Purpose. People. Progress.

AESC Global Conference 2020

April 15, 2020
New York
#WeAreAESC
Purpose. People. Progress.
April 15, 2020
09:00 to 18:00

What will leadership look like in 2020 and into the next decade? What competencies will it require? How is digital transformation changing the talent landscape?

As organizations embrace mission leadership, a new quotient of success emerges—one focused on purpose, people and progress.

But where will we find the talent that can create inspiring and inclusive cultures, influence social responsibility and instill a commitment to sustainability?

In this new war for talent, what role will our profession play in shaping the future of leadership? As we advise organizations in the attraction, development and retention of top talent into the next decade, how must we evolve to meet the challenging needs of our clients?

Together, we’ll embark on the next decade dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide.

WHY ATTEND

As consultants, you shape the future of leadership. You think ahead long-term on behalf of your clients. You forecast the trends that will impact organizations tomorrow so you can prepare them today.

Together, 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 industries.

Sessions

07:30 to 08:45
REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING
08:45 to 09:15
CONFERENCE WELCOME AND OPENING SESSION
Speakers
Morten Nielsen
Chair, AESC Board of Directors
WittKieffer
Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
AESC
09:15 to 10:00
On a Mission: Business for a Greater Good
Social responsibility is a game changer for many candidates when exploring new horizons. AESC research has shown this is a number one issue for the Client Community. How does our profession think about social responsibility? Tony’s Chocolonely isn’t your average chocolate company, but a chocolate company with a huge mission; to end modern slavery and exploitation in the cocoa industry. With amazing chocolate recipes they set the example and show that chocolate can be made in a more responsible way; in taste, packaging and the way they build long term relationships with cocoa farmers and the way they handle an open and transparent value chain. Ynzo van Zanten, Tony’s ‘Choco Evangelist’ will tell the story of Tony’s roadmap towards 100% slave free chocolate.
Speakers
Ynzo van Zanten
Tony’s Chocolonely
10:00 to 10:45
ESG 2020 – The Transformation is Here
The explosive growth in demand for investments that simultaneously generate positive social good alongside meaningful financial returns has led to a parallel explosion in ESG (Environment, Social, and Corporate Governance) investing over the past several years. Despite the pervasive focus on the growth of socially responsible investments, relatively little data exists on the evolving profiles of the leaders who are driving this sea change in global investment management. The lack of clarity, continuity and reporting on the different types of ESG investing has resulted in a glaring gap in the understanding of the typical profiles and types of talent leading these investment strategies. This session will include a panel of investment managers who will address trends in ESG investing and the talent requirements to meet those challenges.
Speakers
Moderator: Kurt Harrison
Managing Director/Partner
Russell Reynolds Associates
Valerie Grant
CFA - Senior Portfolio Manager for Responsible Investing
AllianceBernstein
Adam Heltzer
Head of ESG and Sustainability
Partners Group
Bhakti Mirchandani
Managing Director
FCLT Global
Kyung-Ah Park
Managing Director, Head of Environmental Markets and Innovation
Goldman Sachs
10:45 to 11:15
BREAK
11:15 to 12:00
FIVE WAYS THAT ESG ADDS VALUE
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities have reached the mainstream in finance and management. Yet the ways in which ESG links to business value aren’t always clear. For executives and investors alike, understanding those ties is essential to making sound decisions about how to allocate capital and other resources. McKinsey found that there are still opportunities for companies to actively look for and invest in opportunities that create value for shareholders and provide ESG benefits. Where can they look for a strong ESG proposition that makes financial sense? This session will address how ESG may link to cash flow in five important ways.
Speakers
Tim Koller
Partner
McKinsey & Company
12:00 to 12:15
PRESENTATION: AESC AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
12:15 to 13:30
LUNCH AND PARTNER EXHIBITS
13:30 to 14:00
The C-suite Challenge 2020: The Future Ready Organization
Today, many organizations collaborate to achieve shared or overlapping objectives. The annual C-suite Challenge® survey of CEOs and C-suite executives focuses on two topics: collaboration initiatives, and data privacy and cybersecurity. Mitchell, Executive Director, Knowledge Content & Quality at The Conference Board will lead us through the findings, which include global client views on interaction with customers and the workforce, strategy planning and execution, and innovation and sustainability.
Speakers
Chuck Mitchell
Executive Director, Knowledge Content & Quality
The Conference Board
14:00 to 15:00
Purpose. People. Progress.
Nearly 200 CEOs of some of the world’s strongest brands recently issued a statement on “the purpose of a corporation,” arguing that companies should no longer advance only the interests of shareholders, but also invest in their employees, protect the environment, deal fairly and ethically with their suppliers and contribute positively to their communities. In a survey of global business leaders, AESC set out to investigate how this thinking is being embraced throughout organizations worldwide. Research has shown time and again that organizational performance largely depends on a healthy culture. But what are the important underlying components of a highly engaged culture and what role does purpose play? Greenbaum will share key client insights, combined with insight from AESC members, that help us better understand the connection between Purpose. People. And Progress.
Speakers
Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
AESC
15:00 to 15:15
PRESENTATION: AESC COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY AWARD
15:15 to 15:45
BREAK
15:45 to 16:30
CEO Insights: Purposeful Leadership
Donna Zarcone and Bill McNabb will discuss the current governance landscape and the role the Board plays in overseeing the corporation, the culture, and the strategy. Addressing how leading with purpose will achieve long term growth, they will discuss how all stakeholders, not only shareholders, should benefit from an organization’s activities. That includes protecting the environment; fostering inclusion, dignity, and respect among employees; supporting communities; and dealing ethically with suppliers.
Speakers
Donna Zarcone
President and CEO
The Economic Club of Chicago
Bill McNabb
Chairman and CEO (Ret.)
Vanguard
16:30 to 17:30
Our Search for Belonging
What is “Belonging”? As we have moved from diversity to inclusion, we still mostly have created environments in which historically marginalized people are adapting to organizations whose cultures are driven by the dominant group. Our traditional biases and assumptions dominate some of that decision-making. The challenge is, what kind of an organization can have all people feel like they are fully engaged? Linking healthy organizational cultures with high performance, Ross will show us how organizational cultures can be developed that create greater opportunities for authenticity, joy and inclusion. Based on his latest book, Our Search for Belonging, Ross will share a roadmap to creating more inclusion and joy based on 9 specific pathways: A Culture-based, Systems Approach; Future Orientation; Establishing Transparency and Effective Communication; Inclusion and Enrollment; Creating Safety for Personal Vulnerability, Connection and Consciousness; Dialogue and Open-minded thinking; Wellness; Decision-Making and Problem Solving; and The Quadruple bottom line.
Speakers
Howard Ross
Founder
Udarta Consulting
17:30 to 17:45
PRESENTATION: AESC AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
17:45 to 18:00
CLOSING COMMENTS
Speakers
Julian Ha
Chair, AESC Americas Council, Partner
Heidrick & Struggles
18:00 to 19:30
COCKTAIL RECEPTION SPONSORED BY CLUEN ENCORE

Registration

This event in New York is canceled. AESC will hold its Global Conference in London in November 2020.

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