A NYC-Based executive
search firm with global reach and a
network of over 300 strategic partners

OUR TEAM

Janice Reals Ellig

Chief Executive Officer

As the head of The Ellig Group, Janice is dedicated to increasing the placement of women and diverse candidates on corporate boards and in C-suites by 2025. Janice joined the legacy firm in 2000 and became Co-Chief Executive Officer in its transition to Chadick Ellig in 2007; she assumed sole ownership of the company as The Ellig Group in 2017 with a new focus on Reimagining Search. Prior to her career in executive search, Janice spent 20 years in corporate America at Pfizer, Citigroup and Ambac Financial Group, an IPO from Citibank, where she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources, and Administration.

Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity. She frequently appears at speaking engagements and as a media guest, and she has penned multiple articles for outlets such as Directors & Boards, Directorship, Corporate Director, The Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. Janice also co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway and What Every Successful Woman Knows, acknowledged by Bloomberg Businessweek as “the best of its genre.”

A tirelessly active member of the NFP industry and champion of her causes, Janice is Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative and its signature event, Breakfast of Corporate Champions. Since 2011, Janice continues to spearhead this event to honor companies committed to board diversity and to encourage CEOs to sponsor board-ready women for the Women’s Forum database. (LINK: www.womensforumny.org).

Janice is personally committed to several organizations. She is a Board Director of the National YMCA and Past Chair of the YMCA Board of Greater New York; Trustee of the Actors Fund and The Committee For Economic Development (CED); Board Director/Executive Committee, University of Iowa Foundation; Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; member of the Steering Committee, US 30% Club; Harvard Kennedy School, Women and Public Policy Program Board; Edison Innovation Foundation Advisory Board; Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Economic Club of New York.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011 and the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism in 2008. Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews, she was also a recipient of the Channel 21 Award In Excellence for her contribution to “Excellence in the Economic Development for Women.”

Listening to my clients’ needs, learning their business and understanding their culture is how I present them with the best talent and a competitive advantage. I place candidates with the character, competencies, commitment, intellectual curiosity and courage to make a difference. My goal is always to go beyond the expected and deliver valuable advice, measurable results and great talent!” – Janice Reals Ellig

  • Champion of gender parity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Industry expert, speaker, and author
  • Founder of the Women’s Forum of New York’s Corporate Board Initiative
  • Committed board and committee member and philanthropist
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Barbara Stahley

Managing Director

With a background in human resources and organizational development, Barbara leads Ellig Group’s Leadership Practice. Certified by Hogan Assessment Systems and other assessment tools, and currently working on her certificate in Leadership Coaching at Georgetown University, Barbara partnered with clinical psychologists, leadership specialists, and human resources executives to develop this new practice area. A passionate advocate for the holistic integration of talent assessment, onboarding, and executive coaching resources into the executive search experience, Barbara is our resident expert in helping executives plan their career journeys with intention and advising clients on how to identify and onboard their new leaders for maximum impact. In addition to conducting searches across functional areas including communications, finance, and operations, she also leads Ellig Group’s Human Resources Practice, where she advises clients in the nonprofit, healthcare, professional services, and financial services industries.

Prior to joining our team in 2010 from MassMutual, Barbara worked at the global recruitment firm Page Group, where she co-led the start-up of the firm’s Nonprofit Practice in the United States. She subsequently relocated to the company’s London headquarters where she managed the financial and professional services division of the Human Resources Practice for recruitment clients in Europe. Barbara began her career as a human resources generalist and recruiter in local government.

An intrepid explorer and practitioner of meditation and mindfulness, Barbara once spent two months doing both as she traveled across the country by train. Barbara earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management & Organizational Analysis from King’s College, London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. She has served on the NYC Leadership Board of the American Lung Association and the Executive Committee of the King’s College London Alumni Association in New York, is a member of HR People & Strategy, and an Alumni Career Advisor and Mentor at both of her alma maters.

When we partner with a client, we invest the time to understand their business, its culture and the complex challenges they face. We use this ‘insider’s view’ to tailor our interview and assessment process to each client’s unique needs. This allows us to get to the heart of a candidate’s technical and cultural fit with the organization and leadership team, ensuring a match that leads to success.” – Barbara Stahley

  • Leader of Human Resources Practice and Leadership Practice
  • Intuitive listener and people reader
  • Expertise in onboarding, executive coaching, and assessment
  • Global recruiting background
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JOY LILLIS

Managing Director

With experience across a variety of industries and functions, Joy is focused on finding talent for the fast-paced technology sector. She provides customer-centric leadership services by advising clients on their talent strategies, organizational design, and market initiatives. With a maverick approach, Joy has the ability to see solutions through a different lens, and combines her straight-forward thinking with passionate innovation.

Joy joined as a Research Analyst, then transitioned into an Associate. After an intermediary role as an Associate at Marlin Hawk, where she led senior mandates globally in digital technology, commercial, general management and corporate functions, Joy rejoined our team. Her strong research foundation guides her thorough and methodical approach to search, ensuring that the best possible talent is introduced to her clients.

Joy graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science & Economics. She is committed to her work as a Special Advisor to the Junior Board of Solving Kids Cancer, where she previously served as Chair. An avid animal lover, Joy keeps the peace between two cats and a dog.

In order to be a successful recruiter, you must have a constant finger on the changing pulse of market trends. I take the time to understand the clients and markets in which they operate in order to attract the best talent. Great vision without great talent is unachievable.” – Joy Lillis

  • Cross-industry experience with a technology focus
  • Thorough, research-based solution finder
  • Straightforward thinker, passionate innovator
  • Customer-centric advisory
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Nora O’BRIEN

Principal

Deeply dedicated to diversifying corporate leadership, Nora brings a strong research background and a firm grasp of the diversity and inclusion space to her work at The Ellig Group. She is a constant and curious learner who keeps on top of market trends in order to analyze best practices and incorporate them into her work. An efficient and creative problem solver, Nora prides herself on her ability to quickly and thoroughly grasp each client’s needs and company culture in order to find the very best of prospective candidates. She works with the team on projects across industries and functions to gain a complete understanding of the role and the market for each search.

Nora first spent two years as a research analyst with our team, providing a valuable analysis for multiple searches before transitioning into her role as an Associate. Before joining The Ellig Group, she was a research associate in the CIO/Technology & Operations practice and Consumer & Retail practice at the executive search firm CTPartners, and spent three years as a legal assistant at the law firm of Schechter & Brucker P.C. Her background also includes work in the nonprofit sector, where she focused on volunteer services. A firm believer in taking an active role in her community, she spent some time volunteering herself in the 2012 presidential campaign, and continues to volunteer for several organizations in her free time.

Nora holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from New York University. Her commitment to hard work began at an early age, when she entered the workforce as a baby model and starred in a Pampers commercial and several print ads.

  • Deep focus on diversity & inclusion
  • Dedicated to developing complete picture of the client and role
  • Insatiably curious learner and do-er
  • Quick, efficient, targeted market research
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Elisabeth Evans

Associate

As the newest member of Ellig Group, Elisabeth joins our Denver regional office as an Associate with a focus on identifying inclusive talent, market research, as well as leading the social media efforts on behalf of the Ellig Group team.

Elisabeth has returned to Ellig Group after completing a nearly four year career move with a global operational excellence consulting firm based out of Denver, Colorado. There her emphasis was in human resources with a twist into business development. This allowed her to connect on all levels within the organization as well as in an external capacity.

Elisabeth graduated from the University of Miami with her Bachelors Degree. She is a certified facilitator of the DiSC measurement tool, as well as trained to administer the Kirton Adaption Inventory (KAI) instrument. In her pastime she is dedicated to her mentee through Denver Kids, as well as improving childhood literacy by way of social awareness to one of her favorite not for profits, Imagination Library.

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Camille Strano

Chief of Staff

With over 10 years as our Chief of Staff, Camille brings her organizational and project management skills to each assignment, working closely with our candidates and clients to deliver on our commitment of unsurpassed service.

Always willing to take on a new challenge, Camille has worn many hats in her previous career as a Project Manager for a multi-family real estate developer, and as a Business Manager for an importer of premium Italian kitchen appliances.  She worked in technology for several years managing a small network for a real estate developer and started her professional career as a Traffic Coordinator for a pharmaceutical advertising agency.  Camille is also an accomplished professional baker who has worked in resorts from Wyoming to Maine, as well as New York City. She works closely with Janice Reals Ellig on initiatives to drive gender parity on boards and the C-Suite as well as our participation on not for profit boards.

Camille found her home in 2007 joining Janice Reals Ellig in executive search.  Her attention to detail and commitment to service excellence is evident in every communication and task.

“Every client and all candidates for a search are unique. I am committed to delivering unparalled service in every task and communication.”Camille Strano

  • Communication and Customer Service
  • Project Management
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OUR PARTNERS

We collaborate with a highly regarded network of individuals and organizations to help us deliver the very best resources to our clients and candidates.

IIC Partners

with over 50 offices in 35 countries, IIC Partners is one of the top executive search organizations in the world. Aligning with the highly ranked executive search firm members of IIC enables us to expand our network and global reach without significant off-limits issues resulting in a seamless search experience for our shared clients around the world and an expanded pool of qualified candidates in all global markets.

 

Marilyn Puder-York, Ph.D.

Marilyn Puder-York, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, executive coach, and former corporate executive at Citi who works with us to provide in-depth behavioral assessments and customized coaching services to executives looking to enhance their performance and leadership profile.

CULTURINTEL

 

An award-winning methodology scraping millions of open-sourced digital discussions (taking place everywhere, not just in social media) to turn them into actionable insights and decision journeys across segments, globally.

Velocity

Velocity was built to bring top-tier executive coaching to founders. We know from research and experience that coaching on leadership and management skills is the quickest path to remarkable results for start-up founders.

Velocity has offices in San Francisco and New York, but our reach goes much further than that. With clients in San Francisco, New York, Boston, the Midwest, and Australia, Velocity is quickly becoming a global firm. We will travel nearly anywhere for trainings and workshops, and we provide extremely high quality one-on-one coaching in-person or via Skype.

 

Temin and Company

Temin and Company is a boutique management consultancy focused on strategic crisis and reputation management and execution at the board, C-Suite, and operational levels. Temin helps companies, services firms, nonprofits, colleges and universities, and select individuals create, enhance and save reputations.

COOLBRANDS

CoolBrands helps leaders build a dynamic personal brand and create an online reputation that ultimately helps them reach their next business goal – be it a next job, a seat on a board, or new partners, clients or investors.

They also help corporate clients create more influence online by humanizing the company, creating new and engaging content, and ensuring that the new material is being ‘seeded’ and shared into relevant networks.