Ginny Clarke

Former Director, Executive Recruiting at Google and Holistic Leadership Strategist
  • Decades-long leadership advisor, diversity recruiting expert, and talent strategist who has recruited leaders and empowered careers at the highest levels of corporate America
  • Developed leadership internal mobility program for Google senior leaders, including assessment and coaching to ready for new internal opportunities
  • Hosts the “Fifth Dimensional Leadership” podcast for leaders, thinkers, and future-makers dedicated to creating the conscious workplace of tomorrow
  • Brings a unique, holistic approach to creating and empowering diverse organizations with her five dimensions of leadership

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Dedicated to helping leaders create the conscious workplace for tomorrow, Ginny Clarke has advised at the highest levels of corporate America for decades. A proven expert in driving diverse leadership, she is the former director of executive recruiting at Google, where she led the company’s diversity, non-tech recruiting, and leadership internal mobility teams – finding and hiring senior leaders across the company. She also built a scaled internal mobility program for Google’s senior leaders to advance within the organization, and designed much of the infrastructure that supports their executive recruiting function today.

In speeches, Clarke draws on her unparalleled experience inside corporate C-Suites and boardrooms helping thousands of executives up their game and elevate their careers to bring a unique, holistic five-dimensional approach to true leadership that is essential now more than ever. A systems thinker who deconstructs processes and behaviors to carefully assess organizational and individual capability, she inspires and uplifts groups by helping them scale mobility opportunities for all, and bring conscious awareness to both the workplace and life. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Clarke delivers “no-holds-barred” discussions on the root causes that lead to a lack of diversity in organizations, and provides the thoughtful, integrated solutions that anyone can use to affect change.

Prior to Google, Clarke was a partner at Spencer Stuart, the global executive search firm based in Chicago. For 12 years, she worked in the firm’s financial services and financial officer practices, and co-founded and led their global diversity practice. Drawing upon her breadth and depth of experience, Clarke wrote the book titled Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work, providing a framework that empowers individuals to plot and assess their professional competencies and strategically navigate their careers. After the book was published, she ran her own executive search and talent management firm for three years before becoming a senior partner for executive search in the U.S. at Knightsbridge, a Canadian human capital solutions firm.

Clarke started her career in banking at First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase). After a short stint, she spent a number of years in the real estate investment management business with Jones Lang LaSalle and Prudential Real Estate Investors, where she was responsible for asset management, portfolio management, capital raising, and client servicing.

She is now the CEO of Ginny Clarke, LLC, her own talent and leadership consulting business, as well as the host of Fifth Dimensional Leadership, a podcast for leaders, thinkers, and future-makers covering topics like power, personal branding, self-awareness, networking, fear, and career management.

Clarke earned her BA in French and Linguistics from the University of California at Davis, and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. She is the single mother of an adult son, Julian, who works in the entertainment industry.

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Beyond Authenticity: The Five Dimensions of Leadership. A 2016 Gallup poll found that only 18% of managers demonstrate a high level of talent for managing others – meaning a shocking 82% of managers aren’t very good at leading people. Gallup estimated that this lack of leadership capability costs U.S. corporations up to $550 billion annually.

All this talk of authentic leadership isn’t making up for the fact that too few leaders are truly leading. Especially during this time, many are struggling with their own fears and insecurities, leaving them unable to help their teams be productive and happy. The truth is weak leaders weaken organizations.

In this interactive keynote, Ginny details a holistic approach to true leadership starting with her five dimensions of leadership that she’s developed having interviewed and assessed thousands of leaders as an executive recruiter, and having advised internal mobility strategies at the highest levels of corporate America for decades. She’ll demonstrate that today’s leaders need Fifth Dimensional Leadership – self-awareness, truthfulness, self-love, consciousness, and mastery – to transcend “being authentic.”

Audiences will walk away understanding the 5 dimensions of leadership, the criticality of leaders having a talent mindset, and the fact that leaders can no longer hide behind the “C-word” - CULTURE - when it’s their very behavior that establishes it.

You Don’t Have A Diversity Problem, You Have A Leadership Problem. Companies’ “DEI problems” have been misdiagnosed. Many trying to fix the problem are essentially committing “organizational malpractice” – leaving the organization weaker than when the treatment started. Symptoms of “organizational malpractice” include seeing a lack of representation as a “supply issue,” hiring and performance criteria that are subjective and biased, and an unwillingness to hold leaders accountable for the equitable hiring, retention, and progression of their talent.

Leadership can be the ailment or the remedy.

In this talk, Ginny will demonstrate how DEI is actually about leadership and accountability, and how impediments to DEI are in plain sight – insidiously exclusive cultures, incompetent leaders, and misaligned compensation structures.

Not your traditional DEI speaker, Ginny is a talent strategist. She has been in corporate boardrooms and C-suites assessing and advising leaders for decades. In this “no-holds-barred” presentation, Ginny expresses her “DEI fatigue” as well as solutions to root causes that have led to a lack of diversity in our organizations. Are you ready? Then let’s do this!

Career Mapping and Mobility in Turbulent Times. This talk is the clearest, fastest, most impactful way for people to awaken to the agency they have to create the career they’ve dreamed of, while also adding value to their organizations – regardless of external conditions.

Workers are in urgent need of guidance and support in managing their careers as job and promotion prospects feel uncertain. They can’t be productive if they are distracted. Most people are wrong about what a career map is – believing you graduate from college, set it, and see what happens. But in fact, it’s a dynamic, life-long process that requires discipline, introspection, courage, and imagination.

An inspiring and prescriptive talk for individuals at all levels of an organization, it details Ginny’s unique Career Mapping framework from her book Career Mapping: Charging Your Course in the New World of Work – drawing on insights from more than two decades as an executive recruiter with Spencer Stuart, and leader of executive recruiting and internal mobility for leaders at Google to inform her expert recommendations for individuals and companies. Ginny compassionately, but frankly, digs into the mechanics of finding a job or getting promoted, as well as underlying beliefs and fears that can compromise one’s career goals – fear of failure, success, rejection by family and friends, and discrimination to name a few. She shows you that you are worthy and capable of creating your heart’s desire.

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Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work