About Us

Diversified Search Group is not only a search firm, but also something larger: an idea. The firm has five tentpole values—truth, respect, goodwill, integrity, and excellence—that inform each and every search.

Originally founded in 1974 to find executive roles for women, today the firm is one of the top ten executive search firms in the country. And it remains committed to those core values and the idea that in diversity lies strength—it is owned by a woman, and led by an African-American man. Its core values extend to every corner of the firm, whose managing directors bring both broad and deep experience in 16 industry and functional practices.

With nine national offices and worldwide search capability through AltoPartners, a global alliance of independent search firms with 60 offices in 38 countries, Diversified Search Group remains as committed as ever to its mission of “Advancing Leaders, Transforming Organizations.”

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Your search will always have a Managing Director leading the process from the beginning through to completion. This emphasis on experience enables the firm to work with clients in challenging internal perspectives and moving beyond the expected.


Solutions And Expertise

The firm approaches search differently than others. Throughout its history, they have always sought leaders that not only have strong character and credentials, but also those with different perspectives and views. The firm uses the power of this perspective to help guide your company beyond the expected.

  • Advisory Services
  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Culture Shaping
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Search
  • Leadership Develop.
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Onboarding
  • Succession Planning

News Briefings

Hunt Scanlon’s Top 10 Search Assignments for 2020

In 2020 the pandemic resulted in one of the most challenging years on record for executive search firms. But the need for talent continued unimpeded for most companies across dozens of disciplines. Despite fears that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) would get pushed to the backburner by the demands of the COVID-19 crisis, recruitment in

Weekly Jobless Claims Fall Again; Road to Springtime Recovery Starts to Take Shape

The Labor Department reported this morning that 709,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 740,000. This was the fourth straight week that claims fell below 800,000. More than 21 million Americans are currently claiming some form of unemployment insurance, and Thursday’s Labor Department

Diversified Search Seeking CFO for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Diversified Search has been retained to find the new chief financial officer for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dale E. Jones, Lyn Brennan and Alison Lebonitte are leading the assignment. Current CFO Thomas Todorow will be retiring next June. The next CFO will join CHOP at a time of financial strength and stability despite the challenges the

Jobless Claims at Lowest Level Since Early Days of COVID-19

The Labor Department reported this morning that 898,000 more Americans filed new claims for state unemployment benefits last week, the lowest total since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 875,000. The latest figures portend an unstable and volatile job market. The Labor Department changed its methodology from

Press Releases

Fast-Growing Diversified Search Leads Change in the Executive Search Industry, Becomes the “Diversified Search Group”

(Nov. 10, 2020) Founder and Chair Judith M. von Seldeneck announced today that after almost 50 years of finding great leaders for American companies and organizations, Diversified Search has now become the Diversified Search Group, with new brand messaging that reflects both its spectacular growth over the last several years and its unique business model

Harold T. Epps Joins Diversified Search as Senior Advisor

PHILADELPHIA – Judith M. von Seldeneck, Founder and Chair of Diversified Search, announced today that Harold T. Epps, who most recently served as Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, will join Diversified Search in the role of Senior Advisor, effective March 16th. He will be based in the firm’s Philadelphia headquarters office. In his

Baptist Health in Northeast Florida Selects New CEO

April 12, 2019, Jacksonville, FL — Following an extensive national search, Baptist Health has selected a new president and CEO. Brett S. McClung, FACHE, is joining Baptist Health from Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care systems in the United States, with 29 hospitals serving nearly 7 million people. He will

Seasoned PBS Executive Joins Diversified Search

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep 13, 2018 — Denielle Pemberton-Heard, who for the past 15 years has helped oversee key content acquisition and partnership initiatives for national public television, has joined Diversified Search, one of the nation’s top five executive search firms, as its new General Counsel and Managing Director, effective immediately. She will be based in the

UTSA announces search for Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, June 19, 2018 – The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is conducting a national search for the university’s first Vice President for Inclusive Excellence (VPIE). As a member of UTSA’s senior leadership team, the VPIE will work closely with campus stakeholders to develop practices that contribute toward establishing a campus climate of



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In The Media

Diversified Search and Alto PartnersHunt Scanlon Viewpoint: With Disruption Ahead for U.S. Telecom, is the Right Leadership in Place?
Next generation telecom leaders will be multi-faceted. As the status quo is no longer a viable business plan, telecom executives will be compelled to pursue…