While the definition of an ideal leader differs across organizations, there is no denying that a good leader plays a central role in the success of a business. This is especially true in the case of startups and growth-stage companies, a world fraught with uncertainties and dynamic changes. Startups need to find the right product/market fit, seek out and procure investments, and gain an edge over competitors in the quickly changing marketplace—all of which require the guidance of smart, strategic, and hands-on leaders who can both set the vision and execute on it from the ground up.
As a premier executive search firm focused in life sciences, healthcare, and cybersecurity, Slone Partners works with startup and growth-stage companies, hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers to find and secure the talented leaders who complement their winning teams. Established in 2000 by Adam Slone, Slone Partners is a values-driven firm that excels at delivering professional executive search and advisory services, including diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy, executive coaching, and onboarding consultation.
“Our vision was to create a company that brings executive search to the next level with a relentless focus on quality,” said Slone Partners Founder & Chairman Adam Slone. “We remain committed to delivering an exceptional client experience in every engagement.”
“Slone Partners provides a range of professional services, allowing us to act as an extension of our client partners. We don’t simply place top leadership talent and then walk away; we build and nurture our relationships for many years becoming invested in the client’s success. We want to know their business as well as they do with the objective of placing leaders and building teams that embrace the company’s personality, culture, and strategic objectives,” says Leslie Loveless, CEO of Slone Partners and Slone Partners Cybersecurity. “This is especially true for startup companies that don’t just need leaders with vision. They need hands-on leaders with both the strategic and tactical insight to implement their vision.”
Having established itself as an industry leader for more than two decades, Slone Partners’ executive recruiters glean a deep understanding of their client partners’ culture and unique talent needs to deliver the leaders who will succeed and drive the company forward.
Slone Partners’ team understands the importance of communicating their client partners’ stories and visions with passion and conviction. The team begins each engagement with extensive conversations and consultation around scoping the role, drafting compelling job descriptions, and creating marketing material that will assist in attracting talented candidates to their organization. From the start of the search, Slone Partners maintains clear and consistent communication keeping client partners fully informed throughout every stage of the search process.
With its comprehensive line of services and a 22-year track record of placing boardroom, C-suite, VP, and director-level leaders for its clients, Slone Partners has gained the reputation as the premier executive search firm for life sciences and healthcare organizations.
“What is most rewarding to us as a search firm is our ability to help build companies,” says Loveless. “Recently, we had the opportunity to partner with an organization placing 30 people with them over a three-year period. During that time, the organization went from being a venture capital-backed company to a publicly traded company. We are proud to have been part of this client’s journey and their amazing accomplishments.”
We don’t simply place top leadership talent and then walk away; we build and nurture our relationships for many years becoming invested in the client’s success. We want to know their business as well as they do with the objective of placing leaders and building teams that embrace the company’s personality, culture, and strategic objectives.
With social justice deeply woven into its DNA, Slone Partners embraces DEI as key aspects of its business. More than two years ago, it launched a DEI consulting services division under the leadership of its managing director Candace Nortey. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategies by Slone Partners helps clients build and sustain inclusive workplaces where employees feel valued and empowered. Earlier this year, the company rebranded its cybersecurity recruiting division, Slone Partners Cybersecurity, which delivers diverse talented commercial, operational, and technical cybersecurity specialists for companies in all business verticals and health systems.
“Our goal is to provide premier executive and leadership recruiting services. Whether it’s our life sciences and healthcare, cybersecurity, or DEI divisions, we focus on quality and creating an exceptional client and candidate experience,” says Loveless.