Earn Two Advanced Certificates in Executive Talent and in Leaders & Culture

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 programs offer 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 Future of Work & Implications for Talent
  • Talent & Succession Strategy
  • Influencing Hiring Decisions
  • Executive Assessments
  • Counteracting Bias
  • Leading with Courage
  • Expert-led discussions on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Executive Assessment; and Global Compensation Strategies

Learn cutting-edge content focused on leadership and strategy:

  • The State of our Profession: Leaders and Culture
  • Leading with Authenticity, Integrity and Accountability
  • Building Inclusive Cultures: How Bold Leadership Drives Sustainable Change
  • The Evolving ESG Landscape
  • Corporate Governance
  • Critical and Strategic Thinking
  • Negotiation and Influence: Achieving Outcomes in Complex Negotiations
  • Expert-led discussions on Board Strategies and the Role of the Trusted Advisor


Who should pursue these certificates?

Both programs are for advanced participants with a strong foundation in executive talent consulting, including:

  • 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 that 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

To ensure the quality of each session, applications will be reviewed to determine eligibility to participate.

When will the programs run?

Each program runs approximately for 4 months and includes interactive learning modules, industry expert-led discussions, networking sessions and a final project presentation.

  • The Advanced Certificate in Leaders and Culture will be offered March – June 2022.
  • The Advanced Certificate in Executive Talent will be offered September – December 2022.

Are both programs required?

AESC highly recommends participants enroll in both the Advanced Certificate in Executive Talent and Advanced Certificate in Leaders and Culture. Although dual participation is not required, the combination of certificates ensures participants receive extensive education on the trends and topics integral to the executive search and leadership consulting profession today and tomorrow.

In What Order Should the Programs Be Taken?

The programs can be taken in any order. Participants can take Executive Talent before Leaders & Culture or Leaders & Culture before Executive Talent.

Where Can I Learn More?

To read full session descriptions, download the brochure. You can also watch previous info sessions with faculty and with participants. Or email education@aesc.org to better understand if these programs suit your needs. 

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.

View past participating organizations.

"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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Participants who attend a single program are eligible for dual-program pricing upon registration of the additional certificate. Contact education@aesc.org for any questions.  

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