Introducing the SJ COVID Cohort

Category: COVID-19 Cohort

Across the country, we have seen leaders tackle the COVID-19 crisis in many different ways. In terms of hiring talent, while some organizations have paused their efforts in anticipation of more solid footing in the future, others have committed to ensuring important leadership roles are filled now in order to meet developing and articulated goals and objectives. With the uncertainty that surrounds COVID-19, one thing is certain: we need each other and can continue to learn from each other.

In the spirit of reflection, continuous improvement, and support, we are hosting a web series for our education, association and non-profit partners and professionals that captures the experiences and lessons learned in the search and hiring process during this challenging time in education. Over the next six to twelve months, we are curating a #SJcovidcohort of our placements and client organizations that conducted search processes that were primarily or entirely virtual–from recruitment to hiring to on-boarding.

Participants will engage in interviews, blogs, and/or short videos that reflect their experiences during the virtual recruitment, hiring and on-boarding processes. In addition to sharing their experiences with the broader community, we hope to develop a network that supports their transition. While COVID-19 may have pushed us into isolation, Spelman Johnson seeks to bring this community of leaders together to learn and support each other. Our participants have a unique perspective to share, and we hope you will find their experiences valuable.

Through this initiative we are committed to finding space to gather virtually to learn from one another, to identify resources for a successful transition, and to bring to the community of non-profit and education leaders information to enhance support and institutional success around recruiting and hiring in this COVID environment.

We hope that you will visit us often, as we are excited to provide a platform that allows our placements and clients to share their experiences and ultimately shape the future executive search practices.

Ellen Heffernan

meet the COVID Cohort

Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.