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Janice Ellig

CEO, Ellig Group

  • Executive Search Services
  • Board Search Services
  • Executive & Board Advisory Services
  • Board Readiness Program
  • Executive Coaching
  • Market Mapping

Janice Reals Ellig is the CEO of the executive search firm Ellig Group. A specialist in organizational change, succession planning, and management development, Janice was previously with Heidrick & Struggles and held executive level positions at Ambac Financial Group, Citibank, and Pfizer. Ellig holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Rider College and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa.

Lili Gil Valletta

CEO, CulturIntel

  • Culture Insights
  • Culture Trends
  • Market Research
  • Culture Intelligence
  • Analyzing Digital Discussions

Liliana “Lili” Gil Valletta is the co-founder and CEO of the cultural intelligence market research tech-firm CulturIntel and the cultural marketing agency CIEN+. She is also a regular television commentator seen on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and CNN en Español.

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Carrie Blair

CEO, Tayside Group

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  • Organizational Development
  • Executive Search
  • Talent Development

As the founder of Tayside Group, Carrie is passionate about executive talent and leadership development. Carrie has a proven track record as a leader who understands the critical role HR plays, particularly in times of transformation and change.

Her career spans more than 25 years in human capital management. She brings deep expertise; including former roles as Chief Human Resources Officer at a multinational Fortune 100 and as Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer for a top 25 global insurance company.

Jamie Schneiderman

CEO, Career Spark

  • Career Pathing
  • Upskilling & Reskilling
  • Workforce Planning

Jamie Schneiderman is the Founder and CEO of Career Spark, the leader in Predictive Career Mobility. They help organizations easily and consistently select, develop, and promote top talent to drive success.

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Hamoon Ekhtiari

CEO, FutureFit AI

  • AI Talent Solutions
  • ESG + DEI-aligned Talent Acquisition
  • Career & Skills Pathways
  • Workforce Transformation

A lover of all things blueberry and/or avocado, Hamoon Ekhtiari is the Founder & CEO of FutureFit AI, an AI-powered GPS for your Career. Previously, he was the Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Executive Vice President at a $30B telecom and technology company where he led the future of work strategy for the enterprise. Prior to that, Hamoon was the Founding Director of a leadership, skills, and innovation academy at one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. He has also founded a social enterprise, helped build Deloitte’s consulting business in the Caribbean, and taught as adjunct faculty.

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Davia Temin

CEO, Temin & Company

  • Crisis Communications
  • Communications Coaching
  • Reputation Building

Davia B. Temin is a writer, speaker, and management consultant based in New York. She is president and CEO of Temin and Company Incorporated, an international reputation, risk and crisis management, strategic marketing and media, and leadership coaching firm that specializes in crisis preparation, management, communication and recovery, as well as corporate governance and corporate culture consulting. She is the creator of the Temin Index, the largest known inventory of #MeToo accusations since sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Bill Cosby. She is also the author of the “Reputation Matters” column of, and is a contributor for Huffington PostAmerican BankerDirectors & BoardsCorporate Board MemberInstitutional Investor and Chief Executive Magazine.

Gian Power

CEO & Founder, TLC Lions

  • Behavioral Storytelling
  • Personal Storytelling
  • Professional Storytelling

Gian Power is on a mission to bring the power of storytelling to organizations globally. As featured in Forbes, Business Insider, The Independent, and BBC, he founded TLC Lions and is proud to have reached over 1 million employees in his work in over 110 countries. He speaks globally on the topics of mental health and storytelling, and has spoken at American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Rothschild, PwC, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, Schroders Personal Wealth, Reed Smith, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper, Facebook, Amazon, Commerzbank, AXA, Vanguard, Hyatt, Marriott, Marsh, Mayer Brown, Subsea 7, VMware, Fragomen, Novartis, GSK, Rolls-Royce, Allianz, Premier Foods, TikTok, Uber, Morgan Stanley, and more!

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CoolBrands People

  • Brand Storytelling
  • Online Image Consulting
  • Reputation Building

CoolBrands People works with women leaders and leaders from underrepresented groups on building a dynamic personal brand and creating an online presence. The goal is to support these leaders achieve their next professional goal – be it a board seat, next job, new partners, clients or investors.

On a corporate level, they work with executive teams, talent development programs, and ERGs – to support and reinforce the corporate, group and individual brands and online presence.

They use Signitt, a proprietary tool to support with publishing and social seeding of content.

Marianne Gobeil

CEO, Illumify Inc

  • Executive Communications Coach
  • Executive Assessments

Marianne has been called “the leader’s leader” for her pioneering work in developing the principles and practices that express strong and effective leadership. She founded Illumify specifically for those here to ignite meaningful change. Her unique methodology and expertise are integrated into each version of The Illumify Game Changer: Executive; Leadership: and On Purpose. Each empowers participants to “illumify” the change that matters to them and transcend what is now by igniting what could be and should be.

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Donavon Warren

CEO, Loaded Media

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  • Publicity
  • Awareness
  • SEO
  • Web Development
  • Digital Presence
  • Content Creation

Donavon Warren was born on September 16th, 1980 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He is an actor, director and writer, known for Wheels (2014). He owns and operates Loaded Media, a public relations, digital marketing, SEO, and web development agency in Los Angeles. 

John Baird

Founder & Chairman, Velocity Coaching

  • Executive Coaching
  • Team Development
  • Executive Retreats

John Baird is considered to be one of the premier coaches in Silicon Valley, having coached executives from companies like Apple, Nike and Twitter, as well as new venture founders from companies including Culture Amp, DoorDash, Flexport, and MasterClass

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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 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:

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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