Women in Leadership Searches

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Partner and president of G/A&A, Jan Greenwood, is quoted in an article reported by Inside Higher Ed from a paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The article discusses the presence of women candidates in searches conducted with the assistance of outside search firms. 

"Executive search firms can bring an outside perspective to the search process that may help with hiring diversity. Jan Greenwood is an executive search consultant who is co-owner and partner at Greenwood/Asher & Associates in Miramar Beach, Fla. 'Everyone in the firm is responsible for developing diverse candidate pools when they work with college and university search committees,' she said"

Jan then goes on to explain, 

“'At the first meeting, we work with the committee on what their definition of what the candidate’s background needs to be -- degree, experience, all of that,' Greenwood said. 'And then, if it’s a situation where they have defined that in such a way that it’s a pool that cannot be diverse, we tell them at that time.'"

"'Search firms have to be able to work with committees to tell them if there are issues that could exclude diverse candidates from the search process,' Greenwood said."

"'It takes, I think, that kind of accountability and credibility in working with the search committee to be able to have those results,' Greenwood said."

Read the full article at Inside Higher Ed:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/01/study-examines-role-search-firms-finding-women-leaders