Earn an Advanced Certificate in Executive Talent

Interactive, Virtual Learning

4-month duration per program

AESC | Cornell University, ILR School Certificate

Interactive learning for experienced business leaders.

Collaborate with faculty and peers to learn valuable insights to shape your strategies and apply to your everyday practices 

Key industry-specific methodologies.

The unique program offers a blend of academia and industry perspectives providing practical application backed by the latest research

Expert instructors.

Designed in partnership with Cornell University, ILR School, both programs feature expert faculty members knowledgeable on cutting-edge content in human capital strategy, leadership and business. View faculty.

Learn cutting-edge content focused on human capital and business:

  • The State of our Profession: Executive Talent
  • The Changing World of Work / New Work Models
  • Managing Leadership Pipelines
  • Influencing Hiring Decisions
  • Exploring Executive Assessments
  • Managing Executive Transitions
  • Leading with Courage
  • Leaders who Create a Purpose-Driven Culture
  • Expert-led discussions

View the 2024 Agenda

Each program features a cohort of select individuals. To ensure the quality of each session, applicants are reviewed to determine eligibility.

  • Seasoned executive search consultants seeking to further develop themselves in today’s trends and challenges
  • Leadership consultants looking to develop a stronger acumen in business concepts
  • In-house talent acquisition specialists who work on senior-level assignments
  • Individuals seeking to bridge their extensive industry knowledge with the frameworks used to partner, support and consult C-suite executives

When will the program run?

The virtual program runs approximately for 4 months and includes interactive learning modules, industry expert-led discussions, networking sessions and a final project presentation. Enrollment is open for the 2024 Advanced Certificate which is tentatively scheduled for February – April 2024.

How do I register? What does the application process entail? 

To begin the application process, applicants should:

  • Complete this form to schedule a screening call with an AESC staff member.
  • During the screening call, applicants will discuss their experience and intention to participate. 
  • An applicant's credentials are reviewed by AESC and Cornell to determine eligibility.
  • Upon approval, applicants will receive a notification from AESC on the final steps to complete registration. 
  • As the program draws nearer, registered applicants will begin to receive communications from Cornell. 

Can I speak with an alumni?   

Yes! The AESC | Cornell program has an active group of global alumni open to discussing their experience within the program. These conversations are available for those applicants who have already completed their screening call and are deemed eligible to participate.  

Do you offer this program in a live, in-person format?   

While this program has been offered in a live, in-person format at Cornell's New York, NY location, there are no current in-person sessions planned.  

What happens if I need to miss a session?

Although attendance is required, we understand if participants are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. Sessions are recorded and provided on the Canvas learning platform should you need to miss a session.

Do you provide group rates?

Group rates are available for select AESC member firms and networks that provide 3 or more participants. To learn more, contact education@aesc.org.

What will I receive upon completing the Advanced Certificate in Executive Talent? 

Upon completion of your final project presentation, you will receive an AESC | Cornell certificate which you can proudly display on your LinkedIn profile. 

Where Can I Learn More?

Below is a list of resources to help you better understand the AESC | Cornell Advanced Certificate in Executive Talent.

Improve your ability to succeed

Since 2012, AESC and Cornell University's ILR School have the only program uniquely tailored to help senior executive talent consultants. Apply today and strengthen your capacity to add greater value to your clients, firm and career.

"The AESC-Cornell program enables us to better support our clients. The clients' benefit is the goal. The personal growth is a bonus."

- Alicia Hasell, Managing Partner, Boyden

"Having the opportunity to jump out of your routine and hear input on trends and other topics is refreshing [...] The teachers were very proactive in interacting with people and sharing experiences with peers around the world provided a lot of value. " 

- Pilar Brogeras, Managing Director, Stanton Chase 


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