Healthcare Leadership Conference

Strengthening Ties Between Healthcare and Leadership

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When: October 12, 2023 
Where: Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Facilitators: More Info Coming Soon
Registration: Opening in late April

The Healthcare Pre-conference is an in-person event the day prior to the ILA Global Conference.

The International Leadership Association’s Healthcare Leadership Conference focuses on the evidence-informed capabilities leaders need to effectively steward health systems. This one-day interactive meeting is designed for anyone interested in enhancing leadership in healthcare, including learners, patients, practitioners, educators, and those with a passion for improving healthcare. 

Healthcare today demands new and expanded leadership capacity to address health and healthcare challenges across the globe. This oneday “think tank” will enable health leaders—from different countries with diverse perspectives, roles and responsibilitiesto collaborate and share ideas about how to address those challenges and maximize the opportunities.  The program will be highly interactive, utilizing panel discussions, breakout groups, and small group dialogues designed to prompt deep and thoughtful exchange. As leaders, we need to seek ways to mobilize every person who has a passion for healthcare to engage with these challenges.  

The Healthcare Pre-conference is an in-person event the day prior to the ILA Global Conference. A strength of the ILA Global conference is the inclusion of perspectives from healthcare leaders around the world who experience healthcare challenges from a wide variety of perspectives. It provides the opportunity for healthcare leaders who attend the Pre-conference to interact with leaders from other sectors. 

As a participant, looking at healthcare from a global perspective, we hope that you will become better equipped to improve the health of yourself, your teams, organizations and the systems in which you work, by utilizing a leadership lens dedicated to solving the challenges of the 21st Century. 

Full Description

The first half of the day together we will explore leadership development through nature journaling, taking brush to paper towards the wisdom of mindfulness and lifelong learnings of John Ruskin and Charlotte Mason. We will focus on learning techniques for connecting with nature by learning mindfulness and nature journaling for the artist and non-artist alike. Attendees will be introduced to the ideas of John Ruskin and the Victorian social entrepreneur Charlotte Mason. Mason took Ruskin’s philosophy and created methods for developing leadership skills in a transformative pedagogy. Her teacher’s College situated in the English Lake District educated women to become teachers and helped launch a movement including tens of thousands of families around the world. Through practical, hands-on experience with capturing all manner of plant and animal life (paints and paper included!) participants will experience the power of wisdom from nature as Mason and Ruskin understood it to transform the attendees’ teaching and practice of leadership for a sustainable world.

The “power to act” is much lamented among sustainability researchers seeking “solutions” for transformation and resilience (adaption) in complex socio-ecological systems. But underneath these methods is the guiding principle that wisdom only comes from the ability to act intelligently, and that this comes from the right ideas first. How does this then impact worldview? After an introduction to the ideas of Ruskin and Mason, participants will be instructed in Mason’s method of nature study which was developed for those without any previous experience with nature study. There will be ample time for practicing and applying the method in nature journaling, with the option to independently explore the arboretum further.

The afternoon finds us in a collaborative conversation with environmental educators on racial justice through leadership development in the garden. We will garden, cook, and connect to explore the intersection of racial justice, sustainable agriculture and leadership development with the Washington Youth Garden at the National Arboretum. Through a collaborative exploring of next generation challenges and opportunities the group will learn about WYG and similar organizations first-hand with representatives from environmental educators working to develop leadership in diverse urban settings. Participants will have an opportunity to understand how these unique organizations work by getting their hands dirty digging (and tasting!) the benefits of working and learning in the garden. Participants will also co-create the future of this work together through an opportunity to explore possible strategic avenues with WYG staff and student leaders. There will be break-out opportunities to work in smaller groups towards learning and exploring themes of developing empowering, collective leadership. Together participants will prep and cook hors de oeuvres in the outdoor kitchen. The walk in will also take participants past the original Capitol Columns. This session will build on work at the ILA Annual conference in 2021: Prioritizing Justice To Save Ourselves: A Social and Racial Lens for Sustainability and Leadership Education.

Who is the specific target audience for this session?
This experience is designed for leadership educators and students, activists and philosophers, artists and finger-painters, experts and novices, skeptics and believers, to explore two distinct leadership development avenues through engagement with nature – mindfulness through nature journaling and the intersection of racial justice, sustainable agriculture, and leadership development.

What unique leadership learnings will attendees gain from attending this session?
The objective is to help us envision ourselves and each other differently in connection with nature, recognizing the inherent value coming from nature and fostering an appreciation as well as a concern about our consumption and destruction of earth’s resources. We will participate in activities that raise awareness of the way the Arboretum space is used to facilitate an appreciation of nature’s beauty and fecundity, but go beyond that to understanding the role of this physical, artistic, and scientific space in leadership development. By experiencing it through our mind’s eye we are enabled to participate more holistically in sustaining life on earth. In addition, through observation and participation with key educators and engaged citizens we will consider how their efforts are actively transforming another generation and local communities by mitigating educational and life disparities, exposing D.C. students of all backgrounds to the connection between engaging in personal discovery through nature and then leading others to see possibilities for societal change. 


Katherine Tyler Scott

Before beginning her tenure at KI ThoughtBridge, Katherine Tyler Scott founded and served as President of Trustee Leadership Development, Inc., a resource center for governance leaders and not-for-profit organizations. Katherine is a past chair of the ILA board and convener of the ILA Applied Leadership Global Learning Community. She previously directed the Lilly Endowment Leadership Education Program, a statewide leadership education initiative for professionals in youth service, and she also developed leadership programs and resources for the Community Leadership Association.