Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

As a global leader in executive search, leadership consulting, and culture shaping, Heidrick & Struggles understands the critical importance of diversity and inclusion. Diverse companies attract and retain top talent, improve performance and innovate quickly. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is 360-degree inward and outward looking.

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

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.

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.

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.
Pride @ Heidrick
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.

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 - As a talent-driven organization, we’re capturing a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to create a diverse workforce that reflects the markets we serve.

Creating an Inclusive Culture - In every region, at every level, we’re creating a culture where new ideas and fresh thinking thrive. Affinity groups that support, mentor and create inclusive communities make Heidrick & Struggles a great place to work.

Leveraging Broad-Based Perspectives - Our diversity strengthens our innovation, as both employer and advisor. Connecting to diverse talent across our business—from search to culture shaping to leadership consulting—gives our clients a competitive advantage.


Our Diversity and Inclusion Partners

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%.

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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