||Dee Dee Ricks
Dee Dee Ricks founded RICKS | Consulting Group, Inc. in 1994, to serve and advise hedge funds, private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds on talent acquisition that helps maximize portfolio optimization. She has focused exclusively on identifying new business opportunities and recruiting senior level talent to build strategies within the hedge fund industry, conducting searches for various positions across a variety of investment strategies. Ms. Ricks has more than 18 years of experience in executive search and internet recruitment training, including numerous searches for top managers of established and emerging companies. Ms. Ricks received the Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of Year Award in 1998 for her groundbreaking recruiter training venture, Internet Research Services. Ms. Ricks received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida in 1991.
In addition to running her firm, Ms. Ricks Chairs the Board for the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute. The core principles of the Institute, applied to save lives from chronic diseases include: Informing people about the need for certain recommended examinations and providing timely access to such examinations, eliminating any barriers to timely care across the entire health care continuum, and critically, eliminating any barrier to timely diagnosis and treatment in patients who have abnormal or suspicious findings. In addition to saving lives, the Institute is putting the unemployed back to work as Navigators during one of our country’s highest unemployment rates.
Dee Dee Ricks was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2007. This diagnosis led Ms. Ricks to become a champion for the uninsured and underinsured, an activist and philanthropist who has generously supported the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center in Harlem, amongst other cancer charities. She is working with The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS to help expand breast screening across the state via a Modular Mammography Program. Dee Dee was honored at the 2008 kick off of Livestrong Day in New York City for her work as a philanthropist and activist.
Perri Peltz, an award winning journalist, created a documentary from Ms. Ricks’ initial activist work, The Education of Dee Dee Ricks. The documentary is now an HBO film premiering on October 27, 2011. The documentary highlights healthcare disparities in the United States as well as educates those diagnosed with breast cancer on the process of reconstruction.
Dee Dee is currently a Board of Director for the University of Arkansas Medical for Medical Sciences and a previous board member for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance. She supports The Group for the East End and is a member of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering. She is an Advisory Board Member for Hearts of Gold, an organization that supports homeless mothers in NYC, and is very active in Robin Hood, a charity that serves the poor of New York.