Advanced Certificate in Executive Search & Leadership Consulting

Program Overview

Experience a Dynamic Learning Environment

This six month MBA-level virtual certificate program is designed exclusively for senior-level Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. The program takes participants through a rigorous learning experience by applying cutting edge theory and industry best practices to their client assignments. Cornell University’s ILR School professors will take an integrated approach to teaching, which will include virtual lectures, interactive learning, group activities and case studies.

A World-Renowned Partner in Executive Education

Cornell’s ILR School, with its exceptional faculty of leading scholars in management and leadership issues, is uniquely positioned to provide insights into the challenges facing today’s business organizations.

 

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“The Cornell program encourages seasoned executive search and leadership consulting professionals to revisit their approaches to business development, client counseling, Board development, and candidate assessment. This is not for the new consultant, but for the experienced consultant who has a platform that he or she thinks can go to the next level.”

Alicia Hasell
Managing Partner, Boyden, Houston, USA

 

The following organizations have participated in the program:

Abrahams Executive Search, Alberta Corporate Human Resources, Amrop, BluEra, BoardWalk Consulting, CA Technologies, Boyden, BuysideResources Inc., Capstone Partnership, CareerSMITH, Contevenca, Davidson Recruitment, ECS Partners International, Executive Access, Executive Source Partners, Fesa, Fortune Hill Executive Search, Harvard Group International, Heidrick & Struggles, Hobson Leavy, Hodges Partners, IMS Talent Ltd, InTell Executive Search, Invesco TRANSEARCH, IRG Executive Search, Jebsen & Jessen, Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associate, Kast & Partners, Kerridge & Partners, Korn Ferry, Krebs, Lock Search Group, Lordstone Corporation, Mandrake, McIntyre Global Executive Search, Merc Partners, Metin Mitchell, Odgers Berndtson, Omera Partners, Osser & Osser, Preng & Associates, Raines International, RGF Executive Search, Saxton Bampfylde, Slayton Search Partners, Spencer Stuart, Stanton Chase, Stratos Executive Search, Sullivan Search, The Buffkin Group, The Executive Source, TRANSEARCH, Tyler & Company, UTMB Health/The University of Texas Medical Branch, Ward Howell, Witt/Kieffer

Board of Alumni Advisors:

Jo Baxter, Hobson Leavy
Aldo Augusto Bergamasco, Fesa
Tony Bollinger, CareerSmith
Jesus Castillo, Contevenca | IIC Partners
Eduardo Comella, ECS Partners International | Cornerstone International
Anneke Ferreira, Ferreira & Associates
Carrie Hobson, Hobson Leavy
Alicia Hasell, Boyden
Debra Jerome, Witt/Kieffer
Geraldo Teixeira, Fesa

Cornell Faculty

  • Daniel Cohen

    Associate Professor

  • Christopher Collins

    Associate Professor and Director, CAHRS, Cornell University

  • Kevin Hallock

    Director, Human Capital Development

  • John Hausknecht

    Kevin Hallock

    Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and Joseph R. Rich ’80 Professor of Economics and Human Resource Studies, Cornell University

  • Elizabeth Mannix

    Associate Professor, Human Resource Studies, Cornell University

  • Michael Serino

    Associate Professor and Chair of ILR International Programs

 

Course Schedule

BUSINESS STRATEGY AND MARKET POSITIONING

Learn how firms can create value in the eyes of their customers by reviewing their business proposition, customer needs, and packaging to identify innovative services and positioning that can give a competitive advantage.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LEADERSHIP

Consultants will share perspectives on diversity and inclusion and study examples of how leading organizations have made the shift to inclusion at organizational, managerial, and work group levels in an effort to fully engage employees, partners and customers to be more competitive globally.

TALENT MANAGEMENT AND SUCCESSION STRATEGY

Gain an understanding of how a firm manages its leadership pipeline and how talent is being managed and developed globally to quickly understand the primary approach that a company has adopted and how that may affect their options in the talent marketplace.

EXECUTIVE ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES

Learn how executive assessment is typically used in leading firms, how those evaluations affect career progression, and the pitfalls to avoid when these processes are poorly handled. Popular assessment options will be examined to determine how they could be weighed by the client firm and how to interpret results fairly.

NEGOTIATIONS AND INFLUENCE

Learn some of the most successful frameworks and practices for complex, multi-party negotiations to arrive at successful outcomes by understanding how to balance often competing goals with integrity and insight. Engage in learning exercises that will yield valuable insights to apply in everyday practice.

BUILDING TRUST IN CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS

Gain insights to the trust-building behaviors that foster deep personal engagement between the consultant and the client by developing an empathetic understanding of the client’s interests and how to serve them to deepen and expand the relationship.

BECOMING A TRUSTED ADVISOR

Learn how to advance meaningful business relationships through deep client understanding and demonstrated expertise. Strengthen rapport, increase the collaborative nature of client interactions, and produce high impact results.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND TOTAL REWARDS

Learn key considerations pertaining to total rewards, and provide a framework to understand an executive compensation package, negotiating points, and opportunities to analyze marketplace alternatives.

FAQs

Who Should Enroll?

The program is designed for senior-level Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. If you are looking to advance your skills as a trusted advisor and move your business forward, this program will be an excellent choice in helping you navigate your future course. AESC will review each applicant’s experience to maintain the appropriate level of participants in the program.

What is new for the 2017 program?

The program was offered in a state-of-the art virtual learning environment for the first year in 2016, offering enhanced access to more AESC members worldwide. The program also featured a greater focus on leadership consulting, offering participants in-depth insights and actionable practices to expand or strengthen their leadership consulting services. The 2017 program will build on this success. Download the registration form here and email to bglade@aesc.org.

How is the Content Delivered?

The program is delivered over six months. Individual courses will be offered each month in a live virtual format. The live sessions will require a 4 hour time commitment and you should expect to spend another 2-3 hours a month on self-study that will include readings and assignments.

When Does the Program Begin and End?

The 2017 program will begin globally in January and end in June.

When is the deadline to register?

The official enrollment deadline is October 1, 2016. However, we will accept registration on a rolling basis until the course begins or is completely full. You should reserve your spot as soon as possible as the program is filling quickly.

What is the cost of the course?

The cost of the course is $7,500 per participant for AESC members and $8,500 for eligible non-members. Save $500 with the early bird rate, ends September 30th, 2016! Group discounts may apply.

How do I register?

Download the registration form and email to Brian Glade at bglade@aesc.org.

What are the technology requirements?

A reliable wired internet connection and a computer with speakers is required.

How much interaction will there be with the faculty and other participants?

During each class session you will have the opportunity to chat with faculty virtually and to interact with other participants. In addition to the live chat functionality you will also be asked to participate in online discussion forums. Throughout the program there will be other opportunities to work in groups and to collaborate with colleagues offline.

What happens if I am unable to attend a session?

You should make every effort to attend the live virtual sessions since this is the best way to stay engaged and participate in the group discussions, however in the event that you cannot attend due to a conflict, the sessions will be recorded, and you will have the ability to view them beginning a day after the live virtual event.

Are there any admission requirements?

This program is designed for consultants from AESC member and qualified nonmember firms. There is an expectation that you are actively engaged and have at least 10 years' professional experience, including time as a search consultant. Consultants that are new to the profession are not eligible to enroll in the program.

Will participants be tested or graded?

Throughout the program, live polls and homework assignments will test your comprehension of the course materials.

What type of credential will I receive upon completion of the program?

You must complete the program requirements in order to earn a certificate from the AESC and Cornell ILR School. The AESC will visibly promote the value of the certification to its members and the client community.

What are past participants saying about the program?

"The Cornell-AESC Advanced Certificate in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting program was a valuable part of my development as a search consultant and one that I would recommend to others in the field. The topics were both relevant and tangential to business issues that I regularly confront, and the instructors bring a good balance of real world experience and teaching capability to the program. Having a chance to interact with an engaged peer group that represented a broad spectrum of experiences and cultures was particularly valuable. "

- John Sparrow, Director, BoardWalk Consulting

"This program helped me not only to understand the change in clients’ needs towards advice in strategic talent analysis and management but also equipped with all necessary knowledge and tools to add value to the clients."

- Igor Kabuzenko, Managing Partner, Ward Howell

2017 Program Registration is Now Open

Savings of $500 with the early bird rate, ends September 30th, 2016!

$7,000 Early Bird Rate for AESC Members before September 30th

$7,500 Standard Rate for AESC Members after September 30th

$8,500 Nonmember Standard Rate

On Tuesday, August 30, Cornell University's ILR School and the AESC will be talking to members about the new Advanced Certificate in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting program for 2017.

Join us at 9:00 a.m. US EDT for a free live webinar featuring AESC President & CEO, Karen Greenbaum and John Hausknecht, Associate Professor, ILR School, Cornell University.

For information about the program please contact Brian Glade at bglade@aesc.org or download the registration form now.