Odgers Berndtson Demonstrates Its Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by Welcoming Ryna Young as Partner and Head of Diversity

20 Jul 2021

Odgers Berndtson Demonstrates Its Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by Welcoming Ryna Young as Partner and Head of Diversity

Odgers Berndtson is pleased to announce that Ryna Young has joined the firm as Partner and Head of Diversity. Ryna brings 25 years of experience in executive and interim executive search, leadership development, and succession management.

Ryna is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Having spent the majority of her career in recruitment, and navigating her own leadership journey, she has witnessed first-hand how unconscious and systemic bias can affect the candidate and client experience. As Head of Diversity, Ryna will draw on that expertise to support the firm with two key strategic initiatives: She will act as an ambassador for DE&I in the delivery of its integrated advisory services and she will serve as an internal champion to ensure the firm is attracting and developing diverse talent.

“We are proud to be a leader in our industry as we appoint Ryna Young as Head of Diversity,” said Carl Lovas, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Odgers Berndtson Canada. “We are deeply committed to creating an equitable client and colleague experience. Welcoming Ryna to the team is just one more step in ensuring we live our organizational values.”

“I believe I have a responsibility to promote greater diversity and inclusion in our industry, which is why I was attracted to Odgers Berndtson. They understand that the work they do to identify and develop leaders has very real business and social implications, and they are fully committed to leading change. The fact that I get to help shape that journey is an honour and responsibility I embrace,” said Ryna.

Ryna has a degree in psychology from the University of Windsor and is an active volunteer in her community, serving at Foodbank Oakville, Kerr Street Mission, and Scott Mission.