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?




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

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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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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

10:05am - 10:50am | Building Client Loyalty >>>

Andrew Sobel, President, Andrew Sobel Advisors Inc.

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

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

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

Panelists include:
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

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

Forum Attendees

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

Panelists include:

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



  • Craig Buffkin

    Managing Partner, Buffkin/Baker & Global Chair, Panorama Search Group

  • Kate Bullis

    Chair, AESC Americas Council and Co-Founder & Managing Partner, SEBA International, LLC - San Francisco

  • Kevin Cashman

    Senior Partner of CEO & Executive Development, Korn Ferry

  • Lauren Leader-Chivee

    Co-Founder and CEO of All In Together

  • Michael Chui

    Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)

  • Karen Greenbaum

    AESC President & CEO

  • Bill Krivoshik

    Chief Technology Officer, Kroll

  • Mickey Matthews

    International Chairman & Managing Director, Stanton Chase

  • Timothy McHugh

    Partner, William Blair & Company

  • Adam Noble

    Global CIO, GAF

  • Alastair Paton

    Managing Partner, Signium UK & Vice Chair, Signium

  • Jose Ruiz

    CEO, Alder Koten

  • Andrew Sobel

    President, Andrew Sobel Advisors Inc.

  • Bala Subramanian

    Head of Technology for M&A, Partnerships and Innovation, S&P Global

  • Alain Tanugi

    Executive Chair, TRANSEARCH

  • Bart van Ark

    Executive Vice President, Chief Economist, and Chief Strategy Officer of The Conference Board

  • Krista Walochik

    Chair, AESC Board of Directors and President, Talengo - Madrid



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2017 Global Conference Supporters

Thank you to our table supporters who registered six or more AESC members to attend our conference.




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