Spencer Stuart Welcomes Wanda Felton to the Board Practice To Support Clients' Board Diversity Efforts
Spencer Stuart announced the addition of Wanda Felton, former Vice-Chair and First Vice President of the Export-Import Bank, as Senior Advisor to the firm's Board Practice as of October 12, 2020.
As Senior Advisor, Felton will act as a key thought leader, advising Spencer Stuart's North American Board Practice on expanding diversity capabilities and recruiting efforts as well as helping to connect the firm with the diverse governance community. Felton will help identify board-ready prospects from diverse backgrounds, expand the definition of what board-ready means today, and cultivate and create opportunities to expand Spencer Stuart's network of diverse board candidates.
"Wanda's experience, her wealth of knowledge, and her network of directors and executives will help us elevate our efforts to achieve best-in-class diversity, equity and inclusion recruiting practices that lead to better outcomes for our clients," said Julie Hembrock Daum, leader of Spencer Stuart's North American Board Practice.
Felton's hire reinforces Spencer Stuart's ongoing efforts to ensure that clients have unrivaled access to the best existing and potential director talent, and assist boards in increasing the diversity of their composition. Last year, women and people from underrepresented minority groups comprised more than 60% of the firm's U.S. placements. Spencer Stuart has also served as global premier sponsor of the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation since 2014 and was a founding partner of Diligent's Modern Leadership initiative, partnerships that enable the company to tap into a broad network of talented diverse directors.
"I am excited to be joining Spencer Stuart, an organization with an impressive track record of helping companies build high-performing, diverse boards, and to have an opportunity to build on the important diversity, equity and inclusion work already underway at the firm," Felton said. "As we continue to expand our board recruiting capabilities, we can better help our clients increase the spectrum of perspectives around the board table."