16th ANNUAL ILA GLOBAL CONFERENCE
Conscious Leading for Global Change: Emergence of our Collective Realities
Thurs., Oct. 30 - Sun., Nov. 2, 2014 | San Diego, CA, USA | Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Keynote Speakers

Keynotes plenaries at ILA conferences offer a first-hand opportunity to hear the leadership perspective of prominent scholars and practitioners and learn how their approach can be integrated into your own work. The speakers themselves have contributed significantly to the field through their work and exemplary leadership. The keynote speakers at ILA 2014 San Diego will be no different.

A.T. Ariyaratne
Leader and spiritual guide of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

When: during the opening Thurs., Oct. 30 plenary; from 16:30 - 1800
Where: Sapphire Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

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A.T. Ariyaratne is the founder and spiritual guide of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, which he began in 1958. Founded during a time of civil unrest and ethnic strife, Sarvodaya works in more than 15,000 villages in Sri Lanka and brings together people from all ethnic and religious groups to build safe and peaceful villages. As the recipient of numerous prestigious peace awards and prizes – including the Ghandhi Peace Prize – Ariyaratne's work has been recognized around the world. He believes that all people can awaken themselves to the world, and – by compassionately laboring together – it is possible to build stronger, peaceful communities and create social change through non-violent means. He travels widely to share his message of, what he terms, Buddhist Economics, and to lead peace marches and meditations with millions of people.

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Otto Scharmer
Senior Lecturer, Massachussetts Institute of Technology; Vice Chair, World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Leadership Models

When: during the Sat., Nov. 1 plenary; from 9:00 - 10:15
Where: Sapphire Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront Hotel

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Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management (MIT), and founding chair of the Presencing Institute. Scharmer chairs the MIT IDEAS program and helps groups of diverse stakeholders from business, government, and civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. He co-founded the Global Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness (GNH) Lab, which links innovators from Bhutan, Brazil, Europe, and the United States in order to move beyond GDP. He is working with governments in Africa, Asia, and Europe and has delivered award-winning leadership and innovation programs for clients including Alibaba, Daimler, Eileen Fisher, Fujitsu, Google, Natura, and PriceWaterhouse. Scharmer currently is a vice chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Leadership Models and holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Management from Witten-Herdecke University in Germany.

More information about Scharmer and his work can be found at www.presencing.com.


Connie Matsui
Vice Chair of the San Diego Foundation

When: during the closing Sun., Nov. 2 plenary; from 14:15 - 15:30
Where: Sapphire Ballroom, Hilton Bayside Hotel

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Connie Matsui is a vice chair of the San Diego Foundation, which works to ensure effective philanthropy in the region by promoting research-based community solutions to create a better future. She has achieved excellent results as a strategic leader, consensus builder, and change agent in several organizations pursuing growth, transformation, and renewal. As a member of the executive leadership team during the merger of Biogen and Idec Pharmaceuticals into Biogen Idec, she contributed to the transformation of a 100-person biotech startup into a global biopharmaceutical company specializing in oncology, neurology, and immunology with over 4,000 employees. Since her retirement in 2009, Matsui has been refiring her passions toward social innovation, entrepreneurship, and life-long learning by serving on the boards of several companies and organizations including Halozyme Therapeutics, the Balboa Park Conservancy, and the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girls Scouts.

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