Founded 2004 24th Session
The Edgewater Hotel
Sept 6-7, 2016
The Executive Search Academy addresses best practices in managing executive recruiting, based on 20 years of research among leading corporations. In each segment we draw on this research, participants discuss their challenges, and in several cases we include discussion with an authority on the topic.
Tuesday, September 6th
8am Continental breakfast
8:30am How to Manage Search Activity & Improve Executive Hiring Effectiveness
We explore the evolution of executive recruiting, the challenges of competing for leadership talent and what kinds of corporate initiatives have been successful in managing search activity and improving hiring effectiveness. This includes the business case for an executive recruiting program and how to educate key players in your organization on their roles in making it work.
Presenter: Simon Mullins, Partner, ESIX, with some ‘virtual assistance’ from David Lord, Founder, ESIX
10:15am The Search Process
Anatomy of an executive search engagement - what really happens - and what hiring organizations need to know to make searches succeed. Here we take a detailed look at recruiting tactics and processes: a fundamental overview of how talent is identified and reeled in at search firms and by in-house search teams. Presenter: Simon Mullins, Partner, ESIX
12pm Lunch & Discussion
1pm Candidate Assessment
We discuss tactics and resources for the all-important task of evaluating executive candidates: what works and what is practical, and engage in an interactive learning session with an expert who draws on his exceptional experience both in consulting and in corporate, including at Amazon, Microsoft, PDI & Accenture.Guest: Robert Schmieder, Principal, Schmieder Consulting, LLC
2:30pm Client Management
Managing the client, the hiring team, and the interview team takes some courage and ideally some experience – after all, these are very senior executives that we are dealing with. However, there are some skills and tools that one can use to make sure that we’re in control of the situation, and to make sure this delicate process goes as smoothly as possible. Presenter: Simon Mullins, Partner, ESIX
4pm Adjourn for the day … and join us for a social hour
Connect with your peers in a social setting - where some of the best conversations among participants take place.
Wednesday, September 7th
8am Continental breakfast
8:30am Participant Roundtable
In this segment we delve into any questions brought to the table from the prior day’s discussions, as well as collectively dig into challenges that participants are currently having which they would like some group insight on.
9:30am Case Study in Direct Executive Search: Building a World-Class Function at T-Mobile
Toni Unrein describes her journey of building T-Mobile’s in-house function from early stages to doubling the size of her team, while simultaneously building the internal brand with her company’s executive leadership. She will share the lessons learned along the way and the plans to further evolve as a team in an ever changing and high growth organization. Guest: Toni Unrein, Director & Head of Executive Recruiting, T-Mobile
11am Case Study in Direct Executive Search: Going Global with Amazon
Over a relatively short period of time, Amazon has built an executive recruiting capability that is a leading example of how to create an in-house team. So, what’s next? Continuing the journey of globalizing and scaling the function is what’s next: David describes how to respond to ever-changing needs as the organization grows at ‘internet speed’, globally, in a super-competitive talent market. Guest: Dave Hill, Director of Executive Recruiting, Amazon
12:30pm Lunch and Discussion
1:30pm What’s Next for The Function?
We discuss a few ideas that are already out there, or maybe just ‘out there’, and participants will discuss what they are seeing – or would like to see – as the function grows in maturity and responds to the ever-changing talent market. Presenter: Simon Mullins, Partner, ESIX
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Location The Edgewater Hotel
2411 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA, 98121
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