Turbulence has emerged as the new normal. A critical, underlying human assumption about leading is that we are traversing or mobilizing from some current state toward a new state. Often this new state will be characterized as stable or predictable. But, what if the mindset of leading from turbulence to stability is antiquated? What if 'stable' never comes? Leadership in Turbulent Times will consider what turbulence means, and what it demands for effectively leading in a humane world of resilient communities and thriving organizations. Gather with your colleagues in Brussels this October as we challenge existing assumptions and propose new ones. Let's marshal our individual and collective intelligence and advance the world's understanding and practices of leading in turbulence. Read Complete Theme Statement


Whether you're wondering when conference check-in opens or the day and time of the annual networking lunch you would like to attend, the detailed agenda has the answers you're looking for complete with links to more detailed information about particular activities. Links to concurrent sessions will be available in July after they are scheduled. View Complete Agenda

Plenary Speakers

ILA plenaries feature top leaders in business, government, and nonprofits as well as thought-leaders, top scholars, and researchers. One plenary sessions is purposefully devoted to an explicit exploration of leadership at the nexus of theory and practice through a co-keynote or conversation between a scholar and a leader. This year's slate of speakers includes a prime minister and former president of the EU, a CEO of a multinational oil company, a promient military leader, and a game-changing thinker. Who are these noteworthy leaders? Click to find out.

Pre-Con Workshops

Pre-Conference workshops offer unique opportunities for focused professional development and networking and frequently connect with the special leadership aspects of the host city and country. Take a deep dive with a workshop at the SQUARE Meeting Centre, go on the road to the European Parliament and other locations in Brussels, or journey to the Grand Béguinage in Leuven. This year's pre-conference workshops offer something for everyone. View pre-conference workshop line-up

Special Events

Special events make the conference, well, special. From networking meals hosted by ILA member communities to the invitation only Emerging Scholars Research Consortium, participation in a special event will enhance your conference experience. Learn more


Celebrate the achievement of leadership legacies and the promise of the next generation through a variety of awards presented at the conference. 2017 winners will be announced throughout the comnig months. Who won?