Advanced Certificate in Executive Search & Leadership Consulting

Program Overview

Experience a Dynamic Learning Environment

This six month MBA-level virtual certificate program is designed exclusively for senior-level Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. The program takes participants through a rigorous learning experience by applying cutting edge theory and industry best practices to their client assignments. Cornell University’s ILR School professors will take an integrated approach to teaching, which will include virtual lectures, interactive learning, group activities and case studies.

A World-Renowned Partner in Executive Education

Cornell’s ILR School, with its exceptional faculty of leading scholars in management and leadership issues, is uniquely positioned to provide insights into the challenges facing today’s business organizations.

The next AESC & Cornell Session will begin in January 2019. 

For information or registration inquiries, please contact Brian Glade at



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The following organizations have participated in the program:

Abrahams Executive Search, Accord Group/Alto Partners, ACH ConsultantsAlberta Corporate Human Resources, Amrop, Aplin Executive, Big Break Consulting, BluEra, BoardWalk Consulting, Boyden, Buffkin/Baker, BuysideResources Inc., CA Technologies, Capstone Partnership, CareerSMITH, Contevenca, Davidson Recruitment, ECS Partners International, Executive Access, The Executive Source, Executive Source Partners, Fesa, Fitco - Consulting Pte Ltd, Fortune Hill Executive Search, Harvard Group International, Heidrick & Struggles, Helbling and Associates, Inc., Hightech Partners, Hobson Leavy, Hodges Partners, IMS Talent Ltd, InTell Executive Search, Invesco TRANSEARCH, IRC, IRG Executive Search, Jebsen & Jessen, Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associate, Kast & Partners, Kerridge & Partners, Kincannon & Reed, Korn Ferry, Krebs, Lock Search Group, Lordstone Corporation, Mandrake, McIntyre Global Executive Search, Merc Partners, Metin Mitchell, Michael Berglund, OC Executive Search, Odgers Berndtson, Omera Partners, Osser & Osser, Preng & Associates, Progress Residential, Raines International, RGF Executive Search, RSR Partners, Saxton Bampfylde, Silvester & Co, Slayton Search Partners, Sockwell Partners, Spencer Stuart, Stanton Chase, Stratos Executive Search, Sullivan Search, Teampeople, TRANSEARCH, TriVista Recruitment, Tyler & Company, UTMB Health/The University of Texas Medical Branch, Ward Howell, Witt/Kieffer

Cornell Faculty

  • Daniel Cohen

    Associate Professor

  • Christopher Collins

    Associate Professor and Director, CAHRS, Cornell University

  • Kevin Hallock

    Director, Human Capital Development

  • John Hausknecht

    Kevin Hallock

    Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and Joseph R. Rich ’80 Professor of Economics and Human Resource Studies, Cornell University

  • Elizabeth Mannix

    Associate Professor, Human Resource Studies, Cornell University

  • Michael Serino

    Associate Professor and Chair of ILR International Programs


Course Schedule


Learn how firms can create value in the eyes of their customers by reviewing their business proposition, customer needs, and packaging to identify innovative services and positioning that can give a competitive advantage.


Consultants will share perspectives on diversity and inclusion and study examples of how leading organizations have made the shift to inclusion at organizational, managerial, and work group levels in an effort to fully engage employees, partners and customers to be more competitive globally.


Gain an understanding of how a firm manages its leadership pipeline and how talent is being managed and developed globally to quickly understand the primary approach that a company has adopted and how that may affect their options in the talent marketplace.


Learn how executive assessment is typically used in leading firms, how those evaluations affect career progression, and the pitfalls to avoid when these processes are poorly handled. Popular assessment options will be examined to determine how they could be weighed by the client firm and how to interpret results fairly.


Learn some of the most successful frameworks and practices for complex, multi-party negotiations to arrive at successful outcomes by understanding how to balance often competing goals with integrity and insight. Engage in learning exercises that will yield valuable insights to apply in everyday practice.


Gain insights to the trust-building behaviors that foster deep personal engagement between the consultant and the client by developing an empathetic understanding of the client’s interests and how to serve them to deepen and expand the relationship.


Learn how to advance meaningful business relationships through deep client understanding and demonstrated expertise. Strengthen rapport, increase the collaborative nature of client interactions, and produce high impact results.


Learn key considerations pertaining to total rewards, and provide a framework to understand an executive compensation package, negotiating points, and opportunities to analyze marketplace alternatives.


Who Should Enroll?

The program is designed for senior-level Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. If you are looking to advance your skills as a trusted advisor and move your business forward, this program will be an excellent choice in helping you navigate your future course. AESC will review each applicant’s experience to maintain the appropriate level of participants in the program.

What is new for the program?

The program was offered in a state-of-the art virtual learning environment for the first time in 2016, offering enhanced access to more AESC members worldwide. The program will also feature a greater focus on leadership consulting, offering participants in-depth insights and actionable practices to expand or strengthen their leadership consulting services.

How is the Content Delivered?

The program is delivered over six months. Individual courses will be offered each month in a live virtual format. The live sessions will require a 4 hour time commitment and you should expect to spend another 2-3 hours a month on self-study that will include readings and assignments.

When does the next Program Begin?

The next program will begin globally in January 2019. 

What are the technology requirements?

A reliable wired internet connection and a computer with speakers is required.

How much interaction will there be with the faculty and other participants?

During each class session you will have the opportunity to chat with faculty virtually and to interact with other participants. In addition to the live chat functionality you will also be asked to participate in online discussion forums. Throughout the program there will be other opportunities to work in groups and to collaborate with colleagues offline.

What happens if I am unable to attend a session?

You should make every effort to attend the live virtual sessions since this is the best way to stay engaged and participate in the group discussions, however in the event that you cannot attend due to a conflict, the sessions will be recorded, and you will have the ability to view them beginning a day after the live virtual event.

Are there any admission requirements?

This program is designed for consultants from AESC member and qualified nonmember firms. There is an expectation that you are actively engaged and have at least 10 years' professional experience, including time as a search consultant. Consultants that are new to the profession are not eligible to enroll in the program.

Will participants be tested or graded?

Throughout the program, live polls and homework assignments will test your comprehension of the course materials.

What type of credential will I receive upon completion of the program?

You must complete the program requirements in order to earn a certificate from the AESC and Cornell ILR School. The AESC will visibly promote the value of the certification to its members and the client community.

What are past participants saying about the program?

"The Cornell-AESC Advanced Certificate in Executive Search and Leadership Consulting program was a valuable part of my development as a search consultant and one that I would recommend to others in the field. The topics were both relevant and tangential to business issues that I regularly confront, and the instructors bring a good balance of real world experience and teaching capability to the program. Having a chance to interact with an engaged peer group that represented a broad spectrum of experiences and cultures was particularly valuable. "

- John Sparrow, Director, BoardWalk Consulting

"This program helped me not only to understand the change in clients’ needs towards advice in strategic talent analysis and management but also equipped with all necessary knowledge and tools to add value to the clients."

- Igor Kabuzenko, Managing Partner, Ward Howell

Are there past participants with whom I can speak about their experience?

Our board of alumni advisors includes: Jo Baxter, Hobson Leavy; Aldo Augusto Bergamasco, Fesa; Tony Bolliger, CareerSmith; Jesus Castillo, Contevenca / IIC Partners; Eduardo Comella, ECS Partners International / Cornerstone International; Anneke Ferreira, Ferreira & Associates; Carrie Hobson, Hobson Leavy; Alicia Hasell, Boyden; Debra Jerome, Witt/Kieffer; Geraldo Teixeira, Fesa. We'd be happy to put you in touch, just email Brian Glade at

Pricing & Inquiries 

Early Bird Deadline: July 31. Registration Deadline: November 30.

AESC Member: $7,000 Early Bird / $8,000 Standard 

Nonmember: $8,000 Early Bird / $8,500 Standard 

AESC Member Group Rate (2 or more from the same firm or network): $7,000

Nonmember Group Rate (2 or more from the same firm or network): $8,000

The next AESC & Cornell Session will begin in January 2019. 

For information or registration inquiries, please contact Brian Glade at