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ginny clarke

Diversity and Internal Mobility Lead, Leadership Staffing, Google

Ginny Clarke is the Diversity and Internal Mobility Lead, Leadership Staffing at Google in Sunnyvale, CA where she is responsible for driving diversity for the most senior talent at Google. She acts as a talent scout introducing this talent into the organization for consideration for open and anticipated roles across the executive ranks. She is also responsible for internal mobility for Directors (L8) and above globally, and has rolled out the company’s Career Support Program. 

Before Google, she founded Talent Optimization Partners, LLC (“TOP”), an executive search and talent management solutions firm, but suspended operations in June 2013 to join Knightsbridge, a Canadian human capital solutions firm. At Knightsbridge she was a Senior Partner for Executive Search in the U.S. and led senior level board and executive searches withclients such as GE and Cisco. Knightsbridge was acquired by Lee Hecht Harrison in May 2015 and Ginny departed December 2015 to relaunch TOP. 

Prior to forming her own firm in 2009, Ginny was a partner at Spencer Stuart, the global executive search firm. She worked in the firm’s Financial Services and Financial Officer Practices, and co-founded and led Spencer Stuart’s Diversity Practice for 10 years.  During her 12 year tenure, she successfully recruited professionals in a variety of senior-level executive and board positions.

 Ginny started her career in banking at First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase). After a short stint, she spent a number of years in the real estate investment management business with Jones Lang LaSalle and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Her responsibilities included asset management, portfolio management, capital raising and client servicing.  

Ginny is the author of “Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work” (published by Morgan James, 2011). The book provides a framework that empowers individuals to plot and assess their professional competencies, and strategically navigate their careers by leveraging their network to create opportunities for themselves.

She earned her BA in French and Linguistics from the University of California at Davis, and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Chicago Sinfonietta, the country’s most diverse orchestra. She is the mother of a college-age son, Julian and four-legged family member, Mika.