Dwain Celistan: Executive Search Consultant, North America

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Dwain Celistan

Dwain Celistan serves as a Managing Partner and leader of the Global Diversity Practice for DHR International in the firm’s Chicago office.  He is also a member of the Consumer, Marketing, Financial Services, Industrial and Private Equity practice areas. Read more >

Dwain Celistan serves as a Managing Partner and leader of the Global Diversity Practice for DHR International in the firm’s Chicago office.  He is also a member of the Consumer, Marketing, Financial Services, Industrial and Private Equity practice areas.

Dwain has conducted searches for senior leaders across a range of firms and industries.  Over 50% of his placements are diverse candidates.

His clients have included over ten Fortune 500 firms, an assortment of family-owned, private equity-backed firms and universities.  His consultative approach and significant corporate leadership experience have helped clients refine their position specifications and better clarify the “right” candidate.

Prior to recruiting, he held senior Marketing, Sales and General Management positions in the US and UK, for large firms in the consumer, industrial and retail arenas.  His experience includes roles of Vice-President Marketing and Sales with a staff of nearly 100 professionals and budget of $100MM, and as a Senior Vice-President of Marketing for a $1B division. Importantly, during his career he has reversed declining businesses and accelerated the growth of businesses in multiple roles.

Dwain has coached leaders to help them realize their career goals and improve their productivity.  As part of this work, he has published four books, including Recruiter’s Guide to Hiring Diverse Leaders and You’re Hired!  Actions to Get and Keep the Job of Your Dreams.

He supports young people on many levels.  This includes speaking to groups of students from middle school to graduate level while also actively mentoring and supporting high school students through Link Unlimited and the Illinois Mentoring Project.

Dwain is a graduate of Loyola University and has an MBA from Atlanta University. He has done postgraduate work at Cornell and Stanford universities. 

He lives with his wife in Hinsdale, IL and has two daughters. < Read less

SPECIALTY PRACTICE AREAS

LOCATION

Chicago | North America

NONPROFIT INVOLVEMENT

Mentor for Link Unlimited
Board Member for Golf for Christ
Board Member for Illinois Mentoring Project
March 2016 | Savoy Network

Optimizing Your Network

An executive’s network is a critical tool for their career. As an executive advances, their network is the primary source for career opportunities. In fact, outplacement experts suggest that ~85% of new roles are secured through an executive’s network. Beyond new roles, a network can be helpful in many other aspects in a leader’s career. More >

December 2013 | Case Studies

Talent Mapping to Increase Diversity

Most organizations have challenging positions to fill. The issue is to find talent that is technically competent and culturally in sync with the new organization. In addition to these typical requirements, many organizations are also aware of the benefits of adding more diverse leaders to their staffs. More >

August 2013

A Recruiter's Guide To Hiring Diverse Leaders

This is a brief video(:60) that describes the book’s contents. More >

July 2014 | Savoy Magazine

Is it worth finding diverse leaders for your organization?

In most organizations, the senior leadership is typically not diverse (meaning ethnic minorities or women). In fact, the Fortune 500 has fewer than 10% diverse CEOs, and the number of diverse leaders in the senior most levels in most large organizations, across all industries, is also in the single digits. More >

June 2014 | Diversity Journal

Securing Diverse Leadership Talent

In the first quarter of 2014, less than 10 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs were diverse (defined for this article as gender and ethnicity). Data for other leadership levels within these organizations are not as readily available, but most sources suggest that the percentage of direct CEO reports, as well as the next level of direct reports, is also less than 10 percent. More >

April 2014 | Case Studies

Secure diverse leadership talent in challenging situations

Many organizations have modest levels or no diverse leaders. Thus, when an opening for a leader presents itself, and an internal candidate will not get the position, a search firm can help source strong diverse talent. DHR International is particularly strong in this regard since 1/3 of our placements are diverse. More >

April 2014 | Case Studies

Is it worth finding diverse leaders for your organization?

In most organizations, the senior leadership is typically not diverse (ethnic minorities or women). In fact, the Fortune 500 has fewer than 10% diverse CEOs, and the number of diverse leaders in the senior most levels in most large organizations, across all industries, is also in the single digits. More >

October 2013 | Case Studies

Secure Diverse Talent in Challenging Situations

Most organizations have challenging positions to fill. The issue is to find talent that is technically competent and culturally in sync with the new organization. In addition to these typical requirements, many organizations are also aware of the benefits of adding more diverse leaders to their staffs. More >

October 2013 | Case Studies

Enhancing Faculty Inclusiveness Diversity Academic Case Study - Medical College

The leadership at DHR International’s Medical College client was not satisfied with the progress being made in enhancing the inclusiveness of its faculty, even though the Medical College is a highly ranked academic institution. The ratio of diversity (URM) faculty to overall faculty remained below expectations. More >