Sustainability Leadership Learning Community (SLLC)

Who are we?
The SLLC is a place for individuals interested in thinking, teaching, researching and programming around the emerging paradigm of leadership for sustainability. Our hope is to provide a dynamic space to foster collaboration and advance research.

What are our current priorities?
  • Source and edit sustainability leadership entries for the Journal of Leadership Studies Symposium
  • Engage more members in significant volunteer opportunities related to our mission of foster collaboration and advancing research
  • Expand social media presence for the community
  • Host sustainability leadership related webinar
How can ILA members be involved?
Members of the SLLC can get involved by:
  • Organizing sustainability leadership webinars
  • Contributing to ILA communications
  • Volunteering at ILA conferences
  • Liaison with ILA Staff regarding sustainability initiatives

How to Affiliate With This Community
ILA members who affiliate with an LC receive occasional emails of interest from their LC leaders including volunteer openings, updates on LC initiatives, and opportunities to provide feedback. To affiliate/join: log in to this profile update form, scroll down and "Edit Your ILA Member Community Settings." Make sure to click Save in order to save your changes.

Contact ILA's membership team at with any general questions about ILA's member communities.


Paul Kosempel is currently an associate teaching professor in leadership studies at the University of Denver (DU) as well as Interim Director of the Pioneer Leadership Program. In this position, Paul teaches a variety of leadership courses to students pursuing an undergraduate minor in leadership studies. The focus of these courses is citizen leadership with a strong emphasis on service learning and community change.

His professional experience includes twenty years in institutions of higher education in various capacities including career development, leadership development, operations, and event management. His educational background includes degrees in communication, education and management.

In addition to teaching core courses on leadership, he has taught a travel course exploring issues of sustainability and leadership in Belize for a number of years. He has presented at national and international conferences on the topics of leadership development, sustainability leadership, and mentoring and leadership.

He lives in Denver with his wife and two children, is an avid golfer, and is part-owner of the Green Bay Packers. ×


Samuel Wilson is a Research Fellow at the Swinburne Leadership Institute at Swinburne University with a background in social and organisational psychology. Before joining the Swinburne Leadership Institute as a Research Fellow, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute and Lecturer in Psychology at Monash University. He is co-convener, with Paul Kosempel, of the Sustainability Leadership Learning Community of the International Leadership Association. His research examines the nature of, and public opinion about, leadership for the greater good in Australia. ×