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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Two criteria are critical for organizations to win in today’s competitive, fast-moving environment: First, build agile, high-performing teams; and second, create a culture of innovation in which these teams can operate.  

We believe that both goals require diverse corporate cultures. Innovation happens by bringing together individuals who share a common purpose but who have diverse outlooks and approaches. When employees feel their contributions are valued, they feel confident presenting their ideas, no matter how radical.

At Egon Zehnder, our Diversity and Inclusion Practice works with clients across industries and regions to build diverse leadership teams in inclusive cultures by addressing recruitment, integration, and development practices for diverse talent. We believe inclusive organizations with diverse leadership at the top get more out of their talent and therefore deliver better performance. 

  • Recruitment: We help clients consider what types of diverse talent would add to their cultures. We help them map diverse talent, create bespoke strategic introduction programs, and build diverse candidate slates. 

  • Integration: Our accelerated integration and team effectiveness tools are uniquely helpful when integrating diverse talent into a new organization or a new role. Investing time identifying and working through gaps between a new leader’s approach and that of the team or culture she joins is critical to help ensure successful onboarding for both the leader and the team.  

  • Development: Our proprietary Potential Model helps identify diverse talent with the essential attributes needed to advance into leadership roles of greater scope and complexity. We help our clients build succession plans that are inclusive of diverse candidates using Potential Assessments as well as leadership development plans and talent management systems.
     

Our Diversity & Inclusion Commitment

Accessing and developing diverse talent is fundamental to the success of Egon Zehnder, our clients and our candidates. We believe that diverse and inclusive…

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As leadership advisors, we take our role in helping guide and craft diverse, inclusive cultures with our clients very seriously, and we have made bold and public commitments to that end. Our Leaders and Daughters Initiative is an annual global forum inviting today’s leaders to create a more inclusive environment for the next generation of female leaders — their daughters and mentees. Our 25 by 25 Initiative partners with clients and candidates to reach the goal of 25 female CEOs of FTSE 100 companies by 2025. We have established partnerships with diversity and inclusion practitioners around the globe — Catalyst, Paradigm for Parity, the 30% Club, and the Executive Leadership Council, to name a few. Together with our clients and our partners, we are changing the face of global corporate leadership — for the better. You can view Egon Zehnder's commitment to diversity and diversity initiatives here.
 

 

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LGBTQ+ Diversity and Inclusion: Our Commitment and Responsbility
Egon Zehnder committed to be more focused on and supportive of driving LGBTQ+ diversity and representation across the leadership spectrum, partnering with our clients to create more diverse candidate slates, opening up their understanding of LGBTQ+ diversity and experience and advising them on building and fostering inclusive cultures and psychological safety.
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultants

Cynthia Soledad

Cynthia Soledad

Chicago

Global Lead

Cynthia Soledad, based in Chicago, coleads Egon Zehnder’s Diversity and Inclusion Practice and is an active member of the firm’s Consumer and Chief… Read more

Pamela Warren

Pamela Warren

Toronto, Montreal

Global Lead

Pamela Warren, based in Toronto, has deep expertise in leadership best practices, CEO succession, and board recruitment and effectiveness. Read more

Charles Gray

Charles Gray

New York

US Lead

Charles “Chuck” Gray, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s Technology Officers Practice in North America and is an active member of the Private… Read more

Jhaymee Tynan

Jhaymee Tynan

Washington, D.C.

Jhaymee Tynan, based in Washington, D.C., is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s global Health Services, Public and Social Sector, and Diversity… Read more

Heather Godsmark

Heather Godsmark

Washington, D.C.

Heather Godsmark is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity and Services practices. She draws on her extensive experience in infrastructure… Read more

Julie Chen

Julie Chen

New York

Julie Chen has nearly 20 years of experience working in top management consulting and leadership advisory firms, serving a diverse range of global… Read more

Calvin Yee

Calvin Yee

New York, Los Angeles

Calvin Yee, based in New York and Los Angeles, is the Head, Global Media, Entertainment & Sports Practice, a leader in the Digital Practice and serves… Read more

Andrea Kilpatrick

Andrea Kilpatrick

New York

Andrea is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Media, Entertainment and Sports Practice where she leads the firm’s work with “creators”. Partnering with the… Read more

Al Prieto

Al Prieto

New York, Miami

Al is based in our New York and Miami offices and leads CEO succession and board advisory engagements for companies across a broad range of industry… Read more

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

Based in New York, Kenna Wyllie Baudin leads Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity Practice in the U.S. She focuses on senior-level executives at private… Read more

Tim McNicholas

Tim McNicholas

Boston

Tim McNicholas is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Boston office and leads our Human Resource practice in the United States. Read more

Dede Orraca-Cecil

Dede Orraca-Cecil

Boston

Dede Orraca-Cecil, based in Boston, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice where serves clients in the Media, Entertainment, and lifestyle… Read more

Julie Kalt

Julie Kalt

Boston

Julie Kalt, based in Boston, is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Leadership Advisory Practice. Julie partners with clients on leadership assessment… Read more

Michaëlle Gocko

Michaëlle Gocko

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Michaëlle Gocko is active across Egon Zehnder’s Industrial, Technology & Communications and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion… Read more

Karl Alleman

Karl Alleman

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Karl Alleman is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Executive Committee and formerly led the firm’s US Practice. Read more

Gabi Carvalho

Gabi Carvalho

Miami

Gabi Carvalho leads Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services Practice for the Americas focusing on Payments, Retail Banking, FinTech and Insurance. Read more


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Combining a Bird’s-Eye View with a Laser Focus for Real DEI Impact

Egon Zehnder were delighted to welcome a group of HR Directors to an intimate gathering to discuss their perspectives, the challenges faced and possible… Read more

Psychological Safety: Digging Deep Within

Psychological Safety: Digging Deep Within

Examining psychological safety, why it boosts performance, and why it matters. Read more

I’m a Great Leader Because I’m LGBTQ+…Not in Spite of It

I’m a Great Leader Because I’m LGBTQ+…Not in Spite of It

As global leadership advisors, we see first-hand that the coming out experience is a transformative leadership moment. Whether you come out early in life… Read more

Why Your CMO Is Critical to Diversity and Inclusion

Why Your CMO Is Critical to Diversity and Inclusion

As companies broaden their definitions of DE&I, they will increasingly view it as imperative to their business success. Read more

Ethnic Diversity: From Rapid Response to Lasting Impact

Ethnic Diversity: From Rapid Response to Lasting Impact

A guide to handling difficult and sensitive topics in the workplace that will help drive progress that will move us to a more equitable… Read more

Chairwoman Jill Ader at Out Leadership's 2021 Quorum Summit

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Chairwoman Jill Ader joined a panel with Out Leadership CEO & Founder Todd Sears and former EY partner Beth Brooke to discuss the importance… Read more

Coming Out Together: Creating CEO Allyship for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Coming Out Together: Creating CEO Allyship for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

By connecting with their LGBTQ+ colleagues—by speaking up, listening, and learning—CEOs have the means to enact real and lasting change, and ultimately unleash the… Read more

Egon Zehnder and Out Leadership Announce Partnership

Egon Zehnder and Out Leadership Announce Partnership

We are absolutely thrilled to announce our partnership with Out Leadership, aimed at promoting LGBTQ+ representation at senior levels of business. Read more

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Private Equity International – The Operating Partner of Tomorrow

With widespread change happening across portfolio companies, it is perhaps unsurprising that private equity firms are hunting for expertise across a range of issues… Read more

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The COVID-19 crisis brought out the human side of leaders. Egon Zehnder share how executives are changing the way they lead, both now and… Read more

A Rising Tide: Creating Inclusive Systems of Leadership Selection

A Rising Tide: Creating Inclusive Systems of Leadership Selection

Since the country erupted in racial protests in early June, many CEOs have taken a visible public stand against systemic racism, pledging to do… Read more

Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Initiatives

Accessing and developing diverse talent is fundamental to the success of Egon Zehnder, our clients and our candidates. We believe that diverse and inclusive… Read more

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