Judee von Seldeneck

Judith M. von Seldeneck is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia. For thirty-five years, she has been a pioneer in the search industry and a leader in placing qualified women and diversity candidates.

Mrs. von Seldeneck has received many industry and community awards and has been recognized by the executive search industry as setting the standard for retained executive search. She has been active for many years on numerous public, private, and not-for-profit Boards of Directors. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group, Tasty Baking Company, Teleflex, Inc., CoreStates Financial Group, Meridian Bancorp, and AAA MidAtlantic.

She was recently named to the Comcast and NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council and is Chairperson of the Women’s Advisory Council. Some of her not-for-profit Boards include the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (former Chair), Global Philadelphia Association, Moyer Foundation, Executive Committee of The Committee of Seventy and National Association of Corporate Directors, Phila. Chapter (Chair).

Previous Boards include Hyde School (former Chair), The Caron Foundation, CEO Council for Growth, WHYY, International Women’s Forum, Zoological Society, BLOCS, Urban Affairs Partnership, Glaucoma Foundation and Private Sector Outreach Board (Chair). She was a founder of the Forum of Executive Women, the largest association of women business leaders in the Philadelphia area.

Prior to starting Diversified, Mrs. von Seldeneck served in Washington, DC as Executive Assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale.

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Hope Award, National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley
  • Hall of Fame Award, Junior Achievement
  • Philadelphia Business Journal 30 MVPs Award
  • Eleanor Raynolds Award for Excellence in Executive Search
  • Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame
  • Heart of Philadelphia Award, American Heart Association
  • Gardner W. Heidrick Award for Excellence in Executive Search
  • Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) Award, Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Woman of Distinction Civic Leadership Award
  • Paradigm Award Winner
  • Trailblazer Award Winner
  • League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania
  • Eagles Fly For Leukemia
  • Committee of 200, Founding Member
  • BusinessWeek, Top 50 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World


BA, Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Articles mentioning Judee von Seldeneck
Diversified Search Group’s Judith M. von Seldeneck and Aileen K. Alexander Named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2023 Power 101 List | 13 March 2023
Diversity on company boards – from tokenism to genuine change | 23 March 2022
Phenomenal Women of AltoPartners - Judith von Seldeneck | 14 March 2022
International Women's Day 2022 : Breaking The Bias – one placement at a time | 08 March 2022
Judee von Seldeneck Establishes JVS Philadelphia Fund for Women | 05 January 2022
AltoPartners - The Biggest Global Executive Search Partnership You've Never Heard Of | 10 March 2021
Diversified Search Acquires Storbeck Search & Associates | 06 February 2020
At Four Seasons, Diversified founder is on a $100 million roll | 28 October 2019
Diversified Search Aquires Leading Healthcare Executive Search Firm Grant Cooper : Search firm's second major acquisition in two months | 24 July 2019
Philadelphia Business Journal's 2018 Power 100: Judith von Seldeneck Recognised in the Top 100 | 21 November 2018
Diversity, Done Better - Hunt Scanlon 2018 State of Industry Report | 20 June 2018
I Love My Job: Executive Recruiter Judith von Seldeneck Explains Why She Doesn’t Read Fiction | 15 March 2018
Hire Purpose: 7 Ways To Help Make Your Workplace More Diverse | 13 March 2018
Diversity & Women's Leadership: The Industries Leading Diversity | 19 February 2018
Diversity & Women's Leadership : Diversity As A Search Criteria | 12 February 2018
Diversity & Women's Leadership : An Increased Focus on Diversity | 07 February 2018