Cynthia Cherrey
President & CEO

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Cynthia Cherrey has been involved with the International Leadership Association (ILA) since its inception as an invited participant in the W.K. Kellogg Leadership project to advance leadership knowledge, education and practice for the 21st century. She has served as ILA's executive director since 2000 and as president since 2011, when the ILA became an independent 501c(3) corporation. In September 2015, Cherrey assumed the role of president and CEO on a full-time basis.

Prior to starting her full-time role at ILA, Cherrey spent five years at Princeton University as the vice president for campus life and lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. Between 2003 and 2010, Cherrey served as the vice president for student affairs at Tulane University and a clinical professor in the A.B. Freeman School of Business. Following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, she helped lead the New Orleans university through one of the most challenging periods in its history as part of the senior leadership team on recovery and renewal efforts.

From 1989 to 2003, Cherrey worked at the University of Southern California, serving ultimately as an associate vice president for student affairs, a clinical associate professor in the Rossier School of Education and lecturer in the Annenberg School of Communication. She taught undergraduate courses in communication studies and graduate courses in educational administration, leadership, and policy.

Cherrey has published journal articles and book chapters in areas of leadership, organizational development, and higher education. She also has served as co-editor of a publication series and co-written a book entitled Systemic Leadership. Most recently, she served as editor of Women and Leadership Around the World, part of ILA's Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice series (Information Age Publishing).

A former senior fellow at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership and recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, she has spoken at numerous conferences and events around the world.