AESC Forum: Americas 2016, Chicago

October 6, 2016 | Chicago, Illinois

Join us in Chicago for an action packed agenda of knowledge and insight. We have crafted an agenda that focuses on core strengths of the researcher & associate role but also take a future-focused look at the profession at large. Selected highlights of this year's Americas Researchers' & Associates' Forum include sessions on engaging millennials in search firms, honing sourcing skills, and overcoming candidate objections.

AESC Forums bring together executive search professionals who are responsible for various research aspects of the search process and want to increase their professional skills and knowledge.

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7:30 AM - 8:00 AM | Registration & Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM | Welcome Message

Speaker: Brian J. Glade, Managing Director Americas, AESC

8:05 AM - 9:45 AM | Workshop -The Art of the Call: Source Like the FBI, the Original Social Engineers

Learn the efficient, metrics-driven process to recruit the best candidates online and by phone and, like FBI Agents, learn the what-you-say and what-you-don’t-say via NLP/Neuro-linguistics programming. Conni LaDouceur, President & Chief Sourcing Strategist, ExecuQuest Corp., will share efficient internet results and dissect actual calls identifying on-target talent to place the most qualified talent, not the most easily findable. Hear how you identify complete intact teams, reporting relationships, direct dial numbers, email addresses, etc., in any function, worldwide, from individual contributors to senior management with empowering sourcing best practices. Excel in recruiting for the most challenging search engagements via this fun, fearless formula and improve your reputation as the Deliverer of Results!

Speaker: Conni LaDouceur, President & Chief Sourcing Strategist, ExecuQuest Corporation

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM | The Unsung Hero in the Worldwide Talent War

Sourcing should be a scientific process and diversity should always be a consideration in every sourcing exercise. Sourcing and recruiting today is more complex. Karen Russo will argue why sourcing should be viewed as a scientific process in this mini-session.

Speaker: Karen Russo, CEO & Chief Talent Officer, IIPE International Executive Research

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Break

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM | Identifying The Best Candidates using High Value Data: Case for Firm-Wide Adoption of Technology

The best research source is held in the minds and experience of the people within the firm and those whom interact with the firm. However, it is the most challenging to capture in a meaningful, referenceable, and searchable way. This session will explore the importance of gathering more than candidate information found in social media profiles and resumes, and delve into capturing the feedback from your trusted private network that only you as a business are privy to. Find out how technology now makes it easier than ever to share this high value data and create real insight helping researchers meet the needs of their internal clients.

Speaker: Ashton Moran, Principal Consultant, Invenias

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Panel - The Future of Executive Search: Executive Talent 2020

Karen Greenbaum, AESC President & CEO, will highlight key findings from AESC’s latest research report Executive Talent 2020. Karen will share specific topics that relate to researchers, associates, and the future of the profession. Following Karen’s presentation a panel of esteemed search professionals will discuss the future of the executive search profession. The discussion will consider the following topics: How technology may help or hinder executive search; Future challenges and opportunities that consultants or researchers may face; and how as our clients need to adapt to a changing world, so do we.

Moderated by Karen Greenbaum, President & CEO, AESC

Panelist: Jeanine Amilowski, Director of Research Chicago & Co-Head of North America Research Team, Korn Ferry

Ken Daubenspeck, Founder & President, Daubenspeck and Associates

Kimberly M. Höglund, Chief Knowledge Officer, Witt/Kieffer

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM | LinkedIn to Microsoft: The Stats, Opportunities, and Hopes for Executive Research

What are your biggest fears for the negative impact this merger may have on your LinkedIn network? What would you like to see come out of the merger?

Speaker: Andrew Shapiro, Principal, The Cluen Corporation

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Workshop - Telling Your Story: Techniques for Candidate Engagement

This session with Professional Comedian and Improv Instructor Casey Whitaker, explores the Basics of Improvisation and how those principles translate to the executive search profession. Through the "Yes, And" Improv philosophy, participants will learn the art of first impressions, how to make and maintain strong conversations, and how staying present in the moment can lead to stronger business relationships. By using fun and interactive improv games and exercises, the group will tackle remedies for addressing the sometimes generational, cultural, and varying experience levels road blocks they may face when initiating professional conversations.

Speaker: Casey Whitaker, Professional Comedian & Improv Instructor

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM | Networking Luncheon sponsored by the Cluen Corporation

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Panel - Attracting & Engaging Diverse Executive Search Teams

A diverse workforce combines workers from different backgrounds and experiences that together create a more creative, innovative, and productive workforce. A panel of search professionals will discuss how to attract, engage, and encourage diverse teams. The panel will also take a look at strategies for attracting millennials into executive search firms, as well as how to keep them engaged once they are established in their roles.

Moderated by Patrick Rooney, Managing Director Asia Pacific & Middle East, AESC

Panelist: Cristina Franzoni, Director of Research, TRANSEARCH

John D. Nimesheim, Managing Director, Slayton Search

Kelly Griffin, Director of Central Research, Spencer Stuart

Jane Griffith, Partner & National Diversity Leader, Odgers Berndtson



  • PERSON 1

    Director of Research Chicago & Head of North America Research Team, Korn Ferry

  • PERSON 2

    Founder & President, Daubenspeck and Associates

  • PERSON 3

    Director of Research, TRANSEARCH

  • PERSON 4

    Managing Director Americas, AESC

  • PERSON 5

    President & CEO, AESC


  • Jane Griffith

    Partner & National Diversity Leader, Odgers Berndtson

  • Kimberly M. Höglund

    Chief Knowledge Officer, Witt/Kieffer

  • Conni LaDouceur

    President & Chief Sourcing Strategist, ExecuQuest Corporation

  • Ashton Moran

    Principal Consultant, Invenias

  • John D. Nimesheim

    Managing Director, Slayton Search


  • Patrick Rooney

    Managing Director Asia-Pacific & Middle East, AESC

  • Karen Russo

    CEO & Chief Talent Officer, IIPE International Executive Research

  • Andrew Shapiro

    Principal, The Cluen Corporation

  • Casey Whitaker

    Professional Comedian & Improv Instructor

  • Guillermo Arce

    Visiting Professor, Loyola University Chicago



Thank you to our AESC partners for their support of this event.



University Club of Chicago

76 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603



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Monroe Rooms
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