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Episode 12: Richard Davis

A Powerful, Persuasive CEO - From Banking to Making Children's Wishes Come True

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 12: “A Powerful, Persuasive CEO – From Banking to Making Children’s Wishes Come True”

Richard Davis is CEO of Make-A-Wish®, an organization that grants a child’s wish every 24 minutes, and has been changing the lives of more than 330,000 critically ill children since the first wish in 1980.

He began his career as a teller, and since 1993, has been a “banker” at legacy companies of U.S. Bank. Rising through the ranks, Richard became CEO in 2006 and Board Chair in 2007 of U.S. Bank, the 5th largest U.S. commercial bank, headquartered in Minneapolis with over 72,000 employees and more than $460 billion in assets. Under Richard’s leadership, USBank was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and in 2010 he was selected by American Banker as “Banker of the Year”.

Tune in to hear Richard’s focused approach to leading with integrity, conviction, purpose and persuasion!

Richard Davis

As leaders think about the impact they wish to have on their organizations and followership, Richard Davis shares “What I would like to leave behind, is a sustainable, predictable, repeatable path.”

Richard has been involved in many nonprofits, having served on 11 boards, including the National American Red Cross, Minnesota Art Institute, the University of San Diego, instrumental in starting “Step Up,” a Twin Cities program that gave more than 18,000 distinguished teenagers their first “professional” summer jobs. He also served on the Twin Cities YMCA.

Especially during the holiday season, it is our honor to share Richard’s insights and thoughtful leadership on another game-changing episode of Leadership Reimagined – A Powerful, Persuasive CEO – From Banking to Making Children’s Wishes Come True.

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Janice Reals Ellig

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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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