Plenary Speakers

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Plenary sessions (i.e. Keynotes & Keynote Panels) 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 leadership with heart and purpose.  Exact dates and times of these conference plenary sessions will be posted soon along with additional speakers! 

Global Leadership for the Future


FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER 11:30 TO 12:45 EST

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is WHO Director-General, serving a five-year term since July 2017. Previously, Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005-2012 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016 where he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is the recipient of many awards from around the globe including Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of public health.

Rêz Gardî

Rêz Gardî is an international lawyer and human rights activist currently working in Iraq as a Harvard Human Rights Fellow. Born in a refugee camp in Pakistan, she is the founder of Empower -- a youth-led organization aiming to address the underrepresentation of refugees in higher education. She is co-founder of the Centre for the Asia Pacific Refugee Studies at the University of Auckland and she represented New Zealand in the 2016 Global Refugee Youth Consultations. The winner of numerous awards, in 2019 she received the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award at the UN Youth Assembly.

Kenneth Roth 

Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations, which operates in 100 countries. Previously, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses and issues including international justice, autocratic populism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations. 

Sandie Okoro

Sandie Okoro is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group, and Vice President for Compliance at the World Bank. A British national and the first black woman to hold this role, Sandie is the principal advisor and spokesperson on all legal matters for the world’s leading development finance institution. Her work has been widely recognized and she was named Britain’s 5th most influential person of African and African Caribbean heritage by Powerlist in 2018 and a Top 20 Global General Counsel by the Financial Times in 2019. 
 

Amanda Ellis

Moderator
Amanda Ellis is Executive Director, Global Partnerships for the ASU Global Futures Laboratory. She is former New Zealand Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2013-16) and Prime Minister's Special Envoy. An economist by training, Amanda held senior roles at the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and Westpac Banking Corporation. Amanda is a founding member of the Financial Alliance for Women and the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women's economic empowerment.

Touching the Heart Through Leadership:
The Arts and Spirituality as Forces for Renewal


FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER 19:30 TO 20:45 EST

Alonzo King

Alonzo King has been called a visionary choreographer, who is altering the way we look at ballet. King calls his works “thought structures” created by the manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws, which govern the shapes and movement directions of everything that exists. Named as a choreographer with “astonishing originality” by the New York Times, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been guided by his unique artistic vision since 1982. Photo © Franck Thibault.

Malcolm Clemens Young 

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young became the ninth dean of Grace Cathedral in August 2015. Before joining the cathedral, Malcolm was the Rector of Christ Church, Los Altos, CA where he founded Ventana School, an Episcopal day school. Malcolm is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion for the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Examiner.  

Charlton Lee

Charlton Lee is the Founder and Viola player in the internationally-acclaimed Del Sol String Quartet is a leading force in the Bay Area music scene, reveling in the risk of constantly reimagining the string quartet. They champion the music of living artists that reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our local communities and shared social issues such as human rights, immigration and the environment. Del Sol has premiered hundreds of works, released 9 albums, and produces vibrant productions and educational experiences.

Creating a World That Works for All:
What Leverage Points Enable Systemic Change?


SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 11:30 TO 12:45 EST

Subhanu Saxena

Subhanu Saxena is the Director of the Innovation Introduction team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Subhanu has worked in various industries including pharmaceuticals, consulting, and banking and his experience spans markets in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. He has an MBA from INSEAD and prior to his current role he was Managing Director and Global CEO of Cipla, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company with a presence in over 170 countries. 

Otto Scharmer 

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al). Otto is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, outlines the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.

Darcy Winslow 

Darcy Winslow is the President and co-founder of the Academy for Systems Change. The Academy advances the field of awareness-based systemic change to achieve economic, social, and ecological wellbeing. Darcy worked at Nike, Inc. for 21 years and held several senior management positions, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999 and as Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation. She serves on the board of The Carbon Underground and The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education.

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler 

Moderator
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler is Professor Emeritus of Organization Development at Alliant International University. Through her research and organizational consulting, she has helped hundreds of executives cultivate healthy organizations. Kathryn is the author of Inner Peace – Global Impact, and lead editor of Leading With Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity and Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World.
 

Perspectives on Leadership & the U.S. Election


SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER 18:45 TO 20:00 EST

Betsy Myers

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

Matt Qvortrup

Matt Qvortrup is professor of political science at Coventry University. Described by the Financial Times, as “a world authority on referendums”, he has published more tan a dozen books on democracy, and presented the BBC Programme How to Kill a Democracy. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000111n.

Ron Heifetz

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

Xanthe Scharff

Xanthe Scharff is the CEO and Cofounder of The Fuller Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to groundbreaking reporting on women worldwide that raises awareness, exposes injustice and spurs accountability. She has a doctorate in International Relations for research on post-conflict education. In 2019, Xanthe was named among the top 40 under 40 by the Leadership Center for Excellence for outstanding public service. Xanthe is the Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of Advancing Girls' Education in Africa.
 

The Future of Leadership Studies at the Nexus of Research and Practice


SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER 11:30 TO 13:00 EST

Ron Riggio

Ron Riggio is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Ron is the author of more than a dozen books and more than 100 research articles and book chapters in the areas of leadership, organizational psychology, and social psychology. Ron is the former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. He has served on the board of numerous journals and writes the Cutting-Edge Leadership blog at Psychology Today.

Ron Heifetz 

Ron Heifetz is the King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of Leadership Without Easy Answers; Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading; and The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World. Ron is the co-founder of Cambridge Leadership Associates, a consulting form for organizations and societies looking to build their adaptive leadership capacity. 

The ILA Global Thought Leaders Project: A Manifesto for Better Leadership


MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 11:30 TO 13:00 EST

The Right Honorable Kim Campbell

Chair
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister in 1993. After her tenure as Prime Minister, Campbell was a fellow at the Institute of Politics, the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Study of Press and Politics, and the Harvard Kennedy School, where she also taught. Campbell notably designed and launched the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, a ground-breaking leadership program at the University of Alberta and served as its Founding Principal through June 2018.

John, Lord Alderdice

John, Lord Alderdice is a member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the U.K. and is also the Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, President of ARTIS (Europe) Ltd, and Director and Vice President of the International Dialogue Initiative (USA). As the Leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland from 1987, he was a key negotiator in the peace process, including the historic 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Winner of John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award, Lord Alderdice served as the first Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly until 2004.

Kehkashan Basu 

Kehkashan Basu is the Founder and President of Green Hope Foundation and an iconic, youth, climate-reality leader. Basu has given talks around the world and was the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s Major Group for Children & Youth. Named one of Canada's Top25 Women of Influence (2018), she is the winner of numerous awards including the International Children’s Peace Prize, Turner Prize for Social Change, John Muir Conservation Award for Habitat Restoration, and 2020 L’Oréal Women of Worth award.

Gill Robinson Hickman

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.

George A. Papandreou

George A. Papandreou, is the former Prime Minister of Greece from 2009 to 2011. For his work in 2010 of “making the best of Greece’s worst year,” Foreign Policy Magazine named him a Top 100 Global Thinker. His experiences on the front lines of the Eurozone crisis provide an important lens for the continuing struggle, globally, to build inclusive, humane economies. Currently, as President of the Socialist International, Papandreou continues to work on globalizing democratic institutions to create a fairer, more just world.

Mike Hardy

Moderator
Mike Hardy is Founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK and Chair of the International Leadership Association Board of Directors. Mike is active with UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations; he is currently lead advisor to the World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, the World Peace Forum in Indonesia and directs the RISING Global Peace Forum at Coventry.  

Cynthia Cherrey

Moderator
President and CEO, International Leadership Association

Closing Plenary: Continuing the Conversation(s)


MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 18:45 TO 19:40 EST

The closing will be a panoramic view of our collective experience and reflection on why it matters. 

Katherine Tyler Scott

Katherine Tyler Scott is Principal of Ki ThoughtBridge, a company specializing in an integrated adaptive approach to leadership development through change management, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Previously, Katherine was President and CEO of Trustee Leadership Development a National Leadership Development Center and Director of the Lilly Endowment Leadership Development Program. 

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler 

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler is Professor Emeritus of Organization Development at Alliant International University.  Kathryn is the author of Inner Peace – Global Impact, and lead editor of Leading With Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity and Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World.
 

Christian Dussey

Christian Dussey, Director, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
 

Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis is Executive Director, Global Partnerships for the ASU Global Futures Laboratory. She is former New Zealand Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2013-16) and Prime Minister's Special Envoy. An economist by training, Amanda held senior roles at the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and Westpac Banking Corporation. Amanda is a founding member of the Financial Alliance for Women and the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women's economic empowerment.
 

Conference Weavers


Meaning making is the essence of leadership knowledge and practice; it is what transforms information from discrete data points to deep wisdom and responsible action. The Conference weavers are your representatives; active members in the ILA community of learning; each will share what they are hearing, their observations and thoughts. The closing will be a panoramic view of our collective experience and reflection on why it matters. 

Katherine Tyler Scott

Katherine Tyler Scott is Principal of Ki ThoughtBridge, a company specializing in an integrated adaptive approach to leadership development through change management, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Previously, Katherine was President and CEO of Trustee Leadership Development a National Leadership Development Center and Director of the Lilly Endowment Leadership Development Program.

Cheryl Getz

Cheryl Getz is Associate Professor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. Her research interests include the application of group relations theory to higher education administration and student affairs, the development of inclusive and integrated leadership development, and strengthening cultural competence. 

Éliane Ubalijoro

Éliane Ubalijoro is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition. She is a Professor of Practice at ISID at McGill University. In 2014, Éliane gave a TEDx talk on Reimaging the World from Scarcity to Prosperity. Éliane is a member of the Advisory Board of ShEquity.

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