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.
  • 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?
Contact the community leaders at leadershipdevelopment@ila-net.com

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 Save 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.

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 (UOPX) and administers the College of Information Systems and Technology. Dr. Green is responsible for leadership development of 60+ associate faculty members and 400+ students. She facilitates classes in leadership, management, organization behavior, strategic management, and adult education training programs to foster leadership skills while creating a robust learning atmosphere. Her career is based on developing and reengaging employees within the organization. Dr. Green developed numerous relationships with business and military leaders, which will aid her in her in the field of Leadership Development.

She is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Institute and has more than 20 years' experience working and developing employees, sharing a variety of practices in the community, and designing mentorship programs for diverse leaders in the U.S. Army, Target, and Passionate Coaching and Career Services. Dr. Green has coached and mentored individuals in the U.S. Army, high velocity retail organizations, education, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofits. Her coaching and leadership expertise is built on a solid academic foundation. Her educational preparation includes an earned Doctorate of Management degree in Organizational Leadership, a Master of Science degree in Educational Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Dr. Green is a certified executive coach. 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 is a Campus Vice President, Director, Chief Academic Officer, Board Chair, Board Member, Education Researcher, Executive Coach, Dissertation Chair, Associate Faculty, Research Fellow, Author, Artist, and Business Owner. She provides all the titles in her bio, to make the point that our opportunities and experiences in life are not limited.

Jan has thirty plus years' experience in adult learning, higher education, corporate training, management and leadership. She is an innovative thought leader who has launched several innovative projects for University of Phoenix - Detroit students, alumni, faculty, and staff. She serves on the University of Phoenix National Diversity Council, is a member of the University of Phoenix Women's Employee Resource Group (ERG) and a member of the University of Phoenix African American ERG Steering Committee.

Cardwell is currently Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Matrix Human Services for over four years. She is a Board Member for the Southfield Lathrup Optimist Club, and the Southfield Chamber of Commerce. As an Education Researcher, she has presented at several leadership conferences nationally and internationally. As a Dissertation Chair, she mentors doctoral students and teaches classes as Associate Faculty for the University of Phoenix.

Jan is also a Business Owner. As CEO and Founding Partner of Conceivers LLC, her firm provides Empowerment (life) Coaching, Executive Coaching, and Dissertation Coaching services. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She is Author of her blog "Empower Your Excellence", which is the foundation of her professional coaching services.

She is also an Artist, she paints and creates fashion on canvas under the pseudo name "Jalu 2022". She presented her art at the International Leadership Association Women's Conference (June 2017) and at the Matrix Human Services Artworks Detroit (October 2017).

Dr. Cardwell holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education from Capella University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. She 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 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. ×