Inspiring Bold, Visionary Leadership: AESC Global Conference
On April 10 & 11, 2018, AESC hosted the annual Boutique and Independent Firm Forum and the AESC Global Conference in New York City. Attendees experienced an immersive program of inspired speakers, thought provoking sessions, and provocative discussions aimed to move the needle towards bold, visionary leadership.
A diverse range of executive search professionals from large, global to boutique firms traveled from 19 different countries to accelerate their expertise in the profession, network with their peers, and come away with fresh ideas to share with their firms. One attendee explained their motivation to join the conference is "to have a better and up to date understanding of our industry and to build a global network as well."
The conference centered on the theme Disruptive Innovation, and focused on growth strategies, the power of generational difference, leaders and the choices they make, plus legislation and innovation.
A(NOTHER) DECADE OF DIGITAL DISRUPTION
Paul Lee, Partner and Global Head of Research for the Tech, Media and Telecommunications industries of Deloitte, shared his perspective on disruptive technological forces and their potential impacts.
THE MOST PRESSING BUSINESS ISSUES OF C-SUITE LEADERS 2018
Rebecca L. Ray of The Conference Board shared the results of an 18-year survey. The findings included responses from CEOs around the world and the challenges they face, plus strategies used to address them.
WINNING THE MODERN GROWTH TRIATHLON
Liz Hilton Segel, leader of McKinsey's Marketing & Sales practice, shared how business leaders drive growth through a winning combination of strategies and shift their growth trajectories in an optimal direction.
THE ART OF CHOOSING
Sheena Iyengar is a blind Indian American professor at the Columbia Business School, a world-renowned expert on choice, and author of The Art of Choosing. She presented her knowledge from a career of studying choice- why it matters, how we choose, and how we can choose better.
LEGISLATION THAT IS CHANGING THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS
A panel of experts of AESC Member firms, led by Clare Mahon, informed us of approaches to legislation, data privacy, data security and pay equity. The panel included Alwin Brunner of Heidrick & Struggles, Megan Goril of Spencer Stuart, Matthew Herman of Russell Reynolds Associates and David Peters of Odgers Berndtson. AESC Members who wish to learn more about GDPR are encouraged to log in to the AESC Member Portal for latest alerts on Legal Affairs and access to our Webinar Archive.
INNOVATIONS IN THE EXECUTIVE TALENT ECOSYSTEM
President and CEO of AESC, Karen Greenbaum, provided data, insights and observations about the potential changes to our professional ecosystem, featuring AESC's 2018 State of the Profession Report. Login to the AESC Member Portal to read the full report.
CROSSING THE GENERATIONAL DIVIDE: UNLOCKING THE POWER OF GENERATIONS TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Matt Beaudreau of The Center of Generational Kinetics engaged attendees with a lively presentation, unlocking the key to understanding and leveraging generational gaps.
AESC also honored four executive search and leadership consultants with the 2018 AESC Awards for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to the community.
The 2018 AESC Lifetime Achievement Award went to Bruce R. Raines, President and Chief Executive Officer of Raines International, Inc., based in New York. Raines' work has contributed to the growth and evolution of the profession by representing the highest standards of quality, professionalism and client service for more than 30 years.
The 2018 AESC Award of Excellence went to two members this year: Bonnie W. Gwin, Vice Chair and Co-Managing Partner of the global CEO & Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles, based in New York, and Jesus Castillo, Managing Partner, Contevenca/IIC Partners, and based in Caracas.
Gwin is a widely regarded expert of leadership effectiveness, diversity and corporate social responsibility at the CEO and board level and has been an executive search consultant for more than 20 years.
Castillo has been an inspiration to the executive search and leadership consulting firms in the Latin American region and across the globe, and has been in this profession in Venazuela for nearly 30 years.
The 2018 AESC Commitment to the Community Award recognizes a strong commitment to service and volunteerism and goes to Renee Baker Arrington, Senior Vice President, Shareholder Partner and Member of the Board at Pearson Partners International/IIC Partners, based in Dallas. Arrington has worked in executive search for more than 25 years and is involved in numerous not-for-profit and civic organizations, often conducting pro bono and reduced-fee searches for their executive leadership.
Thank you to our partners, Cluen, Invenias and Mintz Group for their support. Their support enables us to deliver quality content and networking opportunities to search firms around the world.
AESC conferences are the premier events for the executive search and leadership consulting profession. Hosted in business capitals across the world, the events are open to business leaders, AESC members and non-member retained executive search and leadership consulting firms. Attendees can expect to gain critical insights in a dynamic, non-competitive, interactive environment.