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Shelly Storbeck Profiled for Women's History Month

Storbeck Search is proud to be a woman-founded firm committed to advancing and promoting women leaders in the education and nonprofit sectors.

For Women's History Month in March, the Diversified Search Group sat down with our founder, Managing Partner Shelly Weiss Storbeck, and other DSG "Women in Leadership" to talk about the leaders who inspire them, memorable advice they've received from a mentor, and what Women's History Month means to them in 2021. 

"To me," says Shelly, "Women's History Month is about celebrating the often-buried accomplishments of women. In a practical way, it is about how women’s work is undervalued, as long as we have pay disparity. Many women work at our firm, and I hope that this work empowers them to own their own homes, afford childcare, and have the resources they need to make decisions and control their own futures." 

Shelly is Executive Managing Director and leader of the Education practice for the Diversified Search Group.

DSG also interviewed Judith M. Von Seldeneck, Founder and Chair of Diversified Search Group, and Katie Bouton, President of Diversified Search Group.

Read Shelly's full Q & A here.

Some additional highlights below:

Tell us about a woman who inspires you and why?

I will always feel inspired by Pat McPherson, the former president of Bryn Mawr College, where I did my master’s degree, former VP of the Mellon Foundation, and former president of the American Philosophical Society.  She led Bryn Mawr with vision, energy, and humor. 

What do you wish you could tell your younger self? 

Value work/life balance more. The last year has shown us that nonstop consultant travel no longer has to be a requirement of the job. The technology exists to avoid being on trains/planes/buses 5 days a week!

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t be afraid to fail. Try many things to see where your skills and passions lie. Failure teaches you a lot, much more than success.

What advice would you give to women in your field?

Work in an environment where you are always learning. Complacency is truly the death of a career.