Public Leadership Member Interest Group (PLMIG)

Who are we?
The Public Leadership Member Interest Group (PLMIG) is a forum for networking and collaboration for those who study, teach, and practice leadership in the public domain. This includes civic, governmental, military, nonprofit, political, and social organizations and institutions typically characterized by a primary emphasis on serving the public good. Increasingly so, this also incorporates collaborative efforts between the aforementioned organizations AND for-profit businesses.

The PLMIG facilitates sharing of ideas, expertise, and resources to address public leadership issues. The PLMIG encourages the development and application of concepts, theories, research, and practical experience in the field of public leadership, and highlights emerging issues, challenges, opportunities, and best practices.

What are our current priorities?
  • Cultivate new MIG members and foster the network.
  • Solicit and promote Public Leadership sessions at the 2017 Annual Meeting.
  • Establish a collaboration with the International Journal of Public Leadership for a special issue on PLMIG conference sessions and other submissions.
  • Recruit candidates for future PLMIG leadership roles.
How can ILA members be involved?
Members of the community can get involved by:

Submitting and volunteering to review proposals submitted to the Public Leadership track, part of the Annual Global Conference. Additionally, attending the PLMIG business meeting at the conference and networking with fellow members.

Posting pertinent articles and announcements to the PLMIG LinkedIn group.

Suggesting ideas for and helping to organize webinars, submitting public leadership-related content for the ILA Interface newsletter, as well as providing resources for the MIG's collection of public leadership articles, books, reports, organizations, programs, courses, etc.

Past Events and Activities
2015 & 2016: Hosted the Public Leadership Networking Dinner at ILA's annual global conference.

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.

About Elzbieta Jablonska

Elzbieta Jablonska is both a seasoned entrepreneur and scientist, with two decades of experience across different industries and across diverse cultures.

Elżbieta's main interests are public leadership, transformational leadership, values-based leadership, good governance, democratic transitions, and policy behaviors in small states - her doctoral dissertation focuses on the case of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan. She holds a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Warsaw School of Economics, MBA from Brennan School of Economics (Dominican University, Chicago) and is certified in Change Leadership by Cornell University.

While being a passionate educator (she teaches worldwide in the area of Entrepreneurship for social change, Cross-culture communication, Change leadership, International relations, Diplomacy), Elżbieta is also a successful entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, executive coach, and consultant. In 1997, she started her first privately held company in the field of engineering, introducing small producers from post-communistic countries to Western markets. Recently working as an advisor for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

Elżbieta has also worked extensively in many volunteer projects in a health sector: mental and geriatric clinics, family clinics, and in protecting disappearing cultures (e.g. Costa Rica, post-Yugoslavian countries, Poland, California). Currently, she is engaged in a governmental project for education in West Africa and a development project in South Asia. ×


Randy Poon serves as Associate Professor and chairs the Business program at Ambrose University in Calgary, Canada. He also co-chaired the recent Soul of the Next Economy Forum held in conjunction with Ambrose University and several key partners in the community and international development fields. The Forum focused on exploring business solutions to social and environmental issues through means of corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and community development. He teaches in the area of nonprofit management, corporate social responsibility, organizational development, and leadership. He also leads international community development student trips to areas such as the Dominican Republic.

He holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of British Columbia. His doctoral dissertation focused on the relationship between leader attachment/integration and employee mental health and psychological capital.

Randy spent 19 years with the Canadian federal government in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. Working with several departments in a strategic planning and policy capacity, his most recent tenure was with the Department of Canadian Heritage where he held the role of Director General, Strategic Policy and Planning, with the Cultural Affairs Sector. In addition to his time in the academy and federal public service, Randy also worked in the oil and gas industry, and is an accomplished speaker and executive trainer. ×


Ariel L. Kaufman is an outreach specialist in Campus Community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), a public land-grant institution with over 40,000 students. She has engaged in educational leadership through her research, teaching, and outreach activities for 15 years. She emphasizes that the relationships to people and to context matter in leadership. Her academic-community partnership professional connections with Growing Power are built upon sustained engagement. he has also worked extensively in the nonprofit sector and currently serves as Growing Power President of the Board of Directors ( She holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and contributes to UW-Madison's Coordinated Leadership Initiative ( ×

Public Leadership MIG Community Teams

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

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