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Barbara Stahley

Managing Director

With a background in human resources and organizational development, Barbara leads the Leadership Consulting practice at Ellig Group. Certified by Hogan Assessment Systems and The Leadership Circle Profile, among others, and having earned her certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, Barbara works with organizations and their leaders to create inclusive, intentional and impactful cultures. Her areas of expertise include leadership coaching, team and group facilitation, talent assessment, and onboarding programming. In addition to our Leadership Consulting practice, Barbara’s search work focuses on the nonprofit, healthcare, professional services, and financial services industries, where she conducts engagements across functional areas including human resources, communications, finance, legal and general management.

Prior to joining our team and legacy firm, Chadick Ellig, in 2010 from MassMutual, Barbara worked at Page Group. Based at the organization’s London headquarters, she managed the financial and professional services division of the Human Resources Practice and worked with clients throughout Europe. Earlier, she co-led the start-up of the organization’s Nonprofit Practice in the United States. Barbara began her career as a human resources generalist and recruiter in local government.

Barbara earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management & Organizational Analysis from King’s College, London and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. She has served on the NYC Leadership Board of the American Lung Association and the Executive Committee of the King’s College London Alumni Association in New York, is a member of HR People & Strategy, and is an Alumni Career Advisor and Mentor at both of her alma maters.

When we partner with a client, we invest the time to understand their business, its culture and the complex challenges they face. We use this ‘insider’s view’ to tailor our interview and assessment process to each client’s unique needs. This allows us to get to the heart of a candidate’s technical and cultural fit with the organization and leadership team, ensuring a match that leads to success.” – Barbara Stahley

  • Leader of Human Resources Practice and Leadership Practice
  • Intuitive listener and people reader
  • Expertise in onboarding, executive coaching, and assessment
  • Global recruiting background

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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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