April 10, 2018 | 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST  | New York

Digital technology continues to disrupt organizations worldwide—as well as entire industries—transforming the global economy and changing the required DNA of today’s top executives. An ever-shifting business climate that commands constant innovation also demands a new breed of leadership.

To kick off our annual Global Conference, AESC will host a Boutique and Independent Firm Forum on April 10. The Forum provides an opportunity for AESC member professionals from smaller and boutique firms to discuss how disruptive innovation is impacting clients, cover trends in executive search and leadership consulting, and exchange best practices for addressing challenges.

On April 11, attendees can join AESC for our Global Conference and experience an immersive program of inspired speakers, thought provoking sessions, provocative questions and networking with global peers.


Elevate your brand and become a conference supporter. Group rates are available for April 10-11 and April 11. Reserve yours today.  


AESC's April 10th Forum is designed to meet the needs of our boutique, small and sole proprietor firm members and we strongly encourage individuals from those firms to join us. Please note that firms that are globally branded in the marketplace are ineligible to attend.


If you have any questions, email Jephenie Ramos at



12:00noon – 1:15pm
Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

Attendees will have the opportunity to join in the following topics, facilitated by AESC partners: The Cluen Corporation, Invenias, Mintz Group

1:15pm - 1:30pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks

New legislation will greatly impact you—discover what executive research teams need to know now. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into enforcement on 25th May, 2018. This will impact all search firms that conduct any business in the EU. For executive research teams, it will impact how, when, and why you solicit, use, access, and store personal data, as well as determine legitimate interest and consent of candidates, sources, and referees. During this session, AESC will share with you up-to-the-minute guidance on how the profession is adapting to the new norm of widespread regulation.


José Ruiz, CEO & Managing Partner, Alder Koten

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Keynote Presentation: How new technology is disrupting (and improving) the workplace

New workplace technology, including cognitive computing, AI, robotics, digital badging and blockchain, is having profound results in expanding human expertise, enhancing HR capabilities and improving both employee and customer experience. Susan Steele, a leader in IBM’s Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence and a former Chief HR Officer, will show you how cognitive computing and other new technology is being used today to disrupt, and improve, the workplace and to help IBM and other enterprises attract and develop business-critical talent.


Susan Steele, Executive Partner, Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence, IBM

2:30pm – 3:30pm
Panel Discussion: Talent Acquisition and Retention: The New Landscape

Courtney Hagen, SVP Human Resources, North America, LVMH

Jamie Jacobs, Associate Director, Human Capital Resources Group, American Securities

Bertrand Kimper, Global Head of Executive Search, Johnson & Johnson

Kerry Van Voris, SVP People, Oscar Insurance

Moderator: Eileen Finn, President & Founder, Eileen Finn & Associates

3:30pm – 6:00pm
Best practice exchange, providing an opportunity to share challenges and solutions with your peers.
Topics will include:

• Strategies for Firm Growth
• Firm Management and Operational Excellence
• Firm Performance Management Processes and Compensation Structures (for firm owners only)

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Cocktail Reception

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  • PERSON 1

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.

  • PERSON 2

    American Securities

  • PERSON 3

    Global Head of Executive Search,
    Johnson & Johnson

  • PERSON 4

    Chief Executive Officer, Alder Koten


  • PERSON 5

    Executive Partner, IBM Global Talent & Engagement Center of Excellence


10 on the Park
60 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019


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The Empire Hotel

44 West 63rd St
New York, NY 10023


Prices are valid for reservations made by March 9, 2018.

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