Leadership Development Member Interest Group (LDMIG)

Who are we?
A community for leadership coaches, consultants, human resource managers, program directors, leaders, and other professionals that creates opportunities to connect across sectors to examine best practices, new ideas, and the integration and application of leadership development, theory, and practice.

What are our current priorities?
  • Conduct a survey of LDMIG members
  • Create the annual Leadership Development Workshop Series, a new ILA global conference initiative, aimed at exploring a specific LDMIG topic of interest. On tap for ILA Atlanta: Leadership and Positive Psychology
  • Promote member awareness of upcoming opportunities for publication
  • Initiate dialogue relevant to common research and practice interests at, and in between, global conferences and offer time during global conferences to further explore these interests
How can ILA members be involved?
The LDMIG is currently seeking applicants for the 2016 Chair-Elect position. For more details, please log into your ILA account and visit the LDMIG circle.

Volunteer to blind review papers submitted to the Annual Global Conference call for proposals. The 2016 CFP closes on February 1, 2016.

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 membership@ila-net.org with any general questions about ILA's member communities.


DeRette Cole is Chief Human Resources Officer, YMCA of Metro Atlanta.

DeRetta comes to the Y from First Data, where she provided consultation on human capital and organizational development strategies for over 5,000 First Data colleagues within Financial Services and Consumer and Network Solutions.

Previously, DeRetta was vice president of human resources for Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., supporting Global Technology Operations. Before joining Turner, DeRetta held leadership roles with Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrocer.com, and YUM Brand.

In addition to human resources responsibilities like compensation and benefits, compliance, training, and employment policies, DeRetta brings an expansive, strategic talent management philosophy to the Y. She will support strategic board-level initiatives and be a thought leader and contributor to the leadership team.

"The Y's mission and the sustainable impact being accomplished locally and globally are important to me," DeRetta says. "With the staff, I look forward to building great teams, developing talent and helping people build their careers at the Y. A strong staff team and volunteer structure are in place already. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and help advance the Y as an innovative and recognized leader of healthy living, community engagement and youth development."

DeRetta grew up in Kansas City and moved to Georgia when she was in high school. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia.

Currently she is a board member and personnel chair of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, member of the Business Education Council for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the chair of the Leadership Development MIG of the International Leadership Association. In her spare time, DeRetta likes to travel, golf and cook.

DeRetta has two sons, Cole, 16, and Austin, 14. ×


Rob Koonce is a professor, social entrepreneur, and consultant. Over the past three decades, his professional career includes serving in the capacity of director of continuing legal education and professional development for a state organization, chief executive of a small business, marketing consultant, medical researcher, and educational trainer in pediatric metabolism. As the Founder of Can We Communicate, Rob now enjoys utilizing these experiences to help others think more boldly about the world around them.

Published on subjects ranging from leadership to metabolic disease, Rob served as the lead editor and author for Followership in Action: Cases and Commentaries (March 2016) by Emerald Group Publishing. He also serves on the Editing Managing Board of the Journal of Leadership Education and the Editorial Board of the Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership. His research interests focus on leadership and followership as a socially co-constructed and emergent process and the influence of this process on organizational failure and success. Rob obtained his doctorate in organizational leadership and holds master's degrees in entrepreneurship and organizational learning. His undergraduate degrees are in biology, chemistry, and psychology.

In his capacity as chair of the ILA Followership Learning Community, Rob originated and co-developed the 2014 International Followership Symposium and served as the guest editor for the symposium's proceedings in the Journal of Leadership Education. He has also served as a reviewer and conference track chair for the Leadership Development MIG (Barcelona and Montreal); the Conference Theme (San Diego); as a presenter for the regional ILA 2013 Oceania Conference (New Zealand); and as a co-presenter for the Leadership Development MIG (Barcelona and Montreal). ×


Linda Pallone was born and raised in Orlando, FL, U.S. She lived in the same house until the age of 17 (where her parents still live today), but has now travelled to 39 states in the U.S. She has also lived in 7 (U.S.) states and 7 nations. Presently, Linda lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area of Texas, but is preparing for a move back to Afghanistan in early 2016.

Linda is single--never married, but has "adopted" family and friends around the world. Her favorite pastime is scuba diving, with over 150 logged dives in more than 10 nations. ×

Leadership Development MIG Community Teams

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.

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. ×