Cissy S. Young
Dr. Cissy Young co-leads the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Practice and is a senior member of the Global Biotech & Pharmaceuticals Practice. She is also a member of the Board & CEO Advisory Partners group. Cissy specializes in talent acquisition and transformative leadership, serving clients undergoing growth and change with innovation. She advises boards, CEOs and senior executives on strategic recruitment, succession planning, executive assessment and talent benchmarking. Her clients span the full spectrum of the life sciences industry, including life sciences venture capital firms, emerging growth biotech companies and global large-cap pharmaceutical companies. In her work with the Diversity & Inclusion Practice, Cissy advises clients on implementation of D&I initiatives, taking an action-oriented approach to building an inclusive culture and ensuring growth and development of diverse talent. She is based in Boston.
Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Cissy led business development in several emerging growth biotech companies backed by blue-chip venture capital investors. As a member of management teams, Cissy contributed to building the companies from their early days by advancing partnership collaboration opportunities, supporting multiple rounds of venture capital raise and contributing to product development strategies.
Cissy received her BA in biology from Brown University, her PhD in cancer biology from Columbia University and her MBA in entrepreneurship and strategic management from Pennsylvania State University. Cissy served on the Board of Directors of Community Rowing Inc., leading the Annual Fund on the Development Committee and tripling the size of its campaign. Cissy is a member of the Healthcare Business Women's Association and served as a mentor in the Boston Chapter Mentoring Program. She is also a member of the Brown Alumni Association and a volunteer on BrownConnect, mentoring young alumni.
Healthcare, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Executive Search, Diversity and Inclusion, Board & CEO Advisory Partners