Spotlight Sessions

All spotlight sessions are included in registration and are part of a program of 400+ presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops offered at the conference.  
One of the unique tenets of the International Leadership Association (ILA) is the value placed on rigor and relevance at the intersection of theory and practice. We believe strongly that theory guides practice and practice informs theory and that through this synergy, we can create a better world. Intersectionality is embedded in the very heart of the ILA as well as an abiding belief that by working together, we can be effective and impactful.  Spotlight sessions feature speakers whose work is of special importance to this intersection, ILA’s mission, and the conference theme.

Critical Perspectives on Leadership in the Pandemic: An ISLC Discussion

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 7:30 - 8:45 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Chair: David L Collinson (Lancaster University); Presenters:  Keith Grint (Warwick Business School, University of Warwick), Donna Ladkin (Antioch University), Leah Tomkins (The Open University), Dennis Tourish (University of Sussex)

Evocative Conversations: Exploring Leadership in Contentious Times

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 9:30 - 10:45 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Presenters: Emily Axelrod (The Axelrod Group, LLC), Richard Axelrod (The Axelrod Group, LLC), and Kendra M. Coleman (Kindred Organizational Consulting, Inc.)

Sports Leaders & Pandemic Adapting

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 9:30 - 10:45 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Presenters: Christophe Dubi (International Olympic Committee), David A. Haggerty (International Tennis Federation) and Mark Shapiro (Toronto Blue Jays); Moderator: Laura J. Burton (University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education)

Developing the Inner Conditions to Lead for Social Justice

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 13:15 - 14:30 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Chair: Kathryn Goldman Schuyler (Coherent Change; Alliant International University); Presenters: Rich Fernandez (Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute), Matthew Lee (Harvard University), Éliane Ubalijoro (Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition), Susan Skjei (Naropa University), and Peter Weng (Healthy Minds Innovations)  

A.F.F.I.R.M. Differences: Seven Conversations (We Should Be Having) About Equitable Diversity, Inclusion, and Positive Organizing

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 17:15 to 18:30 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Presenter: Laura Morgan Roberts, (University of Virginia)

A Leadership Insurrection: Improving Leadership Development in Higher Ed

SATURDAY,  7 NOVEMBER, 9:30 to 10:45 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Chair: Brooklyn Holt (The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University); Presenters: Mathew Johnson (Albion College), Thomas Kolditz (The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University), Carla Ortega-Santori (The Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University), and Gama Perruci (McDonough Leadership Center, Marietta College)

Translating Systems Theory Into Practice at The Nature Conservancy

SATURDAY,  7 NOVEMBER, 13:15 to 14:30 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Chair: David Peter Stroh (Bridgeway Partners); Presenters: Grazielle Dib (The Nature Conservancy), Tito Rinaldo (The Nature Conservancy), and Mike Tetreault (The Nature Conservancy)  

The Gender Equality and Governance Index: Empowering Women for the Prosperity of Nations

SUNDAY,  8 NOVEMBER, 11:00 to 11:30 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Presenters:  Amanda Ellis (ASU Global Futures Laboratory) and Augusto Lopez-Claros (Georgetown University)

Environmental, Social, and Governance Competent Boards: Diverse Leadership Is Better Business

SUNDAY, 8 NOVEMBER, 17:15 to 18:30 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Chair: Helle Bank Jorgensen (Competent Boards), Valrie Grant (GeoTechVision), Keith Tuffley (Citi), and Mahmoud Mohieldin (International Monetary Fund); Moderator: Amanda Ellis (ASU Global Futures Laboratory)

Learning Leadership from the Art Metaphor: an example of leadership development at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia

MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 7:30 to 8:45 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Presenters:  Elnura Irmatova (IEDC-Bled School of Management), Danica Purg (IEDC-Bled School of Management), and Edina Selesković (Think Freedom)

Middle Eastern Women Entrepreneurial Leaders Thriving During Crisis

MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 9:30 to 10:45 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Presenters: Laraib Abid (MASHAL), Nour AlHassan (Tarjama and Ureed), Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi (The Alchemist Lab in Jordan), May Abdel Asim (Media & More), and Aline Kamakian (Fig Holding); Moderator: Joanne Barnes (Indiana Wesleyan University)

What Is Generating the Shift Toward Authoritarian Leadership — and What Can We Do About It?

MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 13:15 to 14:30 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Chair: Max Klau (New Politics Leadership Academy); Presenters: Kerubo A Abuya, PhD (Empower Change Leadership Circle, LLC),  Riane Eisler (Center for Partnership Studies), Alfonso Montuori (California Institute of Integral Studies), David Peter Stroh (Bridgeway Partners)

The Shifting and Turbulent Landscape of Higher Education

MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 15:15 to 16:30 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Chair: Kevin Kruger (NASPA); Presenters: Tia Brown McNair, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC,  Susan Whealler Johnston (NACUBO), John O'Brien (EDUCAUSE)

Democracy on Notice! Losing Battles, but Will We Win the War? 

MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER, 17:15 to 18:30 EST   |   LEARN MORE
Presenters: Bob Boisture (Fetzer Institute), Mike Hardy (Coventry University), Matt Qvortrup (Coventry University), Greta Lucero Ríos Téllez Sill (Jóvenes en Movimiento), and john a. powell (University of California, Berkeley)

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