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Episode 61: Janice Ellig

Five Years of Powerful Podcasts: Game-Changing Leadership Insights

We are delighted to present this month’s special anniversary episode of Leadership Reimagined, featuring Janice Ellig, CEO and Founder of Ellig Group. While Janice is usually our host, Lisa Buckingham, President of Ellig Group, takes the reins to host an extraordinary conversation.

Join Janice as she shares her insights and the profound impact of 60 game-changing executive interviews over five years. In this unique episode, Janice reflects on what she’s learned from these inspiring leaders across various industries, diving deep into topics like leadership, where character, compassion, courage, commitment, and communication are essential attributes; DEI, where all have access to opportunities; and, changes in the places of work that have reshaped the world of work.

Janice’s dedication to redefining leadership and championing diversity is to ensure every voice is heard and all candidates have access to higher-level positions. This episode is a testament to her vision.

Janice Ellig Leadership Reimagined Podcast

After a corporate career spanning Pfizer and Citibank and the IPO of Ambac Financial Group, Janice transitioned to executive search. Today, at the helm of Ellig Group, her mission is clear: to change the landscape of leadership by facilitating top-tier talent’s journey to C-suite and board positions. Her tireless commitment goes beyond her professional achievements: she chaired the YMCA of Greater New York, served on the boards of the National YMCA and the Entertainment Community Fund, and is the immediate past chair of UICA. When President of the Women’s Forum of New York, she founded and chaired Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Her dedication continues as a current board member of Girls Inc. of New York, a testament to her remarkable commitment to giving back.

Janice’s contributions have earned her accolades, including the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award and the AESC Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism. She remains committed to making a positive impact, both professionally and in her community.

Tune in for a candid discussion about the themes she learned from 60 podcasts with incredible leaders. This special 5-year anniversary episode of Leadership Reimagined is hosted by Lisa Buckingham!

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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 Forbes.com. 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: www.womensforumny.org).

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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