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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

Montreal, Toronto

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 Practice, with specialization in Finance and Human… 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

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

Based in New York, Kenna Wyllie Baudin serves as Global Co-Head of Private Equity. She focuses on senior-level executives at private equity funds… 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

Los Angeles, New York

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

Ashley Ma

Ashley Ma

New York

Based in New York, Ashley Ma is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Technology and Communications Practices. Read more

Tim McNicholas

Tim McNicholas

Boston Office Leader

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

Martha Williams

Martha Williams

Boston

Martha Williams, based in Boston, advises companies in the retail, digital and consumer sectors. She is a valued partner to leading national and… 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

Kristen Burke

Kristen Burke

Atlanta

Kristen Burke, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Digital, and Technology practices. Read more

Karl Alleman

Karl Alleman

Chicago

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


Thought Leadership | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Reversing the “She-cession”: Retaining and Empowering Female Leaders

Reversing the “She-cession”: Retaining and Empowering Female Leaders

Globally, women lost jobs due to the pandemic at a rate 1.8 times greater than men. Egon Zehnder conducted a survey with 300 C-Suite… Read more

Global Board Diversity Tracker

Global Board Diversity Tracker

For the past 16 years, Egon Zehnder has tracked gender and international diversity on boards around the world. Read more

Humanity In; Bias Out

Humanity In; Bias Out

As the use of artificial intelligences expands in everything from hiring to health care, a pivotal question has emerged: How do we ensure these… Read more

Changing the Foundation for Female Leadership

Changing the Foundation for Female Leadership

Egon Zehnder and Bain are committed to the Female Force project, which collects data to share suggestions for closing the global gender leadership gap. Read more

Embracing Your Voice as an LGBTQ+ Leader

Embracing Your Voice as an LGBTQ+ Leader

Celebrating your full self as an LGBTQ+ leader can contribute to environments where people and organizations blossom. Read more

Celebrating Pride

Celebrating Pride

In honor of the LGBTQ community, we've partnered with Out Leadership, created ez+, and then earned the “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality”… Read more

ASIFMA and Egon Zehnder Share Results of First-of-its-kind Survey on Diversity and Inclusion Ambitions and Practices in APAC

ASIFMA and Egon Zehnder Share Results of First-of-its-kind Survey on Diversity and Inclusion Ambitions and Practices in APAC

The Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA), the region’s leading financial industry group, and Egon Zehnder, the world’s preeminent leadership advisory firm,… Read more

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

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

Pride 2021

Pride 2021

In celebration of Pride 2021, read Egon Zehnder's LGBTQ+ insights and initiatives to increase LGBTQ+ representation on leadership teams and boards. 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

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