boards to recruit new directors with specific skills and expansive experiences that enhance each organization’s board competencies, governance and strategies. We know that boards need to pivot, be agile, and strategically drive CEO leadership, meeting market conditions. As our client’s ambassadors in the marketplace, we are focused on telling the company’s compelling story, to ensure that high, in-demand candidates are attracted to the opportunity.

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White-Glove Service for Exceptional Results

In presenting board candidates, Ellig Group seizes the opportunity for a truly transformative value-add director. Our clients have our undivided attention. CEO, Janice Ellig, personally leads 100% of our board searches, leveraging her expertise and phenomenal global executive network.

Our process emphasizes accessibility, responsiveness, and results before, during, and after the search. Our approach is unwavering and uncompromising in finding the best global executive choices.

Our Differentiators

Uncompromised Focus

Ellig Group does not conduct concurrent searches for same-industry competitors. We do not have multiple partners competing internally for the same directors.

No candidate is off-limits due to conflict of interest.

Deep Relationships​

Access to an unmatched network of both high-profile and exceptional “off-the-radar” diverse board candidates. Deep long-term executive and organizational relationships provide rich candidate pools.

Our Advisory Board of experienced executives, board directors and thought leaders strengthens our outreach.

Transformative Results​

Our expertise, eye for talent, and precise, high-touch process exceeds our clients’ expectations. We work with boards to help them update their board skills matrix through research, benchmarking and interviews.

Organizations often engage us for multi-year assignments to fill multiple board seats.

Leading the March Towards Parity

From our legacy roots, Ellig Group is recognized for our unwavering commitment and results to achieve parity in the boardroom. Janice Ellig has been a champion for diversity over the past two decades, resulting in 85% of our board placements being women and underrepresented groups. In 2020 and 2021, diverse board placements were 100%!


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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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