Janice Reals Ellig

Advocate of diverse, gender-balanced corporate boards. Chair of Corporate Board Initiative, Women's Forum of NY. Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig.

Named by Business Week as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is Co-CEO of Chadick Ellig and a Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative. Janice focuses her search practice on recruitment of divisional heads, C-suite executives and Board Directors. Janice’s 20-year corporate experience includes Pfizer, Citibank and Ambac Financial Group, which she helped take public after a spin-off from Citibank in 1991. As a member of Ambac’s Executive Committee, she was responsible for Marketing, Human Resources and Administration.

Janice has co-authored two books: Driving The Career Highway, 20 Road Signs You Can’t Afford To Miss (2007) and What Every Successful Woman Knows: 12 Breakthrough Strategies to Get the Power and Ignite Your Career (2001), acknowledged by Business Week as “the best of its genre.” Janice has co-authored three articles for Directors & Boards, most recently, “Gender balance on boards: Five Steps to achieve success”; in 2012, “Boardroom parity in the US by 2022”; and in 2008,“Getting from a good to a great board.” She published articles for; “How to Add More Women To Corporate Boards” and “How To Fix Corporate Boards;” in Directorship, “It Is About Time” and “Put Some Teeth Into Those Rules,” among other publications. Janice has appeared on network television and moderated panels on building stronger boards, gender diversity and career management issues.

In recognition for her many philanthropic activities, in 2011, Janice received the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2008 she received the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) Eleanor Raynolds Award for Volunteerism. Recognized as 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.”

Janice is a Women’s Forum of New York Past President and Chair of the Corporate Board Initiative; 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; Harvard Kennedy School, Women and Public Policy Program Board; Charles Edison Fund Advisory Board, Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center Women’s Leadership Council and The Economic Club of NY.

A native New Yorker, Janice resides in New York City with her husband, Bruce Ellig.