August 24, 2020 – Life sciences-focused search firm Slone Partners has added esteemed educator Candace Nortey as executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion. In this newly created role, she will help expand the firm’s diversity efforts to enhance opportunities for minority candidates, both internally and for the company’s client partners.
“Candace Nortey is an extremely accomplished leader in her field and brings a track record of success to Slone Partners at a time when our firm is renewing its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion across the board,” said Leslie Loveless, CEO of Slone Partners. “As someone who has known Candace for more than 10 years, I can attest to her extraordinary skills, passion and devotion as a cultural curator, innovator and advocate. She brings a wealth of knowledge and an unflagging spirit to our company as we push ourselves and our industry forward in the years to come.”
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Ms. Nortey has more than 15 years of experience in both teaching and administrative positions in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, IN, serving most recently as director of elementary education. She was named the 2019 National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Breakout Woman of the Year in Education, the 2019 Lawrence Township Administrator of the Year, the 2019 Indiana Black Expo Excellence in Education Award winner and the 2012 Milken Award winner for Indiana.
“The creation of the role of executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion is aligned with Slone Partners’ longstanding devotion to promoting more women and people of color into the life sciences,” the search firm said. “The company, in conjunction with multiple industry and academic partners, will soon be launching the ENVISION program, designed to recruit and mentor underrepresented minorities who endeavor to become the next generation of life sciences leaders.” Slone Partners also produces a diversity interview series spotlighting leaders across the industry. And company founder Adam Slone established Life Serve Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) designed to help underserved youth thrive through athletics.
“I am delighted to join a company that has adopted diversity, equity and inclusion as one of its core values, and is committed to living those values every day,” Ms. Nortey said. “In my experience, diverse teams make organizations stronger, and organizations that strive to develop and elevate women and people of color into leadership positions are those that will achieve the greatest success. Our motto at Slone Partners is ‘People are our science,’ and my background as an educator has exposed me to many kinds of different people – students, teachers, parents and staff – all of whom wish to be respected, valued and informed, the same principles which I will apply to my new role at Slone.”
Focused on Diversity
Slone Partners is a nationally recognized senior-level recruitment provider that specializes in delivering executive, management and leadership talent for the diagnostic, biopharmaceutical, healthcare information technology and laboratory testing industries. The firm has offices in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Recently, the firm was included among Hunt Scanlon Media’s “Top 50 Healthcare & Life Sciences Search Firms.”
In July, Slone Partners added diversity expert Mary Stutts to its advisory board. Ms. Stutts, the former chief inclusion, diversity and health equity officer at Stanford Health Care, is a renowned C-level global branding and growth expert who has provided strategic counsel in the biotechnology, healthcare, technology and media industries at Fortune 200 companies including Genentech, Bayer, Bristol Myers Squibb, Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealth Group and Comcast NBCUniversal.
“Mary Stutts brings many years of life sciences business leadership experience and perspectives to our firm at a time when we are renewing its commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Tara Kochis-Stach, president of Slone Partners. “I believe that Mary will help shape the future of Slone Partners as we continue to grow and improve the level of service that we provide to our client partners and candidates.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media