Globalization. Technology. Diversity.
In a fractured world, our profession has more opportunities than ever to help business leaders navigate an increasingly complex business environment. Help clients achieve a competitive advantage. Gain insight on:
• Where can machines replace humans? How will automation affect jobs in the next decade?
• How do you embrace and implement diversity to make it an economic and social asset?
• How do you add value for time?
• With new political leaders across the world, what is the state of the global economy?
• As industries rapidly transform, how can leadership styles and management tactics evolve?
ATTEND THE PREMIER CONFERENCE FOCUSED ON EXECUTIVE SEARCH AND LEADERSHIP CONSULTANTS, AND THE CLIENTS THEY SERVE.
This event is open to AESC members and nonmembers. Individual tickets and discounted group table bookings are available.
For inquiries, email Brian J. Glade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us as we honor individuals in the field who demonstrate excellence in the practice of executive search and leadership consulting.
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Managing Partner, Buffkin/Baker & Global Chair, Panorama Search Group
Chair, AESC Americas Council and Co-Founder & Managing Partner, SEBA International, LLC - San Francisco
Senior Partner of CEO & Executive Development, Korn Ferry
Co-Founder and CEO of All In Together
Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)
Buffkin, the firm’s founder, serves as the managing partner and is actively involved with client engagements and business development. He is the Head of the Healthcare Practice and is actively involved in the firms Digital Practice. Mr. Buffkin has completed search work at the board, executive and senior level both nationally and internationally for a wide range of private, public, venture-backed, and private equity-back companies. Prior to founding The Buffkin Group, which would later become Buffkin/Baker, Mr. Buffkin was a director in a national technology search firm with 5 offices and over 75 consultants. Before entering the search profession, Mr. Buffkin spent over 3 years as a turnaround specialist and over 10 years in marketing services. As a turnaround specialist, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of ARMS, Inc (a 50/50 joint venture with GE Medical Systems), Executive Vice President of Pioneer Medical, Inc. (a regional medical supplier), and as a consultant to Great American, Inc. (the largest school fundraising company in North America). Prior to his turnaround experience, Mr. Buffkin gained sales and p/l experience as a Regional Manager with The Southwestern Company, a national marketing services conglomerate.
As co-founder and Managing Partner leading the Go To Market Practice at SEBA, Kate has spent over 20 years advising clients in technology, digital, consumer, financial and professional services. Specializing in marketing, sales and business development engagements, Kate has advised start-ups, growth, mid market and Fortune 100 companies. Representative assignments include CMO, Chief Revenue Officer, VP Growth, VP Product Marketing, VP Brand & Communications, VP Sales, and VP Corporate Development & Strategy. Before co-founding SEBA, Kate was Vice President in the Strategy and Finance Practice at A-L Associates. There, she focused on strategy, corporate development, and joint venture search work for clients in technology, manufacturing and financial services. Kate serves on the board of the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consultants (AESC), where she sits on the Nominating and Governance Committee and also serves as Vice Chair of the Americas Council. She is also a Committee Member with A Chance in Life and active with the Churchill Academy and Watermark. Kate holds a B.A. from Dickinson College. Follow Kate on Twitter >
Kevin is a best-selling author, top-ten thought leader, keynote speaker, global CEO coach and pioneer of the ‘grow the whole person to grow the whole leader’ approach to transformative leadership. He is the founder of LeaderSource Ltd and the Chief Executive Institute™, recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs globally. In 2006, LeaderSource joined Korn Ferry, where Kevin is now Senior Partner, CEO & Executive Development.
Kevin has advised thousands of senior executives and senior teams in more than 60 countries worldwide. He is an accomplished thought leader on topics of personal, team, and organizational transformation. He has written six books including Awakening the Leader Within and Leadership from the Inside Out, named the #1 best-selling business book of 2000 by CEO-READ and is now used at over 100 universities globally. His latest book, The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward, has been recognized as a Business Book of the Year finalist by both ForeWord Reviews and CEO-READ. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Leadership from the Inside Out will be published in 2017.
Lauren Leader-Chivée is the Co-Founder and CEO of All In Together. She has dedicated her career to closing the most critical personal, professional and political gender gaps for women. In addition to her role at AIT, Lauren is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte working with a range of global companies on their most pressing diversity issues. Formerly the President of the global think tank Center for Talent Innovation and Founding Partner at Hewlett Chivée Partners LLC, she has tirelessly advocated for women’s leadership as a driver of economic growth and opportunity. Recently chosen by Fortune as one of the 50 Most Influential Women on Twitter, Leader-Chivée writes extensively for the Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review and Inc and her thought leadership has been featured in a wide range of media including the BBC, Dow Jones, CNN, Washington Post, NY Times and The Wall Street Journal. She is the co-author of Center for Talent Innovation publications Executive Presence, Sponsor Effect UK, The Battle for Female Talent in India and The X-Factor. Her forthcoming book The Thinnest Line looks at why and how American diversity is its best and most underleveraged asset. Follow Lauren on Twitter >
Dr. Michael Chui is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey's business and economics research arm. He leads research on the impact of information technologies and innovation on business, the economy, and society. Michael has led McKinsey research in such areas as Big Data, Web 2.0 and collaboration technologies, and the Internet of Things. Michael is a frequent speaker at major global conferences, and his research has been cited in leading publications around the world. His PhD dissertation, entitled "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For: Web Searching as Query Refinement," examined Web user search behaviors and the usability of Web search engines. Follow Michael on Twitter >
AESC President & CEO
Chief Technology Officer, Kroll
International Chairman & Managing Director, Stanton Chase
Partner, William Blair & Company
Global CIO, GAF
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. In 2013, Agenda, a Financial Times publication for board members, named her as one of 100 top board candidates in the US to sit on compensation committees. Follow Karen on Twitter >
Krivoshik is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Kroll. Bill has been a highly successful technology and operations leader across a variety of companies and industries, including media and entertainment, financial services, information services, and consulting. He has worked effectively as a senior-level executive in companies that have been rapidly growing, as well as those facing immediate financial challenges. Bill has significant experience in organizational transformation, financial management and run rate reductions, product development, data analytics, business operations, acquisition integration and divestiture, and technical risk management and information security.
Mickey Matthews is currently International Chairman after previously serving as Vice Chairman, Practice Groups, which both positions place him on the Global Board for Stanton Chase. Concurrently to his role as Vice Chairman, Practice Groups he was the Global Industrial Practice Leader after having served as Vice President, North America, previously. He is also a Director and Officer of the Baltimore/Washington office and previously served as Global Director of Marketing for the firm. Mickey’s experience at Stanton Chase has been generalist in scope, with a focus in working cross-functionally for global clients in the industrial, professional services and consumer products sectors primarily. Over the last several years, Mickey has successfully executed numerous senior management assignments in general management, business development, operations and finance for example, for numerous clients—including companies such as ADM, Aramark, Axalta, Tyco, Deloitte Touche, Kohler, DuPont and others.
McHugh, CFA, partner, joined William Blair in 2002. Mr. McHugh is a global services analyst specializing in the consulting, HR technology, information services, and staffing sectors. Previously, Mr. McHugh was a senior research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mr. McHugh was named No. 1 stock picker in the 2015 StarMine Analyst Awards for his coverage of professional services. He graduated from Wabash College with a bachelor's degree in economics and received an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago.
As the Global CIO for GAF, Noble provides vision and leadership by partnering with the business to deliver innovative digital solutions to his internal and external customers. Adam continues to focus on ways to utilize technology to help innovate the business, generate revenue and increase profitability for an organization. Adam is a Project Management Professional (PMP), a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM), participates on several IT executive advisory boards, is a mentor for the Columbia University Executive Master’s Program and is a member of several industry organizations. Adam is also a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Adam has over 28 years of experience in delivering digital and business solutions to global organizations. Adam has experience in the Pharmaceutical, Banking, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Logistics, Consulting and Chemical Industries. Prior to joining GAF, Adam has worked with JPMorgan Chase, Mars Incorporated, AlliedSignal Corporation, UPS, AT&T and Bristol Myers Squibb. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Binghamton University and a Master's Degree in Management Systems Analysis from Kean University.
Managing Partner, Signium UK & Vice Chair, Signium
CEO, Alder Koten
President, Andrew Sobel Advisors Inc.
Head of Technology for M&A, Partnerships and Innovation, S&P Global
Executive Chair, TRANSEARCH
Bart van Ark
Executive Vice President, Chief Economist, and Chief Strategy Officer of The Conference Board
Chair, AESC Board of Directors and President, Talengo - Madrid
A Biological Sciences Graduate from the University of Leeds in the UK, Alastair worked in senior commercial and general management roles for 15 years in two major multinational businesses, Unilever and Novartis, before making a move into Executive Search in 2001. His business experience involved working within large matrix structures but also, on two occasions, setting up new entrepreneurial independent units. As well as living and working in North America and the Middle East, Alastair has been responsible for European and Asia Pacific markets. Within Signium, Alastair, who was a co-founder of the UK business more than 10 years ago, represents EMEA on the international Board of Directors and is an active member of Signium’s Global Consumer and Life Sciences Practices. With more than 15 years of Executive Search experience, Alastair specialises in senior UK and international appointments within consumer goods and services and healthcare. He also has a particular interest in, and focus on, the recruitment of senior Marketing leaders for businesses in all industry areas.
Jose Ruiz serves as Alder Koten’s Chief Executive Officer providing vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the firm’s future. He is also involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures. An important part of his time is spent on research work focused on organizational effectiveness centered on leadership and culture. Prior to joining Alder Koten, Jose was a Principal with Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Industrial Practice based in Houston, TX and Monterrey, Mexico. His professional experience also includes leadership positions in engineering and operations management for manufacturing organizations in the US and Mexico. This experience includes serving as vice president and general manager at Holley Performance Products. Jose is a bi-weekly contributor at Forbes.com.mx writing about executive leadership and career development.
Andrew Sobel is the leading authority on the strategies and skills required to build clients for life and develop trusted business relationships. He has written eight acclaimed, bestselling books including Power Relationships, Power Questions, Building C-Suite Relationships, All for One, Making Rain, and Clients for Life.
Andrew has worked for 31 years as both a strategy advisor to senior management and an executive educator and coach. Many of the world’s leading companies number among Andrew’s clients. These include established public companies such as Citigroup, WPP, Xerox, Experian, Hess, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Towers Watson, Cognizant, UBS, and Lloyds Banking Group; and also many privately held professional service firms, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Bain & Company, Booz & Company, Spencer Stuart, The Ken Blanchard Companies, Duke Corporate Education, Fulbright & Jaworski, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and many others.
Subramanian is Head of Technology for M&A, Partnerships and Innovation at S&P Global. Prior to that, he was Chief Development Officer of S&P Capital IQ and led the development of products and services including CapIQ Desktop. Bala initially joined S&P in 2006 as CTO of S&P Dow Jones Indices to spearhead technology strategy, application development and infrastructure.
Before joining S&P, Bala was with Citigroup Asset Management (CAM) where he managed the build-out of a suite of technology platforms for investment research, portfolio management and equity trading. He played a lead role in integrating Legg Mason and CAM platforms when they merged in 2005. Bala also held various leadership positions at financial services firms such as Société Générale and Liberty Brokerage.
Bala holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering with honors from Madras University and an MBA in finance from NYU Stern School of Business.
Tanugi has over 30 years experience in Executive Search and co-founded, in 1982, TRANSEARCH International. Based in Paris, Alain has, since 1990, been Chairman of the Board TRANSEARCH International which, under his management, has grown into a Top 12 worldwide retainer-based executive search organization. Prior to co-founding TRANSEARCH, he was Chairman and CEO of G.F.C., a French recruiting firm which he founded in 1975.
Previously, Alain Tanugi was Managing Director of a Paris-based firm dealing with career counselling and training.
His career started with the Thomson Group (training programs division) and then the Conduit Group (training and temporary staff services) in various sales and marketing positions in France and Continental Europe.
Bart van Ark
Bart van Ark is Executive Vice President, Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer of The Conference Board, a global research organization with its head office in New York City in the United States. He leads a team of almost two dozen economists in New York, Brussels and Beijing, who produce a range of widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts, as well as in-depth global economic research. Van Ark is also responsible for the development of the strategy and major new initiatives of The Conference Board. Van Ark is also a Professor in Economic Development, Technological Change and Growth at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) where he has specialized in the areas of economic growth, development economics, economic history and international economics and business. He is an internally acclaimed expert in the field of international comparative productivity measurement and analysis. He is the former director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre, a research group working on long term economic growth and productivity, of which he still is a member. Van Ark has extensively published in leading national and international journals, including the Journal of Economic Perspectives, The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, and Economic Policy. From 2004-2008 he has been managing editor of the Review of Income and Wealth. He is also frequently featured in major international business media, including Bloomberg, CNBC, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. Follow Bart on Twitter >
Through Executive Search and Board advisory services, I help top executive teams manage risk and find practical solutions to complex leadership issues such as succession planning, new business creation, and organisation redesign and governance. Directorships with public corporations, academia, and the Association of Executive Search & Leadership Consulting (AESC) global Board, are my privileged platform to “give back” through service. Executive Coaching and Speaking engagements are catalysts for individual transformation. Sometimes, it’s by helping a person discover their uniqueness and exceptional traits so as to “release” potential, remove barriers, see new avenues, and forge ahead. Other times, it is inspiring audiences to discover insights through storytelling and reflections. As co-founder of Talengo, I am energized by our creative power to challenge the limits of what great Leadership advisory service looks and feels like, as a profession and a business worldwide. There’s no better place to be Matchmaker, Advisor, catalyst, storyteller, Entrepreneur, all in one! Follow Krista on Twitter >
Wednesday, March 29 | Conference
8:00am - 9:00am | Registration and Partner Exhibits
9:00am - 9:20am | Welcome
Krista Walochik, Chair of the AESC Board
9:20am - 10:05am | OPENING Keynote Presentation: The Global Economy >>>
Bart van Ark, Chief Economist, The Conference Board
OPENING Keynote Presentation: The Global Economy
Is The Global Economy Heading for Better or Worse?
It’s been a long time since economic forecasters have been challenged so much on what the year will bring as since the beginning of 2017. While the consensus view has long been for a gradually slowing trend in the global economy, recent developments (e.g. Brexit, the new Trump administration, tensions in the South China sea, crisis in Brazil, etc.) are creating more uncertainty to the economic outlook than at any time since the global financial crisis almost a decade ago. In this session, Bart van Ark will discuss the fundamental drivers underlying the global trend in economic growth, and distinguish between the short-term challenges (such as geopolitical tensions, policy uncertainty, and financial market volatility), and the more fundamental disruptions (including digital technology, the energy landscape, global trade and debt and deficits). It are those disruptive factors which business leaders should distill from all the noise, as those are the key factors which can change the direction of the global economy in the medium-term … for better or worse.
10:05am - 10:50am | Building Client Loyalty >>>
Andrew Sobel, President, Andrew Sobel Advisors Inc.
Building Client Loyalty
In this practical session, client relationship authority and bestselling author Andrew Sobel will share tested strategies for developing essential top executive relationships. He will address three sub themes: Power Questions; Adding Value for Time; and Agenda Setting or Framing.
10:50am - 11:00am | AESC Spotlight: Women Leaders in Chile
Alejandra Aranda, President & Founder, Cornerstone International Group / Humanitas Executive Search
11:00am - 11:30am | Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Invenias
11:30am - 12:15pm | “Transformative Leadership: Elevating Pause, Purpose, and Performance”>>>
Kevin Cashman, Senior Partner, CEO & Executive Development, Korn Ferry
“Transformative Leadership: Elevating Pause, Purpose, and Performance” and the Presentation of the Gardner Heidrick Award for Outstanding Contribution
Kevin Cashman, bestselling author, Senior Partner of CEO & Executive Development at Korn Ferry, and Gardner Heidrick Award for Outstanding Achievement recipient will be presenting a keynote session on the journey to “Transformative Leadership.” He will share ten years of leadership research on how to elevate from transactive management which emphasizes immediate speed and information, to transformative leadership which fosters enduring significance and innovation.
The session will make seemingly paradoxical connections between pause, purpose, and performance. Blending research, stories, and interaction, Kevin will help us to elevate our professional and personal leadership in 2017 and beyond.
12:15pm - 12:30pm | Presentation of the AESC Award for Lifetime Achievement
12:30pm - 1:30pm | Lunch and Partner Exhibits
1:30pm - 1:40pm | AESC Spotlight: Member Networking Breakfasts
Alan Kaplan, Founder & CEO, Kaplan Partners
1:40pm - 1:50pm | Presentation of the AESC Commitment to the Community Award
1:50pm - 2:30pm | General Session: A Future that Works: Automation, Employment, and Productivity >>>
Michael Chui, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
General Session: A Future that Works: Automation, Employment, and Productivity
Michael Chui, partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), is lead author of the recent McKinsey report, “Harnessing automation for a future that works.
Remarkable recent advances in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning have raised a number of important questions about automation technologies. Automation has the potential to change the daily work activities of everyone, from miners and landscape gardeners to commercial bankers, fashion designers, welders—and CEOs. But how quickly will these technologies become a reality in the workplace? And what will their impact be on employment and on productivity in the global economy? We'll explore these questions and more based on research from the McKinsey Global Institute.
2:30pm - 3:15pm | Panel Discussion with Corporate Experts: Impact and Implications of Automation and New Technologies on Businesses and the Workplace
Moderated by Michael Chui, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Bill Krivoshik, Chief Technology Officer, Kroll
Adam Noble, Global Chief Information Officer, GAF
Bala Subramanian, Head of Technology for M&A, Partnerships and Innovation, S&P Global
3:15pm - 3:45pm | Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Invenias
3:45pm - 3:55pm | AESC Spotlight: CEO Awards in Brazil
Rodrigo Forte, Managing Partner, EXEC | Executive Performance
3:55pm - 4:25pm | General Session: Peak Performance: Our Profession at New Heights
Karen Greenbaum, President & CEO, AESC
4:25pm - 4:35pm | Presentation of the AESC Award of Excellence
4:35pm - 5:40pm | Closing Session: Crossing the Thinnest Line: Why Embracing Diversity & Overcoming Bias are Critical to the Future >>>
Lauren Leader-Chivee, Co-Founder and CEO of All In Together
Closing Session: Crossing the Thinnest Line: Why Embracing Diversity & Overcoming Bias are Critical to the Future
Diversity and inclusion has been a topic at the forefront of many of our most important business discussions and debates. Across geography and industry, leaders are looking at the data linking diversity to better financial performance and asking how they can take advantage of the diversity dividend. But along with this opportunity, come a litany of complicated issues and challenges. Diversity is hard – the challenges are many but most leaders agree: is essential to business. Diversity must become an asset, economically and socially, rather than a source of conflict.
In her book, Crossing The Thinnest Line, Lauren Leader-Chivee argues passionately and persuasively for the possibility, power, purpose, and payoff of embracing difference. The stakes for the conversation are high and getting higher. 89% of the world’s educated population is either female or minority. In less than a generation, the US will become minority majority. The world economy is global and interconnected. Embracing diversity has never been more imperative. With compelling data and powerful, personal stories, Crossing the Thinnest Line looks at challenges and solutions to immigration, education, business, media and politics and inspires us all to rise to the challenge.
Returning to the AESC conference for the second time, Lauren will discuss the importance of dealing with bias, conscious and unconscious, and paint a picture of how any leader, in any job, can make a difference in creating a more inclusive workplace.
5:40pm - 5:50pm | Presentation of the Future of the Profession Award
5:50pm - 6:00pm | Review of the Global Conference and Closing Remarks
Kate Bullis: 2017 Chair of the AESC Americas Council
6:00pm - 7:30pm | Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by The Cluen Corporation
Thursday, March 30 - Boutique & Independent Firm Forum
AESC's March 30th 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.
8:00am – 9:00am | Registration and Networking Breakfast
9:00am – 9:30am | Welcome and Opening remarks
Chair, Jose Ruiz, CEO at Alder Koten
9:30am – 10:30am | Industry Trends and Growth
Timothy McHugh, CFA at William Blair & Company
Timothy McHugh, CFA, partner, is a global services analyst with William Blair & Company, a global investment banking and asset management firm. Mr. McHugh specializes in the consulting and staffing sectors and oversees William Blair’s surveys of executive search consultants.
He will present their latest research about the executive search industry, including current trends. He will also address the topic of firm valuation and how to attract capital investment.
10:30am – 10:45am | Break
10:45am – 12:00pm | Panel Discussion: Global Networks and Alliances
Leaders of AESC member networks and alliances will discuss their organizations' structures, processes, membership criteria, branding and value propositions
Moderated by Karen Greenbaum, President & CEO, AESC
Craig Buffkin, Managing Partner, Buffkin/Baker & Global Chair, Panorama Search Group
Mickey Matthews, International Chairman & Managing Director, Stanton Chase
Alastair Paton, Managing Partner, Signium UK & Vice Chair, Signium
Alain Tanugi, Executive Chair, TRANSEARCH
Krista Walochik, Chair, Talengo, and Chair, The Global Community for Leaders (TGCL)
12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch and Facilitated Tabletop Discussions
AESC Partners Cluen, Invenias, Mintz Group
Invenias – David Grundy
"Unlocking Your High Value Data"
As the war for talent hots up and the pressure increases on executive search teams to support customers in driving better hiring decisions more quickly, the need to capture high value data and make it easy to share and use has never been more critical.
Cluen – Andy Shapiro
"Information Security and Disaster Recovery"
What are the key concerns relating to information security today? How can you create a disaster recovery plan for your firm? Join Cluen as they discuss and share the latest best practices and trends in the ever-changing world of information security.
Mintz – Nicole Reyna and Asha Woodall
"The Use of Social Media in Vetting Candidates"
Social media has become a critical tool in evaluating candidates for executive and board positions. Mintz Group will discuss how search firms are using social media, the Dos and Don'ts of how to search it, and provide examples of the useful information that can be found there.
1:00pm – 3:00pm | Open discussion and best practice exchange facilitated by Jose Ruiz
• Firm Performance Management and Compensation Structures
• Strategies for Firm Growth
• Firm Management and Operational Excellence
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