Streams & Specialties

ILA’s member communities make up the foundation of stream options for the Global Conference. Each year, stream leaders submit the specialties they are most interested in exploring during the Global Conference. ILA also creates opportunities for new knowledge and innovative practice with streams outside of our member community structure such as Indigenous & First Nations Leadership and Sport Leadership. 

Visit the Call for Proposals page and download the CFP document to view the 2023 Streams & Specialties. 

We also invite you to explore our member communities, each of whom will sponsor a stream.

Conveners: Jules André-Brown, MA Leadership Student, Royal Roads University; Anu Mitra, Professor, PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Union Institute & University; Tami White, Visual Activist, Union Institute & University

  • Art & Social Activism 
  • Arts-Based Research & Practices
  • Creative Leadership
  • Decolonizing Arts & Leadership 
  • Leading by Design
  • Other Aspects of Arts & Leadership

Convener: Kathleen Curran, Fellow, Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University; John Heiser, Founder & CEO, TRG Management Solutions, LLC; Lenah Mwangi, Agribusines Adviser, Resource Mobilisation, Talent Recruitment, Inuka Agrisolution & Founder and Team Leader, Young African Leaders Initiative; Eric Roth, Executive Director, The John Maxwell Team & President and Managing Director, Roth Leadership; Elissar Sarrouh, Professor of Practice, Social Sciences, McGill University & CEO, Expert Consulting on Governance

  • Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
  • Championing Organizational Transformation & Change 
  • Conscious Capitalism 
  • Measuring & Maximizing Success Beyond Profit
  • Understanding & Examining Global & Cross-Cultural in the Context of the Future of Work
  • Other Aspects of Business Leadership

Conveners: Olenda Johnson, Professor of Strategic Leadership & Leader Development, College of Leadership & Ethics, U.S. Naval War College; Karin Lasthuizen, Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership, Wellington School of Business and Government, Victoria University.

  • Ethical Leadership Case Studies: Successes, Failures, Resilience, Recovery
  • Ethical Leadership in Advanced Technologies: Promises, Perils, Progress 
  • Ethical Leadership in Crisis: Challenges, Insights, Behaviors 
  • Ethically Responsible Leadership: Purpose, Values, Virtues, Vices
  • Teaching Ethics in Leadership Programs
  • Other Aspects of Ethics and Leadership

Convener: Wendy Edmonds, Assistant Professor, College of Business, Bowie State University; Marc Hurwitz, Chief Insight Officer, FliP U & Associate Director, Undergraduate and Non-Degree Programs, University of Waterloo

  • Cross Cultural Examinations of Followership
  • Followership & Leadership as Social Systems
  • Followership & Technology
  • The Dark Side of Followership 
  • Wisdom & Followership
  • Other Aspects of Followership

Conveners: Sterling CarterChief Executive Officer, SBC Global Consulting, LLC; Matthew Eitutis, Master of Science in Strategic Leadership Program Director and Assistant ProfessorSchool of Business and LeadershipUniversity of CharlestonSarah HessAssistant Professor of LeadershipSchool of Business and LeadershipUniversity of Charleston; Heather St. Peters, Associate Professor of Organizational LeadershipOccupational Therapy Doctorate ProgramHuntington UniversityBobbieAnn WhiteAssociate Professor, Health Professions EducationMGH Institute of Health Professionals & Vice Chair For Faculty Development and ResearchDept of SurgeryBaylor Scott & White HealthErin Barry, Assistant Professor, Military & Emergency MedicineUniformed Services University; Suzanna Fitzpatrick, Nurse Practitioner, Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center & Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nursing, University of Maryland, BaltimoreNeil GrunbergProfessorHenry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine & Director, Leadership Research & DevelopmentMedical and Clinical PsychologyUniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

  • Healthcare Leadership Education & Development
  • Innovation & Sustainability in Healthcare
  • Outreach to Patients & Communities
  • Policy Change in Healthcare
  • Research Methods & Findings
  • Other Aspects of Healthcare Leadership

Conveners: Erin Dixon, Faculty & Researcher, Indigenous Leadership, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity; TBA

  • Exploring the Interface/Interspace Between Indigenous Knowledge & Other Knowledge Systems in Leadership
  • How Indigenous Wisdom Traditions Guide Leaders
  • Indigenous Leadership on the Protection of Land, Waters, & Climate Change
  • The Global/Local Interface and the Potential Leadership Role of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as a Force Multiplier for Change, Decoloniality, & the Work of Indigenous Leadership
  • The Power of Indigenous Knowledge in Leading Through Transgenerational Trauma & Living Life Well
  • Other Aspects of Indigenous and First Nations Leadership

Conveners: Chrys Egan, Associate Dean, Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Fulton Dean’s Office, Salisbury University; Oliver Seale, Director, Higher Education Leadership and Management, Universities South Africa

  • Catalysing Leadership Development to Support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging in Organizations
  • Developing the “Business” of Leadership Development Including Consultants, Internal Experts, & the Broader Field
  • First Nations Knowledges & Cultures Informing Leadership Development
  • Organizational & Systemic Strategies for Developing Leaders
  • Researching Leadership Development Results & Performance
  • Other Aspects of Leadership Development

Convener: Tammy Esteves, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Troy University; Elizabeth Goryunova, Assistant Professor, Leadership and Organizational Studies, University of Southern Maine; Kyle O’Dell, Director of Undergraduate Leadership Education, Donnelly School of Leadership and Social Innovation, John Carroll University

  • Curricular, Co-curricular, & Collaborations
  • Diverse & International Approaches
  • Evaluation & Assessment
  • Kindergarten – Grade 12 (K-12)
  • Theory to Practice
  • Other Aspects of Leadership Education

Conveners: Stephen Moles, Director, Leadership and Talent Development, U.S. Institute of Peace; Elizabeth Stork, Professor, Organizational Leadership, Robert Morris University; Lazarina Topuzova, Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership, Robert Morris University

  • Activism and Grassroots Initiatives for Peace
  • Challenging Structural and Cultural Violence
  • Including Peace in Leadership Education and Development
  • Spoilers of Peace
  • Theoretical Perspectives on What Leadership for Peace Is
  • Other Aspects of Leadership for Peace

Convener: Conveners: Lori Kniffin, Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University; David Murphy, Professor, Clinical Psychology, University of Plymouth; Rich Whitney, Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership & Program Chair, Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne; RJ Youngblood, Assistant Director, Academic Achievement Center, Kansas State University

  • Critical Theory Approaches
  • Historical & Philosophical Approaches
  • Qualitative & Mixed Methods
  • Quantitative & Mixed Methods
  • Theoretical & Conceptual Approaches
  • Other Aspects of Leadership Scholarship

Conveners: John Shoup, Executive Director, Dr. Paul & Annie Kienel Leadership Institute, California Baptist University; Mary Tabata, Academic Faculty, Leadership, Ducere Global Business School; Lemuel Watson, Associate VP, Provost Professor, & Senior Scientist, Leadership and Development, Indiana University

  • Convergent & Divergent Views of Wisdom Among Worldviews
  • Nature & Content of Wisdom from Philosophical & Theological Perspectives
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Wisdom, Virtue, & Foolishness
  • Philosophy & Religion as Means to Wisdom for Philosophical/Religious and Non-Philosophical/Non-Religious Minded Leaders & Followers
  • Sage-Like Perspectives on Living & Leading Well
  • Other Aspects of Philosophy, Religion, & Worldviews

Conveners: Patricia Clary, PhD Doctoral Candidate, Organizational Leadership, Southeastern University; Larissa Collier, Discipline Chair for Anatomical Sciences, Biomedical Affairs and Research, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine; Ariel KaufmanTim Mau, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Guelph

  • Addressing Challenges & Crises in Context
  • Capacity Building Models & Approaches
  • Democracy & Civic Engagement
  • Multi-Stakeholder Engagement for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
  • Social Movements & Social Change
  • Other Aspects of Public Leadership

Conveners: Laura J. Burton, Professor & Department Head, Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut; Brendon Knott, Associate Professor, Sport Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Monique Wong, Linguist & Leadership Practitioner, Founder, The Leader in You

  • Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
  • Approaches & Practices to Sports Leadership, in Particular Those Addressing Sport Leadership During Crisis
  • Developing the Next Generation Leadership in Sports
  • Language, Communication, & Culture in Sports Leadership
  • Leading Change & Innovation in Sports Organizations
  • Other Aspects of Sports Leadership

Conveners: Kate Sheridan, Director of Career Development, Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, Chatham University

  • Centering Indigenous & Multicultural Wisdom in Sustainability Leadership
  • Restorative/Regenerative Leadership & Design
  • Sustainability Leadership Methodology & Pedagogy
  • Sustainability, Leadership, & Systems Change
  • The Intersection of Social & Environmental Justice
  • Other Aspects of Sustainability Leadership

Conveners: Patricia Clary, PhD Doctoral Candidate, Organizational Leadership, Southeastern University; Chanda Elbert, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, Texas A&M University; Karen Perham-Lippman, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Manager, Talent Acquisition and Global Diversity, Lumen Technologies PhD Doctoral Candidate, Organizational Leadership, Eastern University

  • Bridging the Great Divide: Fostering Agency and Authenticity through Practices, Attributes, & Characteristics
  • Cultivating & Sustaining Women Leaders & Followers that Flourish in Times of Crisis
  • I Am Woman Hear Me Roar: How to Come Alongside Another Woman to Help Her Find Her ‘ROAR’
  • Lessons Learned: Growing in Wisdom “Leaders, Followers, Organizations, or Systems”
  • The Three Cs: Catalyzing Cultural Change Adopting a Global Perspective
  • Other Aspects of Women & Leadership
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