Exceptional Insight into Diversity and Inclusion

Inclusion and diversity are sources of strength and new ideas; of increased creativity and productivity; of higher engagement and performance; of more sustainable and impactful organizations. Our diversity and inclusion consulting team has exceptional insight and sensitivity around how to conduct inclusive and equitable executive searches and to weave principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into leadership and organizations.

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Impactful DEI Services

WittKieffer’s diversity executive recruiting and client solutions are designed for organizations, teams and individual leaders as a means of evolving and strengthening their behaviors, practices and processes. We offer the following services and resources to support and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, with additional services to come in the near future:

Organizational Implicit Bias Training

When people recognize and acknowledge their own and others’ biases, they have an opportunity to reduce those biases’ harmful impact on behavior. WittKieffer provides a compelling, evidenced-based overview of the role of bias and how it can be mitigated in workplace discussions and decision making.

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Multicultural Coaching for Leaders

Our Multicultural Coaching is executive coaching through the lens of DEI. It increases respect for how identities affect experiences on both individuals and organizations, prompting executives to practice leadership behaviors that support more equitable work environments.

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of our slates feature diverse candidates


of placements are women and/or people of color (Data for one year as of July 2022)

Diversity in Leadership Recruitment

We work seamlessly with our colleagues in our Healthcare and Education Practices to identify chief diversity executives and officers who, given the right resources and support, can transform their organizations in a time of great social and cultural change. In the past decade WittKieffer has conducted more than 100 executive searches for diversity leaders, with titles including:

  • Chief Diversity Officer
  • Chief Inclusion Officer
  • Chief Diversity, Equity and Belonging Officer
  • Chief Justice, Equity and Inclusion Officer
  • Vice President for Equity and Strategic Initiatives
  • Vice President for Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Vice President for Equity and Community
  • Vice Provost for Institutional Equity
  • Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion

We have relationships with some of the most influential diversity leaders in the industries we serve. These individuals are shaping the future of their organizations and fields.

Consultative Expertise in Building Candidate Slates

WittKieffer supports hiring organizations who seek diverse, dynamic candidates as they look to build and broaden the representation of their leadership teams. Over many years we have built relationships with affinity groups in the industries we serve to develop trusting bonds with diverse leaders and provide us with contacts for identifying up-and-coming executives. A few of the organizations we work closely with include:

Knowledge, Expertise and Educational Resources

Our DEI executive search consultants are thought leaders, regularly speaking at industry events and writing on diversity-related topics essential to our clients and candidates. They are also encouraged to pursue certification such as through the renowned eCornell Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, in which participants explore today’s most pressing diversity and inclusion topics, including equity, unconscious bias, psychological safety, inclusive leadership, and cross-cultural conversations. We leverage all of our learnings and expertise to the benefit of our clients and candidates.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Recruitment Resources