Why Attend Leading at the Edge?

  • Discover New Tools, Tips, Tactics, & Takeaways: Learn from among 400+ skills-focused workshops, provocative panel discussions, research-based symposiums and presentations, and interactive roundtables and posters.
  • Grow Your Professional Network: Meet participants who share your focus, profession, and passion — and expand your global network! Enjoy special networking activities that will take place throughout the virtual conference.
  • Energize Your Work: Gain a fresh perspective, spark new insights, and return revitalized with more effective and efficient ideas and approaches for you and your team. 
  • Enjoy Quality Time With Experts & Influencers: Meet the people whose work inspires you — business executives and public leaders, thought-provoking authors and researchers, seasoned educators and game-changing development professionals. 

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Plenary Sessions With Top Leaders

Attend plenary sessions (i.e. Keynotes and Keynote Panels) that bring together top leaders and thinkers to discuss complex leadership questions with ILA's signature bridging of theory and practice. They challenge us to think more creatively and inspire us to practice courageous leadership. Additional plenary speakers will be announced soon! 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is Director-General of The World Health Organization (WHO).

Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis is Executive Director, Global Partnerships for the ASU Global Futures Laboratory. 

Otto Scharmer

Otto Scharmer is Senior Lecturer at   MIT and Co-Founder of The Presencing Institute.

Subhanu Saxena 

Subhanu Saxena is the Director of the Innovation Introduction team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ron Riggio

Ron Riggio is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College.

Ron Heifetz 

Ron Heifetz is the King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Pat Dambe 

Pat Dambe is the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at the De Beers Global Sightholder Sales. 

Darcy Winslow

Darcy Winslow is the President and co-founder of the Academy for Systems Change

Alonzo King

Alonzo King is a visionary choreographer and founder of Alonzo King LINES Ballet. 

Malcolm Clemens Young 

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Del Sol String Quartet 

The internationally-acclaimed Del Sol String Quartet is a leading force in the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. 

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler 

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler is Professor Emeritus of Organization Development at Alliant International University. 

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, Barbara Kellerman, Henry Mintzberg, and Edgar Schein

400+ Presentations & Workshops

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


Enjoy special virtual networking activities throughout the conference including member community events and the virtual exhibit hall - all designed to help you meet participants who share your focus and interests!

Affordable Rates

Going virtual = the easiest ever ILA global conference to attend - with no travel and hotel expenses and a registration rate 40% or more below last year, starting as low as $125. Complete Registration Information

Access Recordings
Until 31 Dec. 2020

There’s no fear of missing out at Leading at the Edge. All registered attendees will have access to conference recordings through December 2020

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.

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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 

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