Business Leadership Member Interest Group (BLMIG)

Who are we?
A community for corporate leaders and others who direct, consult on, or study leadership development and effectiveness in business settings that creates opportunities to share and reflect on ideas, challenges, trends, and experiences related to a wide variety of sector-specific interests.

What are our current priorities?
  • Engaging BLMIG Members in a meaningful way
  • Creating new opportunities for members to become involved
How can ILA members be involved?
Members of the community can get involved by:

Contacting the BLMIG with your great ideas!

Past Events and Activities
2015: Hosted the Developing Cross-Generational and Cross Boarder Leaders Through the Eyes of a Family Owned, Spanish Winery, pre-conference workshop in ILA Barcelona.

Hosted the walkable reflection labrynth at ILA San Diego.

2013: Organized the Achieving Organizational Goals Amidst Continuous Change pre-conference workshop at ILA Montreal to bring leaders and leadership development practitioners together to uncover new areas for research and value add.

How to Affiliate With This Community
ILA members who affiliate with a MIG receive occasional emails of interest from their MIG leaders including volunteer openings, updates on MIG 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 Submit at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes.

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


Deirdre Barrett Civic and Community engagement is important to Deirdre. She has been recognized for her community service. Deirdre is a member of Leadership Atlanta. Deirdre received the Rosebud Award for her volunteer activism from the Junior League Atlanta. She has been a volunteer and fundraiser in Atlanta Public Schools.

Deirdre has served on boards and/or committees of the following: Atlanta Film Festival; Junior League Atlanta; National Black MBA Association-Life Member; United Way-VIP Program; and Spelman Alumnae Association. Deirdre loves to travel, enjoys Zumba, making pralines, reading, skiing, and roller-skating. Deirdre has an adult daughter, Emaan. ×


Joleen Archibald aims to utilize her own work to narrow the scientist-practitioner gap. The scientist-practitioner gap is described as the informational divide between the knowledge that academics produce and the knowledge that practitioners consume. She has created Leadership Archways as a blog resource for today's busy business professionals, which features interviews with top experts. The purpose was to create an archway to understand the scholarship of leadership and how it applies to today's business world; current readership is in over 65 countries.

Joleen Archibald has 6 years of experience as an Organizational Development consultant and 10 years of managerial experience. As a Leadership and Organizational Development practitioner, her objective is to bridge theory to practice. To bridge the divide between academic research and management practice in organizations, more efforts need to be focused on increasing cooperation and communication. Her experience and scholarship allows her to consult with rigor and the ability to drive organizational and leadership outcomes. Some key focus areas include engagement, goal setting, performance management, high-potential development, and other leadership strategies to build bench strength across the organization. Her aim is to leverage human capital data to deliver innovative yet practical solutions that help drive performance in the dynamic and rapidly changing business environment.

Her education includes degrees from Claremont Graduate University; a Masters of Arts in Organizational Behavior and Evaluation and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior with a specialization in Leadership. Here undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Arts from Chapman University in Psychology.

Outside of work, Joleen Archibald enjoys being active, traveling, and playing with her three dogs Apollo, Artemis, and Oscar. Some of her favorite activities include going to the dog park, running, hiking, lifting, yoga, snowboarding, painting, and scuba diving. Joleen is also an avid sports fan and follows the Lakers, Clippers, Angels, and the Bears. She lives in Los Angeles California with her three dogs. ×


A Revolutionary, Pan African Executive with an extensive background in Project Management, Finance and Strategy. His professional experience includes more than 18 years of Commercial Banking, Corporate Development (M & A), consulting, strategic studies and Risk management. Currently he is the Country Representative (Ethiopia) for ECOBANK Group; previously he was a Senior Executive, ECOBANK Uganda responsible for Domestic Business including Government Institutions. Prior to that he was a Corporate Development officer (Project Manager), East & Southern Africa sub region for ECOBANK Group, whose mandate was to assist with the setting up of the Bank in the sub region. He also worked as a Senior Manager with Barclays Bank, Nile Bank Uganda and a Senior Mortgage officer, Origination and Construction finance with Housing Finance Bank Uganda.

James holds a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University, USA, an MBA degree from ESAMI Business School, a BCOM degree from Panjab University INDIA and a Diploma in National Security from Galilee College ISRAEL. He is an alumnus of HARVARD Kennedy School, USA, INSEAD, FRANCE, Wharton School USA, CSCI SINGAPORE, GE Crotonville USA, after having completed Executive education. He is an FAA licensed Pilot in Command for medium aircrafts and also a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing –UK, Chartered Management Institute UK ( Chartered Fellow), Project Management Institute – USA, International Leadership Association (ILA), USA, Center for Islamic Banking & Economics (CIBE) PAKISTAN, Strategic Management Society – USA, Milken Institute – USA, Rotary International (PHF), Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and a Fellow with the Royal society of arts (FRSA), UK. ×

Business Leadership MIG Leadership Teams

Conference Creative Team
The Conference Creative Team is responsible for creating innovative and exciting programming for the Business Leadership community at the ILA Annual Global Conferences.

Member Engagement Team
The Member Engagement Team works to create, coordinate, and implement experiences throughout the year that serve and involve Business Leadership MIG members fostering active engagement and connection in between conferences. ×