Research Revolution

AESC Executive Research Forum Sydney 2018

December 4, 2018
Cutting-Edge techniques for Executive Research Success
December 4, 2018
08:30 to 18:00

AESC's Executive Research Forums are the premier events for executive research professionals to stay at the forefront of best practices, leverage new strategic insights, and stay at the top of the profession.

Gain the cutting-edge techniques you need for executive research success in today's high-speed, high-stakes environment. AESC Executive Research Forums bring together executive search professionals who are responsible for various aspects of the search process and want to increase their professional skills and knowledge. Apply new insights by implementing your learning immediately to improve your results.

A seal of attendance will be provided to all attendees. This can be used as recognition of prior learning should they choose to complete the AESC Certificate in Executive Research (CER) at a later date.

Register to explore:

Kick Your Professional Networking Sites Habit
In the Moment Improv
Unconscious Bias
Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation &the World of Work
Best Practices Exchange
Panel Discussion: The Future of the Profession


08:50 to 09:00
Welcome Address

Amanda Williams, Client Partner, Korn Ferry, and Australia Chair, AESC, will share insights on the profession in an era of widespread disruption and lightning-fast change.

Amanda Williams
Client Partner and Australia Chair
Korn Ferry and AESC
09:00 to 10:30
Kick Your Professional Networking Sites Habit

In the past 15 years, internet recruiting has been dominated by professional networking sites, but changes are taking place in online candidate behavior and recruiters need to know how this is going to impact their profession in the near future. In 2018, recruiters need to know how to find and connect with candidates outside of the sites that they have become so dependent on. They need to know the next practices for sourcing and recruiting–best practices won't be enough anymore. In this session, you will learn how to: Examine the changes taking place with professional networking sites; Show recruiters and sourcers the other options available for finding candidates; Fast sourcing ideas to make locating candidates off the beaten path easier.

Laura Stoker
Executive Director of Global Training
10:45 to 12:00
In the Moment Improv

How can we connect with each other? How can we accept an offer, process it quickly, and return, building upon that offer, with our own? How can we maximise our vocal technique to help effectively engage and communicate, regardless of the content we are relaying? How can we build long lasting relationships in the smallest window of opportunity? In the Moment Improv is an interactive session which will help us break down communication barriers, in the most enjoyable fashion. With the clarity and focus that comes from creative thinking, active listening, brainstorming, teamwork and play, we will emphasize the importance of being "in the moment," and lay the foundations for improved communication with the world around us, no matter what the situation.

Dorje Swallow
Actor, Director, Voice-Over Artist
13:15 to 14:45
Unconscious Bias

We all like to believe we are fair in our decision making. Bias, prejudice, and discrimination are all issues for other people. This interactive session challenges those assumptions. An unconscious bias specialist will help us start to identify how our brains might automatically filter out potential candidates without us being aware that we are doing so. You will leave with a number of practical tools to help you outsmart bias.

Jane Mathews
Brand Strategist, Trainer, Facilitator
Mathews Consulting
15:00 to 15:45
Panel: Digital Transformation & the World of Work

Digital Transformation is revolutionising the world of business. New technologies are causing us to rethink what we know, change how we engage, and reimagine how we work. Executive Search is not immune to change. New technologies mean we can work faster and smarter. Digital Transformation challenges notions of leadership and leads to the development of new roles. This expert panel will explore digital transformation and it’s impact on leadership.

Patrick Rooney
Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Middle East
Cynthia Cottrell
Managing Director
Future of Work
Stephen Lennon
Digital Partner
Vishny Narayanan
Chief Digital Officer
PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting Australia
John Whiting
Partner and Australia Leader, Technology Practice
15:45 to 16:15
Best Practices Exchange

Exchange best practices around the challenges and opportunities in executive research. This open forum offers an opportunity to discuss operational issues as well as trends in executive search and leadership consulting.

16:15 to 17:00
Panel: The Future of the Profession

Patrick Rooney will lead the session by moderating a panel discussion on the future of the profession.

Patrick Rooney
Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Middle East
Catherine Andersen
Omera Partners
Nick Fletcher
Executive Director
Russell Reynolds Associates
Darryl Mills
Director of Reserach
Amanda Williams
Client Partner and Australia Chair
Korn Ferry and AESC


Macquarie University City Campus, Room 2408
Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, 2000, Australia


Thank you to our AESC Global Partners