Placed Leaders

Fashion Institute of Technology announces Troy Richards as Dean of the School of Art and Design.

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates The Fashion Institute of Technology on the appointment of Troy Richards as the Dean of the School of Art and Design. Richards’s selection was made after a comprehensive national search overseen by Koya.

One of New York City’s premier public institutions, FIT is an internationally recognized college for design, fashion, art, communications, and business. FIT is known for its rigorous, unique, and adaptable academic programming, experiential learning opportunities, academic and industry partnerships, and commitment to research, innovation, […]

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Koya Leadership Partners has Merged Neumann Executive Search Partners into Expanding Higher Ed Practice

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June 01, 2017—National executive search firm Koya Leadership Partners announced today that it has merged Neumann Executive Search Partners into its operations, expanding the firm’s depth and breadth of focus on higher education recruiting. Terms were not disclosed.

Neumann Executive Search Partners, launched in September 2016, specializes in recruiting exceptional leaders for renowned colleges and universities across the US. The firms’ partners have decades of experience in higher ed and have worked with clients such as Emory University, Penn State, […]

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The Nathan Cummings Foundation Appoints Independent Trustee

Koya congratulates the Nathan Cummings Foundation on the appointment of Rey Ramsey to the Board as an Independent Trustee.

Ramsey’s selection as Independent Trustee was made after a national and thorough search overseen by Koya.

In 2015 Koya led the President & CEO search for the Nathan Cummings Foundation that resulted in the recruitment of Sharon Alpert, the Foundation’s fourth president and first female […]

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Koya Leadership Partners Named to Forbes’ “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2017” List

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Newburyport, MA, May 4, 2017 – Forbes has ranked Koya Leadership Partners number 21 of 250 top executive recruiting firms on its inaugural “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2017” list.

In partnership with the analytics firm Statista, Forbes compiled the list after surveying thousands of recruiters, candidates/employees who have recent experience with […]

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Placed Leaders

Healthy Communities Foundation (formerly The Arthur Foundation) names Maria del Socorro Pesqueira as President

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Healthy Communities Foundation (formerly The Arthur Foundation) on the appointment of Maria del Socorro Pesqueira as its next President.

Pesqueira’s selection was made after a thoughtful and comprehensive search overseen by Koya.

Pesqueira will join Healthy Communities Foundation, a community informed grantmaking foundation that seeks to measurably improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in Illinois.

Throughout her career, […]

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Koya Culture

Koya Leadership Partners: 13 Years and Counting

Koya was founded thirteen years ago today with an ambitious goal: Put transformational leaders in place to foster a thriving nonprofit sector reflective of the world we live in. We are so proud that our most recent retention data shows we truly are finding the right people and putting them in the right place:

Since 2014, Koya-placed candidates who are still in their […]

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Koya Wins 2017 Best Staffing Firm to Work For Award

We are delighted to announce that for the second year in a row, Koya Leadership Partners has won Staffing Industry Analysts’ Best Staffing Firm to Work For award.

Each year awards are given to companies who receive the highest scores on a 40-question survey filled out by internal employees. The survey focuses on 10 key engagement categories, including teamwork, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation and benefits.

“This year’s winners lead the industry forward each day, in their empowerment […]

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Diversity

Open Letter from Social Entrepreneurs to President Trump

I have joined more than 400 leaders of well-respected and impactful organizations, including many Koya clients, to collectively express opposition to Executive Order 13769—the Immigration Executive Order banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, issued several weeks ago.

As the Trump administration considers its next steps which may include issuing a new executive order, it remains pertinent that the voices of civil society are heard. The organizations these leaders represent are on the front lines of social […]

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Job Seekers

Mastering the Video Interview

Like it or not, the video interview is a recent development that’s here to stay. At my executive search firm, Koya Leadership Partners, we leverage video interviews as a standard part of our candidate evaluation process, and more and more clients are building them into their own processes in order to save time and money. But for job candidates, they require a bit of a different approach.

Here are a few tips that will help you make a great impression in […]

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Placed Leaders

Nathan Cummings Foundation Announces Two Directors of Voice, Creativity and Culture: Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Isaac Luria

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Nathan Cummings Foundation on naming two new members of its senior team. Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Isaac Luria join the Foundation as Directors of Voice, Creativity and Culture. They will jointly lead the Foundation’s work to build empathy, nurture compassion and shift narratives about race, class, gender and ethnicity, who has power and how people value the planet.

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Koya Culture

#Thankful November – Gratitude Through Service

Koya Leadership Partners was founded on the belief that the right person in the right place can change the world. One of the ways we embody this philosophy is by supporting nonprofits in our local communities through our Corporate Giving Program.

Each year, Koya makes a stipend available to each employee to invest in a nonprofit of his or her choosing. These “Passion Projects” have empowered girls through leadership training and STEM programs, built bog bridges and supported conservation efforts, reduced […]

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Koya Culture

Erin Reedy – Sponsoring Education for Girls Around the World

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

The Malala Fund: Enables girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.

Why The Malala Fund?

For my Passion Project, I organized a showing of the documentary film, “He Named Me Malala.” The film showcases Malala Yousafzai and […]

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Koya Culture

Sayda Zelaya – Empowering Girls to Join STEM Programs

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

cuSTEMized: provides personalized STEM-related motivational storybooks, posters, and other media products to encourage kids, in particular girls, in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Why cuSTEMized?

I support cuSTEMized because I believe that more girls need to be exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and encouraged to envision themselves in STEM.

Why this Matters: […]

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Koya Culture

Marissa Martin – Day of Service in South Side Chicago

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

The Night Ministry: Works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.

Why The Night Ministry?

For my Passion Project, my friends and I, in collaboration with The Night Ministry, will be celebrating my birthday by preparing, delivering and serving dinner to over 150 […]

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Koya Culture

Sam Simmons – Supporting After School Programs in My Community

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville: Inspires and enables all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive and responsible citizens.

Why Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville?

I was paired with Boys & Girls Club of Medford & Somerville through the […]

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Koya Culture

Turner Delano – Appreciating the Service of our Veterans

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

American Heroes Saltwater Challenge: Provides an all-expense paid trip to Martha’s Vineyard to recovering veterans and their families on an annual basis.

Why American Heroes Saltwater Challenge?

I support the American Heroes Saltwater Challenge because I believe that those who have bravely served our Nation deserve our warm welcome and support.

The American Heroes Saltwater […]

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Koya Culture

Miecha Forbes – Equalizing Access to Education for Middle School Students

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

High Jump: Equalizes access to education for middle school students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means.

Why High Jump?

I have always seen education as the great equalizer in this country. Through academic enrichment, counseling, and support, High Jump helps its participants get into exceptional college […]

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Koya Culture

Alina Michelewicz – Building Bog Bridges at the Bay Circuit Trail

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember #TheRightPerson #KoyaGratitude

Name of your Passion Project: 

Appalachian Mountain Club: Promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Why Appalachian Mountain Club?

My husband and I did a lot of hiking this year. I’ve volunteered with several different organizations to support conservation and trail maintenance. My favorite organization and volunteer […]

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Koya in the News

Kristen Shepherd Named New Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg on naming Kristen Shepherd, an innovative leader in the art world who has expanded community engagement at museums in Los Angeles and New York, as its new Director. We were delighted to be involved in this successful search.

The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA), founded in 1965, is a leading cultural force in the Tampa Bay Area. With its encyclopedic collection covering almost 5,000 years of civilization, the […]

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Katie Bouton – Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders

In honor of Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we are honored to share our teams’ Passion Project stories of Gratitude through Service. Happy #ThankfulNovember

Name of your Passion Project: 

IGNITE: building a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.

Why IGNITE?

I support IGNITE because I believe that every girl should see herself reflected in the faces of the leaders around her. Every young woman should know that every door is open to her, and […]

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Katie Bouton named 2016 Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO

We are thrilled to share the news that SmartCEO has named Katie Bouton, Founder & CEO of Koya Leadership Partners, as a 2016 Boston Brava Award winner.

The Brava Awards celebrates high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, and C-suite executives. An independent committee of local business leaders select winners based on company growth, community impact and mentoring selects winners.

Guided by the philosophy that “The right person in the right place can change the world,” Katie founded […]

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Declare your Ambition – Koya Partners with IGNITE for PSA

Koya is thrilled to partner with IGNITE as a sponsor of the “We All Belong Here” video, a Public Service Announcement aimed at encouraging young women to one day run for political office. The video is part of a larger campaign called #DeclareYourAmbition.

As the country makes history with the nomination of the first female President, IGNITE is building a national movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. The short, yet […]

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Koya Culture

Koya’s Unique Approach to Employee Wellness

Every year Koya Leadership Partners shuts down for a full week before Labor Day. This has been a tradition at Koya since I founded the company more than a dozen years ago, and it’s one that I value deeply.

I founded Koya because I strongly believe in our mission: The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World. Nonprofits demand the same level of talent and recruiting expertise that for-profits have benefitted from for decades because their work is […]

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Massachusetts Pay Equity Legislation: Addressing the Gender Pay Gap

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Salary negotiations can be challenging for both hiring managers and candidates. Finding the right balance between what a job is worth in the marketplace, departmental budget allocations, and candidate desires can be difficult. A new law in Massachusetts aims to eliminate one common factor in the salary negotiation process: candidate salary history.

Established with the goal of closing the gender pay gap, the […]

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What we’re reading at Koya: Books to add to your end-of-summer reading list

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There is still time to add to (or start) a summer reading list. We have surveyed the Koya team to see what they are reading right now, and came up with the following list of 46 titles. From the classics to business, self-help, and inspirational books, there is something here for everyone. 

Business

Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values by Fred Kofman
The Way […]

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Requesting a Flexible Work Arrangement

The Georgetown University Law Center defines a “flexible work arrangement” (FWA) as “any one of a spectrum of work structures that alters the time and/or place that work gets done on a regular basis.” This can include: 1) flexibility in the scheduling of hours worked and/or arrangements regarding shift and break schedules; 2) flexibility in the number of hours worked; and 3) flexibility in the place of work. By some estimates, as much as 40 percent of the U.S. workforce […]

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Longtime media executive Terry O’Reilly joins Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation as its first CEO

Koya is thrilled by the recruitment of Terry O’Reilly as the first CEO of Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation (PCBC), the two leading public radio stations WESA and WYEP in Pittsburgh. We were honored to have partnered with the Board of PCBC on this national search.

O’Reilly’s appointment follows the recent consolidation of WESA and WYEP governance into a single public media entity positioned for continued growth in broadcast audience, digital distribution and community engagement.

A multiple award-winning producer, journalist and executive, O’Reilly […]

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Rodney P. McClendon Joins Carnegie Mellon University as Vice President for Operations

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) on hiring Rodney P. McClendon, a senior administrator with more than two decades of leadership experience in higher education, as its new Vice President for Operations. We are honored to have partnered with CMU on this successful search.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Mellon is a private, global research university. Internationally renowned in fields such as artificial intelligence, the performing arts, brain science, technology-enhanced learning, cybersecurity, design, robotics, and big data, CMU challenges […]

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Brian Hanson Joins Chicago Council on Global Affairs as Vice President for Studies

Koya is pleased to have partnered with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, recently ranked “the #1 “Think Tank to Watch” worldwide” to recruit Brian Hanson as its new Vice President for Studies. Brian will lead the Council’s expanding team of experts who provide insight on critical global issues. 

Brian comes to the Council from the Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University where he has served most recently as its Director of Programs, Research and Strategic Planning. The Buffett Institute […]

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Natural Resources Defense Council Names Anders Yang as Chief Development Officer

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on hiring Anders Yang as its new Chief Development Officer. We are honored to be involved in this successful executive search.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City; Washington, D.C.; […]

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Angelique Power joins The Field Foundation of Illinois as President

Koya is thrilled by the recruitment of Angelique Power as the President of The Field Foundation of Illinois. We were honored to have partnered with the Board of The Field Foundation of Illinois on this search.

The Board of Directors at The Field Foundation of Illinois announced the selection of Angelique Power as its new President.  As President, Power, a Chicago native, is responsible for collaborating with the Board and staff to achieve its core mission of strengthening Chicago through supporting community, […]

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United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Welcomes Leah Ray as Senior Vice President of Resource Development

We are thrilled for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago as it welcomes Leah Ray, a nonprofit leader with significant fundraising and relationship building experience, as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Resource Development. We are honored to have partnered with United Way on this successful search.

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) is part of the United Way Worldwide network of nearly 1,800 United Ways in 45 countries and territories. Locally, UWMC serves the six county metropolitan region, radiating from city […]

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The Hudson-Webber Foundation Names Melanca Clark as Next President and CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates The Hudson-Webber Foundation on hiring Melanca Clark as its next President and CEO.

Located in Detroit, Michigan,The Hudson-Webber Foundation (“Foundation”) is dedicated to improving the vitality and quality of life of the metropolitan Detroit community. The Foundation concentrates its giving primarily within the city of Detroit. The revitalization of Detroit’s urban core is a particular interest because this area is a focus for community activity and pride and is of critical importance to the vitality of the entire metropolitan community.

Ms. Clark joins the Foundation from Washington, D.C. where she currently serves the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as Chief of Staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS office), a grant-making component of the DOJ, overseeing the office’s administration of nearly $1 billion in active grants. She will assume her new role in August 2016.

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Koya Leadership Partners Recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms of 2016

Koya Leadership Partners has been recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms of 2016. We are thrilled to be one of 258 firms that made the list out of about 50,000 consultancies that were in the running. We are proud of our work and amazing team members.

For the complete list of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms, click here.

Guided by the firm belief that the right person in the right place can change the world, we remain committed to […]

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Job Seekers

Sector Switching: Making the Jump From For-Profit to Non-Profit

Sector switchers — job candidates who have decided to move from the for-profit sector to the nonprofit world — are increasingly common. Many job seekers I talk to are seeking work that feels more meaningful and mission-driven. But it’s not always easy to make the move. Candidates often struggle to frame their experience in a way that makes sense to nonprofit employers and sometimes find it difficult to break through the initial resistance to the fact their background is in […]

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Koya Leadership Partners Featured on Hunt Scanlon’s Top 50 Recruiters List

Koya Leadership Partners Featured on Hunt Scanlon Top 50 Recruiters

 

Koya Leadership Partners is thrilled to be recognized as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas by Hunt Scanlon Media. The Top 50 Recruiter’s list is an annual roundup of the largest, fastest growing executive search firms, and Koya is proud to be ranked side by side with large recruiting and talent […]

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Leadership

Spring Brings New Leadership at Chicago Botanic Garden

Jean Franczyk, the new president and CEO of the Chicago Botanic Garden (Courtesy of the Chicago Botanic Garden)

Spring officially arrived last week, and with it the promise of warmer temperatures and new flowers. This spring at the Chicago Botanic Garden also brings new ideas and new leadership.

The Chicago Botanic Garden has named Jean Franczyk as its new president and CEO. Franczyk will […]

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Koya in the News

Delta Institute names Bill Schleizer as President & CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Delta Institute on hiring Bill Schleizer as its President & CEO after a national search. Located in Chicago, IL, Delta Institute is a nonprofit that works to build both a resilient environment and economy through sustainable solutions. Delta takes a holistic approach to sustainability, finding opportunities to link improvement in environmental quality to economic development.

Schleizer has been the organization’s Managing Director for the past five years. In his 11 years at Delta Institute, Schleizer has led projects related […]

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Koya Culture

Koya Leadership Partners Wins Best Staffing Firms to Work For Award

 

Koya’s Founder & CEO Katie Bouton on Winning the Best Staffing Firms
to Work For Award

Print“Finding out that Koya was named one of the best staffing firms to work for was a wonderful moment for me personally and professionally. This award helps validate one of my core beliefs: Committed, engaged leaders and teams can create a workplace that encourages innovation and inspires […]

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James Rondeau’s rise at Art Institute Signals Contemporary Art is New Power Base

Last December, Mary Jane Jacob attended a memorial service for Howard Stone, an art collector and Art Institute of Chicago trustee who served on the School of the Art Institute’s board of governors. Jacob is a longtime curator and respected executive director of exhibitions and exhibition studies at the school, and she has attended her share of art-world memorials and celebrations. As she describes it, Stone’s service was suffused with intimacy, thanks in part to the eulogy given by James […]

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Job Seekers

Networking 101: How to Standout to Recruiters at Conferences

Koya had the pleasure of serving as an exhibitor at the National Black MBA Association conference that held at the New Orleans Convention Center at the end of last year. The conference features panels that address topics such as career, education, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and leadership, and attracts more than 9,000 business minded attendees, annually.

We had the opportunity to connect with many talented people from across the country. As we engaged in conversation with potential candidates and handed out our (coveted) […]

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Tourette Association of America names John Miller as President and CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Tourette Association of America on the hiring of its new President and CEO, John Miller.

The Tourette Association of America is the premier national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community. As the President and CEO of the Tourette Association, Mr. Miller will use his diversified executive experience to enhance the Association’s mission to raise awareness, fund research and provide ongoing support for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders.

“I look forward to beginning a new […]

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Leadership

Tips for Leveling Up: Part 3

Note: This is a 3-part series. Catch up on parts 1 and 2.

In July 2015, we sought answers to that “what’s next” question with our Leveling Up professional development event. How does someone with a few years under their belt leverage their connections, skills and experience into their next great role?

We gathered for an evening of answers, ideas, and discussion with Jackie Hanselmann Sergi and Melanie Damm of Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally […]

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Tips for Leveling Up: Part 2

 Note: This is a 3-part series. Catch up on part 1.

In July, we sought answers to that “what’s next” question with our Leveling Up professional development event. How does someone with a few years under their belt leverage their connections, skills and experience into their next great role?

We gathered for an evening of answers, ideas, and discussion with Jackie Hanselmann Sergi and Melanie Damm of Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leadership at […]

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Job Seekers

Tips for Working With a Recruiter

As a recruiter focused on the nonprofit sector, I’ve interacted with thousands of candidates over the years. And I’ve often wished that more people understood how to fully leverage the recruiter-job candidate relationship. To that end, here are some tips for working with a recruiter that will help you land your dream job in the new year.

Return our calls! A recruiter could be reaching out to you to tap your network or to see whether you’re interested in a particular […]

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Leadership

Meet Celena Roldán, the new President and CEO of The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates The American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois on the hiring of its next CEO, Celena Roldán.

Roldán joins the Red Cross from Erie Neighborhood House where she has held the role of Executive Director since 2010.  Founded in 1870, Erie House’s mission is to promote a more just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy and collaborative action. Roldán brings with her notable and exemplary experience as a leader in […]

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Tips for Leveling Up: Part 1

In July, we sought answers to that “what’s next” question with our Leveling Up professional development event. How does someone with a few years under their belt leverage their connections, skills and experience into their next great role?

We gathered for an evening of answers, ideas, and discussion with Jackie Hanselmann Sergi and Melanie Damm of Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leadership at nonprofit organizations. Jackie and Melanie gave us a better understanding […]

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Leadership

Jean Franczyk joins the Chicago Botanic Garden as President & CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates the Chicago Botanic Garden on the hiring of its next President & CEO, Jean Franczyk.

Jean joins the Chicago Botanic Garden from the Science Museum Group in the United Kingdom where she has held leadership roles since 2006.

She has deep Chicago roots, having held leadership posts at the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Board of Education and as a policy advisor to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

To view the official press release, please click here.

We are honored to […]

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Placed Leaders

4 Tips for Getting the Most out of Reference Checks

By Erin Reedy, VP, Executive Search

Many people think of reference checks as a rubber stamp on a hiring decision. Candidates are putting you in touch with their biggest supporters, so of course you can predict what they are going to say, right? Not always.

When done correctly, reference checks can provide extremely helpful information for making a hire and beyond. Here are four ways to make sure that conversations with references are insightful and useful:

Request a diverse range of references. In […]

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Koya in the News

David O. Egner Named President and CEO of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Koya Leadership Partners is thrilled by the recruitment of David O. Egner as the President and CEO of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. We were honored to have partnered with the Life Trustees of The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation on this search.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a new $1.2 billion foundation focused on providing maximum positive impact on the communities and people of Southeastern Michigan and Western New York.

David brings more than 25 years of experience […]

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Leadership

Board Hiring Decisions

I have great admiration for the Boards of Directors we work with at Koya Leadership Partners. Almost without exception, members of Boards of Directors are incredibly capable, committed, and extremely busy individuals who have come to us to successfully execute on their most important responsibility: Selecting a new leader for their organization.

Our executive search process is designed to give board members the information and tools they need to ask the right questions and ultimately, make the right hiring decision. Unfortunately, […]

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Infinite Difference: Steven Hawkins, Amnesty International USA

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Our final featured leader in our Infinite Difference campaign is Steven Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA. Steven is leading the largest grassroots human rights organization in the United States and its efforts to fight injustice and bring about social change.

Meet Steven

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Meet Jennifer Stancil, the new President and CEO of Glazer Children’s Museum

Koya is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Stancil as the new President and CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum.

Located in Tampa, Florida, the Glazer Children’s Museum is committed to creating learning environments where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. The Museum serves over 27,000 school participant each school year and averages 200,000 visitors annually.

Jennifer comes to the Glazer Children’s Museum from WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, PA, the local PBS Affiliate […]

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Veteran Search Consultant Michelle Bonoan joins Koya Leadership Partners, will lead company’s expansion on West Coast

LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2015) – Koya Leadership Partners is pleased to announce that Michelle Bonoan, an accomplished search executive with nearly 20 years of recruiting experience, has joined as Managing Director, Executive Search. In her new role, Bonoan will lead Koya Leadership Partners’ expansion in Los Angeles and help support its growing number of West Coast non-profit clients.

Bonoan has led executive searches across a wide range of industries and functions. As a specialist serving the Education, Not-for-Profit, and Arts […]

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Tips for Negotiating a Job Offer

Negotiating the terms of a job offer, specifically compensation, can be challenging for even the most senior executive. It’s not easy to walk that fine line between advocating for yourself and avoiding overstepping, asking for more than the organization can give, or, as many people fear, appearing “greedy” in the context of a nonprofit organization. Here are five tips for ensuring mutually agreeable negotiations:

1. Have the compensation conversation early. If you wait until the offer stage to talk about your […]

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Monique Brunson Jones joins the Evanston Community Foundation as President and CEO

Koya is delighted to announce the appointment of Monique Brunson Jones as the new President and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation.
 
The Evanston Community Foundation is dedicated to enriching Evanston, Illinois and the lives of its people, now and in the future, by building endowments for current and future opportunities, fostering private philanthropy, focusing the impact of collective giving, finding solutions to community challenges, allocating grants, and provides leadership training.
 
Monique joins the Evanston Community Foundation from the Chicago Foundation for Women.  […]

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Sharon Alpert joins the Nathan Cummings Foundation as President and CEO

Koya is thrilled by the appointment of Sharon Alpert as the President and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Sharon Alpert will become the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s fourth President & CEO and first female leader. Ms. Alpert comes to the 25-year-old, multi-generational family foundation from the Surdna Foundation, where she serves as the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives. She will assume her role as president and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in November 2015.

Koya Leadership Partners was honored […]

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Perri L. Irmer joins DuSable Museum of African American History as President and CEO

The DuSable Museum of African American History has a new President and CEO. The board of trustees has selected Perri L. Irmer, an attorney, architect, public policy advocate and facilities management professional with a broad range of experience in executive management, construction and fundraising.

Irmer, 56, a Chicago native and lifelong resident of the Hyde Park-Kenwood community, brings to the position a wealth of qualifications including business, technical, legal and administrative experience, along with a commitment to public service and the […]

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Tips for Surviving a Group Interview

Group interviews are a common feature of the job search process, especially in the nonprofit sector, where candidates may need to interview with work teams, search committees, and/or board members. If you’ve participated in one, you know they can be a little overwhelming. Typically, you’re seated on one side of a table, with four or more people on the other who take turns grilling you. With a little preparation and the application of the tips outlined below, however, you can […]

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Koya in the News

Public Radio International (PRI) names Alison Ranney to its Board of Director

MINNEAPOLIS, JULY 28, 2015 — Public Radio International (PRI) announces the appointment of Alison P. Ranney to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Ranney leads the Chicago office of Koya Leadership Partners, a national retained search and human capital consulting firm dedicated to serving the nonprofit field. She has a decade of experience in executive search with Koya and the global recruiting firm Russell Reynolds Associates. Ranney has a vibrant national practice partnering with a broad range of nonprofit clients […]

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Placed Leaders

Recruiting for Cultural Fit

Culture fit is the glue that holds an organization together. That’s why it’s a key trait to look for when recruiting. The result of poor culture fit due to turnover can cost an organization between 50-60% of the person’s annual salary, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). But before the hiring team starts measuring candidates’ culture fit, they need to be able to define and articulate the organization’s culture – its values, goals, and practices — and then […]

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Infinite Difference

Infinite Difference: Luis de la Fuente, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

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Meet the man who is leading The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation’s work to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed: Luis de la Fuente.

Read about Luis and five other inspiring leaders of change who are making an Infinite Difference in the world.

www.infinitedifference.com

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Job Seekers

Five Tips for Starting a New Job on the Right Foot

Once you’ve landed a new position, it’s critical to shift your focus from interview mode to making a successful transition into your new role and quickly establishing your credibility.

Here are five tips to help you get started in a new job on the right foot:

Start working before your first day. There is much you can do in advance of your first day on a job to ensure you hit the ground running. This includes learning more about the organization’s strategy […]

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Matt Pritchard Joins HomeStart as New President & Executive Director

Koya is excited to announce Matt Pritchard as the new President & Executive Director at HomeStart! Pritchard will oversee the organization’s programs, staff members, and budget, furthering HomeStart’s mission to prevent and end homelessness in the Greater Boston area.

HomeStart has helped save over 3,000 families and individuals from losing their homes and offer stabilization services to assist them in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. Learn more about Matt and HomeStart here: http://homestart.org/matt-pritchard-to-join-homestart-as-new-executive-director/

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Infinite Difference: Beth Anderson, The Hill Center

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This month’s Infinite Difference feature is Beth Anderson, a national leader in education and entrepreneurship, from North Carolina’s The Hill Center. She spoke to Koya about backpacking in the Rockies with tweens, MBAs and social impact, and working for a grassroots U.S. Olympics movement. 

www.infinitedifference.com

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Koya Culture

Why You Need to Take a Summer Vacation

By Allison Wyatt, Vice President, Human Capital Consulting

Americans get an average of 12 vacation days each year, but a study conducted by the Families and Work Institute found that less than half of U.S. employees take their full vacation allowance.

Even when we are on vacation, we tend to remain plugged in. My family just returned from vacation during which my husband worked all night most of the week in order to spend time with us during the day. The problem? […]

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Infinite Difference

Infinite Difference: Samhita Reddy, Red Hook Initiative

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Meet this month’s Infinite Difference leader: Samhita Reddy from Brooklyn’s Red Hook Initiative. She spoke to Koya about forging her own authentic path, the lasting impact of Harper Lee, and how Chris Rock has helped her fight for social justice. www.infinitedifference.com

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Koya in the News

Kishshana Palmer Joins FoodCorps as Vice President of External Affairs

We are thrilled to announce that Kishshana Palmer has joined FoodCorps as their VP, External Affairs! FoodCorps is a longtime Koya client that is doing transformational work to help all of our nation’s children – regardless of class, race, or geography – know what healthy food is, where it comes from, and eat it every day. In just four years, FoodCorps has grown from a startup to a $9 million dollar annual budget, with nearly 200 AmeriCorps service members in […]

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Job Seekers

The Perfect Match: Bringing CFO Candidate Anand Kesavan and KIPP Austin Together To Make A Difference

In 2014, Koya Leadership Partners had the pleasure of working with KIPP Austin to find the perfect candidate for their chief financial officer (CFO) position. We found and placed successful investment banker Anand Kesavan, who decided to trade his corporate gig for fulfilling work in the nonprofit sector after working one-on-one with Koya to ensure he was the perfect match for the job. A strong candidate with family ties to charter school work, Anand and KIPP Austin really were the […]

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Infinite Difference

Infinite Difference: Kris Perry, First Five Years Fund

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Meet inspiring Infinite Difference leader Kris Perry, Executive Director, First Five Years Fund. She spoke to us about teaching toddlers to swim, being a proud mom, and the importance of doing what you love. www.infinitedifference.com

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Diversity

Invest in Leadership Development to Retain High Performers of All Races Featured in Philanthropy News Digest

While people of color in the United States account for nearly half – 48 percent – of the total student population, leadership in nonprofit education organizations doesn’t mirror this demographic fact. In a recent survey, From Intention to Action: Building Diverse Leadership Teams in Education to Deepen Impact, Koya Leadership Partners and Education Pioneers found that at the director level within education nonprofits, only 39 percent of leaders are people of color. At the vice president level, the number dips to […]

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Infinite Difference: Richard McCarthy, Slow Food USA

 

 

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Read about our second inspiring Infinite Difference leader: Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA. He spoke to us about his 1979 Vespa, his passion for community enterprise, and the dignity of labor. www.infinitedifference.com

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Five Ways to Leverage Your Network for a Search

Clients come to an executive search firm for a range of reasons. One of those reasons is usually our network. After a decade of focus on executive recruiting in the nonprofit sector, Koya Leadership Partners has cultivated a deep and wide network of candidates and connectors that we regularly tap for each search.

But that doesn’t mean our clients’ networks aren’t important, too. One of the key strategies we employ for all of our searches is working closely with our clients […]

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Placed Leaders

A Winter Update from Alison Ranney & Koya Chicago

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Dear Chicago Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to write with an update on the work of Koya Leadership Partners in the Chicago region.

In 2015, we were grateful for the opportunity to partner with the civic community in Chicago, and well beyond, to recruit top caliber leaders in the nonprofit field. Our national Koya team now consists of 30 colleagues. […]

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Koya Culture

Koya Leadership Partners Appoints Marissa Martin as Vice President

CHICAGO (March 12, 2015) – Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm focused on the nonprofit sector, is pleased to announce today the appointment of Marissa Martin as vice president. Based in Koya’s Chicago office, Martin will join an executive search team committed to recruiting and retaining diverse senior level professionals to high impact nonprofit organizations nationwide.

“Marissa’s dedication to the senior executive search process strongly aligns with Koya Leadership Partners’ values and deep commitment to serving our clients in […]

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Infinite Difference

One Person. Infinite Difference.

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To celebrate 10 years of Koya, we’re proud to announce the launch of our Infinite Difference campaign. Each month we’ll be honoring one of 10 inspiring leaders of change. Read about our first profiled leader, Deborah Holmes, Chief of Staff, Global Fund for Women, who spoke to us about globetrotting, her classical music entrée to nonprofits, and race regression in America. www.infinitedifference.com

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Diversity

Koya’s Advice on Building Diverse, Inclusive Leadership Teams Featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

There is an increasing body of evidence that diverse teams of varying racial and ethnic makeup produce better results. They perform better financially, gain a competitive edge when recruiting top talent, experience less employee turnover, and offer greater benefits for those they serve. This is true in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, but is particularly important for nonprofits that serve communities of color, which is overwhelmingly the case in the education sector. Nearly half of the students in the […]

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Koya Culture

Koya’s New Web Site!

We are thrilled to release a new look and feel for Koya’s web site and invite you to take a minute to explore it. One of the additions we are most excited about is the Success Stories page, where we highlight recently placed candidates. Our guiding philosophy – The right person in the right place can change the world – is coming to life through these placements. All of us at Koya are honored to have the opportunity to connect incredibly […]

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Leadership

Steps Nonprofits Must Take Before Launching a Senior Hire

Resignations often happen when we least expect it, and when they come from senior leaders, it’s perceived as a significant loss for the organization. The announcement that a senior leader has decided to move on often results in a mix of negative emotions for many of the employees left behind: Stress, worry, and even panic, especially for those who are responsible for finding a replacement. Many questions arise: How much of my time will go into finding a replacement? Who […]

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Diversity

From Intention to Action: Building diverse leadership teams in education to deepen impact

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In early 2014, Koya Leadership Partners and Education Pioneers collaborated on an initiative to assess racial diversity in education nonprofits and develop concrete recommendations for how to build more racially diverse leadership teams.

Read the results of our joint endeavor here: From Intention to Action: Building Diverse Leadership Teams in Education to Deepen Impact.

This report from the field illustrates the gap between intention and action that […]

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Managing People

Navigating Employee Exits

Managing the transition when an employee quits or is let go can be difficult. In this article, VP, Human Capital Consulting Services Allison Wyatt explores some of the common pitfalls organizations and managers make during employee exits and how to avoid them.

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Job Seekers

Interview Tips for Nonprofit Job Seekers

Preparing for job interviews is critical whether you’re a seasoned executive or working your way up to the next level. Managing Partner Molly Brennan’s article, Five Tips for Nonprofit Executive Job Seekers, provides some helpful tips in Philanthropy News Digest.

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Managing People

Tips for Retaining Top Talent

 

Molly Brennan, Koya’s Managing Partner, recently published Five Ways Your Nonprofit Can Keep Its Top Talent for About.com. Hiring the best talent isn’t enough. Regardless of their size, the most successful and high-impact nonprofits are also focused on retaining their key leaders. Click here to read the full article.

 

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Job Seekers

Are You In The Right Job?

Managing Partner Molly Brennan was quoted in a Fast Company article: 10 Signs You’re In The Wrong Job, And What To Do About It. Here are 10 key signs:

You no longer believe in what the company does.
Your job doesn’t tap into your natural abilities.
You don’t understand the purpose of your job.
You aren’t gaining new skills or you don’t feel challenged.
You don’t find joy in the victories at work.
You don’t feel your work is valued.
You realize growth opportunities are severely limited.
You […]

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