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Get to know the Desmond difference.

Desmond Search Group (DSG) is a female-owned business with a passion for and a commitment to increased diversity in executive leadership. Placing the most highly qualified candidates is only the start of our story — we’re always looking for ways to connect women and minorities with greater opportunities to not only rise but thrive in their careers.

Our approach works. The proof is in the placing.

We’re on a mission to bring executive hiring leaders a thoughtful, thorough and authentic approach to identifying, attracting and retaining the best, most diverse talent — all while offering top candidates the most desirable positions and an outstanding experience. We can’t say it’s easy but it’s absolutely our labor of love. 


Our specialized approach starts with intent listening and learning. Unlike a recruitment mill where quantity overrides quality, we take the time to ask curious questions and deep dive with you to understand your business, brand and team culture. Keeping a keen eye on the market, we know it’s important to move fast in talent acquisition, but it’s even more important not to rush. We always do our due diligence with careful research and planning before soliciting, recruiting and helping you land a best-in-class hire that truly fits. 


Over her illustrious career, DSG founder, Kelley Sigafoos has herself been the driving force behind thousands of successful placements with a remarkable track record of diverse hires.

The talent you need for the talent you want.

For permanent placements in C-Suite, market and sector leadership, and other high-level positions, you need a strategic hiring partner that knows how to deliver the goods. CHROs, VPs and Directors of Talent Acquisition tap DSG for both Retained Executive and Professional Contingent Search because they know we’re the experts at finding the experts. And it all starts with our founder and most experienced search professional.

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You spend most of your life working. I believe you should love what you do and the people you do it with.

— Kelley Sigafoos, Founder

Kelley Sigafoos,
Company Founder and Proven Finder.

On the strength of her 20+ years of recruitment experience and her great love for connecting people and building lasting relationships, Kelley founded Desmond Search Group in 2021. (If you’re wondering, she named the company after her grandson, one of her other great loves.) 


Taking the best from both worlds, Kelley’s extensive background in search includes both agency and in-house talent acquisition. Not only has she herself successfully recruited for contract, contract-to-hire, permanent placement and executive search, she’s also effectively led teams, always working to bring out the very best in other recruiters. In fact, prior to launching DSG, Kelley built a highly collaborative and inclusive team while overseeing the implementation of a new recruiting system for a national commercial real estate organization. 


A homegrown Minnesotan, Kelley received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Finance from Kaplan University. As someone who loves to make meaningful contributions, Kelley has served on fundraising committees and continues to volunteer for both JDRF and St. Jude, works up a sweat for Habitat for Humanity, and has previously served as a steering committee member for the Women’s Inclusion Network.

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