Recent Events

ICEDR programs provide developmental opportunities for your HR professionals globally including an annual ICEDR Global Summit for senior HR executives and Emerging Talent Leaders Programs taught by top business school faculty and senior executives for high potential HR leaders and topical seminars.

Leadership in the New World of Work

Leadership in the New World of Work is being hosted by J.P. Morgan Chase.

ICEDR partner companies may send 4 colleagues from either the line or HR. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

Digitalization is fast-becoming the new normal in how companies are engaging with their customers. It is now what we do. But has it fully made its way into how we think, how we learn and how we lead? During this intensive one-day session we will help you to bridge this gap in a very hands-on way. We will share highlights on what leading companies around the world are doing right now to build the mindsets, skills and behaviors to lead proactively in the digital economy. You’ll receive an update on a major global research project on the future of leadership in the digital economy, as well as engage with senior HR executives from J.P. Morgan Chase and other leading companies on how they are digitizing their learning and development efforts. You will also get an insider’s view into a J.P. Morgan Chase initiative on design thinking and innovative product design through their partner: Decoded. You will not be an audience member during this session - you will test out these tools in real time and see how they can apply to your company!

May 15, 2019
London, United Kingdom
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QUEST Early Career Women's Program - London

The QUEST Early Career Women's Program - London is hosted by Shell.

ICEDR partner companies may send 6 early career women. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

For high-potential women in the first decade of their careers, QUEST offers a one-day program to give early career women the skillsets and mindsets to grow their careers.

May 14, 2019
London, United Kingdom
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QUEST Early Career Women's Program - Hong Kong

The QUEST Early Career Women's Program - Hong Kong is hosted by the Fung Group.

ICEDR partner companies may send 12 early career women. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send participants.

For high-potential women in the first decade of their careers, QUEST offers a one-day program to give early career women the skillsets and mindsets to grow their careers.

Apr 12, 2019
Hong Kong
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Building the Digitally Fit and Inclusive Workforce of the Future - Today

Building the Digitally Fit and Inclusive Workforce of the Future - Today is hosted by PwC.

ICEDR partner companies and academic partners may send colleagues.

Leaders are racing to unlock the value of data, tech-enabled business processes, and create better, more digitally-enhanced experiences for customers and employees. They are working to disrupt their own businesses before somebody else does. CEOs also recognize the imperative for a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. None of this can be achieved without substantial investment in talent, development and enabling processes and technology. Executives know they can’t hire their way out of the need for upskilled employees. Employees are focused on organizations that will invest in their development and help secure their future in the face of increasing automation and AI.

This program will provide participants with insights on workforce and diversity strategies for a digital, data driven economy. Leaders from PwC will share insights from their own firm experience, along with executives from other leading organizations.

Mar 14, 2019
New York City, USA
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How to Ask for Support and Create Networks in the Early Stages of Your Career - Boston

How to Ask for Support and Create Networks in the Early Stages of Your Career is hosted by BlackRock.

ICEDR partner companies may send 6 early career women. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

For high-potential women in the first decade of their careers, this program will help early career women build meaningful and effective relationships at work.

The program will feature the latest research on how to ask for support and create networks. Alison Wood Brooks, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School will deliver a session on “How to Talk: The Transformative Power of Conversation." In addition, we will explore how to build connections through dialogue, stories from women role models, and interactive exercises.

Nov 13, 2018
Boston, MA, USA
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Developing Leaders in the Age of Disruption

This ICEDR Seminar will be held at London Business School.

This ICEDR Seminar is for the HR Leaders in your organization. ICEDR partner companies may send 3 HR Leaders. ICEDR academic partners may send 1 colleague.

Join other HR leaders to discuss the leadership that will be needed to help organizations thrive in the new world of work. You will hear recent work one the topic from London Business School's Julian Birkinshaw and ICEDR's President Doug Ready.

Oct 18, 2018
London, United Kingddom
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QUEST Early Career Women's Program - London

The QUEST Early Career Women's Program is hosted by Baker McKenzie.

ICEDR partner companies may send 4 early career women. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

For high-potential women in the first decade of their careers, QUEST offers a one-day program to give early career women the skillsets and mindsets to grow their careers.

The program will feature tactical sessions on the essential skills emerging women leaders must cultivate. Isabel Fernandez-Mateo, Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School will deliver a session on “Building Your Career Strategy”, which is a version of the course she teaches at LBS. In addition, participants will benefit from a skill-building session on “Leading Authentically” and will enhance their ability to be the best possible version of themselves.

The program will also feature the outputs of QUEST’s “Make It Happen” research that highlights the mindsets high-powered women display. A panel of senior-level women executives will bring this research to life through their career lessons for the next generation of women leaders.

Oct 17, 2018
London, United Kingddom
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QUEST Early Career Women's Program - Boston

The QUEST Early Career Women's Program is hosted by Ropes & Gray.

ICEDR partner companies may send 6 emerging women leaders. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

For high-potential women in the first decade of their careers, QUEST offers a one-day program to give early career women the skillsets and mindsets to grow their careers. The program will feature tactical sessions on the essential skills emerging women leaders must cultivate. In addition, we will explore the mindsets of high-powered women through dialogue, stories from women role models, and interactive exercises.

May 17, 2018
Boston, USA
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What Great Top Leadership Teams Do

The ICEDR What Great Top Leadership Teams Do Program is hosted by Shell.

Virtually every organization has a leadership team. But what is it that makes a leadership team a great team? What does it do either better or differently from other top teams? What does it feel like in the organization when that top team is operating at peak performance? How do top teams become great? Is it luck- the draw of the cards? Or, do they need nurturing, pruning, and cultivation?

During this one-day highly interactive session we will examine the skillsets and mindsets of great top leadership teams, and we’ll look at how these teams work together to build new capabilities and drive change. We will also look at case examples of what companies are doing to build great leadership teams. The session will be highly relevant to today’s challenges, drawing upon recent research and extensive practical applications.

May 15, 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Global Talent Summit- Developing Asian Talent for the New Economy

Sponsored by Fung Group, McKinsey and MIT Sloan Executive Education.

We had an extraordinary Global Talent Summit at Fung Academy in Hong Kong April 17-18, 2018, with many of China’s leading companies presenting. We videotaped much of the summit and will be posting edited versions of some of the presentations over the next few weeks. Here are the first videos-check back often for new releases:


White Water Disruption ̶ Perils or Opportunities?

• Victor Fung, Group Chairman, Fung Group & Honorary Chairman, Li & Fung Limited



Planning for an Unknowable Future

Facilitated by Doug Ready, Founder and President, ICEDR & Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
• Chi-Won Yoon, Executive Vice Chairman of UBS Wealth Management
• Nisa Leung, Managing Partner, Qiming Venture Partners
• Richard Wong, Professor of Economics & Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy, The University of Hong Kong



Make Your Company a Talent Factory – Building Agile Organizations and Resilient Leaders

• Doug Ready, Founder and President, ICEDR & Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management



Decoding the Success of Breakthrough Internet Innovators - Part I-How Chinese Internet Innovators Win

• Arthur Yeung, Senior Management Advisor, Tencent & Adjunct Professor of Management, CEIBS



Decoding the Success of Breakthrough Internet Innovators – Part II - JD.com Case Example

• Rain Long, CHRO and General Counsel, JD.com



Decoding the Success of Breakthrough Internet Innovators – Part III – 58.com and 58.Daojia Case Example

• Arthur Duan, CHRO, 58 Daojia



Lessons from the Future ̶ Talent Strategies and Millennial Voices on the New World of Work ̶ Do We Have the Right Fit? Part I

Moderated by Doug Ready, ICEDR & MIT Sloan
Kam Shing Kwang, CEO, Asia Private Bank and Senior Country Officer, Hong Kong, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.,
Arne Gast, Partner, Organization Practice, McKinsey
Lewis Chan, Managing Director of Creasian Industrial Ltd



Lessons from the Future ̶ Talent Strategies and Millennial Voices on the New World of Work ̶ Do We Have the Right Fit? Part II

Moderated by Doug Ready, ICEDR & MIT Sloan
• Facilitators:
Kam Shing Kwang, CEO, Asia Private Bank and Senior Country Officer, Hong Kong, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.,
Arne Gast, Partner, Organization Practice, McKinsey
Lewis Chan, Managing Director of Creasian Industrial Ltd
• Panelists: Next-Gen Talent, from Li & Fung, Tencent, J.P. Morgan Chase, Prudential and Alibaba



The Power of Resiliency and Experimentation

• Leonard Lane, Member of the Board, Fung Academy and Advisor to the Group Chairman, Li & Fung Ltd.



The Future of Work in the Digital Economy

• Manish Bahl, Senior Director, Center for the Future of Work, Cognizant



Reimagining Learning in the Disruptive Age

• John Seely Brown, World renowned authority on innovation and “What’s Next”, and Board Member of the Fung Academy, Fung Group



Innovations in Learning ̶ CLO Panel – Part I

• Peter Hirst, Associate Dean, Executive Education, MIT Sloan School of Management



Innovations in Learning ̶ CLO Panel – Part II

• Cindy Chow, Executive Director, Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund



Innovations in Learning ̶ CLO Panel – Part III

• Bessie Chong, Director, Group Training and Talent Management, Esquel



Innovations in Learning ̶ CLO Panel – Part IV

• CY Chan, Co-Owner & Head of Talent Engagement & Corporate Social Investment, Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd.



Looking Ahead: Talent Strategy along the New Silk Road

• Joe Ngai, Managing Partner, Greater China, McKinsey


Apr 17, 2018 - Apr 18, 2018
Hong Kong
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QUEST Early Career Women's Program - Hong Kong

The QUEST Early Career Women's Program - Hong Kong is hosted by Esquel Group.

ICEDR partner companies may send 4 high-potential emerging women leaders. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

For high-potential women in the first decade of their careers, ICEDR offers a one-day program to give early career women the skillsets and mindsets to grow their careers. The program will feature tactical sessions on the essential skills emerging women leaders must cultivate. In addition, we will explore the mindsets of high-powered women through dialogue, stories from women role models, and interactive exercises.

Apr 16, 2018
Hong Kong
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Leading with an Enterprise Perspective - Developing an end-to-end leadership capability in your company

Hosted by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Partner companies may send 6 participants from all parts of the organization (not just HR). Partner business schools may send 1 participant.

Today’s leaders need to demonstrate both vertical and horizontal depth- they must lead their businesses, functions, projects and geographies while also behaving with the broader enterprise in mind. As such, these “next-gen leaders” must possess the skillsets of a business leader and the “mindset” of an enterprise leader. During this day-long session we will explore the skillsets and mindsets of the enterprise leader and look at examples of excellence in practice in developing your next generation of enterprise leaders.

Mar 12, 2018
New York NY, USA
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QUEST Early Career Women's Program - London

The QUEST Early Career Women's Program - London is hosted by HSBC. ICEDR partner companies may send 4 emerging women leaders. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

For women in the first decade of their careers, we offer a one-day program to give early career women the skillsets and mindsets to grow their careers. QUEST research on early career women identifies five factors that rising women stars value. Thus, the program is structured along 5 modules:

Know Me: Invest the time to know me as a person, including my passions, interests, and needs both in and out of work.
Challenge Me: I need to grow and continue my learning through new challenges and see multiple paths to advancement.
Connect Me: I want to interact, collaborate, and build relationships with a dynamic network of peers, leaders, mentors, coaches, and sponsors.
Inspire Me: I want purpose from my workplace from which I derive a sense of meaning.
Unleash Me: I want to lead initiatives, have my voice heard, and use my entrepreneurial flair.

At this interactive program, aspiring women leaders will connect with peers from top firms, take a strategic approach to their professional development, and be inspired by executive women role models.

Nov 13, 2017
London, United Kingdom
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HR’s Journey to the C-Suite – Becoming an Enterprise Leader

The HR’s Journey to the C-Suite – Becoming an Enterprise Leader Program is hosted by London Business School.
Partner companies may send 4 participants. Partner business schools may send 1 participant.

We live in a world that is in a permanent state of uncertainty and turbulence. Business leadership success is founded on having the right asset, product, financial and human capital strategy. The Board and CEO look to the top HR team to provide expertise, leadership and guidance on how best to position and re-position the human capital strategy, in order to cope with these ever-changing economic, technological and political circumstances. For those in HR who aspire to be a part of their organizations’ leadership team, learning how to adapt and thrive in this environment is essential for success. Whether you are a senior specialist or HR generalist, understanding and acquiring the skillsets and mindset of an enterprise leader are essential in order to be effective at the highest organization level. This program explores what it takes to progress to an enterprise leadership role and to have a real voice in both the C-Suite and the Boardroom.

Nov 08, 2017 - Nov 09, 2017
London, United Kingdom
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QUEST Early Career Women's Program - Washington D.C.

The QUEST Early Career Women's Program - Washington D.C. is hosted by Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. ICEDR partner companies may send 6 emerging women leaders. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

For women in the first decade of their careers, we offer a one-day program to give early career women the skillsets and mindsets to grow their careers. This program features a world-class faculty team, including Christine Porath, Associate Professor of Management, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Betsy Myers, Former Senior Advisor on Women’s Issues to Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. At this interactive program, aspiring women leaders will connect with peers from top firms, take a strategic approach to their professional development, and be inspired by executive women role models.

Oct 26, 2017
Washington, D.C.
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QUEST Research Roundtable - Boston

This research roundtable is hosted by Shire. The target audience for this roundtable is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles.

QUEST is moving forward with the next phase of research focusing on "Make It Happen! How Women Leaders Unleash Their Strengths". This roundtable will be led by the QUEST research team and will allow participants to have their voices heard, connect with peers from top companies, and contribute to this important initiative.

Sep 13, 2017
Cambridge, MA, USA
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ICEDR Global Innovations Summit - Developing Leaders for a VUCA World

The ICEDR Global Innovations Summit - Developing Leaders for a VUCA World is hosted by Baker McKenzie and McKinsey.

We know the world is changing fast. We know technological breakthroughs have accelerated beyond what we thought possible. We know that demographics and cultural norms are changing the way work is done, as well as the relationships between employees and their organizations. We know that economic power is shifting from West to East. We know that customers have more knowledge than ever before and are therefore more demanding than ever before.

But do we know what this means from a talent management, leadership development and organizational design perspective? Are we fully prepared to spot the leaders of the future in this ever-changing world? Are we as agile and resilient as we know we need to be? We will tackle these and other topics at the ICEDR Summit, with fresh research and practical company presentations on innovations concerning the workplace of the future and the leadership capabilities needed to not only survive, but to thrive in a VUCA World.

The ICEDR Global Innovations Summit is ICEDR’s most senior-level program. ICEDR partner companies may send 3 senior HRD executives/line executives. ICEDR academic partners may send 1 colleague.

May 16, 2017 - May 17, 2017
London, UK
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QUEST NextGen Women Leaders Program- New York

ICEDR partner companies may send 4 emerging women leaders. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

Are you an early career woman leader looking to enhance your business skills and develop strategies to achieve your goals? At this interactive program, you will connect with peers from top firms, take a strategic approach to your professional development, and be inspired by executive speakers.

Mar 29, 2017
New York, USA
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Building Game Changing Organizations - Australia

The Building Game Changing Organizations Program is hosted by AGSM Business School.
Partner companies may send 4 participants. This program would be especially beneficial to senior level line and HR leaders who are engaged in building next generation organizational capabilities in their companies. Partner business schools may send 1 participant.

Game-changing organizations rewrite traditional playbooks. They stand out. They often create disproportionate value relative to their size and resources. They have big dreams but know how to get things done. These organizations have a palpable "buzz" to them. They have a breakaway business model, but they also have a breakaway spirit and organizational culture.

Leaders of these game-changing organizations understand the power and importance of telling their companies' compelling stories. They are hard-edged business leaders but they also embrace what others might consider to be the "soft side" of leading: purpose, vision, and climate. They know how to integrate the hard and soft sides of leadership into a powerful formula that makes them game-changers. These leaders and their organizations are purpose-driven, performance-oriented, and principles-led. The weaving together of these three capabilities simultaneously is what helps them get and stay out in front.

Mar 28, 2017
Sydney, Australia
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QUEST NextGen Women Leaders Program - Boston

ICEDR partner companies may send 4 emerging women leaders. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

Are you an early career woman leader looking to enhance your business skills and develop strategies to achieve your goals? At this interactive program, you will connect with peers from top firms, take a strategic approach to your professional development, and be inspired by executive speakers.

Feb 15, 2017
Boston, USA
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QUEST NextGen Women Leaders Program - Hong Kong

ICEDR partner companies may send 4 emerging women leaders. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

Are you an early career woman leader looking to enhance your business skills and develop strategies to achieve your goals? At this interactive program, you will connect with peers from top firms, take a strategic approach to your professional development, and be inspired by executive speakers.

Jan 23, 2017
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Building Game Changing Organizations

The Building Game Changing Organizations Program is hosted by London Business School.
Partner companies may send 4 participants.This program would be especially beneficial to senior level line and HR leaders who are engaged in building next generation organizational capabilities in their companies. Partner business schools may send 1 participant.

Game-changing organizations rewrite traditional playbooks. They stand out. They often create disproportionate value relative to their size and resources. They have big dreams but know how to get things done. These organizations have a palpable "buzz" to them. They have a breakaway business model, but they also have a breakaway spirit and organizational culture.

Leaders of these game-changing organizations understand the power and importance of telling their companies' compelling stories. They are hard-edged business leaders but they also embrace what others might consider to be the "soft side" of leading: purpose, vision, and climate. They know how to integrate the hard and soft sides of leadership into a powerful formula that makes them game-changers. These leaders and their organizations are purpose-driven, performance-oriented, and principles-led. The weaving together of these three capabilities simultaneously is what helps them get and stay out in front.

Dec 07, 2016 - Dec 08, 2016
London, United Kingdom
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How to Succeed as an Early Career Woman - Boston

ICEDR partner companies may send 4 emerging women leaders. The target audience for this program is women in the first decade of their careers in line roles. ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

At this interactive program hosted by HubSpot, you will discover strategies that will help you - the early career woman - succeed. You will gain insights from two remarkable women leaders - Katie Burke, VP Culture & Experience, HubSpot and Betsy Myers, Senior Advisor, QUEST and former Chair of Women for Obama and former Senior Advisor on Women's Issues to President Bill Clinton. At this event, you will learn how companies are creating cultures where aspiring women leaders thrive, discover how you can bring your authentic self to work, and connect with peers from top firms.

Dec 07, 2016
Boston, USA
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Early Career Talent Program

The Early Career Talent Program is hosted by Barclays.

ICEDR partner companies may send 4 early career talents (target audience: men and women in first decade of their careers in line roles). ICEDR partner business schools may send 1 participant.

Are you an early career leader looking to enhance your business skills and develop strategies to achieve your goals? What is key in your journey from individual contributor to manager? How can you become a better “reverse” mentor and learn from your interactions? At this interactive program, you will connect with peers from top firms, take a strategic approach to your professional development, and be inspired by executive speakers.

Nov 03, 2016
London, United Kingdom
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