Disruptive Innovation

AESC Global Conference 2018

April 10, 2018
New York
Today's businesses require bold, visionary leadership
April 10, 2018 to April 11, 2018

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.

Executive search and leadership advisors are poised to help leaders across all industries move 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 clients, AESC Members and nonmembers.


09:15 to 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
Global Head of Research
10:15 to 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.
Executive vice president
The Conference Board
11:30 to 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
01:30 to 02:15
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 S. Iyengar
Professor of Business
Columbia Business School
02:15 to 03:00
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
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Heidrick & Struggles
Megan Goril
Assistant General Counsel of North America
Spencer Stuart
Matthew Herman
Associate General Counsel
Russell Reynolds Associates
David Peters
Group Finance Director
Odgers Berndtson
03:45 to 04:30
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
President & CEO
04:30 to 05:30
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
Certified Keynote Speaker
The Center for Generational Kinetics
"It was great to have the opportunity to think about some issues in this context and be able to write things down that you can action when you get back to the office..it was very useful to have different perspectives. It's encouraging to see industries that have reached a peak and still you can find ways to do better!…I really enjoyed it and found it a very worthwhile investment.”
Sonia Pechner
Academic Search International
"It was great to meet other search professionals in the breaks and speak informally with them about their experiences…I found it to be informative and interesting. Thought provoking as well which is what I wanted."
Michael Ackerie
Bushell & Cornish
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