Resilience to Innovation: Driving the Change

AESC Virtual Conference November 2021

November 16, 2021 to November 17, 2021
November 16, 2021 to November 17, 2021
14:30 to 18:00

As the world emerges from a long collective reset, we are forever changed. What businesses must be prepared for now is anything but a return. Now is the time to embrace bold change—change means growth. Change means opportunity. Who are the leaders who will drive the change and lead a new era of business innovation and transformation?

Join us as we explore:

  • The Offer You Can't Refuse: From Authenticity to Responsibility
  • Disability Inclusion: A Valuable Conversation
  • Stakeholder Capitalism's Impact on Leadership & Culture
  • Macro Trends Shaping the Future of Talent Assessment
  • Trust in an Uncertain World
  • Digital Innovation in Recruitment: A Business Perspective
  • Executive Coaching for a Changing World
  • Leaders & Teams for a Hybrid Era of Work
  • CEO Insights from John Dawson, CEO of Oxford Biomedica

Who Should Attend?

  • AESC Members
  • Executive Search & Leadership Consulting Professionals
  • Senior Executives – Board Directors, CEOs, CHROs, etc.

What Your Ticket Includes

  • Access to the premier event for anyone invested in the future of leadership.
  • An interactive, engaging experience from the comfort of your home or office.
  • On-demand access to all session recordings for 30 days after the event.
  • All AESC conference attendees are eligible for an AC CPD Hours Scheme certificate (7 hours).

For Sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Clare Mahon, AESC Managing Director, Europe & Africa,

AESC is proud to have our conference recognized by the Association for Coaching Continuous Professional Development (AC CPD) Hours Scheme in our ongoing commitment to professional development.

All AESC conference attendees are eligible for an AC CPD Hours Scheme certificate (7 hours).


The Offer You Can't Refuse: From Authenticity to Responsibility

The unprecedented challenges of today: economical, climate,
healthcare, mobility...enforces the need to put people, customers and employees center stage. How can a company involve its customers in the solution to these problems? In a world where digital ease is the new norm, customer expectations go further than the ease of use. Solving actual social issues and being a partner in customers' lives will be the guiding principles for successful and thriving businesses of the next decade. For customers, your clients, the fusion of these elements together constitutes the offer they can’t refuse.

Steven Van Belleghem
Customer Experience Expert
Disability Inclusion: A Valuable Conversation

There is a global disability inequality crisis. 1.3 billion people live with some form of disability—representing 17% of the global population. This is the largest minority group worldwide. How can businesses access a market and talent pool equivalent to the population of China, while enabling people with disabilities to thrive in all areas of their lives? Currently only 4% of businesses focus on making jobs inclusive of disability.
Caroline Casey, founder of The Valuable 500—a global collective of 500 multinational organisations putting disability on the business leadership agenda—aims to radically transform the business system through the power of the collective. She’ll share insights on the business imperative of disability inclusion and how disability inclusive organisations have brand, talent, reputation, and bottom-line advantage over their peers.

Caroline Casey
The Valuable 500
Leaders. Culture. Strategy. A Global Client Perspective.

AESC CEO Karen Greenbaum will share new research on how executives are thinking about ESG-related issues (environmental, social, governance) and its impact on leadership & organizational culture.

Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
Macro Trends Shaping the Future of Talent Assessment

During the past 18 months our profession has experienced an increased demand for Executive Assessment. Which assessment is right for the client? How can we improve the assessment experience for candidates? What are the emerging innovative trends? Join us for a fireside chat with Charles Handler, PhD, president and founder of Rocket-Hire. Dr. Handler is a technologist, futurist, business advisor, and selection systems scientist. He has spent over 20 years helping organizations across the globe realize quantifiable value through their processes for selecting and developing talent.

Charles Handler, Ph.D.
President & Founder
Trust in an Uncertain World

Join Kirsty Graham, Edelman Global Health Chair, as she presents findings from the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer, the largest global survey and foremost authority on trust in business, government, media and NGOs. Now in its 21st year, the Trust Barometer surveys more than 33,000 people in 28 countries.

This session will explore trust in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, important social issues like the long overdue recognition of systemic racism, and the current epidemic of misinformation. How is the state of trust impacting executive search and leadership consulting firms and their clients? Graham will share relevant findings on how business leaders have been given new license to lead in these uncertain times. She will also discuss employees’ new expectations of their employers and the role of corporations in restoring trust.

Kirsty Graham
Global Health practice, Edelman
Innovation in Recruitment: A Business Perspective

The pace of change has never been faster. From the rapid shift to hybrid ways of working, to an increasing focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion to the ‘great resignation’ and the emergence of the hidden worker, HR leaders have been called to quickly lead companies and their people into the future on many fronts.

Those who thrive will be those who are prepared to think and act differently and use the best in new technologies and people analytics. Is automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence “the answer.” How does it help drive innovation and in what ways? Accenture prides itself on innovation and removing barriers to finding non-traditional talent. This is aligned with their commitment to diversity and inclusion worldwide. They also “practice what they preach” within HR.

Colin Anderson
Managing Director, HR Digital Transformation and People Analytics
Executive Coaching for a Changing World

Executive coaching is a growing component of leadership consulting services and psychometric assessments play an important role in development. How has coaching changed in a virtual environment? What psychometric tools are being used? What other forces are having an impact on how we approach coaching today? Join us for a fireside chat with Katherine Tulpa, CEO for The Association of Coaching, an independent, not-for-profit body promoting excellence and ethics in coaching, who will share her insights on coaching in today’s rapidly changing world.

Katherine Tulpa
Executive Director, Wisdom8
CEO, Association for Coaching
Leaders & Teams for a Hybrid Era of Work

Developing “hybrid-ready” leaders and teams who can adapt to a reset in the way we all work together—and preparing them now for how work will be both managed and distributed going forward—is a top issue on the minds of leaders right now. A hybrid approach to work means a shift from stability, consistency and control to one of high tolerance with ambiguity and dealing with complex situations in a virtual world.

What are the behaviors needed to successfully integrate hybrid working practices? How will well-being need to be addressed across organizations? What techniques can help ensure clear dialogue and encourage idea exchange and innovation? Tom Cassidy from Working Voices will share with us his observations on how to best build hybrid-ready teams and leaders.

Tom Cassidy
Head of Executive Coaching
Working Voices
CEO Insights from John Dawson, CEO of Oxford Biomedica

Join us in conversation with John Dawson, CEO of global biotech Oxford Biomedica, a leading cell and gene therapy company focused on developing life changing treatments for serious diseases. Over the last 13 years, following a career in major pharmaceutical companies, John has built a small cap biotech into a UK success story with an exceptional innovation culture—a business that partners with some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to help them bring their major innovations to market, including large scale manufacture of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. John will share with us up-to-the-minute insights on leadership and innovation in unprecedented times. Our discussion will be facilitated by Bianca Coulter, Founder and CEO of Coulter Partners.

John Dawson
Oxford Biomedica
Bianca Coulter
Coulter Partners
AESC Awards Ceremony

AESC Awards recognize individuals for their personal achievements and contribution to their firm, our profession and the communities in which we serve. Join us as we honor this year's recipients.

The Next 10 Years: Why & How We Can Be Optimistic About the Future

A wave of challenges is upon us—climate risk, geopolitical conflicts, and the rapid rate of technological change. 'PermaChange' is the new normal and 'business as usual' is a distant memory. Yet despite the increasingly dystopian buzz in the media, history shows that over the long term, the future is always decided by optimists. And it is always a crisis that catalyzes a new golden era. In his talk, Gerd will describe the key challenges and opportunities of the next decade, sharing why we should be optimistic, and showing the best ways to boost our future-readiness. He’ll explain what this all means for leadership, talent and skills, and the future of work and business.


Coulter Partners
Heidrick & Struggles
Odgers Berndtson
Sheffield Haworth

Gerd Leonhard
Futurist & Author of Technology vs. Humanity


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