About Us

Diversified Search 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 remains as committed as ever to its mission of “Advancing Leaders, Transforming Organizations.”

Our global partner is AltoPartners

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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.

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

News Briefings

Diversified Search Adds Finance Veteran in New York

Diversified Search has expanded with the addition of Elizabeth Ewing as managing director. Ms. Ewing, who will serve in the firm’s financial officers, CEO and board of directors’ practices, will be based out of Diversified’s New York office. “Liz Ewing has everything you look for in a search executive: intelligence, strategic thinking and the ability to

CEO Leadership During a New Era . . . and How Executive Search Firms are Responding

COVID-19 has created a massive humanitarian challenge: millions ill and hundreds of thousands of lives lost; soaring unemployment rates in the world’s most robust economies; food banks stretched beyond capacity; governments straining to deliver critical services. The pandemic is also a challenge for businesses — and their CEOs — unlike any they have ever faced,

The Obama Foundation Taps Diversified Search to Find Chief People Officer

Diversified Search has been retained to find the new chief people and administrative officer for the Obama Foundation in Chicago. Managing directors J. Veronica Biggins, Denielle Pemberton-Heard and Judy Boreham will lead the search, assisted by senior associate Dianne Downey. To achieve its mission of inspiring and empowering people to become agents of change, the Obama Foundation is setting

Diversified Search Seeks Executive Director for ACLU of Colorado

Diversified Search has been enlisted by the ACLU of Colorado (ACLU-CO) to find its new executive director. The assignment is being spearheaded by J. Veronica Biggins, managing partner; Denielle Pemberton-Heard, managing director and general counsel; and Corina Benitz, vice president and senior associate. “The ACLU-CO seeks an experienced, strategic and visionary leader with a demonstrated commitment

Press Releases

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

Molly A. Robb Joins Diversified Search

PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 15, 2018 – Molly A. Robb, a seasoned search executive with more than 20 years of experience identifying and placing C-Suite talent in the Healthcare, Private Equity/Venture Capital and Life Sciences sectors, has joined Diversified Search as a Managing Director. Robb will work under the umbrella of San Francisco-based BioQuest, which became

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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…