ILA's Board of Directors

ILA's Board of Directors is made up of Leadership scholars, educators, and leadership development professionals from around the world. In addition to up to 21 voting Directors, it may include ex-officio conference chairs and emeriti members. Please learn more about our illustrious Board by following the links below.

Mike HardyMike Hardy
ILA Board Chair
Founding Director
Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations, Coventry University

About Mike Hardy

Mike Hardy Mike Hardy is a founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University, formed in 2013 incorporating the Institute of Community Cohesion, The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, and the Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour. From 1995 until 2011, as a senior U.K. civil servant, Mike was a leader with the British Council responsible for the Council's global programme for Intercultural Dialogue, youth engagement, and so-called 'soft-power' global strategic partnerships.

Following overseas postings in the Arab world and Asia, his work focused on working with difference and with inter- and intra-community relations. His particular interest was with disconnected and underemployed young people. His portfolio included international work with schools and skills, networks of young global citizens, and capacity development within civil societies worldwide as well as supporting partnerships which help conflict and post-conflict contexts and people and communities in fragile states. In his leadership role he was active in policy advocacy in international affairs and public diplomacy, most notably in Muslim majority countries.

He returned to the academic world in 2011 to a new Chair at Coventry and continues to contribute to conferences, global discussions and applied research in intercultural dialogue, multiculturalism and diversity. Mike is active within the UN Alliance of Civilizations, is lead advisor to the World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue in Baku and directs the RISING Global Peace Forum at Coventry. Professor Hardy has been twice honoured, awarded the OBE in 2001 for his peace-building work in the Middle East, and appointed a Companion of Honour of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's Birthday Honours June 2010 for his work internationally in Intercultural Dialogue.

Cynthia CherreyCynthia Cherrey
ILA President & CEO

About Cynthia Cherrey

Cynthia Cherrey 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.

Janis Bragan BaldaJanis Bragan Balda
ILA Vice Chair
Assoc. Prof. of Sustainable Enterprise
Center for Sustainability & Global Change,
Unity College


About Janis Bragan Balda

Janis Bragan Balda Janis Bragan Balda, PhD, is a Associate Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the Center for Sustainablity and Global Change, Unity College. An attorney, educator, and researcher, she has traveled extensively and worked on projects and issues in many areas of the world, including India, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Mexico, the U.K. and Brazil. She loves interacting with people of different cultures and is always seeking to absorb knowledge and experiences relating to new fields and to expand her areas of expertise. Current research projects include Gen-Y effectiveness in the workplace and the way in which vales and beliefs shape behavior.

Janis has taught management, international business, international law, ethics and business law, and nonprofit leadership, and particularly enjoys bridging theory and practice across disciplines. Understanding that many significant legal issues arise from poor management practices,

What she lacks by being considered "height challenged" by her closest friends and family, she makes up for with her intensity.

Living between Southern California and Portland, Oregon, and Grenada, Janis loves exploring the parks and trails in all locales, finding beauty and interest in the varied settings.

Rens van LoonRens van Loon
ILA, Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee
Professor of Dialogical Leadership, Department of Philosophy, School of Digital Sciences and Humanities, Tilburg University; External Consultant, Deloitte University

About Rens van Loon

Rens van Loon Rens van Loon is a professor in Dialogical Leadership at Tilburg University (Netherlands) and a Director of Human Capital - Organization, Change & Leadership, and Member of the Global Leadership Group at Deloitte Consulting. His team works on realizing change in individual leaders, teams, and organizations as a whole, utilizing a dialogic approach where reflection is central to supporting new insights and action. He has extensive experience in the realm of leadership development in the C-suite and describes himself as being highly motivated by the question: What makes a good, effective, and authentic leader?


Joanne BarnesJoanne Barnes
Chair, Membership Committee
Dean of the Graduate School
Indiana Wesleyan University

About Joanne Barnes

Joanne Barnes Joanne Barnes, PhD, is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Organizational Leadership in Department of Leadership Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), and has been involved in higher education since 1996. She was the first Affiliate Faculty for IWU'S College of Adult and Professional Studies where she not only facilitated adult learning, but also developed new faculty training. Joanne retired from Delphi Electronics & Safety in 2008, in Kokomo, Indiana after nearly 37 plus years of service, where she held various management and leadership positions. Her position upon retirement was the Global Quality Systems Manager for the entire enterprise. In this position, she was responsible for implementing global change and driving common quality practices throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and leading global teams.

Her current research involves cultural intelligence, multicultural leadership, the cross transferability of Western-basedtheories to other cultures and the role of unconscious bias and intersectionality in women's leadership. She has presented at several top conferences on leadership and has publications on women and leadership, cultural intelligence, and global leadership to name a few.

Joanne is a certified trainer/coach in the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale, the Global Competency Inventory, and Cultural Intelligence. She also holds certifications from Aperian Global in the areas of GlobeSmart Profile Assessment, GlobeSmart Team Assessment, and GlobalSmart Leadership Assessment. She is currently working with universities and businesses in providing assessments and coaching to prepare students, faculty, administrators and business leadership practitioners for expatriate and global assignments as well as multicultural experiences. Joanne currently teaches advance global leadership theory, globalization and multiculturalism theory, and leadership colloquium courses. She earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Kevin Lowe Kevin Lowe
Professor in Leadership
Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies
Business School, The University of Sydney

About Kevin Lowe

Kevin Lowe Kevin B. Lowe is Professor in Leadership in the Business School at the University of Sydney. A recognized leader in the field of leadership, Kevin is on ten editorial boards including The Leadership Quarterly (Associate Editor), Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Leadership, Journal of World Business, and Group and Organization Management.

His research has garnered a number of awards including twice winning the Best Paper of the Year Award from The Leadership Quarterly, the Article of the Decade Award from the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Decennial Influential Article Award from The Leadership Quarterly. In 2017 he received an Emerald Citation of Excellence, recognizing articles of high impact over the most recent three years (2014-2016), for his review and extension of the field of followership.

An enthusiastic teacher Kevin received the Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award recognizing teaching excellence across the seventeen campus University of North Carolina system and was nominated for a CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award. He regularly speaks to faculty and doctoral student audiences on the topic of teaching excellence.

Professor Lowe serves on the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association, the Southern Management Association and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management. He serves on the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, is a Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies at Lancaster University (UK), and a Fellow of the Southern Management Association.

Michael BrandenburgMichael Brandenburg
Director, Coaching Services, Executive Education; Director, International Business Development, IESE Business School, University of Navarra

About Michael Brandenburg

Michael Brandenburg Michael is executive coach and top management consultant; among his clients are relevant companies of the IBEX-35 and DAX-100 as well as family businesses. He received formal coaching training in internal Gemini Consulting and IESE´s "Executive Coaching" programs and earned his International Coach Federation certification at the EEC (Escuela Europea de Coaching). He has a master in engineering from Aachen university as well as a MBA and AMP from IESE. He is fluent in English, German and Spanish.

Michael has developed an international career as manager and leader in big global corporations starting 1984 at RWE, a German utility corporation. He has been responsible for the final assembly area at the SEAT car plant in Martorell. In 2000 he was named vice president in Capgemini consulting and IT-services group managing major accounts and alliances in Central Europe. In 2006 Michael joined IESE as director of customized programs for international clients. He has started his coaching work in 2000 as a facet of his work as top management consultant and trusted advisor.

Michael is married and father of two daughters. In twenty-five years of work on four continents he has learned as executive, consultant, active member of professional associations, father and husband to balance his and other's needs and to manage his time. He perceives life as a never ending process of learning. Hobbies include: Tennis, Hunting, European Talent Mobility.

Susan Elaine MurphySusan Elaine Murphy
Prof. and Chair of Leadership Development, Organisational Studies, University of Edinburgh Business School

About Susan Elaine Murphy

Susan Elaine Murphy Susan Murphy joined the University of Edinburgh Business School in August 2013 as Chair of Leadership Development. She most recently taught doctoral-level courses in leadership and ethics, organisational change, and empirical approaches to leader and leadership development.

Susan has published numerous articles and book chapters on leadership, leadership development, and mentoring. Her current research examines leadership requirements, effectiveness, and development across different contexts and organisational levels. In her research Susan identifies ways in which organisations encourage "the leadership development mindset". This method of accelerating leader development takes place at both the organisational level, which includes effective succession planning and talent management, and at the individual manager level by increasing leadership self efficacy and identity, one's developmental readiness, and use of mentoring and other networking opportunities. Susan has consulted across a range of industries including the entertainment, mobile technology, biotechnology, banking, construction engineering, and energy-related fields as well as national and local government and other public sector organisations.

Susan was formerly Director of the School of Strategic Leadership Studies at James Madison University and Professor of Leadership Studies and before that at Claremont McKenna College as faculty and associate director of the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute. Before working in academia Susan worked as a Research Scientist at Battelle-Seattle consulting in the areas of leadership and management education, as well as organisational change for clients in the U.S. and Japan in for profit, nonprofit, and public sector organisations.

Susan's work has been published in Academy of Management Executive, Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Making, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology. Her most recent edited volume with Rebecca Reichard is Early Development and Leadership: Building the Next Generation of Leaders and an authored book, Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Protégés Make the Most of Their Relationships, (with Ellen Ensher).

Susan also serves on the editorial board of Leadership Quarterly. Susan earned her PhD and MS from the University of Washington in Organisational Psychology, where she also earned a MBA at the Michael G. Foster School of Business concentrating in organisational behaviour and human resources.

Michael ChikelezeMichael Chikeleze
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

About Michael Chikeleze

Michael Chikeleze Michael Chikeleze is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies & HR Development in the College of Professional Sciences at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently teaches doctoral-level courses in leadership development, organizational behavior, and organizational change.

Michael has formerly held several academic leadership positions such as Department Chair at Louisiana State University Shreveport, Campus Director and Associate Dean at Cincinnati State College, and Associate Director for Corporate Relations at University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining academia, Michael had a career in business, spending 10 years in leadership roles such as Tax Counsel at Procter & Gamble and Finance Manager at J. P. Morgan Chase & Company. Michael received a Ph.D. in values-driven leadership from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, and holds M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Laura OsteenLaura Osteen
Assistant Vice President, Campus Life,
Tulane University

About Laura Osteen

Laura Osteen Laura Osteen is the Assistant Vice President, Campus Life at Tulane University. Prior to this appointment, Laura was the director of Florida State University's Center for Leadership and Social Change, a campus-wide endeavor to transform lives through leadership education, identity development, and community engagement. Before coming to FSU, Laura worked with leadership, community, diversity, and experiential learning programs in student and academic affairs positions on the campuses of Kansas State University, University of Maryland, University of Missouri, and Stephens College. Laura envisions a world where everyone is enabled and empowered to create positive sustainable change. She is co-author of Cultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds (ASHE, 2013), co-editor of Developing Students' Leadership Capacity (Jossey-Bass, 2012), and a member of the Leadership Identity Development research team. Laura received her doctorate of philosophy degree from the University of Maryland, master's degree from Colorado State University, and her undergraduate degree from Indiana University..

Sean CreightonSean Creighton
Chair, Board Development Committee
The New American Colleges and Universities (NACU)

About Sean Creighton

Sean Creighton Sean Creighton, Ph.D., is the president of the New American Colleges & Universities, a national consortium enhancing the integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. He is also president emeritus of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education. Currently, Sean serves on boards for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, International Leadership Association, and TEDxDayton. He also completed ten years of public service for the board of education in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sean has published and presented extensively on higher education, collaboration, civic engagement, and talent retention, and been a principle investigator for the Kettering Foundation on research projects concerning the civic mission of higher education. Sean holds degrees from Marist College and New York University, and earned his PhD from Antioch University. He lives in Dayton, Ohio with his wife, Leslee, and his five fun children, Liam, Maya, Quinn, Audrey, and Juliette.

Cindy PaceCindy Pace
Vice President, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer,


About Cindy Pace

Cindy Pace Cindy is a global talent and diversity leader with 20 years of professional experience working in financial services, healthcare and biopharmaceuticals. She is also a global leadership scholar and diversity practitioner, adjunct professor of organizational leadership and lecturer with expertise on advancing diverse women in business leadership. Cindy is the Founder and CEO of Empowered Leadership, a motivational leadership coaching and communications practice. Her research and coaching integrate transformative learning, intrapersonal intelligence and positive psychology concepts that focus on diverse women progressing toward top leadership and how organizations/managers can develop them. Recently, Cindy authored a chapter on Navigating Leadership in the upcoming edited book, Women's Leadership Journeys: Stories, Research, and Novel Perspectives, which is part of the Leadership Series published by Routledge.

As a thought leader on global diversity, inclusive talent practices and women in leadership, Cindy has presented and facilitated workshops at numerous conferences and events for corporations, organizations and universities such as EY, The Compass Group, Pfizer, MetLife, Global Summit of Women, International Leadership Association, Seneca Women Innovation Forum, Multicultural Women's National Conference, Global Advancement of Women Summit, The Conference Board, Universidad Europea de Valencia's International MBA Program, Columbia Business School –Women in Leadership Program, Harvard Business School Gender & Work Symposium, Kellogg Northwestern School of Management, NYU Stern Women in Business, NYU Steinhardt and Healthcare Business Women's Association.

During her career, Cindy has held various corporate management and global leadership roles in clinical research, diversity & inclusion, organizational change, executive leadership development, talent strategy integration and innovation at Pfizer; and global leadership development and diversity strategy roles at MetLife. She began her corporate career in clinical research in Women's Health at Solvay Pharmaceuticals after transitioning as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) trained molecular and clinical microbiologist.

Cheryl GetzCheryl Getz
Associate Professor
Department of Leadership Studies,
University of San Diego

About Cheryl Getz

Cheryl Getz Cheryl Getz is associate professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES). Her research interests include: 1) using action research methodology to enhance the teaching of leadership; 2) the exploration of college student social identity; 3) the application of group relations theory to higher education administration and student affairs; 4) the development of inclusive and integrated leadership development; and 5) strengthening cultural competence through international travel and exchanges. She has held a variety of administration positions in SOLES, including Associate Dean, Director of Graduate and Credential Programs, and Assistant Dean. She teaches courses for doctoral and master's students in the Higher Education Leadership Program, while teaching an undergraduate course in the leadership minor. She supervises student affairs graduate interns and teaches the accompanying seminar.

Kara R. PriceKara R. Price
Director, Operations & Strategy, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Merck & Co., Inc

About Kara R. Price

Kara R. Price Kara is an organizational leadership expert offering 18 years of experience of consistent achievement in providing vision, innovation and strategic planning and execution. Her experience includes commercial and clinical operations, technical support, supplier management, and quality assurance. She is passionate about diversity and Inclusion and talent development that enables employees to reach their potential. Leadership building, resilience and the ability to deliver results are the hallmarks of her leadership.

She is currently the Director, Operations & Strategy, Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prior to that she was the Director, Operations-Sterile Clinical Manufacturing where she designed and executed drug product process for Ebola Vaccine to support the 2014-2016 outbreak that occurred in Africa.

John HeiserJohn Heiser
LabVantage Solutions, Inc.

About Mike Hardy

Mike Hardy Mike Hardy is a founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations at Coventry University, formed in 2013 incorporating the Institute of Community Cohesion, The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, and the Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour. From 1995 until 2011, as a senior U.K. civil servant, Mike was a leader with the British Council responsible for the Council's global programme for Intercultural Dialogue, youth engagement, and so-called 'soft-power' global strategic partnerships.

Following overseas postings in the Arab world and Asia, his work focused on working with difference and with inter- and intra-community relations. His particular interest was with disconnected and underemployed young people. His portfolio included international work with schools and skills, networks of young global citizens, and capacity development within civil societies worldwide as well as supporting partnerships which help conflict and post-conflict contexts and people and communities in fragile states. In his leadership role he was active in policy advocacy in international affairs and public diplomacy, most notably in Muslim majority countries.

He returned to the academic world in 2011 to a new Chair at Coventry and continues to contribute to conferences, global discussions and applied research in intercultural dialogue, multiculturalism and diversity. Mike is active within the UN Alliance of Civilizations, is lead advisor to the World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue in Baku and directs the RISING Global Peace Forum at Coventry. Professor Hardy has been twice honoured, awarded the OBE in 2001 for his peace-building work in the Middle East, and appointed a Companion of Honour of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's Birthday Honours June 2010 for his work internationally in Intercultural Dialogue.


About John Heiser

John Heiser John Heiser is CEO of LabVantage Solutions, Inc. and former President & Chief Operating Officer of Magnetrol International, Incorporated, a global leader in the development and manufacture of level and flow process control instrumentation. John began his career as an attorney in private practice before transitioning into business where he has held numerous leadership positions in legal, government affairs, sales, and marketing with DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Merck & Co., Inc., and Bausch & Lomb.

Carolyn StefancoCarolyn Stefanco
Chair, Fund Development Committee
The College of Saint Rose

About Carolyn Stefanco

Carolyn Stefanco Carolyn J. Stefanco is the 11th president of The College of Saint Rose, an independent, Masters Comprehensive institution in New York's capital city of Albany. With four schools and 65 academic programs, it is known for its commitment to the liberal arts, its nationally recognized professional degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and its focus on student success and service to the urban community. The student body of 4200 represents 36 U.S. states and 58 countries, and is comprised of one-third students of color and one-third first-generation college students. The first goal of the 2020 strategic plan is to make the institution a center of global connectedness.

Stefanco joined Saint Rose after serving as vice president for academic affairs at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia; as the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus; and after a long career as a tenured professor of history at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), where she held numerous leadership positions. She also worked as a professor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts and at Oklahoma State University.

She earned a Ph.D. in history from Duke University, a master's degree in women's history from Binghamton University, and a bachelor's degree in history and a women's studies certificate from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the University of Zagreb in Croatia, served as resident director of a London Study Program, and created programs for student exchange and faculty research in Honduras, Brazil, Portugal, Croatia, Poland, and China. Stefanco has also worked as a higher education consultant for Saudi Arabia, and has conducted research and given addresses in eight countries.

Stefanco is a trustee of the American University in Bulgaria, a board member of the Center for Economic Growth and Hearst's Women@Work, and serves on the Executive Committee of Albany Promise, part of the Strive Together national (U.S.) network to improve educational outcomes of urban youth. She has been a board member, committee member, and officer, and played other leadership roles in higher education organizations, such as the Association of Chief Academic Officers, the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Colleges or Arts and Sciences; and in NGOs, such as the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and of Greater Atlanta, Leadership Atlanta, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Her research focuses on the history of women and global leadership, and she speaks and writes regularly about these and other issues.

Max KlauMax Klau
ILA Secretary
Chief Program Officer
New Politics Leadership Academy

About Max Klau

Max Klau Max Klau is the Chief Program Officer at the New Politics Leadership Academy, where he oversees the design and delivery of leadership development programs focused on building a pipeline of alumni of service programs seeking to run for political office as the next step on their journey as servant leaders.

Prior to taking on this role in August 2016, Klau served as the Vice President of Leadership Development at City Year, the education-focused AmeriCorps program that currently engages more than 3,000 young adults across 27 U.S. cities in a year of demanding, full time citizen service.

Klau received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005. He focused his studies on leadership education, specifically the application of the adaptive leadership model developed by Kennedy School professor Ronald Heifetz to leadership development programming for youth. An alumnus of four service programs, he has completed two years of service in Israel and led service programs in Israel, Honduras, Ghana, and the Ukraine. His writing about leadership has appeared in Fast Company, the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Post.

Éliane UbalijoroÉliane Ubalijoro
Prof. of Practice,
Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University
, Canada;
Member, Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Rwanda

About Éliane Ubalijoro

Éliane Ubalijoro Éliane Ubalijoro is an adjunct professor of practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development, where her research interests focus on innovation in global health and sustainable development. Dr. Ubalijoro is currently designing ISID's Executive Leadership Initiative, an upcoming program to help equip executives in international development with tools that support inner and outer sustainable transformation towards global prosperity.

She is a the project manager and an investigator on a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health phase 2 project led by Professor Timothy Geary, the director of McGill's Institute of Parasitology. She is a member of FemStep, a research network highlighting rural girls' and women's perspectives for engendering poverty reduction strategies in Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo and Ethiopia using arts based methodologies. In this context, she has been developing Ashes to Light, a multimedia project to document intergenerational dialogue on resilience as a platform for wisdom sharing and youth leadership training in peace building. Dr. Ubalijoro is an expert consultant for the non-profit group: The Innovation Partnership (TIP) as well as being the founder and executive director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc., a consulting group harnessing global networks for sustainable systems development. Previously, she was an assistant professor in McGill's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Prior to going back to Academia, she was a scientific research and development director in a Montreal-based biotechnology company for five years in charge of molecular diagnostic and bioinformatics discovery programs. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Ecosystems Restoration Associates, a Canadian based pioneer in global forest restoration and conservation based carbon offset programs. She is a contributor to the upcoming book "The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the 21st Century" by Berrett- Koehler Publishers.


Global Conference Chairs

Ingrid Richter Ingrid Richter (Ex-Officio)
ILA 2019 Global Conference Chair
Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa; Partner, Threshold Associates

About Ingrid Richter

Ingrid Richter Ingrid is Executive-in-Residence at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada and Partner in Threshold Associates. In these capacities she designs and delivers leadership development programs for clients from all sectors locally and globally. She is also a faculty member at the United Nations System Staff College.

In her consulting practice she focuses on supporting strategic change and social innovation. She is particularly interested in organizational learning and stakeholder engagement, particularly in international development and public sector contexts. In the last 10 years she has designed and facilitated programs involving over 1500 senior leaders from across Canada, Europe, Asia the Caribbean and Africa.

She is often called upon to support complex change and multi-stakeholder engagement strategies and is currently involved in Saving Brains, a global initiative supporting early brain and child development, in partnership with Grand Challenges Canada, the Harvard Centre for the Developing Child and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

Ingrid holds degrees in Psychology and Adult Education. She completed her PhD in Management Learning at Lancaster University where she explored the intersection between executive learning and organizational learning.

Colleagues and clients value Ingrid's humour and creative thinking. She stays humble through drawing, painting and trying to play the ukulele.

Kathryn Goldman SchuylerKathryn Goldman Schuyler (Ex-Officio)
ILA 2020 Global Conference Chair
Coherent Change

About Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler Kathryn Goldman Schuyler has many years of experience in leadership development, organizational consulting, research, and somatic learning. She has helped hundreds of executives to cultivate healthy organizations and is Professor Emeritus of Organization Development at Alliant International University. Over the past fifteen years, she has mentored many graduate students who have completed research under her guidance and moved on in their careers to increasingly influential roles in major companies, start-ups, and universities.

Kathryn has published widely on leadership and change and is the author of INNER PEACE—GLOBAL IMPACT (IAP-2012), and the lead editor of LEADING WITH SPIRIT, PRESENCE, AND AUTHENTICITY (Jossey Bass/Wiley, 2014), and CREATIVE SOCIAL CHANGE: Leadership for a Healthy World (Emerald, 2016). Her recent research focuses on awareness and mindfulness at work: her published work in this area highlights how being fully present enhanced participants' connectedness with others and with the natural environment and renewed their sense of purpose in their work.

In addition to earning a Ph.D. at Columbia University (NY) as a sociologist, she studied with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais who developed a sophisticated approach to somatic system learning. As a somatic educator, she helps children and adults with moderate to severe neuro-motor challenges to move, learn, and live fully. She has studied mindfulness and awareness with HH the Dalai Lama, Mingyur Rinpoche, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, and other masterful teachers of meditation. Kathryn and her husband, a composer, live overlooking San Francisco, a view that encourages them to pause and appreciate gleaming sunsets and foggy mornings, the calls of ravens and the circling of hawks, and the sparkling city lights.


Emeriti Board Members

Jean Lipman-BlumenJean Lipman-Blumen
T. Bradshaw Prof. of Public Policy
The Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

About Jean Lipman-Blumen

Jean Lipman-Blumen A native Bostonian, Jean Lipman-Blumen is a noted organizational sociologist and social psychologist. Her intellectual appetite first flourished at Wellesley where she received her BA and MA. For her PhD she studied at Harvard under such academic stars as Talcott Parsons and Florence Kluckhohn in the Department of Social Relations for Interdisciplinary Social Science Studies.

Her career is a compelling example of what it means to be a scholar for the public good. Not content to work solely in academia, Lipman-Blumen directed the Women's Research Program at the National Institute of Education, served as a Special Advisor to the White House's Domestic Policy staff under President Carter and was President of LBS International, Ltd. a management consulting and public policy firm. Her three best known books are all aimed at improving how we go about the business of leadership and have been widely recognized for their impact. The Connective Edge: Leading in an Interdependent World was nominated for a Pulitzer; Hot Groups: Seeding Them, Feeding Them, and Using Them to Ignite Your Organization won "Business Book of the Year" from the American Publishers' Association; and The Allure of Toxic Leaders, was chosen by Fast Company Magazine as one of the ten best business books in 2004.

Currently, she is the Thornton F. Bradshaw Chair in Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University where she is also the co-founding director of the Institute for Advanced Leadership Studies. She has published extensively on leadership, crisis management, public policy, organizational behavior, and gender issues, her most recent book being the co-edited volume The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and Organizations. She continues her commitment to work for the public good as president of the Connective Leadership Institute, a leadership, management consulting, and public policy research firm.

Larraine R. MatusakLarraine R. Matusak
Former Program Officer in Education and Leadership W.K. Kellogg Foundation

About Larraine R. Matusak

Larraine R. Matusak Larraine Matusak is a Leadership Scholar and President of the consulting firm, LARCON ASSOCIATES. She has been a scholar and practitioner of leadership for many years in a wide variety of leadership roles. She has served as Program Officer in Education and Leadership and as the first Leadership Scholar at the W.K.Kellogg Foundation. Matusak designed and directed the Kellogg National Fellowship Program, a leadership development program for people in the early years of their career. She also led in the creation of the Leadership grant making area at the W.K.Kellogg Foundation

Matusak is presently a Senior Scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership of the University of Maryland. She has also served as a graduate advisor and mentor for the Fielding Institute of Graduate Studies of Santa Barbara, California, and The Union of Graduate Schools in Ohio. She has served as a consultant and keynote speaker to many communities, organizations, businesses, academic institutions and foundations on topics of organizational design, leadership development, creativity and adult learning. The Blandin Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Lily Foundation, University of Denver, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, University of Georgia, Franklin College, Marietta College and the National League of Cities are just a few of the organizations included on the list. Creativity and innovative approaches to problem solving and leadership have gained her recognition by educators, business leaders, nonprofit groups and community organizations.

Matusak has been the president of Thomas A. Edison State College of New Jersey, and the dean and founder of the College of Alternative Programs at the University of Evansville, Indiana. She served on the original design team and directed the Alternative Baccalaureate Program at the University of Minnesota, and was a professor of Natural Sciences at that institution. She has received numerous honors including the 1996 International Morris T. Keeton Award recognizing her contributions in adult learning and leadership. In 1974 she also received the Outstanding American Educator award from the Medical College of Augusta, Georgia and has been awarded several Honorary Doctorates.

She holds many professional appointments with regional and national education organizations. Dr. Matusak is a trustee of The ILA (International Leadership Association); Leadership Institute, Los Angeles, California; Dia-Logos-Institute for Generative Learning and Collaborative Social Change, Inc., Cambridge, Mass; BCACSF (Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools Foundation), The Humane Society of Battle Creek; and is past president of the board of SAFE Place and the College of St. Benedict, Minnesota.

Matusak has authored numerous publications and articles in the field of nontraditional adult education and leadership. She has recently (1996) completed a book on leadership aimed at public consumption and focusing on citizen leadership. The title of the book is Finding Your Voice: Learning to Lead…Anywhere You Want To Make A Difference; Jossey Bass Publishers. In 1998 she completed a Monograph entitled The First Ten Years of the Kellogg National Fellowship Program; In 1999 she co-edited with Barbara Kellerman, and contributed a chapter to Cutting Edge: Leadership 2000; University of Maryland Press. She also co-edited Building Leadership Bridges, 2001. She is presently working on a book that addresses Philanthropic leadership and co-edited Building Leadership Bridges, 2002, Center For Creative Leadership, North Carolina Press.

Matusak received her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from the College of St. Benedict, a master's degree in entomology from the University Minnesota, Minneapolis. Her doctorate in higher education administration was earned at Fielding Institute of Graduate Studies, Santa Barbara, California.

Georgia Sorenson Georgia Sorenson
Leadership Scholar, Executive Education, Møller Centre
Churchill College, University of Cambridge

About Georgia Sorenson

Georgia Sorenson Georgia Sorenson received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from American University in 1972, and in 1976, she received her Masters degree in Psychology (MA) from Hood College. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Education at the University of Maryland College Park in 1992. Sorenson founded the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland at College Park in 1979. The mission of the Academy is to, "foster responsible and ethical leadership through scholarship, education, and training in the public interest."

Sorenson has been a research professor at the Academy of Leadership and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership since 2006. She currently serves on the editorial board of Leadership, Leadership Quarterly, and Leadership Review. She has also served as the Inaugural Chair and Professor of Transformational Leadership at the U.S. Army War College from 2005 to 2006, was a Visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies Richmond from 2002 to 2004 and held a faculty appointment at Williams College and Ewa University in South Korea prior to that. From 2000 to 2006, Sorenson was an advisor for the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. Sorenson is also the co-founder of the International Leadership Association and serves on the board of various non-profits.

Prior to academia, Sorenson was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Carter White House and served on the President's Productivity Council. She was a Social Science Analyst for the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights from 1976 to 1979, and a Social Science Analyst for the U.S. Department of Education from 1974 to 1976. Sorenson's work focuses on leadership, transformational leadership, presidential politics, and leadership in the non-profit sector.



Deirdre Barrett Civic and Community engagement is important to Deirdre. She has been recognized for her community service. Deirdre is a member of Leadership Atlanta. Deirdre received the Rosebud Award for her volunteer activism from the Junior League Atlanta. She has been a volunteer and fundraiser in Atlanta Public Schools.

Deirdre has served on boards and/or committees of the following: Atlanta Film Festival; Junior League Atlanta; National Black MBA Association-Life Member; United Way-VIP Program; and Spelman Alumnae Association. Deirdre loves to travel, enjoys Zumba, making pralines, reading, skiing, and roller-skating. Deirdre has an adult daughter, Emaan.