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Dede Orraca-Cecil, based in Boston, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Professionals and Health Practices. Her deep expertise in law and health policy makes her a trusted advisor to CEOs, boards, and senior executives at health-care organizations and public and social services on a wide range of talent acquisition and leadership solutions, including executive search and recruitment, transformative leadership, management appraisals, and talent assessments.

I’m energized by understanding who you are, what motivates you, where you want to go, and how far you are on that journey. I want to know and understand people and develop strong relationships along the way.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Dede was a Principal in the healthcare practice of Tapestry Networks, a strategy consulting firm specialized in creating multi-stakeholder public-private partnerships to address issues in health care, finance, and corporate governance. Previously, she was an Associate in the New York and San Francisco law offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, focusing on mass torts, insurance, consumer, and securities litigation. Dede also spent a number of years working in global health, development, and foreign policy with the World Health Organization, the Clinton Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital, and other organizations.

Dede earned a JD from Columbia University School of Law, a master’s degree in global health policy and development from Yale University, and a BA in art history from Williams College. She is passionate about her husband and four young children, and about promoting global health and women’s leadership. She is currently building an organization, called “She Rules,” to introduce elementary school girls to politics and civics.

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