Janice Reals Ellig

Advocate of diverse, gender-balanced corporate boards.
"Diversity is a measure, inclusion is a skill."


Named by Business Week as one of ‘The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,’ Janice Reals Ellig is CEO of Ellig Group, a boutique executive search firm in midtown Manhattan, New York City, with a global affiliation as a member of IIC Partners, a Top 10 executive search organization comprised of independently owned and managed executive search firms in 34 countries.

Janice’s 20-year corporate experience includes executive positions with Pfizer, Citibank and Ambac Financial Group – which she helped take public after a spin-off from Citibank in 1991. She has co-authored books: Driving The Career Highway, 20 Road Signs You Can’t Afford To Miss and What Every Successful Woman Knows: 12 Breakthrough Strategies to Get the Power and Ignite Your Career, acknowledged by Business Week as ‘the best of its genre.’ She has published numerous articles on the topic of gender parity in the boardroom, her personal and professional passion. A frequent speaker about Women on Boards and Better Corporate Governance, Janice is also the Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions, honoring companies committed to board diversity.

Visiting with Janice in her office is like entering her home away from home. In meeting this remarkable woman, I see the walls of her office are filled with many awards for her philanthropy, volunteerism, photos of her travels in developing countries, and indigenous artworks. What I hear from Janice is her commitment to changing people’s lives for the better by emphasizing their networking, developing a brand, remaining relevant during change, and promoting the strategic business imperative for more women on boards.

“Life is a series of choices which gets one closer or farther away from a goal. My mission is to move clients, candidates, and colleagues closer to their goal.” – Janice Reals Ellig

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