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Making Diversity and Inclusion a Business Imperative: Hear it from one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters”

Hear it directly from Janice Ellig, owner of 100% women-led NYC based executive search firm, Ellig Group. Candidly speaking, Janice describes the progress to be “glacial” and points out “Women and diverse candidates will not be attracted to companies unless they can ‘see’ an inclusive culture – an environment where there are others like them who not only survive but thrive and succeed. Companies with more inclusive, welcoming, safe, empowering environments attract the best talent and become the best companies.” Implementing or accelerating the pace of change as part of an organization’s strategy is very doable. It is achieved when leaders are intentional and focused on representing all their constituents; employees, customers, shareholders, and the communities in which they operate.
Janice highlights diversity and inclusion actions that can support and enhance business objectives. To share a few: over hire where certain groups are underrepresented; emphasis on retention as a goal; hold leadership accountable; and anecdotally celebrate those visionaries who are taking action. “Share with the world, let them salute you!” – Janice Ellig
This article is extracted from ‘Breaking down barriers: diversity and inclusion in the C-suite’, published by Fraser Tennant in Financier Worldwide. To hear more about on the topic of diversity and inclusion from industry experts, click here for the full article: https://www.financierworldwide.com/breaking-down-barriers-diversity-and-inclusion-in-the-c-suite/#.W3nx634nY_U

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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

T: (212) 688-8671 ext. 226
E: Janice@ElligGroup.com