Leadership Development

The Leadership Development Member Community brings together and serves leadership coaches, consultants, human resource managers, program directors, leaders, and other professionals. We create opportunities to connect members across sectors to examine best practices, new ideas, and the integration and application of leadership development, theory, and practice.

Priorities & Projects

  • Launching our Leadership Development Community on ILA Intersections to increase year-round member engagement
  • Building an online library of resources
  • Increasing opportunities for member involvement
  • Contributing articles to the Interface Newsletter
  • Organizing focused conference programs and our first-ever annual community networking luncheon
  • Establishing a leadership development research plan

Sample Resources

Leadership Perspectives Webinars

Downloadable Book Chapters

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Contact the Community Leaders

Community Leaders

Linda Pittenger Robin Roberts Jan Cardwell 

Linda Pittenger

Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Robin Roberts

Assistant Professor, Technology and Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Jan Cardwell

Vice President/Campus and Academic Director, University of Phoenix Detroit Campus

Executive Leadership Team

Joe Alessi, Slippery Rock University

Erik Bean, University of Phoenix

Kevin Bottomley, University of Phoenix

Jan Cardwell, University of Phoenix

Brendon Fox, Fort Hays State University

Renee Green, University of Phoenix

Sarra Messaoudi, iBuild Africa

Kelly Ottman, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Linda Pallone, E4Leaders, LLC

Linda Pittenger, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Steve Titus, LaStorta Executive Coaching

Ted Thomas, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College

About Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts was appointed to a full-time faculty position at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) Worldwide, On-line Campus, College of Business; Department of Organizational Leadership (now the Department of Leadership and Management). She teaches graduate and undergraduate course in leadership, organizational development, management, human resources, diversity and inclusion, complexity and change management, and culture. Her research focuses and expertise is in how humans transfer and ignite human energy, performance, and motivation. Her favorite quote by President Abraham Lincoln is, "the best way to predict the future is to create it". This quote fits her research focus and passion and that is in helping people to create their preferred futures and their resiliency to thrive.

Before she started teaching full-time, she served as the Director of the new ERAU Leadership Institute (ERAU LI) from July 20, 2015 to July 31, 2016. In that role she designed, developed, and implemented leadership workshops and resources for ERAU employees that helped them function as a culture of leaders. Before that appointment, she held the position as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at the ERAU Daytona Beach, FL campus from February 4, 2013 through July 19, 2016. As the Director of D&I, her team created a new business model, Human Utility Business™ (HUB) that assisted faculty, staff, and students to learn how to intentionally create communities that thrive by valuing the unique contribution of every individual contributor. Along with the HUB, her team created a 3D research lab where scenes from work or social environments would be depicted on the walls of the lab by throw projectors giving participants the impression of being immersed in work or social environments to learn how they react to diverse populations globally. Faculty and students would conduct research on the emotions, perceptions, and reactions to participants immersed in a variety of 3D scenes to help participants understand their unconscious bias and reactions to people they perceived to be different from them.


About Reneé R. Green

Reneé R. Green has more than 25 years of leadership experience that spans across three diverse careers — the U.S. Army, corporate America, and education. She is currently the Campus College Chair for the School of Business at the University of Phoenix Hawaii campus. Reneé is responsible for leadership development programs serving 60+ associate faculty members and 400+ students. She facilitates classes in leadership, organization behavior, strategic management, and adult education training programs to foster leadership skills while creating a robust learning atmosphere.

A graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Institute, she earned an undergraduate degree in Business Management, a graduate degree in Educational Counseling, and a doctorate of management in Organizational Leadership. She is a certified executive coach.

Across the decades, her career focus has remained developing and reengaging employees within the organization. Reneé has coached individuals in the U.S. Army, high velocity retail organizations, education, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofits. She has designed mentorship programs for diverse leaders in the U.S. Army, Target, and Passionate Coaching and Career Services. Her motto is, "Change your story to I can and I will!"


Q&A With Chair-Elect of Leadership Development,
Jan Cardwell

Q: What are you looking forward to as Chair of Leadership Development?
This is an exciting opportunity to promote leadership development. I am looking forward to expanding the work of the Leadership Development Workshop Series. This is a great offering for ILA members with great potential that will need continuity.

Q: What new goals do you have for the year as chair?
One goal that I have is to develop advisory group forums. The purpose is for leaders to help each other by sharing challenges they are facing as a leader with other leaders. This is not a new concept. There are private organizations that have these groups at significant costs. Formal advisory group forums could be an additional benefit offering for ILA members.

Q: Why is the Leadership Development MIG important?
Leadership development is important for anyone that holds a leadership position or owns a business. There are many entrepreneurs and/or people placed in positions to lead that have the job skills but not the leadership skills.

Q: What are the biggest challenges facing leadership right now?
Changing workers: Leaders are challenged by the shift in workforce personalities. Workers are looking for the following: (1) leaders who understand and embrace digital technologies, (2) leaders who have sensitivity to workers personal needs, (3) leaders who are more flexible and socially aware, (4) leaders who embrace diversity.
Virtual Workplace: The continued expansion of distance and virtual workplaces requires leaders to shift away from face-to-face leadership to distance leadership. The new model of the workplace, that crosses geographies, cultures, and technologies, will require leadership competencies that are different from the workplaces of the past.
Digitalization and New Technologies: Leaders must understand, continue to learn, and embrace new technologies and the digital world. The Internet of Things is a challenge that will require new leadership competencies that may shift the role of the leader from the one everyone looks up to - to the role of learner, sharer, and engager.

Q: What's the best leadership oriented book you read for the first time last year?
There are two books that I read for the first time last year. One of the books I am currently reviewing is Self-Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Personal Excellence by Neck, Manz, and Houghton (2017). This book resonated with me because in my opinion, if you have not mastered how to lead yourself you can be challenged to lead others. The second book that I read for the first time is Leadership 2050: Critical Challenges, Key Contexts, and Emerging Trends edited by Sowcik, Andenoro, McNutt, and Murphy (2015). This book offered a series of contributions by different authors on how leadership will need to evolve to face future challenges. What I liked about both of these books was the practical information about leadership and how leadership as a concept will need to evolve to face future challenges.

Q: What is your favorite movie for illustrating leadership concepts?
I love and watch many science fiction movies. These movies always have a leadership conflict embedded into the story. One movie I enjoyed was the Great Wall. Embedded into the story was how the young female soldier had been groomed to lead the creature resistance from an early age. When a creature killed her leader she was thrust into leading this massive effort to prevent the creatures from breaching the Great Wall. She found herself faced with new challenges that required new learning and acceptance of someone from another culture (Matt Damon) to finally defeat the creature epidemic. There was an epic finale that required her to trust and use new technologies. ×


Jan Cardwell provides a list of her leadership titles to make the point that our opportunities and experiences in life are not limited.

  • Vice President/Campus and Academic Director for the University of Phoenix - Detroit.
  • Chair of the Board of Directors for Matrix Human Services and Head Start - Detroit
  • Chair of the ILA Leadership Development Member Interest Group
  • Facilitator of the Association of Leadership Educators Executive Education and Coaching Focus Area Network
  • Board of Directors for Southfield Lathrup Village, Michigan Optimist Club and National Association of Entrepreneurs.

She is also, a Leadership Strategist, Executive Coach, Senior Research Fellow, Dissertation Chair, Author, Artist, and CEO of The Conceivers Leadership Development Group.

Jan has presented her research on entrepreneurship and leadership at several international and national conferences. She believes that advancing a career, a business or an idea starts with our mindset and the influences on our lives. Jan believes that we all have three super powers (choice, purpose, and action) to leverage for personal goals and success. Jan has two personal mission statements that she lives by.

"Don't search for opportunity in the distance! Recognize it and embrace it - right where you are!" (Napoleon Hill).

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself" (George Bernard Shaw). ,/ ×


Linda M. Pittenger is recognized as a leading expert and thought leader on Human Capital. She has had a successful career as an executive in academic and large corporate environments. Currently, Linda is a tenured Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Director of Faculty Development at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. In addition to teaching, she consults with executives of Global 100 companies, publishes in industry and national publications, and is a frequent speaker at major conferences.

Before moving to academia, Linda conceptualized, launched, and sold her business to a Fortune 100 company. Her leadership directly impacted AT&T win of the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and her transformation work at a global investment bank was the subject of a MIT case study. Additionally, she served as a Commissioner for President Obama's Tech America initiative.

Linda earned her Doctorate of Management from Case Western Reserve University, and both an MBA and BS in Psychology and Sociology from Jacksonville University. ×

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. ×