Welcome Devoreaux Walton as Our New Director of Business Development

The DEJ Group is very proud, honored, and excited to welcome Devoreaux Walton to our firm as our first Director of Business Development. She will be spearheading our efforts to expand into new markets and build strong relationships with new clients to drive business growth.

Devoreaux Walton is a thought leader, speaker, consultant, and diversity recruiting expert. Her passion lies at the intersection of equity, diversity, inclusion, and recruitment – focused on bringing humanity back to hiring. Devoreaux leverages her experience in recruitment, diversity, marketing, and sales from Google, IBM, and other startups when creating modern solutions to persistent problems.

A proud southern belle, she is a Spelman College graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Washington University in St. Louis graduate with a master’s degree in Business Administration, and also holds an Inclusion and Diversity certificate from Yale University.

Devoreaux is honored to serve as a member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Association of Junior Leagues International. When she isn’t working, Devoreaux enjoys international travel and interior design styling.

She currently resides in Nashville, TN with her Maltipoo daughter, Nyla. We are excited to have Devoreaux on board and know that their expertise will help take our firm to the next level. Please join us in giving Devoreaux a warm welcome!


Robert Doty Joins the Science Museum as CFO

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Robert Doty has been selected to become the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Museum Infrastructure for the Science Museum of Minnesota.

We appreciate the opportunity to lead this nationwide search and thank Juliette Francis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and Alison Rempel Brown for their partnership and support which led to a successful result.

Mr. Doty starts his new responsibilities on September 6th and we wish him the very best as he joins a fantastic team positioned for tremendous growth.


Michael Johnson Joins The Partnership Academy as Their New Executive Director

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Michael Johnson will be joining our client, Partnership Academy, as its new executive director!

MJ – Michael Johnson is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a school leader in Massachusetts for the past three years. In 2014, she earned a Master’s Degree in School Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently serves as an Assistant Principal for Middle School STEM at KIPP Academy Lynn, Massachusetts, and is a consultant for schools looking to implement data-driven academic intervention.

During an intense interview process at Partnership Academy, including students, educators, equity leaders, administrators, and board members, Ms. Johnson wowed our team with her humanistic, relational, and equity-driven approach that aligns closely with PA’s values. We are excited for Ms. Johnson to join the PA team to cement a warm, academically engaging, and affirming environment for all scholars.

We thank the Partnership Academy for entrusting The DEJ Group with this critical search and look forward to welcoming “MJ” to the organization with ice cream on July 14th.


Julie Laven Joins the The DEJ Group as Director of Recruiting Operations

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Julie Laven has joined our team as our new director of recruiting operations. Julie will provide client support for our current searches and lead some of our new search projects in her new role. Julie is a 2022 MBA graduate from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. We are very excited to hire graduates from our founder’s alma mater and continue to look for diverse talent to support our growth.

Please join us in welcoming Julie to our growing executive search practice.


New Growth in 2022

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that due to the demand for our search services and the evolving job market we are bringing on a director of recruiting to help with upcoming projects. We are also in talks to bring on a director of operations to help strengthen our infrastructure so we are positioned to provide the best service to all of our clients. Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to working with our new clients in 2022.