Lake Mary, FL – December 8, 2020- Kirby Partners, Healthcare IT & Cybersecurity Executive Search Firm, has signed the ParityPledge® in Support of People of Color and in Support of Women. The ParityPledge simply asks that companies commit to interview and consider at least one qualified woman and person of color for every open role, VP and above, including the C-suite and the board of directors. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization focused on bringing gender and racial equality to the highest levels of business, calling for “Equal Representation. Now.”

“At Kirby Partners, we believe that diverse teams make strong teams. By having team members with different backgrounds, organizations can leverage increased intellectual potential, innovate more effectively, and drive superior results,” said Bryan Kirby, Vice President of Kirby Partners.

Judy Kirby, President of Kirby Partners added, “Never has there been a better time to do what is logical, what is fair, and what is right. We need to stop surrounding ourselves exclusively with people who think like we do or look like we do. We need to open our hearts and minds and do what will make us better, both individually and as organizations.”

“We are so pleased to have Kirby Partners join us in this important commitment to underrepresented groups. It’s clear that we can, and must, do more to increase pathways for women and all communities of color,” said Cathrin Stickney, founder and CEO. “I hope that by bringing this simple pledge to the forefront, more companies will be open to changing how they recruit and hire underrepresented executives, because we need women and people of color at the table and in decision-making roles.”

Diversity in leadership has many benefits: companies that have more racial and ethnic diversity are more innovative and 35% more likely to have financial returns above the industry median. In the United States, there is a linear relationship between gender and racial diversity in leadership and better financial performance. Yet women and people of color experience more microaggressions, lower pay, discrimination, and fewer opportunities for advancement than their white counterparts, and are represented at much lower numbers in leadership than white men.

Organizations wanting to take the ParityPledge in Support of People of Color and in Support of Women, or who want to learn more about, should visit


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About Kirby Partners

Kirby Partners is a retained executive search firm placing healthcare IT and cybersecurity leaders and providing one-on-one career executive coaching. Forbes has named Kirby Partners one of “America’s Best Search Firms”. Learn more about Kirby Partners here.

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