Consultants

Lily Siravo

Vice President, Search Consultant

Philadelphia, PA

Superpower

Listening and connecting with people, anticipating what others need, then helping them reach a solution

Credentials

The Higgins Group since 2008
Prior experience: Pharmaceutical and vaccines sales at Merck & Co
BA, Emory University

Recent successes

Piloted a new “model” of search execution, and partnered with another VP to shift internal search responsibilities, resulting in improved client experience.

Rewarding relationships

“Lily is by far and away one of my all-time favorite executive search experts. I got to know Lily well over the past six years through numerous conversations and projects. I’ve always been super-impressed with her, and my sense is she’d be a big help in helping identify talented clinical development people.” VP/CMO, oncology biotech

“It’s important to remember we are all human and face challenges every day, at work and outside of work. Keeping the bigger picture in mind is essential and I try to never forget that. In my job, I get to help clients solve their hiring problems and help candidates grow in their careers. That is incredibly rewarding both personally and professionally.”

Karl Tradewell

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Philadelphia, PA

Superpower

Keeping calm and collected when the stress levels are high, being resilient and not giving up when times get tough

Credentials

Executive search since 2008, The Higgins Group since 2014
9+ years in life sciences
BS, Temple University

Recent successes

Recruited a CMO and Head, Quality Assurance for a new client that was transitioning their leadership team to the US. Completed 4 CMO searches in past year

Relentless drive

I’m driven by developing meaningful relationships and understanding each person’s aspirations and motivations in their career.

“My philosophy as a consultant is to help others reach the pinnacle of success in their career. The stars never align with the perfect opportunity for the perfect person at the ideal time of their career. It is my job to help people see past the challenges and focus on the potential and opportunity.”

Liz Zuck

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Philadelphia, PA

Superpower

Take in subtle insights and perspectives from others and articulate the information in a meaningful way, communicate trends in the marketplace that are useful to clients and shape search strategy

Credentials

The Higgins Group since 2013
Prior experience: Assistant women’s basketball coach and academic advisor in Division I collegiate athletics
BBA, College of William and Mary, and MEd, George Washington University

Recent successes

Built strong relationships over the past year within the oncology community, culminating in multiple CMO/SVP-level placements.

Relentless drive

Strive to grow both personally and professionally by engaging in development activities and events outside of work that take me out of my comfort zone.

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always. I find it’s important to remember that, in its most basic form, this job is about helping people—both clients and candidates—and empathy is the most essential quality to our success.”

Jaimi Law

Senior Executive Search Consultant

Philadelphia, PA

Superpower

Listening and understanding a potential candidate’s career goals and determining what is required to reach those goals

Credentials

The Higgins Group since 2010
7+ years in life sciences
Prior experience: Top producer in search since 2002 at SolomonEdwards and Peopleflex/Lordi Consulting; accounting and finance; former teacher and business owner
BS, Towson University and West Chester University

Recent successes

Engaged and placed candidates who were previously pursued unsuccessfully by clients. Built networks in clinical research & development, medical affairs, clinical operations, biostatistics, with a significant focus in regulatory affairs

Rewarding relationships

The most rewarding experience to have is a candidate telling you that you are the only search consultant they call back, or they will only work with you. I’ve been fortunate to have built these priceless relationships over the years.

“There is nothing more rewarding than knowing you helped someone achieve their career goals. I take the time to really understand what is important to candidates, what drives them, and where they see themselves at the end of their careers and then devise a plan to help them get there. An informal introductory call can lead to amazing things in someone’s career today or down the road.”

Elizabeth Gansler

Executive Search Consultant

Boston, MA

Superpower

Staying calm in a crisis, making people laugh, creating a genuine connection with candidates

Credentials

The Higgins Group since 2016
Prior experience: Coached law students and recent graduates to help them achieve their academic and professional goals
JD, Suffolk University Law School and MSW, Boston College

Recent successes

Closed a VP, Clinical Development search in 49 days because of great relationships within the firm.
Consistently provided great candidates for a difficult Clinical Operations Search.

Rewarding relationships

I had a great conversation with a candidate who, we agreed, was not right for the position I was working on. We discussed her goals for the future and her ideal next position. It felt great to call her a few months later when that position came across my desk.

“’The patient is waiting!’ I first heard this quote in a search kick-off meeting and it resonated so deeply that I put it up in my office. I can’t cure diseases and develop treatment options, but I can connect the right people with the right team. It is extremely motivating to know that I play a small part in this incredible work.”

Shannon Mackenzie

Executive Search Consultant

Philadelphia, PA

Superpower

Persistence in finding a solution even when a search is tough, always honoring commitments, and persevering in the face of a challenge

Credentials

The Higgins Group since 2016
Prior experience: Account Manager, Professional Service Division, Aerotek
BS, Bloomsburg University

Recent successes

Closed a VP, Regulatory Oncology Search in Boston under 60 days.
Continuously building long term relationships within regulatory, biostatistics, medical affairs and development.

Relentless drive

I enjoy any opportunity to build lasting connections and relationships, regardless of time of day, because my ultimate driver is to help others reach their full potential both personally and professionally.

“There is always room for development; by pushing yourself outside your comfort zone is when you can learn and grow the most. I’ve learned not take anything at face-value –I am at my best when I seek to understand on a deeper level and challenge conventional ways of thinking.”

Nina McKinnon

Executive Search Consultant

Boston, MA

Superpower

Patience and persistence

Credentials

The Higgins Group since 2012
Prior experience: Client relationship positions at Fidelity Investments and Bank of America
BA, University of San Diego

Recent successes

Developed an extensive network within the safety and pharmacovigilance space
Broadened expertise in all areas of R&D, including clinical development, discovery, medical affairs, and safety/pharmacovigilance

Rewarding relationships

A recent candidate explained to the hiring manager during his/her interview, “I am here because of The Higgins Group and because of Nina. I don’t return most recruiters calls. When Nina/The Higgins Group calls, I know it will be worth my time to listen. The Higgins Group respects both sides of what is being accomplished.”

“The power of listening is transforming. To listen well, really well, shows the personal side and is constantly evolving.”