Stanton Chase, a global retained executive search firm, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at its International Conference with the presentation of its Chairman’s Global Diversity Awards to three of its most distinguished clients.
“While there were many highlights of this three-day event in Baltimore, it was clear that acknowledging corporate excellence in diversity initiatives was one of the most memorable,” said Mickey Matthews, Managing Director of the Stanton Chase Baltimore office and International Chairman. “Our role as search consultants involves encouraging diversity among our clients, so it was a pleasure to recognize excellence among these recipients.”
The winners of these awards include:
- Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), a premier broadcasting and media company
- Novartis, an international healthcare solutions company that address the evolving needs of patients and societies, received the award for top global company
- T. Rowe Price, a global investment management firm
“At Stanton Chase we are honored to work with the PBS team and these other firms which are leaders in diversity initiatives,” said Lyn Cason, Director of the Stanton Chase Baltimore office and co-chair of the firm’s Global Diversity Practice. “PBS leads the way in reflecting the diversity of America both in front of and behind the camera.”
The criteria for the award included:
- Best practices in diversity initiatives
- Diversity representation at the board and executive levels
- Overall employee diversity representation
- Innovative diversity recruiting practices
“We were so gratified to receive the Chairman’s Award for our work on diversity,” said Carole Dickert-Scherr, Vice President of Human Resources for PBS. “This recognition means a great deal to all of us at PBS and to the other recipients. We are so impressed by Stanton Chase’s commitment and look forward to working with its consultants to move this important issue forward.”
This recognition program is among numerous initiatives being undertaken by Stanton Chase as it promotes gender and ethnic diversity among its clients. In the last year, the firm has solidified its position as a leader in promoting gender-diversity on boards by being accepted for admission into the 30% Club (www.30percentclub.org), an international affiliation of businesses that is taking voluntary steps towards the goal of placing 30 percent of women on boards by the end of this year.
Through these efforts and others, Stanton Chase has strengthened its Global Diversity Practice under the leadership of co-chairs Beata Sokolowska-Pek, Managing Director of the Warsaw office, and Cason.
“These companies exemplify strong leadership in diversity efforts,” said Sokolowska-Pek. “It is an honor to present them with these awards for their strong leadership in this area of corporate management.”
In this capacity, Cason and Sokolowska-Pek will continue to build and strengthen Stanton Chase’s leadership initiatives, acknowledging that diversity positively influences corporate innovation, customer centricity and employee job satisfaction. By taking this global leadership position, Stanton Chase continues its plan to educate corporations about how diversity can be enhanced through the executive search process. These efforts position diversity and inclusion efforts as a cornerstone of a corporate growth strategy.
“Stanton Chase, with the formation of this practice discipline several years ago, has made a commitment to diversity and inclusion by encouraging client corporations to consider and hire candidates from varied backgrounds to serve at senior levels and specifically on boards,” said Cason. “There’s no question that seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds is simply good business.”