Joy Yablonsky

Joy Yablonsky joined AGB Search in February 2018. Joy has built a diverse executive search practice over the last decade through establishing a boutique practice in higher education serving comprehensive public and private doctoral degree granting universities, small colleges and some of the world’s top music conservatories. She has led searches for a wide variety of positions including Deans with a strong concentration on the health professions, Senior Vice Presidents of Advancement, Chief Information Officers, Chief Medical Information Officers, Chief Academic Officers, and Vice Presidents for Enrollment Management and Human Resources and Endowed Chairs.  Most recently, she has led senior level searches for Temple University, St. John’s University and the SUNY system. 

Her career has spanned twenty-five years of executive search and recruitment with top executive search firms including Heidrick & Struggles and she personally managed the recruitment of over 100 attorneys for an international law firm in all practice areas. She was a senior administrator in attorney recruitment for Dechert LLP working closely with law firm partners and heads of departments on growing the home office in Philadelphia and key offices in New York, Princeton, and Austin. Ms. Yablonsky has a thorough understanding of effective recruitment and selection strategies of senior-level executives and attorneys in higher education and the legal profession.   

She began her search career as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia office of a national legal search firm and was recognized for her numerous legal placements and strategic marketing that led to an exclusive staffing arrangement with DuPont Legal. Ms. Yablonsky worked on multiple assignments for attorneys in every section of the legal department as well as short-term assignments both in the United States and England. 

A graduate of Temple University, she earned her BA in Business Administration and took graduate courses in Journalism.  In the spirit of giving back, she supports advancing the future careers of today’s students by presenting career workshops on campuses – pro bono. She has worked with many groups of students across various academic curricula including Healthcare Policy, Biology, and Law. She has also served on many committees for not-for-profit organizations and professional associations, and currently works with family programs at the Barnes Foundation.