AESC Awards

We are proud of our membersthose firms that meet our high standards of quality and professionalism. AESC Members represent the top of the profession and commit to the values of our Code of Professional Practiceintegrity, excellence, confidentiality, objectivity, diversity & inclusion, and avoiding conflicts of interestevery day. 

Since 1982, AESC has honored individuals who truly stand out. AESC Awards recognize members for their personal achievements and contribution to their firm, our profession and the communities in which we serve. View past AESC honorees.

Nomination Process and Recognition

Nominations are reviewed by respective committees who are asked to consider all aspects of a nomination that demonstrate the merits of the recipient. AESC Lifetime Achievement Achievement Award nominations are reviewed by the Nominating and Governance Committee of the AESC Board of Directors. AESC’s Award of Excellence, Commitment to the Community Award and Future of the Profession Award are reviewed by the respective AESC Regional Council Nominating and Governance Committees. 

Awards are presented at AESC Conferences each year. Recipients of the AESC Lifetime Achievement Award are acknowledged at a conference based on the convenience of the awardee. Those selected for an Award are notified by AESC directly and asked to confirm attendance at the Conference (not required but encouraged). The deadline for 2020 nominations is:  

  • Global Conference: Nominations due October 16, 2020

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AESC Lifetime Achievement Award

The AESC Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the profession of executive search and leadership consulting.


Nominees should have a long and distinguished career in executive search and/ or leadership consulting. As practitioners, they should clearly rise above the rest, and have outstanding reputations. They could be considered icons in the profession and unquestionably meritorious of the recognition.

The nomination should provide concrete examples of the impact they have had on the profession as well as their firm at the local, regional, and/ or global levels. The nomination must include two written recommendations from colleagues or clients. 

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AESC Award of Excellence

The AESC Award of Excellence recognizes an individual who makes an outstanding impact in the profession, especially in reinforcing the AESC commitment to the highest professional standards through its Code of Professional Practice.


Nominees should clearly be deserving of the recognition, having contributed something that is remarkable, innovative, or ground-breaking in their firm and for the profession, which makes them worthy of receiving this highest recognition.

The nomination should include examples of the leadership they have shown in their firm and beyond for the good of the profession.

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The AESC IDEA Award builds from the AESC Pledge by recognizing initiatives that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access (or “IDEA”). These initiatives should be of sufficient significance and external impact to be recognized as excellent by the profession.


The nominee should be able to clearly articulate the external impact of a strategy or initiative focused on encouraging diversity and inclusion. Demonstrated impact of the effort will be supported by examples and testimonials.

Nominations can be submitted for individuals, organizations, a group within an organization, but must reference a specific initiative sponsored by an organization.

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AESC Commitment to the Community Award

The AESC Commitment to the Community Award was created to showcase the activities of an AESC Member (an individual, an office, or even a firm) outside their daily responsibilities and recognizes volunteerism and contributions to the community.


Nominees should have involvement in a charitable organization, contribution to a philanthropic endeavor, pro-bono search or leadership consulting, or service in a nongovernmental organization (NGO).

The nomination should include specific examples of their community activity and the impact of the effort, as well as testimonials from leaders of those organizations about the impact the individual had on these organizations and the people or communities that they serve. The nomination should also reinforce the quality work that the individual does as a search and leadership consultant as well.

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AESC Future of the Profession Award

The Future of the Profession Award is designed to reinforce the long history and the bright future of the executive search and leadership consulting profession.


Nominees should reflect those individuals who are at an earlier stage in their careers and are already making significant contributions to their firms and the profession.

The nomination should provide specific examples of the innovation and leadership they have shown, for example:  innovative client solutions; improvements to existing processes; the introduction of new technology; or creative approaches to standard operating practices. The nomination should share specifically how, through their work, the individual is making a difference for the benefit of the firm, clients, and /or candidates.

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