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 leader and spiritual guide of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, which he founded in 1958. Sarvodaya is the largest established non-governmental organization in Sri Lanka, serving over 20,000 villages. Sarvodaya was founded during a time of great civil unrest and much violence with the goal of bringing people from all ethnic and religious groups together to build villages to live peacefully and safely. The civil war which endured until 2002 with a ceasefire agreement, was renewed again in 2005 by hostilities between the mostly Buddhist government and the (mostly Hindu) Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). By 2009 the government took control of all LTTE areas amidst accusations of human rights violations on both sides. Despite these differences, Sarvodaya has led humanitarian efforts to support displaced Tamil and Sinhalese communities, throughout and following the violence. Additionally, during the 2004 Tsunami, which killed over 35,000 people and displaced over 500,000, Sarvodaya was on the ground providing food, shelter, and village development for all displaced ethnic and religious groups. Recently, the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum recognized Sarvodaya as one of thirty-seven Social Entrepreneurs for the Year 2014.

Ariyaratne's education, awards, commendations, and various peace prizes are too many to name, yet most are notable. His education includes a Doctor of Humanities (D.H.) degree, Emilo Aquinaldo College, Philippines; Doctor of Letters (D.Litt), Sri Jayawardenapura University, Sri Lanka; and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics, Sinhala and Education, Vidyodaya University, Sri Lanka. In addition to a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, Ariyaratne was recognized in 2007 as Srilankabhimanya (pride of Sri Lanka), Sri Lanka's highest civilian honor. He has also won numerous international awards, including the 2006 Sushil Kumar International Peace Award, Canada; the 2006 Mahatma Gandhi Service Award, South Africa; 1996 Mahatma Gandhi Peace prize, India; 1996 Hubert Humphrey Award, USA; and the 1992 Niwano Peace Prize, Japan, to name just a few.

Sarvodaya is grounded in Buddhist principles including respect for the dignity and worth of all people, loving kindness, compassionate action, non-violence, and sharing of labor and financial means for the benefit of all peoples. This philosophy is evident in all levels of the organization from the villages to the district centers and beyond.

Ariyaratne believes that all people can attain enlightenment, and it is possible to eradicate many of the social and political leadership challenges of our time. He travels widely to share his message of loving-kindness and compassion toward others. In the spirit of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, he has led hundreds of 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 (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 innovate 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 introduced the concept of "presencing" - learning from the emerging future - in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge, J. Jaworski, and B. S. Flowers). His new book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (co-authored with Katrin Kaufer) focuses on transforming business, society, and self (published in July 2013).

He 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.

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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 earned her BA in English and MBA in Marketing and Finance from Stanford University. She has achieved excellent results as a strategic leader, consensus builder, and change agent in several organizations pursuing growth, transformation, and renewal. She served as an executive vice president at Biogen IDEC where she was also the co-leader of integration planning for merger-of-equals between IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Biogen. As a member of the executive leadership team, she led the transformation of a 100-person biotech startup into one of the most successful, global biopharmaceutical companies in oncology, neurology, and immunology with over 4,000 employees. During her tenure at IDEC Pharmaceuticals, the company's market cap grew from $100 million to over $5 billion, establishing IDEC as one of the most highly regarded companies in the industry.

Prior to her work at Biogen IDEC and IDEC Pharmaceuticals, she served at the vice president level in the Retirement Programs Division, then in the Personnel Division, at Wells Fargo Bank. While in Retirement Programs, Matsui grew a $250 million deposit portfolio into a $2.5 billion diversified investment portfolio in less than five years, placing the 12th largest bank in the nation as number one in IRA holdings and achieving one of the highest profit per FTE ratios in the entire company. As head of Employee Relations and Communications, she instituted innovative work/family programs, leading to Wells Fargo being named one of the 100 best companies for working women by Working Mothers magazine in 1990 and 1991. Concurrent with her corporate career, she served on the boards of various nonprofits, including the San Francisco Bay Girl Scouts. As a result of her dedicated and comprehensive service, Matsui was eventually elected to chair the National Board of the Girl Scouts of the USA from 1999-2002.

Since her retirement in 2009, Matsui has been pursuing many opportunities to engage her commitment toward social innovation, entrepreneurship, and life-long learning. She is a vice chair on the board of the San Diego Foundation, a $650M community foundation in San Diego; she is also on the boards of several other companies and organizations such as Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc., San Diego Grantmakers, the Balboa Park Conservancy, and the World Foundation for Girl Guides and Girls Scouts. She is the co-founder of the San Diego Social Innovation Trust, and the Beacon Life Transitions program, developed at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Her many honors and awards include: Athena San Diego's Pinnacle Award for individual in Life Sciences (for fulfilling a significant role in the development and advancement of skilled and talented women within their organization or the San Diego community); Stanford Graduate School of Business, John W. Gardner Volunteer Leadership Award (for service to the school in different volunteer leadership capacities), 2012; UCSD Moores Cancer Center's Rell Sunn Award for exemplary leadership and accomplishments in the battle against cancer, 2010; Inductee, Stanford Alumni Hall of Fame (nominated by the Asian American Activities Center) in 2005; Honorary Associate, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 2004; International Year of the Volunteer honoree, United Nations Association of the USA Council of Organizations.

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