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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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

Infinite Difference: Steven Hawkins, Amnesty International USA


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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