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The ILA: Exploring Reimagined Leadership

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The International Leadership Association (ILA) combines research, scholarship, and real-world practice in exploring all aspects of leadership – particularly to identify and find solutions for the global challenges today’s leaders face. They chose Geneva, Switzerland, for their 2021 conference; the city has the largest number of multi-lateral organizations in the world. The conference theme: Reimagining Leadership. ILA’s president/CEO Cynthia Cherrey joins board chair Mike Hardy for an overview of the conference results…and how the Association is a living model for reimagining leadership together.

Cynthia Cherrey is President and CEO of the International Leadership Association (ILA),. Previously, she served as Vice President and Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Cynthia publishes in the areas of leadership, organizational development, and higher education including co-authoring Systemic Leadership: Enriching the Meaning of our Work, co-editing ILA’s Building Leadership Bridges book series; her most recent publication is Women and Leadership around the World (co-editor). She is a Fellow at the World Business Academy and a recipient of a J.W. Fulbright Scholarship. Cynthia’s interests and research explore new ways to live, work, and lead in a knowledge driven, interdependent, global society. She consults and speaks to for-profit and non-profit organizations around the world on leadership and organizational change.

Professor Mike Hardy, CMG OBE FRSA, is Founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK. After a distinguished career, he returned to the academic world in 2011 as Professor of Intercultural Relations at Coventry University. Mike is active with UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations; he is currently lead advisor to the World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, the World Peace Forum in Indonesia, and directs the RISING Global Peace Forum at Coventry. Professor Hardy was 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 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his work in Intercultural Dialogue. Mike is a trustee of The Faith and Belief Forum, the leading interfaith charity in the UK.