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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Director of Research Chicago & Head of North America Research Team, Korn Ferry
Founder & President, Daubenspeck and Associates
Director of Research, TRANSEARCH
Brian J. Glade
Managing Director Americas, AESC
President & CEO, AESC
Jeanine Amilowski serves as the Director of Research for Korn Ferry's Chicago Office and also Co leads the firm's American Research Team. She serves as a strategic resource to the firm's Research, Knowledge Management Department, playing an integral role in determining research strategy and search operations as well as training and development. In addition to her duties as a knowledge professional, Jeanine is also responsible for leading the internal recruiting efforts for Korn/Ferry's undergraduate and graduate student internship program and research associate and sr. associate hires. Previously, she worked as a Senior Research Manager and Recruiter at a real estate boutique search firm and prior to that was the Global Knowledge Manager at another global search firm where she oversaw knowledge management for the Global Health Care Practice. Jeanine earned a Masters of Information from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Hunter College in New York City.
Ken Daubenspeck co-founded Chicago-based Daubenspeck and Associates in 1982. Ken brings over three decades of experience in the executive recruiting industry. Daubenspeck and Associates serves clients in the information technology, petroleum, higher education, financial services, communications, manufacturing, distribution, consumer goods, and professional services industries. In 2005, recognizing his higher education and petroleum clients’ need for recruiting firms capable of supporting their cross-border recruitment needs, Ken expanded his firm’s expertise to recruit to the EMEA regions. Today, Ken is known for his cross-border recruitment expertise, taking into account the unique need for the executives and academics he recruits to adapt to, and thrive in, cultures other than their own. Ken joined IMD International Search Group in 2012, in order to increase his firm’s capacity to support his clients’ volume needs.
Cristina is the Director of Research for the Chicago, Detroit and Dallas TRANSEARCH offices and partners with international offices on North American searches. Her sourcing and research strategies have led to quick and successful placements across all client industry sectors including engineering, manufacturing, finance, energy and construction. She is certified to provide Hogan personality assessments and is involved in the recruitment and training programs for the Chicago office. Cristina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in French from DePaul University. She previously worked for and is active in local Chicago politics and government. With dual citizenship – American and Italian – she enjoys spending time abroad with her family.
Brian is a global strategist and human resources specialist, who leads the membership team for the Americas region. His role at the AESC also includes serving as Secretary to the AESC Board of Directors.Prior to joining the AESC in May 2011, Brian led global member programs for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Brian was responsible for educating the Society’s constituents on global human resource management issues; providing guidance in the globalization of SHRM members, products, and services; and representing the Society and the profession abroad. Brian established the SHRM offices in Beijing, PRC, and Mumbai, India.
Karen Greenbaum is President and CEO of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the global association representing the $12b+ profession with membership of 325 firms in 72 countries around the world. AESC serves as the voice of excellence for the executive search and leadership consulting profession worldwide and has rigorous membership requirements that ensure members commit to the highest professional standards. Ms. Greenbaum is an experienced business leader having served as the President and COO for the $1 billion US business of Mercer Consulting/MMC, a Fortune 200 company and later as COO for Nixon Peabody LLP a nearly $500 million global 100 law firm. She also served as an executive search consultant and partner before being selected as President and CEO of the AESC.
Partner & National Diversity Leader, Odgers Berndtson
Kimberly M. Höglund
Chief Knowledge Officer, Witt/Kieffer
President & Chief Sourcing Strategist, ExecuQuest Corporation
Principal Consultant, Invenias
John D. Nimesheim
Managing Director, Slayton Search
Jane Griffith is a Partner in Odgers Berndtson’s Toronto office, focused on the recruitment of senior leaders in the academic, not-for-profit and broader public sectors working with prominent universities, colleges and not-for-profit organizations in Canada. Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Jane worked for several national and global search firms, and founded Griffith Research. Before working in executive search, Jane worked in fundraising for the United Way of Greater Toronto, the York University Foundation, and KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc). Jane has a Bachelor of Arts in Legal History from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Legal History from the University of Toronto. She is an active volunteer and is involved with the 30% Club Canada, Informed Opinions, the Marketing Committee for Congress with AFP Toronto and the Founder of The Council of Women Executives.
Kimberly Höglund, chief knowledge officer, is based in the firm’s headquarters in Oak Brook, IL and has 20 years of experience working within professional services firms. As Witt/Kieffer’s first chief knowledge officer, Kim ensures that the firm’s research, database management and information systems are integrated and optimized to support executive search work and client needs. Her approach to enhancing operations blends process improvement, technology enablement, business partner engagement and organizational change management. Prior to joining Witt/Kieffer, Kim served as senior manager at Centric Consulting, a privately-held strategy, process and technology consulting firm in Chicago. In this role, she led a variety of consulting engagements focused on process analysis and improvement, needs assessment and technology development for clients across a number of industries, including a private healthcare firm and a higher education institution. While at Centric, Kim also participated in and/or led business development, recruiting and practice management activities. Earlier in her career, Kim served as group manager of applications for an international executive search firm where her major focus was aligning the application development/management function with global business goals. She also spent 12 years with Hewitt Associates in various roles, eventually serving as group manager of business service management engineering.
Conni LaDouceur challenges our fundamental assumptions about information gathering. She consults to many of the world's most admired search firms and companies as chief sourcing strategist, pursuing her passion for matching people and opportunities by blending art and science in sourcing. Previously with Heidrick & Struggles, Conni is a popular speaker and trainer on best practices in research and recruiting by sharing direct and disarming techniques to increase effectiveness at identifying and placing the most qualified talent, not the most available. As President of ExecuQuest Corp., Baltimore, MD, her strict, methodical process ensures efficient sourcing success in all functions, all industries, all levels, worldwide from SW programming leaders to healthcare management to flight test engineer leaders, to investment banking analysts and mining executives in South Africa. Conni has empowered search and talent acquisition teams at PepsiCo, HSBC, Microsoft, KPMG, Starbucks, MetLife, GlaxoSmithKline, Aon Hewitt, Lockheed Martin, TJX, Hershey’s, Wells Fargo, leading search firms and at many conferences and recruiting summits the world over. Originally from Maine, she received her BFA degree at the University of Maine and is a wife, mother, artist, adventurer and researcher extraordinaire.
Ashton Moran is a 10-year veteran in database technology for executive and strategic hiring. He has personally advised over 300 search firms and in-house search teams including Tesla Motors, Silver Lake Partners, and T-Mobile. Ashton was the first hire for Invenias US over three years ago and serves as Principal Consultant for America-based clients while strategically contributing to ongoing product development and deployment of customer training. When Ashton isn't discussing executive search, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and two daughters as well as humming a tune while playing the piano.
John is the Managing Director of Slayton Search Partners and brings more than 17 years of experience in the retained executive search industry, all with Slayton. John primarily serves manufacturing and distribution clients across the consumer/retail, industrial and medical products industries. Throughout his search career, John has successfully recruited top talent across the entire executive suite including P&L leaders and heads of Human Resources, Finance, Strategy, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Research & Development, Information Technology, and Sales and Marketing for large and mid-cap public, private and private equity backed companies. In addition to providing advice and counsel to his own clients on their critical executive hiring needs, John also manages the firm’s internal execution team, which includes administration, research and candidate development. With a keen eye on process, John and the candidate delivery team ensure that the quality of execution stands ahead of industry standards. With the goal of striving for flawless execution, the execution team has helped solidify Slayton Search Partners as one of the most respected “super boutiques” in the country. Prior to joining Slayton, John served as a Human Resources Manager for a mid-size manufacturing company in Chicago. Before that, he was a Human Resources representative for a large medical products and services company, and for a mid-size distribution company. While his Human Resources experience was generalist in nature, his primary focus was on the recruitment of mid- and senior-level executives.
Managing Director Asia-Pacific & Middle East, AESC
CEO & Chief Talent Officer, IIPE International Executive Research
Principal, The Cluen Corporation
Professional Comedian & Improv Instructor
Visiting Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Patrick is based in Hong Kong and leads the membership team for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. He also holds responsibility for AESC education programs for researchers and associates. Before joining the AESC in 2013, Patrick was an executive search consultant with a boutique firm in the higher education sector. He worked on a number of senior academic appointments in: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the UAE, Kuwait and Pakistan. Patrick was also responsible for overseeing a team of search consultants and researchers.
A fourth generation female entrepreneur, Karen Russo has built an incredible 28 year career in executive search and human resources by challenging the norm, taking smart risks and really understanding what drives people and teams. Recognized for being a best employer by the Working Women’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, Karen has conducted search in most major industries and some of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies through her firm K. Russo Consulting Inc. A recognized authority in her field, Karen is frequently quoted in the media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Business Week. Karen was also a finalist in the Enterprising Women of the Year Award. Karen is an AIRS Certified Diversity Recruiter. Since 2001, she has been part of The Pinnacle Society, the nation’s premier consortium of top recruiters with membership limited to 75 people nationally and now serves on its membership committee. Her memberships include IACPR (The International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters), NAPS (National Association of Personnel Services) and SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management). Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Pace University. Karen is fluent in English and Spanish.
Andrew Shapiro has committed his career to creating software solutions for executive search. He co-founded The Cluen Corporation in 1990 and this experience has led to him being considered a thought leader by the executive search industry. Everyday thousands of recruiters worldwide use Cluen’s diverse range of products for their software needs.
Originally from Beavercreek, OH, and a University of Kentucky alum, Casey has toured with Second City Chicago’s National Touring Company for the last four years and currently understudies Second City's Resident Stages. After moving to Chicago in 2009, Casey has trained at The Second City and iO Chicago. She can be seen performing improv, solo sketch and stand up at iO, The Paper Machete, and Zanies Chicago. She is also a freelance comedy writer for the card game Utter Nonsense: An Inappropriate Accent Game. Ms. Whitaker also teaches and directs with the Second City Training Center and is currently preparing for an Artist in Residency with Saint Mary’s College in the spring where she will teach and direct her original play entitled Lucky, Liar, Loser; an all female multimedia project exploring the topic of Violence against Women. She is represented by Ambassador Talent and a member of Actor's Equity Association.
Professor Arce has more than 25 years experience leading teams and creating value for Brands through marketing, communication and sales strategies in different companies, markets and environments. He also works as an "In Company Instructor & Consultant." He is a regular media collaborator in some Marketing & Business Spanish TV programs and specialized magazines. As PhD University professor he teaches branding, marketing & sales courses, and his research is focused on social networks, millennials, and the future professional profile.
Speaker: Brian J. Glade, Managing Director Americas, AESC
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
University Club of Chicago
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