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Episode 13: Pattie Sellers

Redefining Power - Telling Stories of Impact

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 her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity.

Episode 13: “Redefining Power: Telling Stories of Impact”

Redefining power yet again through another kind of storytelling alongside Co-CEO Nina Easton, Pattie founded SellersEaston Media, a content creation company that produces stories of leadership and impact.

Episode 13: Pattie Sellers

“A life worth living is a life of impact”

Having devoted her entire career in media, Pattie spent the last 3 decades interviewing world leaders. For her unmatched talent in interviewing and writing about CEOs and other leaders, The Washington Post described her profile as “the Rolodex that Redefined Power”. Pattie wrote the first business story that Oprah Winfrey ever agreed to do in 2002, first ever solo profile that Melinda Gates agreed to in 2008, and over the years exclusively interviewed Marissa Mayer, Warren Buffett, Howard Schultz, and Rupert Murdoch, to name only a few.

Pattie Sellers is the Co-founder of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women which began in 1998, where Fortune ranks the top women in business annually and MPW has grown, via a series of annual summits around the world, to be Fortune’s largest and most VALUABLE franchise, convening some of the most powerful women. This summit is so influential, placing women on stage in front of an audience of their peers, as Pattie describes  “women reveal their humanity, making it much more fashionable today…no leader is a born leader, every leader has started out insecure, vulnerable, not knowing a lot…learns along the way, many ups and downs, nobody’s path is smooth.”

As we at Ellig Group are so aligned in our support of women, it is an honor we share Pattie’s insights and thoughtful leadership on another game-changing episode of Leadership Reimagined –  Redefining Power: Telling Stories of Impact.

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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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