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North America

Professional services may be the largest business sector in North America but it does not speak with a single voice. In addition, leaders of firms of all sizes (whether one-office, local, regional or national) do not always have the tools or time to advance productivity, adopt innovation, enhance collaboration, or provide greater value to their clients – basically to re-tune their firms for a profitable future.

A valuable partner

This is where the Managing Partners’ Forum can be such a valuable partner. Our purpose is to support the growth, productivity and prosperity of professional services – eg. legal, accountancy, consultancy, engineering, real estate advisory etc. The firms that currently belong to the Forum bring together tens of thousands of professionals worldwide.

 

An exclusive international community

Reap the substantial benefits of belonging to an exclusive international community of peers. The Forum is just for leaders of professional firms - Managing Partners/CEOs and Senior Partners/Chairs. In addition to creating connectivity and value with each other, we help our members be the best they can at improving their firms, with the ripple effect of doing the same for their clients.

 

An influential independent voice

The Forum constantly promotes the vital contribution of the sector to the economy, local communities and public life. We act as an independent voice on behalf of the sector to professional associations, government regulatory bodies and other influential key audiences that have an impact on the sector. Current campaigns and projects include:

  • A UK Government-funded project involving four business schools to research the extent that collaborative design could help firms adopt artificial intelligence.

 

Tailored services for local members

The Forum provides connectivity to gain perspective on common issues and priorities through multiple routes, all tailored to member needs based on feedback. Current services in North America include:

  • Leader Roundtables: Bi-monthly virtual meetings with interesting presenters to explore important aspects of strategic leadership, under the moderation of Patrick McKenna and Larry Stroud. Benefits include: greater clarity over priorities; new capabilities and skills; knowledge, insights and practical tips; and new contacts and relationships:
    • Restricted to 20 members. No substitutes.
    • A guest presenter is invited to brief on their topic of expertise followed by an open discussion conducted under the Chatham House Rule (*).
    • All participants receive a free copy when a presenter has recently written a book or paper on the topic.
    • Short notice meetings are arranged when Harvard Business Review authors are in town.
  • Peer Groups: The same eight to nine members meeting every six weeks to explore issues ‘in the moment’. Peer Groups may also be formed for the Chiefs of Talent, Technology, Knowledge, Innovation, Client Service, Business Development and Marketing at firms with a current member.
  • Excellence Awards: The Forum, with its knowledge partners Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times, has organised annual Awards for management excellence since 2002. The Awards help clients select advisers, and also shine a spotlight on the vital contribution made by management experts to the strategy and smooth operation of their firms. Over 200 professional firms located worldwide have entered to date, many on multiple occasions. Winners include all the Big 4 and other global accountancy firms as well as North American law firms, such as Dentons, DLA Piper, Clark Hill, Mayer Brown, Reed Smith and McCarthy Tétrault. A virtual ceremony will be held in the early Summer of 2021.
  • Summits: Meet international members at quarterly half-day summits in London UK, covering leadership (January), strategy (March), productivity (June) and technology (November).

Events

Aftershocks and opportunities

Wednesday 09 December 2020

Our award-winning keynote presenter (Rohit Talwar) and distinguished panel comprising Sean Denham of Grant Thornton and Beth Wilson of Dentons, hosted by Patrick McKenna and Larry Stroud, will be exploring a range of possible scenarios on how things may play out in 2021-2023; the shifts these could drive in the market for Professional Services; and how firms gear up to respond, including critical factors of future succes.

At the start of the session we will ask participants to complete a short business-relevant Zoom poll, with the results revealed at the close.