Janice Ellig, AESC Award of Excellence Winner 2020

As CEO of the Ellig Group/ IIC Partners, Janice Ellig is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites. Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Ellig is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, she continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women. Peers comment, "Through her speaking, writing, professional practice and volunteerism, Janice has had a significant impact of the lives of professional women in all sectors."

Ellig frequently appears at speaking engagements and in the media. She was recently interviewed for Forbes and Entrepreneur magazine, (New York City edition), on the topic of rebuilding corporate America – scheduled for release 2021. She is the co-author of two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.” Ellig is Chair (2020) of the University of Iowa Center for Advancement (UICA); Board Director of the National YMCA; Trustee Emeritus of the Actors Fund and Committee For Economic Development (CED); Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club and The Economic Club of New York. Ellig’s career in the corporate world was at Pfizer, Citibank and the IPO of Ambac Financial Group as CAO.

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