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Episode 60: Jerre Stead

A Corporate and Philanthropic Journey of Impact and Empowerment

We are honored to present this month’s Leadership Reimagined episode featuring Jerre Stead, Founder and Chair of Stead Impact Ventures and Foundation. In this inspiring podcast interview, “A Corporate and Philanthropic Journey of Impact and Empowerment,” Jerre’s story demonstrates how the power of aspirational goals, trust in employees, and open communication creates a profound impact on individuals and communities. As Jerre aptly puts it, “Empowerment begins with trust, and together, we can create lasting impact.” From his humble beginnings to corporate and philanthropic leadership, discover how Jerre’s impressive journey was built on a foundation of guiding principles to promote and support others. Jerre’s integrity, generosity, and commitment to inspiring others have been his north star, along with his partner in life, Mary Joy Stead. Their legacy is and will continue to benefit societies globally. Remarkable individuals, together they are revered.

Jerre Stead

Jerre Stead and his wife, Mary Joy Stead, co-founded the Stead Foundation, which has donated over $400 million to healthcare, education, faith-based organizations, and related causes. In 2023, Jerre established Stead Impact Ventures to invest responsibly in innovators driving positive change in global health and well-being. With a remarkable 42-year career, Jerre served as CEO of ten public companies, including Clarivate, Churchill Capital Corp, and IHS Markit Ltd. He achieved average annual shareholder returns exceeding 22% and served on 36 corporate and 27 nonprofit boards. Jerre received the Kenneth B. West Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2017 and currently chairs the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute while also contributing to organizations like Garret Evangelical Seminary, the American Writers Museum, and Guideposts.

Please enjoy this inspiring episode of Leadership Reimagined featuring Jerre Stead, Founder and Chair of Stead Impact Ventures and Foundation!

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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.”

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– 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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