3 Days | 20+ Sessions | Multiple Time Zones

AESC Virtual Global Conference 2020

November 17, 2020
Unprecedented times demand bold leadership.
November 17, 2020 to November 19, 2020
08:30 to 20:00

The global pandemic has cast an even greater spotlight on organizational culture. As more organizations embrace a mission-critical approach to leadership, a new quotient of success emerges—one focused on Purpose. People. Progress.

Join us as we take our AESC Global Conference virtual, with interactive sessions, breakouts and networking. We've built an essential program for C-level business leaders and executive search and leadership consulting professionals to come together during extraordinary times to influence the future of global talent. No matter where you are in the world, if you are invested in the cutting edge of executive talent, this event is for you.

We'll address the big issues head on:

  • Inclusion and Diversity Participate in critical conversations on how we and our businesses can use our collective voices to help create a more inclusive and diverse world. Learn from leading experts in this subject from around the world.
  • Voice of the Client Hear directly from Leaders—through three separate panels of Boards, CEOs and Chief Diversity Officers—on how they are successfully navigating through unchartered waters.
  • The Future of Asia Hear from McKinsey on how Asian firms may be positioned to define the new normal.
  • And much more!

Who Should Attend

  • AESC Members
  • Executive Search & Leadership Consulting Professionals
  • Senior Executives – Board Directors, CEOs, CHROs, etc.

What Your Ticket Includes

  • 3-day access to the premier event for executive search and leadership consultants, and anyone invested in the forefront of executive talent
  • Networking with business leaders and experts in executive talent from markets across the world
  • On-demand access to all session recordings to experience the full event across all time zones
  • Access to the latest software, technologies and services in the executive talent landscape at our AESC Sponsor Expo


Challenging Conversations Around Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are more important than ever in today’s global economy, affecting brand value and performance as awareness increases amongst customers, employees and shareholders. But to be a true champion of diversity and inclusion, leaders must be bold enough to have often uncomfortable conversations and nurture a culture receptive to them. A culture devoid of difficult conversations creates a toxic workplace in which the avoidance of interpersonal conflict allows bad ideas and habits to flourish and allows poor performance to persist without effective feedback to shape it. Through inspirational anecdotes and examples, John Amaechi OBE will share insights on the essential leadership skill of directing difficult conversations and how we can all better support diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations. This unique opportunity enables participants to discuss John’s insights and bring back to the preliminary session questions for John in facilitated break out rooms.

John Amaechi OBE
Founder & CEO
The Adaptation Advantage

What do you do? That social ice breaker imprisons us in the past. In a fast-changing world, we have to look past our work-based identity, move beyond the comfort of our current knowledge and skills, and prepare ourselves and the organizations we lead to adapt continuously to a rapidly changing future of work. Complementing the book The Adaptation Advantage, Futurist Heather E. McGowan’s talk will focus on three key points. First, success in the future of work centers on our ability to learn, unlearn, and adapt. Second, to succeed, we need to let go of “the way we’ve always done it” and—more importantly—our professional identities. Third, leaders must get comfortable with failure, unknowns, ambiguity, and vulnerability to create the requisite psychological safety to lead our teams. Economic and social shifts are unavoidable and human adaptation is the only path forward.

Heather E. McGowan
Future-of-Work Strategist
Work to Learn
The Future of Asia

Over the past two decades, the growth of large Asian corporations has radically altered the world’s corporate landscape. The dynamism, speed, and agility of Asian companies have given the region resilience, enabling it to achieve macroeconomic stability in a volatile world. Now these companies are entering a new phase in which their challenge will be not simply growth but also productivity. An external shock of the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic may only accelerate the widening of the gap between underperforming and outperforming companies. As a group, Asian companies lag behind their counterparts in the rest of the world despite the region’s enormous market opportunities. Why should that be? Chair of McKinsey Asia, Oliver Tonby, will take us on a deep dive as we attempt to answer this question, identifying many opportunities for growth and productivity along the way. Looking ahead to a post-pandemic world, resilient Asian firms may be able to define the “next normal.”

Oliver Tonby
Chair, Asia
McKinsey & Company
Outlook on the Global Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the prospects of the global economy for the short-, the medium- and potentially for the long-term. In the short-term, as governments throughout the world introduce stringent measures limiting physical mobility and social activity to slow the spread of the virus and avert a health crisis, economic activity seriously contracted. This is leading to an unprecedented decline in global GDP. Longer-term, beyond 2021, the outlook for the global economy is highly uncertain. The Chief Economist at The Conference Board will share a global economic outlook in the wake of COVID-19 and what it means for global business, our own companies and our customers.

Bart van Ark
Chief Economist
The Conference Board
Inclusion at the Heart of Business Strategy

Join the authors of INdivisible for a fireside chat as they lead us on an exploration of: How inclusion drives performance, preparedness and purpose; Why current approaches have limited impact; What a whole-system inclusion strategy looks like; The problem with limiting people to a single identity; The interdependence of inclusion and sustainability; and Steps companies should take to become inclusion leaders.

INdivisible has been described by Herminia Ibarra of London Business School as "a must read for any executive who cares about building better organizations for a better society."

Rebekah Steele
Alison Maitland
Closing the STEM Gap

Diversity helps drive innovation. We know from research that diverse teams are more effective at problem solving, when different voices, viewpoints, expertise and life experiences are brought to bear. Yet, globally, women are underrepresented in STEM fields. According to UNESCO, only 29% of those in science research and development are women, with a low of 19% in South and West Asia. In the US, 80% of STEM jobs are in engineering and computer science but women comprise only 12% of the engineering workforce and 26% of the computing workforce. In the UK, women are underrepresented in STEM at every stage of the STEM pipeline. Understanding the impact of these challenges on women and engaging women to address these issues—as innovators, decision-makers and community actors—is critical. Gender equity and equality in STEM however is not a “women’s issue” —it affects all of us, so it is everyone’s issue. We'll hear from a panel of women working in STEM leadership roles and their ideas on how we can work together aggressively to address these challenges and ensure that we have the best talent engaged, and enough talent to fill key roles.

Michelle Gallaher
CEO, Opyl and Co-Founder
Women in STEMM Australia
Geetha Kannan
Founder and CEO
Wequity for Women and Technology
More to Come...