28 October 2015
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
On October 21st, The Execu|Search Group held its second Women’s Network meeting of the year at The New York Times Building. Each Women’s Network meeting has a theme and a speaker; this time, we welcomed the DayOne organization, which “partners with youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development,” in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Program Director Michele Paolella and Executive Director Stephanie Nilva spoke on a number of topics relating to domestic violence, which affects 1 in 4 women in the United States. The DayOne representatives showed videos of three women detailing their unique experiences with domestic violence and invited attendees to participate in exercises often given to youth domestic violence victims. One exercise required members of the Women’s Network to make a list of the things and people that are most dear to them, and then cross out a number of those things one-by-one to feel the isolating effects abusive relationships can have on one’s life. A brief question and answer session followed. For the rest of the meeting, attendees spent time networking and connecting with colleagues from other Execu|Search offices. “There is much value attached to networking within your organization,” says Lisa Carver, a Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Temporary Division. “We all spend so much time at networking events outside the firm, but it’s just as important to network internally and get to know your colleagues. We have so much information to share and exchange, and by meeting in person and sharing success stories, we can learn from one another and better our respective divisions.” Later that Wednesday, some of the Women’s Network members raised money in Story by Story, a unique stair climbing fundraiser to end domestic violence. This event directly benefits Her Justice, a nonprofit that provides free legal services to battered women and their children. The participants climbed 43 flights of stairs at 245 Park Avenue, a 43-story skyscraper near Grand Central Terminal. “This year was the first time The Execu|Search Group participated in Story by Story’s annual stair climb event,” says Nicole Soler, a Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Physician Recruitment division, who organized TESG’s participation in the event. “Eight women in the firm raised over $2,350 for this cause. Being at the event, listening to the speakers, and mingling with other attendees was an eye-opening experience to the prevalent issue that is domestic violence. The event was an inspiring way in which individuals throughout New York City not only learned more about this problem, but also showed support to both survivors and individuals currently being affected by domestic violence.” The Women’s Network meets twice annually and participates in a number of community initiatives throughout the year. To learn more about our Women’s Network and read about our past events, click here.