Conversations With

All spotlight sessions are included in registration and are part of a program of 400+ presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops offered at the conference. 

We’re pleased to welcome past winners of ILA’s Lifetime Achievement Award to a series of armchair conversations at the conference. Get comfy and come ready to ask your questions of these luminaries in the field of leadership! 

Conversations at the Nexus of Leadership Theory and Practice

Thursday 5 November 13:00 to 13:50 EST

A Conversation With Keith Grint and Brad Jackson

Keith Grint is Professor Emeritus at Warwick University. He has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University. His books include Fuzzy Management (1997); The Arts of Leadership (2000); Leadership: Limits and Possibilities (2005); Leadership, Management & Command: Rethinking D-Day (2008); and Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (2010). His latest book, Mutiny & Leadership, is due in 2021. He received ILA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Brad Jackson is Associate Dean Strategic Engagement, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato. Brad has published seven books including Management Gurus and Management Fashions; The Hero Manager; Organisational Behaviour in New Zealand; and A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Leadership; and is the co-editor of Sage’s Handbook of Leadership and Major Works in Leadership.  

Thursday 5 November 14:00 to 14:50 EST 

A Conversation With Henry Mintzberg and Jonathan Gosling

Henry Mintzberg is Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University in Montreal. He is a writer and educator, mostly about managing originations, developing managers, and rebalancing societies (his current focus), and is the author of 20 books, including Simply Managing and Bedtime Stories for Managers. Mintzberg co-founded the International Masters Program for Managers (, also in health care), as well as a venture 

Jonathan Gosling is lead faculty of The Forward Institute promoting a movement for responsible leadership. He is Emeritus Professor of Leadership at Exeter University and runs a consultancy for world thinkers called He hosts writing retreats on the beautiful and wild island of Lambay, off the coast of Ireland and has published several books including: Sustainable Business: A One Planet Approach; Key Concepts in Leadership; and Exploring Leadership: Individual, Organizational and Societal Perspectives

Thursday 5 November 15:00 to 15:50 EST

A Conversation With Gill Robinson Hickman and Jorrit Volkers

Gill Robinson Hickman is Professor Emerita at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. She is the author of Leading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era and Leading Change in Multiple Contexts. As one of the inaugural faculty members of the Jepson School, Gill helped build one of the first leadership studies programs in the world. Hickman's most recent book is When Leaders Face Personal Crisis: The Human Side of Leadership

From 2012 until April 2020, Jorrit Volkers was the Dean of the University EMEA and was also chairman of the EMEA Learning Council and member of EMEA Talent council. He is also a lecturer at the University of Groningen. Volkers chaired ILA’s 2017 global conference in Brussels and participated in a keynote conversation merging theory and practice with Hickman at ILA’s global conference in Barcelona in 2015. Gill and Jorrit are looking forward to continuing this conversation five years later! 

Thursday 5 November 16:00 to 16:50 EST

A Conversation With Edgar and Peter Schein

Edgar Schein is Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and the co-founder of The Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute. Known as “the dean of organizational culture,” Schein is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Humble Inquiry and Humble Consulting. He has received ample recognition for his work, with multiple lifetime achievement awards from associations such as the American Society of Training Directors (2000), the Academy of Management (2009), and the ILA (2012). 

Peter Schein is the co-founder of The Organizational Culture and Leadership Institute. He is a Silicon Valley innovator with 30 years of business experience at technology companies, including Apple, in corporate development and M&A. He has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Stanford, an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern, and an OD certificate from the USC Center for Effective Organizations. Humble Leadership is his second writing collaboration with his father, Ed.

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