Join us in Toronto 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.
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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A certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees. This can be used as recognition of prior learning should they choose to complete the AESC Certified Researcher Associate (CRA) program at a later date.
Speaker: Brian Glade, Managing Director, Americas, AESC
Speaker: Rachel Roche, Founder and President, Smart Search
Rachel Roche will lead a highly interactive session on candidate sourcing and networking, with a focus on best practices for phone outreach.
Speaker: Deanna Matzanke, Senior Director, Measurement &Analytics, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)
Deanna Matzanke will lead an informative session on unconscious bias.
Speaker: Casey Whitaker, Professional Comedian and Improv Instructor
Casey Whitaker, will explore the basics of improvisation and how those principles translate to the executive search profession. Through the "Yes, And" 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: Gayemarie Brown, CEO and Founder, Wintam Place Consulting
CEO and Founder, Wintam Place Consulting
Managing Director Americas, AESC
Senior Director, Measurement and Analytics, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)
Founder and President, Smart Search
Professional Comedian / Improv
Gayemarie Brown is the CEO and Founder of Wintam Place Consulting and the former National Innovation Leader for Deloitte Canada. She has more than 25 years of digital transformation experience marrying emerging technologies with a business imperative to achieve strategic objectives. A Global Innovation Executive, she leverages exponential technologies and business models to deliver the transformation agenda for companies worldwide. A seasoned, bold leader she has built organizations and led multifaceted teams both nationally and globally. She is an advocate of applying entrepreneurship and start-up approaches to accelerate time to market.Using innovation principles such as disruption, design thinking, innovation tools, rapid ideation/lean start-up, ecosystems, crowdsourcing and open innovation, Gayemarie achieves increased efficiencies, reduced costs and profitable growth by developing sustainable, transformation road maps and structures. She has delivered results for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in financial services, software/high-tech, media and telecommunications globally. A strategic visionary who can translate an organization’s ambitions into practical plans, Gayemarie is a sought-after speaker on the subject of Digital Transformation and Disruption having spoken at more than 35 events in recent years. She is also listed as one of the top female futurists in the world -- (http://rossdawson.com/blog/list-of-the-worlds-top-femalefuturists/#Gayem...). A self-described lover of humanoids and artificial intelligence she is a builder and leader for organizations looking to accelerate the future to avoid disruption.
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.
Deanna Matzanke is a bilingual Strategic HR and Diversity Professional and employment lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of minority inclusion and employment systems and practices. She is a certified Global Professional in Human Resources (from the Human Resources Certification Institute) and holds her Human Capital Strategist designation (with the Human Capital Institute). She also specializes in Human Resources Policy and Compliance Frameworks. She is a sought after keynote speaker, panelist and workshop facilitator on all aspects of diversity, inclusion and human resources. Most recently, she acted as the head of Diversity and Inclusion in the Global HR function at Scotiabank where she was responsible for a wide range of employment strategies. Her portfolio included fostering and integrating the bank’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy for leveraging diversity across the employee, customer and community segments and implementing the Bank’s Global HMéuman Resources Policy and Compliance Framework, which addressed a large number of key areas such as privacy, occupational health and safety, human rights, flexible work, accommodation and accessibility. Deanna’s significant community engagement is also focused on minority inclusion. She was appointed to the Partnership Council for Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities by the Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure in May 2014. She is also an active committee member on the Workplace Action Team for Partners for Mental Health (PFMH), the Episodic Disabilities Advisory Committee of the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) and the Immigrant Employment Initiative Advisory Committee for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Deanna served as Co-Chair for the Status of Women Committee for the City of Toronto and she also provides strategic advice and guidance to the non-profit sector in Toronto, currently working with ACCES Employment to develop their internal and external capacity to better serve their minority populations. Deanna holds a B.A. (Hons) in Romance Languages from University of Alberta, both her common law and civil law degrees from McGill University and is the recipient of the Nathan Cotler Human Rights Award.
Rachel Roche is the Founder and President of Smart Search, a consulting firm specializing in the training and education of retained executive search professionals. For more than a decade, Rachel has designed and delivers online and webinar training to global members of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. Through Rachel’s career, she has fallen in love with search and has developed a passion for teaching it. Most researchers, associates, and even consultants go into the profession with little or no training.
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.
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