Leadership in Action

2023 AESC Global Conference - New York

April 25, 2023
New York City
Leadership in Action
April 25, 2023
08:00 to 18:00

We live in a time of near-constant disruption. Leaders who can act decisively, build adaptable and resilient organizations, and navigate current and future shocks are well-positioned to thrive during the inevitable groundswells to come. Join us in NYC to expand your knowledge, learn from experts and turn your leadership into action.

Gain actionable, practical insights from experts and elevate your client impact.


  • April 24 - Assessment Master Class led by Hogan* | Boutique and Independent Firm Forum | Welcome Reception
  • April 25 - Conference

*Separate registration is required for the Assessment Master Class. Conference & Master Class packages can be purchased here.

Venue: Convene 237 Park Ave, New York, NY 10017

Who Should Attend:

  • AESC Members | Executive Search & Leadership Consulting Professionals
  • Board Directors, C-level Executives, Talent Acquisition, Venture Capitalists and Private Equity

We'll Explore:

  • Leadership in Action Directly from Clients
  • Accelerating your Business with Purpose
  • Empowering Fearless Leadership
  • The State of the Profession
  • Using Storytelling to Communicate Value to your Clients and Candidates
  • Building Your Influence in the C-Suite
  • Navigating the Economic Storm
  • And much more!

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Purpose, and Preparing for the Unpredictable

Purpose-driven leaders are more likely to face economic uncertainty, disruption and change with focus, resilience and confidence. Cristina Lilly, President, North America and Managing Director at BCG BrightHouse, explains how purpose-driven leaders leverage their organization’s purpose and values to create the focus, clarity, alignment and meaning needed to drive performance, elevate culture, and attract and retain talent in times of uncertainty. 

Cristina Lilly
President, North America and Managing Director
BCG BrightHouse
Empowering Fearless Leadership

Discover how to facilitate actionable change and advance a future that is more equitable and inclusive. Respected CEO, best-selling author of Never Get Their Coffee: Empowering Fearless Leadership and global thought leader Lakisha Ann Woods will host a session on "Empowering Fearless Leadership." Discover how to facilitate actionable change and advance a future that is more equitable and inclusive.

Lakisha Ann Woods
EVP/Chief Executive Officer
The American Institute of Architects
Let’s Get More Women To The Top—Faster

We face a once-in-a-generation opportunity to close the leadership gender gap at the top of corporations today. Jenna Fisher, an RRA leadership advisor and author of new book, "To the Top: How Women in Corporate Leadership are Rewriting the Rules for Success", sits down with women leaders to discuss why a post-Covid world opens new opportunities on the path to parity—and how we can seize the opportunity in front of us. 

Jenna C. Fisher
Leadership Advisor
Russell Reynolds Associates 
Tina Shah Paikeday
Global Capability Head, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Russell Reynolds Associates 
How ESG and Stakeholder Capitalism are Changing Boards

This may be the most challenging and interesting time to serve on a US corporate board in the past two decades. Boards are responding to a heightened focus on both “the what”—an array of ESG issues—and “the whom”—a shift toward multistakeholder capitalism. Hear from one of the nation’s leading ESG voices, Paul Washington, Executive Director of The Conference Board ESG Center. His session will address the impact of these trends on the board’s role as a strategic partner for management, as well as the board’s composition, capabilities, structure, and leadership, and how search consultants can serve as trusted advisors to their clients.   

Paul Washington
Executive Director, ESG Center
The Conference Board
Purposeful Leadership, Driving Impact Through a Thriving Culture

C-suite and senior executives own and lead the culture-shaping process. The organization becomes a “Shadow of its Leaders.” To transform a culture there must be a clear and compelling purpose for the shift. A strong company culture is a powerful invisible force, a set of unspoken shared assumptions and values that shape the everyday experience of people and employees connected to an organization, both inside and out. 

In this fireside chat, you will hear from Mariya Trickett on her leadership journey, her organization’s transformation, and the impact culture has on employees, customers, and stakeholders when tightly linked to strategy.

Rose Gailey
Global lead of the Organization Acceleration and Culture Shaping Center of Excellence
Heidrick & Struggles
Mariya Trickett
SVP and Chief People Officer
Analog Devices
Performance Through People: Transforming Human Capital Into Competitive Advantage

A dual focus on developing people and managing them well gives a select group of companies a long-term performance edge.

Bill Schaninger
Senior Partner
McKinsey and Company
The State of the Profession

Karen Greenbaum, AESC CEO presents the highly anticipated report on growth trends and sentiment from the AESC Member Outlook Survey, the only research of its kind on the executive search and leadership consulting profession.

Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
Building Your Influence in the C-Suite [Breakout Session]

Learn practical tools and proven approaches to amplify your personal strengths. Leverage new aspects of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Intellectual Curiosity (CQ) to earn more trust, credibility, and influence with C-Suite leaders. Mel Parker is a successful CEO, turnaround executive, author, West Point graduate, U. S. Army Ranger and internationally recognized leader who has led multiple high-performing Global teams for some of the world’s biggest brands.

Mel Parker
President and Chief Executive Officer
Take The Limits Off
Navigating the Economic Storm [Breakout Session]

Understand how economic trends affect your business and how organizational resilience can position you to reset and endure. Leveraging The Conference Board C-Suite Outlook© and global economic forecasts, Chief Economist Dana M. Peterson focuses on the issues that matter to you and your clients.

Dana M. Peterson
Chief Economist and Center Leader, Economy, Strategy & Finance
The Conference Board
Storytelling Workshop—Don't Lose the Headline! [Breakout Session]

Do you know how to make the first sentence count? Can you capture and hold the attention of a prospect? A candidate? Can you adeptly communicate your value to clients? In this interactive workshop learn how to communicate succinctly and effectively through a fireside chat and storytelling exercises with journalist, best-selling author, producer and adjunct professor at NYU’s Arthur J. Carter Journalism Institute, Nina Burleigh.

Nina Burleigh
Journalist, author, documentary producer, and adjunct professor
NYU's Arthur J. Carter Journalism Institute



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