Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are not just words at Heidrick & Struggles. D&I is embedded in everything we do, from executive-level searches and culture change services to how we operate within our own firm. It’s evident in our collaborative approach, our connections to diverse leaders who can excel in senior roles in every industry, and our partnership with organizations that support progress in diversity and inclusion around the world.

Whether we are assisting you in connecting with game-changing talent or helping you identify paths toward accelerated growth and performance, diversity and inclusion are at the core of our services. We’ll help you build a leadership team with diversity of perspective and experience, tapping into fresh thinking and new solutions. And we can help you build an inclusive culture to encourage the exchange of ideas and points of view that drive discovery and innovation.

Heidrick & Struggles' Unique Approach to Diversity-Focused Recruitment

Heidrick & Struggles leverages proven strategies to source diverse talent for your corporate leadership and board of directors. We search beyond customary channels to find gifted innovators who can take companies in ground-breaking new directions or strengthen the core business under assault from disruptive new competitors. A leader from another sector or sphere may bring the vision, ingenuity and resourcefulness needed to navigate and adapt to the demanding and rapidly shifting global business environment.

Falling behind is not an option in this competitive landscape. Diversity and inclusion strengthen an organization’s ability to thrive and grow. We look forward to exploring ways we can partner with you to increase the diversity within your leadership team and enrich your organization’s culture of inclusion.

We work as one firm and succeed through collaboration, inclusion, and valuing diverse points of view.

Our Unique Solutions to Increase Diversity....and Fully Realize the Benefits

Building Diverse Teams

Diversity in gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and backgrounds brings together different insights and perspectives that uncover new paths to solving familiar problems. 

In a marketplace that connects across cultures and continents, access to a diverse workforce is essential. We recognize our diversity as an employer strengthens our ability to bring a full range of perspectives to our clients. Our workforce reflects those we serve at all levels of the organization. Our core value, Win as One Firm, drives our commitment.

The Infinity Framework for AssessmentDefining clear success profiles upfront enables more objective assessment against those criteria and should therefore work to eliminate bias. It is, accordingly, an enabler of objectivity. The Infinity Framework helps prevent qualified candidates with uncommon backgrounds from being screened out. Learn more about the Infinity Framework here.

Creating an Inclusive Culture

An inclusive culture where every individual is valued, respected, and supported expands opportunities for everyone to achieve their potential.

At Heidrick & Struggles, affinity groups for women, professionals of color, and LGBTQ are giving people a chance to share experiences, mentor, advocate, and engage internally as well as with external networks. Our regional diversity councils are charged with identifying critical issues on a local level and creating solutions tailored to each challenge and culture.

Our leaders foster and inspire and environment that celebrates difference. Their individual beliefs and passion for diversity reach beyond the firm. Heidrick & Struggles leadership has been recognized for supporting diverse organizations such as Catalyst, Paradigm for Parity, the Inclusion Network, and initiatives that affect our communities as a whole.

SYNAPP Creating an inclusive culture requires a critical look at how organizations really work - Organizational Network Analysis. SYNAPP is an insightful means of seeing previously invisible patterns of information flow and collaboration in strategically important groups within your organization. Learn more about SYNAPP here.


Team Accelerator Questionnaire (TAQ) Understanding how teams differ across the organization provides highly actionable insights for leaders to develop strategies for acceleration, including increasing both diversity and inclusion. The TAQ is the most empirically robust assessment tool available for the measurement of team performance. Learn more about the Team Accelerator Questionnaire here.


Heidrick & Struggles Employee Resource Groups

Women's Inclusion Network

Providing education tools and resources, such as mentors or coaches, to allow women to navigate careers and reach their full potential.



Professionals of Color

Addressing cultural challenges faced in the everyday work environment for employees of color, while serving as a resource for mentorship and development.



Ethnic Diversity Engagement Network

Like-minded individuals who believe ethnic diversity is to be celebrated, supported, and lived within our European network.




A network for the firm’s LGBTQ employees and allies to advance and transform inclusion, visibility, education, and leadership for LGBTQ people and issues, as well as to demonstrate our commitment to proudly working with diverse candidates and clients to provide an enhanced perspective on the value LGBTQ identity brings to leadership and business.



Honor Equality and Inclusion for Disability

HEID was founded to support the needs of current and future employees with disabilities and their allies. Our mission is to help Heidrick & Struggles achieve its collective goal of being a fully inclusive work environment where all employees are able to achieve their professional aspirations.



Winning as One Team

Our path to success is to attract the best thinking, the broadest based insights. We're committed to providing a diverse slate of candidates. By creating teams that match the market, we bring more innovation and competitive solutions to our clients.

Building a Diverse Team - Top-performing organizations attract and retain talent with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to develop a diverse leadership team and workforce reflecting the markets they serve. We have global relationships with talented senior executives in every industry sector—women and men—from a myriad of backgrounds who can add to the agility of your organization.

Creating an Inclusive Culture - When everyone in the organization is engaged, knowing that their ideas and perspective are welcomed as crucial to the success of the overall mission, new ideas and fresh thinking thrive. SYNAPP is our proprietary tool for organizational network analysis to identify both pockets of employees who are isolated as well as the most influential employees who can help connect with them.

Accelerating Team Performance - The new business environment demands that leadership brings new strategies to the table. Interacting with a diversity of teammates forces group members to prepare better, anticipate alternative viewpoints and begin to welcome fresh thinking—leading to better decision making and problem solving. Our proprietary Team Acceleration Questionnaire identifies “Drive Factors” for top performance, including “Foresight” in which a key performance factor is to find and leverage differences of opinion.


Diversity Organizations We Support

Paradigm for Parity

A movement created for change in the corporate world created by CEOs, senior executives, founders, board members, and business academics who are committed to achieving a new norm. Heidrick & Struggles Chairman Tracy Wolstencroft and CEO Krishnan Rajagopalan have signed th epledge to have gender parity by 2030.


Rungway is a mentoring mobile app automatically offered to all ERG members. This provides a safe, supportive arena for people to ask questions that might have special sensitivities. It allows participants to confidentially or openly ask questions within the discussion group. When confidentiality is chosen, the question remains anonymous to all. Rungway will also help our colleagues with each ERG to find a willing and capable mentor especially suited for the individual.


Providing educational tools and resources, such as mentors or coaches to allow women to navigate careers and reach their full potential.

Diversity and Inclusion PartnerFlynn Heath Holt

FHH is a women-founded leadership development firm with a focus in professional services, building leadership programs for women at all levels. FHH is helping Heidrick & Struggles build a global talent management plan for women based on insights and findings gathered via interviews and focus groups.

Talking Talent

An innovative coaching consultancy at the forefront of developing and maximizing the talent pipeline with focus on period of transitions such as maternity, adoption, and paternity. Talking Talent runs holistic coaching programs for expecting men and women.

Inclusion Network

The Inclusion Network enables clients to identify and to attract a broad and diverse talent and supplier base. It is a group of five certified minority owned, LGBT and women owned search firms available to Heidrick & Struggles and it its clients.

Diversity and Inclusion PartnerMichelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University creates knowledge and seeks to implement change to promote gender equality. Heidrick & Struggles is a Corporate sponsor of the Clayman Institutes and collaborates on research when needed.

Diversity and Inclusion PartnerLeonard Chesire Disability

Leonard Cheshire is British leading charity supporting disabled people. Leonard Cheshire supports Heidrick & Struggles London to source interns and graduate candidates with a disability.

Women in America

W.O.M.E.N. in America is a fresh and authentic professional development group aimed at advancing promising professional women. They provide exclusive Mentoring, Education and Networking in an 18-month program.

Fortune MPW

Fortune MPW started as a list 18 years ago and has evolved into the world’s most extraordinary leadership community, convening the preeminent women in business—along with select leaders in government, philanthropy, education and the arts—for wide-ranging conversations that inspire and deliver practical advice. The program features one-on- one interviews, panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions and high-level networking.

30% Club

The 30% Club campaigns for greater representation of women on the boards of FTSE100 boards with a target of a minimum of 30%.

The Alumni Society

A national network of Latinx leaders focused on enhancing careers through networking and professional development.

Meet our Consultants with Diversity & Inclusion Experience

Meet the Heidrick & Struggles consultants with extensive experience in diversity & inclusion

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Diversity Articles and Publications

Articles and publications on diversity within the workplace and specific industries.

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Company Values

Our global network of consultants maintain our four core values: Win As One Firm, Own The Results, Grow With Our Clients and Always Act With Integrity.

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Paradigm for Parity

Heidrick & Struggles signed the Paradigm for Parity Pledge and committed to having gender parity by 2030.

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