Social Impact

Heidrick & Struggles' Social Impact Practice prides itself on providing sophisticated advice and counsel to the some of the world's most impactful institutions. Our clients appreciate the creativity and diligence we apply to the identification and placement of dynamic leaders both from within their sectors and from relevant alternative sources.

We are a proven strategic resource for attracting appropriate leadership to guide and often transform these organizations – many of which are so important to our society and culture. Our belief is that effective leadership of these institutions paves the clearest path for them to accomplish their mission as successful enterprises.

Our areas of specialization cover the following sectors internationally:

  • Associations
  • Culture & Arts
  • Education Markets
  • Foundations & Philanthropy
  • Government & Policy
  • Higher Education
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Schools, public and private

Finding effective leadership in these sectors has never been more critical, which is why nonprofit, social enterprise and education executive search services are necessary for an organization's growth. The emergence of new technologies and the creation and expansion of these markets requires aggressive, strategic organizational leadership paired with strong financial acumen.

Heidrick & Struggles' deep network of practice experts connect executives from Chicago to Shanghai – providing the most comprehensive leadership strategy expertise in the industry. Our global team approach ensures the best, most appropriate consultants participate in every assignment regardless of location, resulting in outstanding outcomes for our clients.

We use every means at our disposal, collaborating with experts in our global network and leveraging our own proprietary resources to identify the right person for an organization and creating customized leadership solutions for future success.

Leading Social Impact Organizations We recently talked with four senior executives about career paths and crucial skills for leaders in corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. In Leading Social Impact Organizations, we share insights from that conversation and offer our perspective on helping nonprofit, social enterprise, and educational institutions find the leaders they need to accomplish their missions.

AssociationsCulture & ArtsNon-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)Higher EducationSchoolsEducation MarketsFoundations & PhilanthropyGovernment & Policy


J.J. Cutler J.J. Cutler Global Managing Partner
Jackie Gallagher Zavitz Jackie Gallagher Zavitz Partner-In-Charge

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