Dwain Celistan: Executive Search Consultant, North America

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Dwain Celistan

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Dwain Celistan serves as an Executive Vice President for DHR International in the firm's Chicago headquarters. He leads the Global Diversity Practice and is a member of the Consumer, Marketing and Industrial practices. Read more >

Dwain Celistan serves as an Executive Vice President for DHR International in the firm's Chicago headquarters. He leads the Global Diversity Practice and is a member of the Consumer, Marketing and Industrial practices.

Mr. Celistan has conducted searches across a range of firms and industries. This includes Fortune 500 and private equity backed firms. 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 sectors. His experience includes roles of VP Marketing and Sales with a staff of over 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. In addition to his primary responsibilities, he has initiated and led diversity efforts at several companies.

Dwain has also coached business leaders to help them realize their goals and improve their productivity. As part of this work, he has published three books, including You're Hired! Actions to Get and Keep the Job You Love and 5 Simple Steps to Achieving Your Dreams.

He supports young people on many levels. This includes speaking to groups of students from middle school to graduate students, and he also actively supports high school students through Link Unlimited.

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

Lastly, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Hinsdale, IL. < Read less

August 2014

A Recruiter's Guide To Hiring Diverse Leaders

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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

SITUATION 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 >