The question on everyone’s mind is: How do I enter the virtual conference?

400+ Presentations & Workshops

16 streams of interactive, live online virtual workshops, symposiums, panels, presentations and roundtables with presenters from around the world. View Agenda 


Enjoy special networking activities throughout the conference including member community events & the virtual exhibit hall. Attendees can also set up spur-of-the-moment, face-to-face virtual networking meetings. 

Affordable Rates

Going virtual = the easiest ever ILA global conference to attend - with no travel and hotel expenses and a registration rate substantially below last year, starting as low as $125. Complete Registration Information

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Plenary Sessions With Global Leaders

Attend plenary sessions (i.e. Keynotes and Keynote Panels) that bring together global leaders and top thinkers to discuss complex leadership questions with ILA's signature bridging of theory and practice. Plenaries challenge us to think more creatively as we practice & study leadership for a better world.

HRH Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau

Founder & Board Chair, VOW – to End Child Marriage

Martin Chungong

Secretary General, Inter-Parliamentary Union

Gregory T. Moore

President and CEO, Promise of Democracy Foundation

Sandie Okoro

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank Group; Vice President for Compliance, World Bank

John, Lord Alderdice

House of Lords, Parliament of the U.K.; Director, Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict

The Right Honorable Kim Campbell

19th Prime Minister of Canada

Gill R. Hickman

Professor Emerita, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

George A. Papandreou

Prime Minister of Greece (2009-2011); President, Socialist International

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 

Director-General, The World Health Organization (WHO)

Amanda Ellis

Executive Director, Global Partnerships, ASU Global Futures Laboratory

Mike Hardy

ILA Board Chair; Founding Director; Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations; Coventry University

Xanthe Scharff

Co-Founder & CEO, The Fuller

Ron Riggio

Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership & Organizational Psychology, Claremont McKenna College

Kehkashan Basu

Founder and President, Green Hope Foundation

Otto Scharmer

Senior Lecturer, MIT; Co-Founder, The Presencing Institute.

Ron Heifetz

King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

Betsy Myers 

Leadership Author & Consultant, Myers Leadership; COO,
Obama for America (2007-2008)

Matt Qvortrup

Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Subhanu Saxena 

Director, Innovation Introduction, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Darcy Winslow

President and co-founder, The Academy for Systems Change 

Alonzo King

Alonzo King, visionary choreographer; Founder, Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Malcolm Clemens Young 

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young, Dean, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Charlton Lee

Artistic Director & Violist in the internationally-acclaimed Del Sol String Quartet

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler 

Professor Emeritus of Organization Development, Alliant International University

Rêz Gardî

International Lawyer and Human Rights Activist in Iraq, Harvard Human Rights Fellow

Kenneth Roth

Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Katherine Tyler Scott

Principal of Ki ThoughtBridge; 

Cynthia Cherrey

President and CEO, International Leadership Association

Susan Elaine Murphy

Professor and Chair in Leadership Development, Organisational Studies, University of Edinburgh Business School 

Ambassador Christian Dussey

Director, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Conversations With...

ILA's Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Get comfy and come ready to ask your questions of these luminaries in the field of leadership. This series of live online, 50-minute conversations with ILA's past Lifetime Achievement Award winners is can't miss programming at the nexus of leadership theory and practice!

Enjoy Conversations with: Keith Grint, Gill Robinson Hickman, Henry Mintzberg, and Edgar Schein

You're Invited!

Conference Chair Kathryn Goldman Schuyler and Program Chair Tom Sechrest share what Leading at the Edge means to them!

Leading at the Edge


Human beings have created so much that is wondrous, powerful, and beautiful. Over the centuries we have learned to fly, communicate instantly across huge distances, heal diseases, and see across the universe. Yet vestiges and legacies of tribalism, fear, and hostility remain and repeatedly flare, threatening to engulf us. We exist on the edge of innovation and destruction, the edge of what we dread versus what we dream. The varied global responses to the ongoing pandemic have brought these edges into sharp relief.

Edges of natural systems and societies naturally stimulate growth and inventiveness as their inhabitants navigate their way through the borderlands, something we are seeing now with the #BuildBackBetter movement and others.

We invite you to join us for this live online virtual conference as we explore leadership, the ways that we lead, and what we expect from leaders. As we have seen and experienced in 2020, leadership can seem, at times, like an empty word. Leaders can accumulate power, aggrandize themselves, and make others suffer as they advance their own interests over those of others. Leaders can also inspire people to act individually and collectively in ways that are kind and that nourish one another and our planet. As leaders and as colleagues committed to leadership research, development, education, and practice, we can influence how leaders move us toward (or away from) a healthy planet and a better world.

We invite you to bring your experience and knowledge as we discuss:

  • HOW CAN WE SUPPORT leadership for the greater good in business, government, NGOs, and education throughout the globe?
  • HOW CAN WE CHANGE the conversation on wicked problems like climate change, global health crisis, and racism?
  • HOW CAN WE SHIFT public discourse towards listening and respect for each other and all living beings on our planet —upholding the human rights of all people?
  • HOW CAN WE CONTRIBUTE to the creation and success of regenerative businesses and cultures where we support life, commerce, community, and growth for the next seven generations? 
  • HOW CAN WE COLLABORATE in the trusted space of the ILA to generate actions, research, and teaching that encourage leaders to create dynamic civil societies and communities with heart and consciousness?
  • HOW CAN WE CREATE healthy environments in our professional and personal lives that give people confidence and the will to contribute?

ILA 2020 will nourish those who lead, consult, teach, study, and conduct research with exciting ideas, innovative projects, and good friends — both old and new.

Conference Chair

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Founder, Coherent Change; Author, Inner Peace – Global Impact; Leading With Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity; and Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World; Professor Emeritus, Organization Development, Alliant International University

Program Session Chair

Tom Sechrest

Director, Master of Science in Leadership & Change Program; Director, Doctorate of Education of Leadership in Higher Education Program; and Associate Professor of Human Development & Leadership, St. Edwards University 

Thank You for Sponsoring!

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Antioch University – Graduate School of Leadership and Change 

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Alliant International University

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College of Education at Seattle University

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