September 24, 2020 – San Francisco, CA-based executive search firm Rich Talent Group has formed a partnership with Chief, the private network for women executives. Together they will provide women with the necessary resources and opportunities to navigate career transitions and pursue board placements.
“Chief’s membership pool has some of the most successful and capable women leaders in business,” said Jana Rich, founder of Rich Talent Group. “Chief is uniquely positioned to accelerate better representation, not only for this generation, but generations to come. We look forward to partnering with Chief as they continue to pave the way for a growing, influential community of women.”
2020 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recruiting Report:
Building a Balanced and Diverse Workforce
Hunt Scanlon Media’s latest market intelligence recruiting report – this time focused on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – will be available later this fall! The nation’s top executive recruiters are resetting expectations and looking for new ways forward to build balanced and diverse workforce teams for their clients.
According to executive recruiters, DE&I should not just be a priority, but an integrated part of every company’s leadership goals. Some companies have even tied DE&I metrics to executive compensation. But it’s more than that.
Part of building strong, diverse hiring teams means asking yourself: “Who is my company culture going to attract – and how will it engage people who are here?” This question can be very difficult to answer if you assume everyone feels welcome already just because you do. Fostering diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations is more than just the right ethical decision. “It is one of the best business decisions a company can make,” said Keri Gavin, a partner with Hanold Associates and leader of the search firm’s Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practice. Hanold Associates is a proud sponsor of this year’s report. This report will help organizations prioritize DE&I as a business imperative that drives greater competitiveness, innovation and business results. Get it now!
“Companies are rightfully looking for ways to diversify their senior management, and Chief’s network of outstanding women has the power to level the playing field from the top-down,” said Carolyn Childers, co-founder and CEO of Chief. “Through this partnership with Rich Talent Group, a company we’ve long admired for building diverse leadership and placing more women and women of color into positions of power, we intend to make equity and inclusion the new normal in executive leadership and board meetings.”
Delivering Diverse Executives
Rich Talent Group has a track record of elevating diversity across executive teams and boards. Last year, 86 percent of people that Rich Talent Group recruited to operating roles — VP level and above — were women, people of color and/or LGBTQ. And 100 percent of those recruited to board roles were women and/or people of color.
“Diversity in leadership has never been more important, and Chief is doubling down on its founding mission of getting more powerful women a seat at the table,” the company said. “Chief’s highly-vetted community of leadership talent makes it positioned to connect women with companies that are genuinely invested in increasing the diversity and inclusion of their executive teams. While many Chief members are already serving on boards, the vast majority are interested in joining another (or their first) board.”
With this partnership, Rich Talent Group will be able to tap into qualified candidates within the Chief network for executive and board opportunities. Additionally, Chief and Rich Talent Group will launch a Board Readiness Intensive Workshop Series to provide actionable information, resources, and exposure to board opportunities.
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Chief was created to drive more women into positions of power and keep them there. Chief is a private network designed specifically for senior women leaders — rising VP level through CEO — to strengthen their experience in the C-suite, cross-pollinate power across industries, and effect change from the top-down. Co-founders Ms. Childers and Lindsay Kaplan launched Chief in 2019, and have grown to over 3,000 senior leaders in the U.S., representing over 1,000 companies and a waitlist of more than 8,000. Chief is headquartered in New York City, with locations in Los Angeles and Chicago, and currently accepting members to Boston and San Francisco, as well as its nationwide waitlist.
Rich Talent Group partners with visionary companies to build transformative leadership teams that help change the world. Since its founding in 2014, the firm has become an industry leader in creating more diverse and inclusive executive teams and boards across the country. With offices in San Francisco and New York, Rich Talent Group works with clients that include both new/high-growth and established companies in the consumer and technology spaces, such as Peloton, Dropbox, Warby Parker and Adobe, among others.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media