October 26, 2022 – Diversified Search Group (DSG), a leading search firm backed by private equity firm ShoreView Industries, was recently selected by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to lead its search for a senior vice president, chief diversity officer and director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). Managing director Euris Belle is leading the search.
The chief diversity officer serves as the architect and champion for the bank’s DEI strategies and provides thought leadership and oversight for all diversity- related strategies/initiatives, including DEI in management and employment, supplier diversity, diversity outreach programs, and, at the direction of the board of governors, may assist in the assessment of the diversity policies of entities regulated by the Federal Reserve. They will serve as an active and constructive member of the bank’s senior management committee, weighing in on bank-wide policies, procedures and work environment with a focus on achieving measurable, sustainable results and direct engagement on the development of the culture of the organization.
The search firm is looking for candidates with more than 15 years of progressive people and/or business executive leadership experience or 10-plus years with DEI experience and/or certification(s). They should have demonstrated success in developing and implementing strategies for building and sustaining diverse teams and organizational talent pipelines. In addition, candidates must have experience devising and delivering diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies that impact all levels and all tenures of employees. They should also have excellent change management skills, including advocating, anticipating, and orchestrating change.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is part of the central bank of the U.S. The Federal Reserve System—the Fed, as it is often called—consists of twelve Reserve Banks located around the country and the board of governors in Washington, D.C. The Atlanta Fed territory covers the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which includes Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Established by Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Atlanta Fed Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) is responsible for all matters relating to diversity in management, employment, and business activities at the bank. The OMWI builds upon our long-standing efforts to create an inclusive workplace, attract and retain a diverse staff, and promote supplier diversity.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston also recently called in Diversified Search Group to lead its hunt for a VP of DEI. The firm seeks an outstanding strategic leader to focus on the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives of the organization. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and engaging individual who not only has a track record in the field but is forward looking, innovative and collaborative in style and approach.
Diversified Search Group has been retained by the State University of New York (SUNY) to spearhead its search for a vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer. The firm seeks a strategic, visionary, and collaborative leader to serve as vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer for the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the U.S.
In addition to the creation of the DEI strategy, The VP of DEI will provide formal and informal DEI program update presentations to the executive committee, the board of directors, the management council, the external diversity advisory council, the bank’s diversity advisory council and staff at all levels of the organization.
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. It is comprised of a combination of specialty practices with deep industry expertise under industry recognized brands, including Alta Associates, BioQuest, Koya Partners, Grant Cooper, and Storbeck Search.
Ms. Belle partners with corporate clients in the areas of diversity recruitment, on-boarding, and retention of senior management and emerging leaders. Her search experience spans multiple functional disciplines and she has successfully assisted her clients in developing diverse candidate pools for various positions including finance, human resources, legal, information technology, and DEI practitioners.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media