Diversified Search and AltoPartners Form Alliance With Special Olympics

Diversified Search and Alto Partners

July 12, 2017 – Diversified Search and its international affiliate, AltoPartners, are partnering with the Special Olympics to recruit and build a pipeline of talent and provide long-term leadership stability for the charitable group.

“The Special Olympics movement offers exciting career opportunities where you can make positive and life-changing impact throughout the world,” said Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics. “Our work creates real and lasting solutions to big challenges — isolation, inactivity, and injustice — and our team see the results of their work regularly. We are excited to have AltoPartners and Diversified Search join us to build the best team to achieve the change we want to make in the world.”

The Partnership

Diversified Search and AltoPartners will offer training and best practices throughout the Special Olympics organization to bolster leadership from the board of directors to ground-level operations. As part of this strategic alliance, it will also take a leading role in the Special Olympics Diversity Task Force, providing thought leadership and best practices for leadership recruitment and retention around the issue of diversity. Both Diversified Search and AltoPartners will participate in training with Dr. Shriver and Donal Pearce of Ireland, a Special Olympics athlete.

The alliance will also provide the organization with input and structure for Special Olympics awards given within the organization, including the development and marketing of possible new honors in conjunction with Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary in 2018. As part of this effort, Diversified president and chief executive officer Dale Jones will take part in the meeting of the Special Olympics International nominating committee in Atlanta in November, sharing best practices and thought leadership.

Diversified Search and AltoPartners will also provide additional thought leadership and guidance to Special Olympics on topics like succession planning, board development and recruitment practices for operating roles in Special Olympics programs around the world.


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Diversified Search and AltoPartners hosted Special Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the annual AltoPartners international meeting in late June, to exchange ideas and provide strategy for global leadership development.

“As people committed to finding tomorrow’s great leaders, we have a moral duty to identify mission- and purpose-driven leaders who will have a global and personal impact beyond themselves,” said Mr. Jones. “At Diversified and AltoPartners, our firms’ DNA promotes the health and wellness and dignity of all of humanity.”

Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and is ranked as one of the world’s most admired organizations. Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis said she hoped the new alliance would result in strong long-range development of strong board members, executives, and operations managers who will serve Special Olympics long into the future.

Diversified Search has worked with more than 300 educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations over a 40-year span. Its not-for-profit practice recruits leaders for associations, foundations, arts & culture organizations, religious groups, workforce development entities, as well as professional and social service concerns.

AltoPartners is an international alliance of independent executive search firms and leadership consultants. The organization has a presence across Asia Pacific with offices in Australia, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand and it maintains a strong presence across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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