July 14, 2021 – Diversified Search Group (DSG) has expanded with the addition of veteran talent strategist and career coach Amy Shea as a managing director in the non-profit practice. “I am honored to have worked with Amy as a client, and an employee at Koya Partners, in her capacity as a career coach for over a decade serving non-profit clients around the country, and now as part of DSG,” said Katie Bouton, president of Diversified Search Group. “We could not be more thrilled to have her expertise and her dedication to cultivating new leadership for a changing world.”
Ms. Shea joins Diversified Search Group as an accomplished search leader and career coach with over 15 years of experience building and managing client relationships, overseeing full life-cycle search processes, and coaching executives through career transitions. She has partnered closely with boards of directors and senior leaders in the non-profit, for-profit and social impact sectors nationwide.
Most recently, Ms. Shea served as a managing consultant at Korn Ferry, where she worked with non-profits, associations and educational institutions to place senior-level executives and emerging leaders. Before that, she served as an executive recruiter and career coach for Koya Partners, guiding senior leaders in transforming their careers. Ms. Shea launched and led all aspects of the career services program and coached and inspired individuals on various career services topics to feel empowered and invested in achieving career goals.
Before joining the executive search industry, Ms. Shea served as associate director of recruitment and selection at The Broad Center, where she recruited executive leadership talent nationwide to become the next generation of urban school district leaders. She also served as senior recruiter at Bain & Company. Ms. Shea spent several years overseeing and increasing awareness of internship programs at both Boston University and Emerson College and counseling students and alumni. She began her career in media relations at Citigate Cunningham where she managed national media relations and strategic communications programs for major high tech and consumer companies.
“The core values of Diversified Search Group inspire me,” Ms. Shea said. “I am honored and energized to be joining a purposeful, innovative and diverse firm. DSG allows me to continue to follow my passion of serving as a resource for mission-driven clients and individuals, guiding and advising them in cultivating their purpose. I look forward to contributing to DSG’s evolution and growth by supporting leaders in an ever-changing world, where social change and business are in harmony.”
Diversified Search Group is a family of recruiting firms serving specialized sectors. The firm was founded almost five decades ago by Judith M. von Seldeneck for the express purpose of placing diverse candidates in client organizations. It is today the largest U.S. female-owned and founded firm in the executive recruitment industry.
In June, DSG appointed Aileen K. Alexander to the newly created position as vice chair and leader of the firm’s global corporate practice group. “Aileen Alexander is an innovator,” said Ms. von Seldeneck. “Her exceptional experience and industry insights will contribute significantly not only to our rapidly growing firm, but also to our clients as we cultivate new leadership for a changing world.” Ms. Alexander joins the firm from Korn Ferry, where she co-founded and co-led the firm’s global cybersecurity practice and was managing partner and leader of its Philadelphia office, where Diversified Search Group is headquartered.
“Our firm is – and always has been – focused on building authentic, long-lasting relationships with leaders,” said Dale E. Jones, CEO. “Aileen’s reputation as a leader in the industry who puts people first will help us to drive even greater collective impact for our clients. We are delighted that she has chosen Diversified Search Group to help further our mission of shaping the recruiting industry for the next generation of leaders.”
Diversified Search also recently added three managing directors – Steve Edwards, Robin Goolsbee and David Kuguru – to its burgeoning non-profit, corporate and life sciences practices. Following an accelerated demand for new leadership in the wake of the pandemic, the search firm says that it has seen a 30 percent surge in business and market growth in all sectors. Mr. Edwards joins the firm’s non-profit and connected leadership practices, based in Chicago. Before joining Diversified Search Group, Mr. Edwards served as chief content officer of WBEZ Chicago Public Media, Chicago’s NPR News station. Ms. Goolsbee joins the corporate and life sciences practices, also based in Chicago. For the last eight years, Ms. Goolsbee has served as a senior principal with Business Talent Group, the largest network of independent consultants in the U.S. Mr. Kuguru joins the corporate practice, based in Washington, D.C. He came to Diversified Search Group following time with T-Mobile/Sprint, serving as director of internet of things sales.
Earlier this year, the firm added veteran search executive Margaret Resce Milkint as a managing director and leader of its global insurance practice, in Chicago. “Margaret brings not only a wealth of experience, but also so much more,” said Mr. Jones. “Her strategic thinking, unparalleled market knowledge, and emotional intelligence will be invaluable assets as we recruit and place tomorrow’s leaders in healthcare and insurance.”
“As someone who has been a strong advocate for women in business since the founding of the firm, I am always thrilled to welcome an outstanding, accomplished woman into our company,” said Ms. von Seldeneck. “Margaret’s key leadership abilities and experience – and her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, which mirror our own – will be invaluable.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media