Adapt: 2022

AESC Global Conference - New York

May 11, 2022
New York
Now is the Time to Embrace Bold Change
May 11, 2022
08:30 to 18:30

As the world emerges from a long collective reset, we are forever changed. What organizations must be prepared for now is anything but a return. We must adapt and evolve as the world around us changes.

Now is the time to embrace bold change. Change means growth. Growth means opportunity. Who are the leaders who can successfully adapt to the large-scale change the world is facing? Who will drive the change and usher in a new era of business innovation & cultural alignment?

Together, we'll explore:

  • Reimagining and Owning the Second Half of Your Career Life—Michael A. Clinton, Former President and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines
  • Adapt 2022: Global Insights and Opportunities—Karen Greenbaum, President and CEO, AESC
  • The Importance of Self-Care as a Leader—Dr. Monique James, Memorial Sloan Cancer Center
  • NACD Commission: The Future of the Boardroom—F. William McNabb III, former Chair & CEO, Vanguard & Donna F. Zarcone, recognized board leader on multiple public and private company boards.
  • The State of Trust in the Workplace and Beyond—Kirsty Graham, Global Leader, Sectors and Global Chair, Edelman Health
  • And much more!

Who Should Attend

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

What Your Ticket Includes

  • Access to the premier event for executive search & leadership consultants & their clients, and anyone invested in the future of executive talent
  • Exposure to leading-edge thinking about the major issues impacting executives in today’s constantly changing business climate
  • Networking with peers, thought leaders & experts on executive talent
  • Access to the latest technologies & services in the executive talent landscape at our AESC Sponsor Expo

COVID-19 Safety Measures

AESC follows the COVID-19 guidelines of New York City, New York State and the venue. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and government-issued identification is required to attend.

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Welcome Reception & Networking

The night before the conference, we invite you to attend our Welcome Reception. The Welcome Reception is sponsored by Cluen and will take place on May 10, 2022 at 17:00 EDT.

08:00 to 09:00
Registration and Networking Breakfast
09:00 to 09:10
Conference Welcoming and Opening Session
09:10 to 10:00
Reimagining and Owning the Second Half of Your Career Life

To defy the implied barriers of ageism, you must be proactive by creating the future that you want and deserve. Join former president and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, Michael Clinton, as he discusses his new book ROAR Into the Second Half of Your Life (Before It’s Too Late). Clinton will present an empowering path for reimagining and embracing your future through the process of ROAR (Reimagine Yourself, Own Who You Are, Act on What’s Next, and Reassess Your Relationships).

Michael A. Clinton
Former President and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines
Hearst Publications
10:00 to 10:45
Adapt 2022: Global Insights and Opportunities

AESC CEO Karen Greenbaum will present new insights on the executive search and leadership consulting profession and client issues. She will look at key issues driving business strategies around the world, what it means for our profession, trends impacting leadership and how we serve clients, and global performance data on executive search and leadership consulting services. Learn where the new opportunities are for your firm or practice.

Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
10:45 to 11:15
Networking Break
11:15 to 12:00
The Adaptability Quotient and the Future of Work

As recent AESC research has shown, adaptability has become a top sought-after executive competency. But how do you measure for it? McKinsey Global Institute Partner Anu Madgavkar will weave together multiple strands of research outlining the importance of adapting to the ever-changing labor market around us and the impact of the Future of Work.

Anu Madgavkar
McKinsey Global Institute
12:00 to 12:15
AESC Awards Ceremony
12:15 to 13:15
Lunch and Partner Exhibits
13:15 to 14:00
Human Centered AI For Human Resources

As organizations are increasingly looking to harness the power of artificial intelligence to manage talent in ways that are more effective, fair, and efficient, the use of AI in Human Resources still raises potential problems in areas such as data privacy and bias. Accordingly, the use of AI in HR also poses operational, reputational, and legal risks to organizations, especially with recent moves in several countries to regulate its use.

To help organizations overcome these challenges, the World Economic Forum (WEF) collaborated with over 50 experts in HR, data science, employment law, and ethics to create a practical toolkit for the responsible use of AI in this field.

We are honored to have three of those contributors to the WEF toolkit on the panel today: Colin Anderson, Digital HR and People Analytics Leader at Accenture, Alexander Alonso, Chief Knowledge Officer, SHRM, and Stela Lupushor, Senior Fellow in Human Capital and Program Director for The Conference Board.

Alexander Alonso, Ph.D, SHRM-SCP
Chief Knowledge Officer
Colin Anderson
Managing Director, HR Digital Transformation and People Analytics
Stela Lupushor
Senior Fellow & Program Director, Human Capital
The Conference Board
14:00 to 14:15
AESC Awards Ceremony
14:15 to 14:45
The Importance of Self-Care as a Leader

How do we proactively ensure leaders and teams have the mental prowess to perform at optimal levels? The answer is mental fitness. Mental fitness ensures your mind has the strength and agility to proactively make positive choices, better handle challenges, and attain goals. During this session, a representative from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will explore how to build your—and your team’s—mental fitness, improve mental health literacy, and support lasting behavioral change—all leading to overall performance and efficiency improvements.

Dr. Monique James
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
14:45 to 15:15
Networking Break
15:15 to 16:00
NACD Commission: The Future of the Boardroom

As business leaders adapt in 2022, businesses are dealing with a complex set of challenging issues:
• COVID variants, virtual meetings, supply-chain disruptions, climate change, digitization of business, complex cyber risks, a renewed commitment to social justice, and the Great Resignation are reshaping social and economic life in powerful ways.
• Additionally, major shifts in public company ownership to assets held by index funds are increasing the demand for corporate boards to lead for the long term and redefine TSR from total shareholder return to talent, strategy and risk to create sustainable value.
Join Bill McNabb and Donna F. Zarcone as they explore how boards are evolving to meet the demands of the future and how this will impact the board’s mandate, agenda and composition. Bill is co-chair of NACD Commission on the Future of the American Boardroom and Donna serves with him on this commission.

F. William McNabb III is a board member of UnitedHealth Group, IBM, Axiom, Tilney Smith & Williamson, Vanilla, and Altruist, and he is also vice chair of the board of Nexii. Bill is the former Chairman and CEO of Vanguard, and co-author of Talent, Strategy, Risk: How Investors and Boards are Redefining TSR.

Donna F. Zarcone is a board member of CDW, Cigna, The Duchossois Group, and Quinnox, and serves as an Advisory Board Director for Smithsonian Institution and Polsky Center at University of Chicago. Donna is the former President and CEO of The Economic Club of Chicago.

Donna F. Zarcone
Corporate Executive & Board Director
Serves on the boards of CDW, Cigna, The Duchossois Group, Quinnox and the Smithsonian Institution
F. William McNabb III
Former Chair & CEO, Vanguard & Co-Chair
Serves on the boards of UnitedHealth Group, IBM, Axion, Tilney Smith & Williamson, Vanilla, Altruist and Nexii
16:00 to 16:30
AESC Awards Ceremony
16:30 to 17:15
The State of Trust in the Workplace and Beyond

Join Kirsty Graham, Edelman Global Health Chair, as she presents findings from Edelman’s annual Trust Barometer, the largest global survey and foremost authority on trust in business, government, media and NGOs. This session will explore trust in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, important social issues like the long overdue recognition of systemic racism, and the current epidemic of misinformation. How is the state of trust impacting executive search and leadership consulting firms and their clients? Graham will share relevant findings on how business leaders have been given new license to lead in these uncertain times. She will also discuss employees’ new expectations of their employers and the role of corporations in restoring trust.

Kirsty Graham
Global Leader, Sectors and Global Chair, Health
17:15 to 17:30
Closing Remarks


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