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Episode 52: Kevin Oakes

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Janice Ellig, CEO and founder of Ellig Group, sits down with real leaders in this series of game-changing conversations, bespoke to fellow champions of change. Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and commitment to gender parity, equity, inclusion, and diversity.

We are honored to present this month’s episode of Leadership Reimagined, “2023 Priorities and Predictions for the C-Suite” featuring Kevin Oakes, CEO and co-founder of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). Listen in as Kevin and Janice discuss how i4cp is discovering and advancing the next practices in human capital and how you can be a better leader based on industry-leading HR research.

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Kevin is the CEO and co-founder of i4cp, a global prominent human capital research company and ranked among the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 500|5000 list. He is also the author of the book Culture Renovation®: A Blueprint for Action.

Kevin is a frequent author and international keynote speaker on next practices in human capital, and works with business and HR executives on people practices that drive high performance. He is considered one of the foremost experts on organizational culture.

Please enjoy this episode on Leadership Reimagined with Kevin Oakes, CEO & and co-founder of i4cp!

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Show Notes: Kevin Oakes

Lorraine Hariton, President, CEO & Director of Catalyst

Catalyst, as an organization, has evolved over many years starting in 1962 when our founder Felice Schwartz started Catalyst. She was looking at how she, a college-educated woman, after putting her children in school, could go into the business world. And of course, the world that she faced was very different than today. There were very limited options for women. She was looking at how women could have part-time roles. But over the years Catalyst evolved. It started out helping individual women advance in the workplace and then we moved to really focus on how do we create an environment, a workplace that really can work for women, which is really our focus now. Today we partner with over 500 multinational companies, about 40 of them are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, who are currently on my board. And we do three things: We provide research around what it takes to build workplaces that work for women; we provide learning products and tools that help companies advance women in the workplace; And then we have a very broad community. We bring them together around events and learning from each other. We focus on a number of different areas, on how to create inclusive workplaces, we focus on how to engage men in the prospect of doing that. We look at the future of work, we look at intersectionality and the different aspects of your identity and how it affects you. And of course, all the different levels in the organization.

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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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