The Human Element


The speed at which we’ve come from the First Industrial Revolution through to modern Technology, the Internet, Blockchain, AI, AR/VR and Robotics has led us now to the Fifth Industrial Revolution. Humanity.

We commit to partner with Leaders Who Care® about humans, and understand the higher value of a business model and culture intertwined with social enterprise. The result is attracting the very best talent who only want to work with leaders who care about their financial, physical and mental wellbeing, the business and positively impacting their local and global communities.

We take our partner relationships seriously (is that not preferred over just another vendor?). We represent management and the organization’s reputation and brand; and importantly, each person’s trust and confidentiality, and their individual and family interests.

5th Element Group has an ecosystem of relationships deep in quality and quantity. We are a global community, engaged with diverse cultures and languages (spoken and not), business and personal experiences, from Fortune 500 corporates to startups, private equity and family offices, to academic, government and nonprofit leaders, covering all industries and disciplines. This translates into knowing about great opportunities first and exclusively, as well as the “A” players who are only open to hearing about special positions.

Our relationships are built upon good business, developed friendships and a shared vision; and deep, built upon caring about your whole business and life journey. How we conduct a search positively brands our clients, and supports our consulting to align their brand with social impact and amplify their Brand Warmth; Programs like Nonflict and our Wellbeing Initiative attract ‘right fit, culture add’ talent to a reputation built upon valuing diversity, inclusion and trust. These and other services differentiate 5th Element Group, and create “omniwin” opportunities within companies and in strategic partnerships.

We aim to be your go-to group for Leaders Who Care® about humanity and leading with passion.

To put you and your organization in a position to win, to achieve your goals.

What’s your “why”? Let’s get to know each other and see how we can be of service to you. Partners.

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Human Element - Recruitment

Imagine your reputation as a leader with the foresight to prioritize social impact and purpose as crucial elements to the success of your organization.

No matter your industry or the current culture that exists within the bounds of your company, as Leaders Who Care® you bring focus and passion around the ways your organization can achieve a greater purpose and mission in the world. We commit to partner with Leaders Who Care® about their talent, in all industries, from local to global communities. Our approach is consistent in taking seriously the representation of each client, their reputation and brand, by the relationships we have with their executives and management, and knowledge we have of their business and opportunities. At the end of the day, people join people.

We commit customized teams to each search, ensuring each consultant offers complimentary expertise and experiences, to best evaluate candidates on their character and specific qualifications. Each search has a focus on identifying individuals o ethnicity, attracting diverse candidates, and securing the best (not just the best available), ‘right fit, culture add’ individuals. Each search team includes a Partner, recruitment and research professionals, and select leaders and experts from our community which Forbes called “an outstanding global brain trust network.” This unique advantage of depth and diversity of our team and relationships leads to warm recommendations to professionals who are only interested to learn of special opportunities, with organizations with purpose, and a business model inclusive of social impact.

Our ability as retained search partners ensures the potential candidates’ trust in us, their confidence in our client’s commitment to attract the best talent, and in the confidentiality each requires. We commit to long term relationships, true partners to the success of your business, talent and making a difference in the world, together.

Human Element - D&I

Cultivating an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued and desired will prove to have a high return for your company. 

It’s clear that diversity brings valuable unique experiences, ideas and strategies, from the Production to the Board Rooms. Inclusion is all about maximizing opportunity for all individuals to benefit, and contribute to the organization. The principals and values are industry agnostic. Capitalize positively on both the common values as well as the differences, by treating everyone equally, recognizing their individuality and the team.

We initially conduct a Discovery exercise to learn about your “why”, vision and overall objectives, specifically with respect to Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality. This knowledge is critical to make customized recommendations, achieve your expected goals and manage the challenges and opportunities ahead. Setting up from scratch, to consulting with your leaders on creating and implementing programs, we will partner with and be of service to you. We have the expertise on our executive search team to evaluate and recommend individuals as ‘right fit, culture add’ candidates for your Chief Diversity and/or Inclusion Officer position(s). Our differentiation lies in the combined expertise and global experiences in corporate, search and consulting in this arena, over many industries, understanding the intertwining within multiple sectors and people within your organization, and how to maximize the impact on opportunities and benefits for your Talent, Business and Community.

Human Element - Vision Casting


People buy from brands they trust — brands that relate to them on a human level. They also want to work there. Cultivating a vision for your social impact journey has the power to take your company to the next level of growth.

5th Element Group is a global Impact Consultancy which partners with Leaders Who Care® about and understand the higher value of a business model intertwined with Social Enterprise. The result is a clear, positive impact on attracting and retaining the most sought after talent, who are the best individuals to develop; on sustainable business economics and growth; on your local and global communities, and comes back full circle. Our vision casted is to be your complete partner to achieve the business and social impact you strive for; thus, through a relationship understanding that every decision and strategic action brands who you are, and every action is connected in your life, we address just that in every aspect and from diverse perspectives.

Human Element - Wellness


You are more than your money – you have passions that guide you, relationships that keep you loyal, and responsibilities to uphold. We take all that in mind when serving you in your impact journey.

Leaders Who Care® about the wellbeing of their people, glean the benefits. Together with our partners, we offer you differentiating, innovative resources and tools for the wellbeing of your employees and management team, highlighted by the following:


Life is like Sports. Leaders Who Care® about purpose and community do often win team championships. They always consistently have winning seasons.

Mark Sadovnick
Executive, Management, and Boards. Private Equity; Finance. Agribiz, Cannabis; Multi Industry.
Los Angeles
Elissa Fisher Harris
Corporate Wellbeing. Gender Equality. Marketing. Branding Strategies.
Los Angeles
Gayle Jennings O'Byrne
Investment. Technology. Philanthropy. Diversity, Inclusion, Gender Equality.
New York City
Patsy Doerr
Diversity & Inclusion. Gender Equality. CSR & Sustainability.
New York City
Kathryn Hall-Trujillo
Ethnicity, Belonging. Diversity & Inclusion Corporate & Community
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ed Martin
Consumer Products. Corp Marketing, Branding. UN, Government.
Pratik Gauri
Technology, Telecommunications. Marketing, Sales. Social Media.
New Delhi, India
Scott Lewis
Non-profit, NGO and Corporate Boards.
Scott Rehmus
Family Office. Investment. Executive Coaching.
Jim Van Eerden
Investment. Marketing Strategy. Financial, Sports & Entertainment.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Neil Sahota
AI for Good. Technology.
IBM Master Inventor.
Irvine, California
Susan Oh
Blockchain, AI. Technology. Strategy.
New York City
Carolyn Livingston
Research & Candidate Development. Multi Industry.
Toronto, Canada
Mary Elizabeth Russell
Special Projects Leader Research, Communications
Durham, North Carolina
Corey Livingstone
Research. Recruitment.
Candidate Development.
Toronto, Canada
Henri Eliot
Board of Directors
Advisory & Consultation
Auckland, New Zealand
Mike Digregorio
Boards. Agribusiness, Consumer Products, Distribution.
Westlake Village, California
Dan Chambers
Healthcare. Technology. Insurance. Wellbeing. Digital Sales, Marketing.
Valencia, California
Colborn Bell
Blockchain, AI; Crypto & Digital Assets; Investment.
New York City
Malibu, California
Vincent Molinari
Media; Digital Assets; FinTech, Blockchain; Impact
New York City
Jeff Sparrow
Irvine, California