Disruptive innovation

AESC 2018 Global Conference

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April 11, 2018 | 8:45 AM – 6:00 PM EST | New York

Digital technology, generational shift and widespread regulation 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 growth and innovation also demands a new breed of leadership. Executive search and leadership advisors are poised to help leaders across all industries attain new levels of growth by moving beyond the sustainable innovation models of yesterday. AESC's Global Conference is the premier event for our profession and will deliver critical content to help trusted advisors, and the clients they serve, stay at the forefront. Join us in New York on April 10 & 11, 2018. On April 10, AESC will host its Boutique and Independent Firm Forum, followed by our Global Conference on April 11. This event is open to both AESC Members and nonmembers. Experience an immersive program of inspired speakers, thought provoking sessions, provocative questions and networking with global peers.

Register to explore:

  • Today’s growth strategies that matter.
  • Leveraging the power of generational difference.
  • Agile leaders and the choices they make.
  • Legislation and innovation.
  • What’s now, new and next for our profession.

Plus, we'll honor those who have made significant contributions to the profession in our AESC Awards Ceremony.

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Thought provoking sessions

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Registration is from 7:30 - 8:40. Welcome and Opening Remarks will begin at 8:45.

9:15 – 10:15
A(nother) Decade of Digital Disruption

Technology continues to disrupt our lives from every angle. Digital transformation has been a theme – often a mandate – for many years and the number of disruptive technologies on the horizon continue to proliferate. Paul Lee, Partner and Global Head of Research for the Tech, Media and Telecommunications industries at Deloitte LLP, will share his perspective on some of the most talked about disruptive technological forces on the horizon as well as their potential impacts. His session will include his views on artificial intelligence, 5G connectivity, augmented reality, virtual reality, self-driving cars, voice recognition and biometric authentication.


Paul Lee, Deloitte

10:15 – 11:00
The Most Pressing Business Issues of C-suite Leaders 2018

Given the continued sluggishness of the global economy and the shifting geopolitical landscape, identifying the critical challenges global business leaders and their organizations are dealing with remains important and complex. How are organizations reinventing themselves for the digital age and how are leaders managing digital transformation? For 18 years, The Conference Board has surveyed CEOs from around the world to better understand the challenges executives face and the strategies used to address them. Rebecca Ray will guide us through this year’s findings, which has been expanded to include the full C-Suite.


Rebecca L. Ray, Ph.D., The Conference Board

11:30 – 12:15
Winning the Modern Growth Triathlon

How do leaders drive growth through a winning combination of strategies? An embrace of digital and analytics have revolutionized how businesses grow, forcing companies to develop new approaches and capabilities for driving revenue. Enabled by three dimensions of growth in the digital age—Invest, Create, Perform—today’s top growth leaders continuously optimize commercial performance, create new products and services, and dynamically reallocate resources to proven winners. Liz Hilton Segel, leader of the McKinsey's Marketing & Sales Practice in North America, will share how business leaders combine these diverse strategies to build the capabilities they really need, shifting their growth trajectories in the optimal direction.


Liz Hilton Segel, McKinsey

1:30 – 2:15
The Art of Choosing

Do we present our clients with "choice overload?" The world-renowned expert on choice and decision-making Sheena Iyengar wrote the book The Art of Choosing as she considered the power and paradoxes of choice. Sheena is a blind Indian American professor at the Columbia Business School who has spent her career studying choice—why it matters, how we choose, and how we can choose better. Sheena is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School and a leading expert on choice.


Sheena Iyengar, Columbia Business School

2:15 – 3:00
Legislation that is Changing how we do Business

How is our profession changing to comply with data privacy, data security and pay equity legislation? As a profession, we have a long track record of ensuring confidentiality and building trust—with clients and with candidates. We also have a strong commitment to diversity and the value it brings to business performance. Glean insights from experts at AESC member firms on ensuring our collective approaches to challenging legislation reflect our commitment to the highest standards in the profession.


Alwin Brunner, Heidrick & Struggles

Megan Goril, Spencer Stuart

Matthew Herman, Russell Reynolds Associates

David Peters, Odgers Berndtson

3:45 – 4:30
Innovations in the Executive Talent Ecosystem

How will new technologies, the next generation of leaders and shifting client needs change our professional ecosystem? How will our profession continue to innovate in anticipation of ongoing disruption to industries worldwide? Our profession keeps evolving and faces significant challenges—and opportunities—including increased client independence, changing career patterns, new entrants, new regulations and digital innovation. As the association that represents the best search and advisory firms in the world, how can AESC support the strategic evolution of our profession? Karen will provide data, insights and observations about the potential changes to our professional ecosystem.


Karen Greenbaum, AESC

4:30 – 5:30
Crossing the Generational Divide: Unlocking the Power of Generations to Grow Your Business

We work in a time of unprecedented generational challenge and change. Four generations in the workforce. Five generations in the marketplace. Generational differences are challenging leaders and organizations in unprecedented ways. This ranges from communication and management style to marketing and market share. What worked five years ago can completely fail today with Millennials or Gen Z. Matt will take us on a journey to understand how generations are not boxes, but powerful clues. The key is to understand the value of those clues. We too often tend to believe that the generations that came before us are antiquated and the generations that came after us are out of control and ruining everything. We’re all coming at life with a different perspective. The key is to acknowledge generational gaps and understand how to leverage power—and good—in every generation.


Matt Beaudreau, The Center for Generational Kinetics

6:00 - 7:30
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