On August 12th, The Execu|Search Group held its inaugural Women’s Network meeting at the New York Times building. Founded by women across a number of levels and divisions in The Execu|Search Group—Lisa Carver; Samantha Parris; Stephanie Tancredi; Jaclyn Statile; Daniela D’Alessandro; and Katie Niekrash—the Women’s Network aims to bring our female employees together under two common goals:
1) To ensure that women at all levels of The Execu|Search Group are meeting, supporting and helping one another to move forward in their careers.
2) To function as a unified collective that supports related nonprofit organizations together.
For its first meeting, the Women’s Network welcomed guest speaker Cheryl Bonini Ellis, founder of Ellis Business Enterprises LLC. Cheryl is a trusted business adviser and high performance coach with over 30 years of leadership experience. Through team-building exercises and interactive presentations, Cheryl laid the groundwork for the Women’s Network goals by teaching the value of trust, collaboration, and respect amongst teammates through the topic “From Me to We: Improving Results through Trust & Mutual Support.”
“The group came about through discussions regarding the stereotype that women can’t work well together or that professional women typically don’t get along,” says Katie. “My fellow founders and I feel strongly that the women at The Execu|Search Group disprove this idea every day. As a result, we wanted to create an environment in which women not only are respectful of each other, but where we also actively help and support each other. We hope to reach a place where women at TESG are partnering to reach their career goals, as well as making an impact outside the firm by supporting related nonprofits together.”
The Women’s Network will be meeting bi-annually, with charity events throughout the year to benefit related causes. The first slated event will be taking place on September 19th at the Grace Institute, which aims to “empower underserved women in the New York area to achieve employment and economic self-sufficiency” through skills training, career development, counseling, and job placement. The Women’s Network will be providing soon-to-be graduates of the program, many of whom are single mothers, victims of domestic violence, and/or homeless, with interview tips and resume building advice to help prep them for their entry into the job market.