Create the Future

AESC Global Conference 2019

April 10, 2019
New York
Impact Organizations to Lead Tomorrow Now
April 10, 2019
07:30 to 19:30

You predict the future. That’s right. Your value lies in thinking ahead long-term on behalf of your clients. You forecast the trends that will impact organizations tomorrow so you can prepare them today.

On the eve of our anniversary, AESC celebrates 60 years of propelling businesses into the future with the right talent leading in the right way. When our founders established AESC, they set the standard for a profession that discovers the rare talent capable of launching businesses to new heights; conditions future leaders for high endurance decision making; and activates organizations to accelerate ahead of the competition.

As we look to the future, where will we find the talent who can not only navigate a tomorrow we can only just imagine, but who can also build it? How will we deploy future talent to thrive in a climate of rapid technological advancement and massive societal change? How will we activate the disruptors with the vision and courage to create the future of innovation?

Join AESC for Create the Future. We’ll anticipate the major drivers of tomorrow’s global business. We’ll develop the foresight to condition your clients for resiliency and help them seize emerging opportunities in their industry.


07:30 to 08:45
Registration and Networking
08:45 to 09:15
Conference Welcome and Opening Session
Paul Benson
Chair, AESC Board of Directors
Korn Ferry
Karen Greenbaum
President and CEO
09:15 to 10:00
Searching for Truth: The Global State of Trust in Business

As political unrest and unbridled advances in automation threaten job security and the vitality of global supply chains, people are increasingly expecting business to address their concerns and lead the way forward. Informed by the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer, the world’s most robust exploration of trust in business, government, NGOs and media, Ben Boyd will discuss the global state of trust in business and related implications. This session will consider the expectations of business among various stakeholders from institutional investors to employees and look at ways c-suite executives must lead in order to address these mounting hopes for business to lead society forward.

Ben Boyd
Chief Client Strategy Officer
10:00 to 10:45
Executive Talent 2025: AESC Global Client Study

Evolving AESC’s Executive Talent 2020 study from 2016, we once again surveyed clients worldwide on their top talent challenges and how they intend to shape their talent strategies for the future. AESC President and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, will present findings from a survey of senior business leaders worldwide, weaving in insights on organizational transformation from a survey of more than 600 executive search and leadership consultants. How will the executive search and leadership profession advise clients over the next few years and what are the new emerging opportunities?

Karen Greenbaum
President and CEO
10:45 to 11:15
11:15 to 12:00
Why Long-Term Thinking is a Good Short-Term Strategy

The lifespans of companies are growing shorter each day. Why do some companies thrive and grow while others fail? McKinsey's Rodney Zemmel, co-author of 'Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking is your Best Short-Term Strategy' will reveal how some of the world's most prominent business leaders resisted short-term pressures to successfully manage their organizations for the long term and, in turn, created more jobs, more satisfied customers and more shareholder wealth.

Rodney Zemmel
Senior Partner
12:00 to 12:10
Recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the AESC
Paul Benson
Chair, AESC Board of Directors
Korn Ferry
Karen Greenbaum
President and CEO
Russell S. Reynolds, Jr.
Former AESC Board Director
RSR Partners
12:10 to 12:20
Presentation: AESC Award for Lifetime Achievement
12:20 to 13:30
Lunch and Partner Exhibits
13:30 to 15:00
Talent Technologies: Enablers or Disruptors

Digital technologies have disrupted organizations and industries worldwide. Talent acquisition is no exception. In the last 2 years, venture capital and private equity investors have poured over $2 billion into the HR Technology sector. The result is an explosion of technologies that could drastically change the executive recruiting space. Will they replace the executive search process or enable us to be more efficient and client-focused?

Franz Gilbert, VP of Solution Providers at Bersin, will share research on disruptive technologies that will impact the economy in the next 3 plus years, and as result change the talent landscape. He will then moderate an exciting panel discussion that will cover the topic areas of AI Sourcing, Assessment Technologies, and new sources of data that are radically changing the face of talent acquisition. The panel of representatives from the most prominent of these technology companies will focus on applications of the technology specific to the executive search environment.

Franz Gilbert, Moderator
VP of Solution Providers
Toby Dayton
Madhu Modugu
Founder and CEO
Kelly Trindel, Ph.D.
Head of Industrial Organizational Science + Diversity Analytics
15:00 to 15:15
Presentation: AESC Commitment to the Community Award
15:15 to 15:45
15:45 to 16:30
Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

M. Diane Burton, Associate Professor in Human Resource Studies at Cornell University and an organizational sociologist, is an expert on the science of entrepreneurship. She shares findings from her research, where she seeks a rigorous social scientific understanding of the processes by which creative people develop the ideas that garner interest and support from stakeholders, that lead to new organizations and new industries, and that, in some cases, fundamentally alter economic and social orders.

M. Diane Burton
Associate Professor, Human Resource Studies
ILR School at Cornell University
16:30 to 17:30
The Future of Work

Erica is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. She evaluates emerging social, technological, economic, political, demographic and environmental trends. In her presentation, she will identify the strategic implications (the “So what?”) of those trends for the profession of executive search and leadership consulting. Erica’s ability to connect-the-dots, spot patterns, think critically and analytically, and translate that into actionable strategies is what has made her an invaluable asset to clients.

Erica Orange
Executive VP & COO
The Future Hunters
17:30 to 17:45
Presentation: AESC Lifetime Achievement Award
17:45 to 18:00
Closing Comments
Cathy Logue
Chair, AESC Americas Council
Stanton Chase
18:00 to 19:30
Cocktail Reception Sponsored by The Cluen Corporation
The AESC Global Conference is very important to our profession in the sense that it brings together the best of the best in the field, to come together and share and learn from each other, and exchange best practices. I think it's also wonderful opportunity for each of us to recognize leaders in our industry and to celebrate them, and to share what the best of the best in this profession, in the retained search world and leadership advisory sector, has to offer.
Julian Ha
Heidrick & Struggles
If I attend an AESC meeting, I will come back with an idea, best practice, something that’s being done somewhere else, which will cause me to relook at my business model. And as a result, my customers have an opportunity to actually not only get the best of what I can do, but very much the best of everything I can learn from some of the best companies around the world.
Stefan Danis
Highfield Human Solutions


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