Connect. Include. Grow.

AESC Executive Research Forum

May 24, 2022
Connect. Include. Grow.
May 24, 2022
13:00 to 17:00

As we emerge into a new world of hybrid work, reconnecting and building lasting relationships with clients and candidates is core to growing our businesses. Today’s environment embraces diversity and requires teams to be agile, adaptable and resilient to enable growth. This unique professional development event expands beyond the core learning of AESC’s Certificate in Executive Research.

Join us as we explore:
• Building lasting relationships in an agile world
• The role of assessment in Executive Search
• Our impact on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
• Establishing resilience in a hybrid world of work

Key takeaways:
• Learn how to apply focus and intention in a fast-paced environment
• Understand how assessments are used and which apply to candidate selection
• Discover a framework for incorporating inclusion in every assignment

What your ticket includes:
• Access to the premier event for cutting-edge best practices in executive research
• 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
• On-demand access to all session recordings for 30 days after the event


Assessments for Selection Success

How do we strengthen the assessment of candidates to reduce the risk of a bad hire. Recent AESC research shines a light on the range of assessments, what they provide and which are best used for candidate selection. Learn what you need to know about assessments and how they apply to your work in executive research.

Karen Greenbaum
President & CEO
Building Lasting Relationships for Life

As we embrace the new norm of hybrid work, building and nurturing relationships is key to success. During this interactive session you will learn how to maintain the professional relationships we need in our careers by exploring how to develop our ‘relationship capital’: becoming a ‘person of interest’ and building long term partnerships with colleagues clients and candidates.

David Butter
David Butter Consulting

The Cluen Corporation is a long-standing industry leader in executive search technology and proud partner of AESC. Join us for a fireside chat with Heidi Braun, Sales Executive at Cluen, to find out more about how search professionals around the world use Encore to uncover and develop valuable relationships, while executing their searches faster, and dealing with key issues such as GDPR, Diversity and Communications Strategies.

Heidi Braun
Sales Executive
The Cluen Corporation
Diversify the Talent Pool with BlueSteps

AESC and its members have a rigorous commitment to diversity and inclusion, as reflected in the AESC Code of Professional Practice and AESC Diversity Pledge. This commitment extends to our BlueSteps network of candidates. Join BlueSteps Managing Director Kulsoom Gul and AESC's Clare Mahon for a fireside chat to learn about new initiatives that are growing the BlueSteps database with more diverse, global and digital talent. Research teams at AESC member firms have access to BlueSteps candidates. Learn how to use BlueSteps in your sourcing and ask questions.

Kulsoom Gul
Managing Director, BlueSteps & Executive Career Services
Clare Mahon
Managing Director, Europe & Africa
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Delivering Impact

Researchers and associates play a key role in the diversity and inclusion initiatives of executive search firms and their clients. What do we mean when we talk about Diversity? How do we respond to challenging questions? Managing the nuances of diversity and inclusion across multicultural clients and candidates is something we face each day. Our panel of experts from the AESC Diversity Leadership Councils will unpack issues related to sourcing diverse candidates, as well as how to manage and engage with candidates throughout the search process.

Shami Iqbal
Managing Partner
Spencer Stuart
Sergio Vega
Head of Research & Diversity, MENA
Odgers Berndtson
Dr. Annette Dölker
Executive Search and Assessment & Co-Lead DE&I Practice EMEA
Russell Reynolds Associates.
The Top Exec Search Trends To Meet the Moment in 2022 and Beyond

What’s on the agenda for executive search firms in 2022 and how are they meeting the moment to accomplish their goals? Invenias surveyed 600 global Exec Search professionals to learn their top priorities, challenges, and strategies for success. Discover how candidates have dominated the agenda in 2022 and how firms are leveraging technology to meet unprecedented demand.

Ashton Moran
General Manager
Invenias by Bullhorn
Resilience in a World of Constant Change

Today, we increasingly need to build personal resilience strategies to thrive in a rapid world of change. The impacts of the pandemic, economics, and geopolitics on executive mobility means that sourcing and engaging with high-calibre talent has never been more challenging. In a Hybrid world the need for continuous adaptation of multiple communication channels and different work styles of colleagues, candidates, and clients is challenging. Looking after yourself and working to your optimum is key to success. This practical session will look at the importance of prioritisation and time management in building personal resilience in a time of change.

Pia Muggerud
Learning Consultant
Social Media and Web Research

An important part of identifying a pool of strong candidates that align with your search criteria and meet your clients’ high expectations involves vetting these candidates through an online review of their web and social media presence. This may seem straight forward, but how, when and who conducts this review determines what you may find, how you review it and what you can legally share with your clients. Morgan Taylor from Mintz Group, a due diligence and corporate investigations firm, will share key insights and notable risks related to the social media and online research process.

Morgan Taylor
Mintz Group

During this short session, registrants will be paired with each other, to discuss ‘The Topic of the Day’. The conference system will reassign you to another participant after each 5-minute segment.


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Thank you to our AESC Partners