Robin Toft, the Founder and CEO of Toft Group, a leading executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, won Gold, the top award, in the American Business Awards for 2020. Toft won in three categories: Maverick of the Year; Woman of the Year and Lifetime Achievement – all in Business Services Industries.
Winners were announced on Monday May 18th, 2020. This year, a total of 3,600 companies/entrepreneurs entered the awards; the American Business Award competition is one of the top two business awards in the U.S. The awards will be presented in a special virtual ceremony on August 5, 2020, replacing a gala that was originally scheduled at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Toft won Gold for leading Toft Group, an executive search firm playing a key role in placing top talent researching a cure for Covid-19; for her focus on diversity including a 98% women-on-boards placement rate in 2019, which is five times the national average; and a 48% placement rate for women in senior level positions (Catalyst reports 29% of senior management roles held by women in 2019); and for Toft Group’s speed to placement.
In February of 2019, the awards “year,” Toft published a diversity-based book titled WE CAN, The Executive Woman’s Guide to Career Advancement. Inspired by Toft’s personal experience as a career executive, coupled with her first-hand observation that most female executives are “miserable” in their careers, the book is a bold blueprint for what’s needed: decisiveness; discipline; a career map; confidence; and the “power” to create professional value and ask for opportunities throughout your career. In 2019, Toft has mentored 1000s of women free-of-charge to assist them in building careers that matter to them, both professionally and personally.
The nomination included keynote addresses for major corporations, non-profit organizations and universities, including Qualcomm; Illumina; the top conferences for next -gen women leaders as well as in biotech and precision medicine.
For the Lifetime Achievement award in particular, Toft’s contributions in healthcare and biotech as a top executive for 20 years, working in virology and diagnostics, before starting her company ten years ago, played a part. These included launching the first global initiative to provide access to HIV testing during the early days of the HIV/ AIDS pandemic; and launching and commercializing the first HIV/AIDS genotype and phenotype test to guide doctors in making correct drug combinations. The latter was key in HIV becoming a chronic disease and no longer a fatal one.
In 2020, Toft turned WE CAN into a start-up company aimed at helping women – and men – “grow from the ‘outside IN.’”
About Toft Group Executive Search, a ZRG Company:
Toft Group, headquartered in San Francisco, is an executive search firm focused on innovation-driven companies at the intersection of biotech and high tech. In November 2019, Toft Group, was acquired by ZRG Partners, a global executive search firm. Toft Group’s WE CAN™ (Women’s Executive Career Advancement Network) and extensive track record of performance has proven its ability to quickly fill highly specialized leadership roles where talent is limited. For more information, please visit thetoftgroup.com.