Diversified Search was founded in 1974 by Judith M. von Seldeneck for the very purpose of opening up opportunities in leadership for underrepresented communities. We have placed leadership and board members in every corner of the U.S. and global economy, from Fortune 500 companies, major colleges and universities, and innovative start-ups to esteemed nonprofits, arts and culture organizations, and faith-based institutions. Today, the Diversified Search Group remains the gold standard in the executive search field when it comes to identifying, recruiting, and placing diverse talent. 

We live our commitment to diversity by adhering to eight core values that define our firm:

  • We embrace, value, and respect the full range of social and cultural characteristics, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender identity, mental/physical ability, religion, and age.
  • We continually work toward becoming an organization that is reflective of the demographics of the country, the organizations that we partner with, and the constituents they serve.
  • We commit to celebrating diversity, ensuring inclusion, and prioritizing equity in our internal and external work. We believe diversity, inclusion, and equity are essential to our ability to serve our clients well.
  • We measure the performance of our diversity and inclusion initiatives whenever possible and share those outcomes internally and externally as a form of accountability.
  • We believe that our client organizations are most effective when they reflect the communities they serve. We also believe that DSG plays a key role in this by ensuring that we help clients hire diverse candidates and give them the tools they need to succeed.
  • We believe that building a diverse team is vital for effectively serving diverse clients and building diverse networks.
  • Diversity doesn’t work without inclusion. The way we operate internally and externally, how we talk to each other and about our work, how we make decisions, how we run meetings, and how we solicit and weigh feedback and ideas, are all critical elements for building an inclusive organization. We are committed to creating a workplace where everyone’s voice is heard and respected, and team members are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day.
  • We recognize that becoming a diverse and inclusive organization is a journey that requires discourse, collaboration, and an openness to change. We understand that this journey may not always be comfortable, but we are fully committed to engaging in the process.

We continue to strive, every day, to live and build upon these values through our work, our service, and our commitment to our clients and communities.