Sustainability Leadership

The Sustainability Leadership Member Group serves as a connection point for ILA members and partners who are interested in embedding sustainability into their lives and leadership. We recognize the deep and interconnected social and environmental challenges that pervade our world, and we seek to find avenues in which we as leadership scholars, educators, and practitioners can address those challenges. We believe that we can no longer ignore the many signals calling for leadership aimed at making the world a better and more habitable place for all forms of life. We aim for the transformation of the field and practice of leadership to include sustainability in all its dimensions as a fundamental aim and goal of 'good leadership.'

Priorities & Projects

  • Developing a topical conference to deepen our work together
  • Building partnerships internal and external to ILA
  • Launching our Leadership Development Community on ILA Intersections to foster discussions and resource sharing
  • Developing and pursuing scholarship and publishing opportunities
  • Organizing webinars
  • Integrating sustainability practices and principles into 1) ILA structure and culture, and 2) leadership education and development

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Contact the Community Leaders

Community Leaders

Rian Satterwhite Kathleen Allen

Rian Satterwhite
Co-Convener
Director, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kathleen Allen
Co-Convener
President, Allen and Associates


Sample Resources

Leadership Perspectives Webinars

About LISA RUIZ

Lisa Ruiz is Senior Director, Latin America Area Head for Regulatory Affairs, AbbVie Inc. Lisa has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and regulatory industries. In her current role, she manages the development of regulatory strategies for AbbVie's entire portfolio of products, leading a team of central and affiliate staff located in and supporting the business in 25 countries within the region. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana and a Masters of Business Administration with focus on International Business from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. She is currently a doctoral student in the Center for Values Driven Leadership at Benedictine University. Her interests in leadership are in design thinking, organizational change, appreciative inquiry and in helping others develop and find their own voice. ×

About JAMES (GUS) GUSTAFSON

James (Gus) Gustafson is the Chief Learning Officer at the Tuthill Corporation and is the Leadership Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Values-Driven Leadership (Benedictine University) – where he co-architected and teaches in the Executive Doctoral Program. He also served for the last five years as Executive Minister and Chief Transformation Officer at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa (the largest and fastest growing Lutheran church in the USA). Prior to leading Hope, Gus was responsible for Strategic Leadership Research and Development and Organizational Transformation at U.S. Cellular, where he received several awards for his pioneering work in leadership development and organizational transformation. ×

About Sebastian Salicru

I began my career as a psychologist in 1992 by working in the area of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). This work exposed me to large number of organizations across sectors and industries, as well as local, state and federal governments. Over the years, I progressively moved into Organizational Development, and in more recent years I narrowed my focus to Leadership Development.

While working for Accenture from 2012 to 2015, I had the privilege to travel globally and assisted some of the top Fortune 500 companies to bring floundering projects back on track, manage risk, reduce costs while increasing customer service and sales, and dramatically increase levels of performance and results. As a result, I worked in Australia, USA, Europe, UAE, China and Singapore. This enabled me to acquire a global mindset, and afforded me intercultural effectiveness by being able to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds.

I have authored one book, two book chapters, three journal articles, and dozens of expert commentaries on leadership in newspapers and magazines. I have also presented multiple leadership-related papers at conferences and industry events. As a member of ILA since 2014, I have attended three Global Conferences and have presented at the three of them. ×