Executive search firm Toft Group today announced that its CEO, president and founder, Robin Toft, has been selected as a 2017 Business Woman of the Year in the small business category by the San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ).

The annual Business Women of the Year program recognizes women business leaders who are making a difference in their workplaces and communities. Nominees were evaluated based on their innovation, entrepreneurship, professional accomplishment and community leadership.

"San Diego is home to many smart, highly successful and community focused small business owners, who happen to be women, so it is truly an honor to be selected for this award," said Ms. Toft. "I'm incredibly proud of our team at Toft Group whose dedication is critical to the success of the company, and I want to thank each of them for their tireless work that has enabled Toft Group's incredible growth and success."

Toft Group, a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences, has an extensive track record of quickly filling highly specialized leadership roles while ensuring a strong cultural fit. Searches are completed efficiently and effectively, translating to time and cost savings for clients. Notably, nearly 60 percent of placed candidates are identified within two weeks of search initiation -- results which are made possible by the company's commitment to dedicated timelines, strong referral network and highly experienced search consultants.

In addition to Toft Group's proven ability to help companies build strong, successful teams, Ms. Toft is committed to giving back to the San Diego community. She served on four non-profit boards in 2016, including the Go Red for Women movement of the American Heart Association, the Cancer Foundation at Scripps Mercy Hospital, the leadership organization LEAD San Diego, and the Clearity Foundation, which helps women with ovarian cancer obtain molecular profiling of their tumors and access to clinical trials. Additionally, in 2017, Ms. Toft formed the Women Executive Career Advancement Network (WE CAN) to enable leading executive women to mentor, bond, and inspire each other in their life sciences careers. She has also been a top fundraiser and dedicated walker in the San Diego Susan G. Komen 3-Day / 60 mile walk to support breast cancer research and early detection every year since Toft Group opened in San Diego in 2010.