Plenary Speakers

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Plenary sessions (i.e. Keynotes & Keynote Panels) bring together top leaders and thinkers to discuss complex leadership questions with ILA's signature bridging of theory and practice. They challenge us to think more creatively and inspire us to practice leadership with heart and purpose.  Exact dates and times of these conference plenary sessions will be posted soon along with additional speakers! 

Leadership and Governance for Global Wellbeing

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is WHO Director-General, serving a five-year term since July 2017. Previously, Dr. Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005-2012 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016 where he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is the recipient of many awards from around the globe including Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of public health.

Amanda Ellis

Amanda Ellis is Executive Director, Global Partnerships for the ASU Global Futures Laboratory. She is former New Zealand Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva (2013-16) and Prime Minister's Special Envoy. An economist by training, Amanda held senior roles at the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and Westpac Banking Corporation. Amanda is a founding member of the Financial Alliance for Women and the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women's economic empowerment.

Touching the Heart Through Leadership:
The Arts and Spirituality as Forces for Renewal

Alonzo King

Alonzo King has been called a visionary choreographer, who is altering the way we look at ballet. King calls his works “thought structures” created by the manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws, which govern the shapes and movement directions of everything that exists. Named as a choreographer with “astonishing originality” by the New York Times, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been guided by his unique artistic vision since 1982. Photo © Franck Thibault.

Malcolm Clemens Young 

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young became the ninth dean of Grace Cathedral in August 2015. Before joining the cathedral, Malcolm was the Rector of Christ Church, Los Altos, CA where he founded Ventana School, an Episcopal day school. Malcolm is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion for the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Examiner.  

Del Sol String Quartet 

The internationally-acclaimed Del Sol String Quartet is a leading force in the Bay Area music scene, reveling in the risk of constantly reimagining the string quartet. They champion the music of living artists that reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our local communities and shared social issues such as human rights, immigration and the environment. Del Sol has premiered hundreds of works, released 9 albums, and produces vibrant productions and educational experiences. Photo credit: Lenny Gonzalez.

The Future of Leadership Studies

Ron Riggio

Ron Riggio is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Ron is the author of more than a dozen books and more than 100 research articles and book chapters in the areas of leadership, organizational psychology, and social psychology. Ron is the former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. He has served on the board of numerous journals and writes the Cutting-Edge Leadership blog at Psychology Today.

Ron Heifetz 

Ron Heifetz is the King Hussein Bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of Leadership Without Easy Answers; Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading; and The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World. Ron is the co-founder of Cambridge Leadership Associates, a consulting form for organizations and societies looking to build their adaptive leadership capacity. 

Pat Dambe 

Pat Dambe is the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations at the De Beers Global Sightholder Sales. Pat is one of Southern Africa's leading women in the Marketing, Media and Communications industry with over 30 years executive leadership experience working for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and luxury brands including Coca Cola South Africa, Draft FCB, Thebe Investments, and Bentley. At De Beers, she is responsible for Government Relations, External Communications, Sustainability, and Social Investment.

Creating a World That Works for All:
What Leverage Points Enable Systemic Change?

Subhanu Saxena

Subhanu Saxena is the Director of the Innovation Introduction team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Subhanu has worked in various industries including pharmaceuticals, consulting, and banking and his experience spans markets in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. He has an MBA from INSEAD and prior to his current role he was Managing Director and Global CEO of Cipla, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company with a presence in over 170 countries. 

Otto Scharmer 

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He 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 et al). Otto is co-author of Leading from the Emerging Future. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, outlines the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change.

Darcy Winslow 

Darcy Winslow is the President and co-founder of the Academy for Systems Change. The Academy advances the field of awareness-based systemic change to achieve economic, social, and ecological wellbeing. Darcy worked at Nike, Inc. for 21 years and held several senior management positions, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999 and as Senior Advisor to the Nike Foundation. She serves on the board of The Carbon Underground and The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education.

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler 

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler is Professor Emeritus of Organization Development at Alliant International University. Through her research and organizational consulting, she has helped hundreds of executives cultivate healthy organizations. Kathryn is the author of Inner Peace – Global Impact, and lead editor of Leading With Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity and Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World.

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