ILA Announces Speakers for October Leadership Conference

February 2018

Donna Ladkin, professor of Leadership and Ethics at Plymouth University in Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom, has been announced as a keynote speaker for the International Leadership Association conference, hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University’s MacArthur School of Leadership in October.


Ladkin will join Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, as a presenter at the event Oct. 24 – 27 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
The International Leadership Association (ILA) is the global network for all those who practice, study and teach leadership. The ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide. Dr. Craig Domeck, dean of the MacArthur School, is conference chair.

 Barbara Kellerman
Barbara Kellerman

Additional speakers at the event, which attracts 1,200 leadership coaches, consultants, public leaders, executives, educators, students, scholars and researchers, will be announced later. The theme of the 20th anniversary global conference is Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace and Prosperity. 

Donna Ladkin's background in philosophy and organizational leadership has led her to literally rethink the field of leadership. Her book, “Rethinking Leadership: A New Look at Old Leadership Questions,” provocatively explores the fundamental questions of leadership with an insistence that the questions we should be asking are ones we know we are not going to get to the bottom of. Her most recent books — “Mastering the Ethical Dimensions of Organizations” and “The Physicality of Leadership” — are the results of her ongoing research and interest in the aesthetic and material dimensions of ethical organizations and how art-based methods can be used to educate managers. “Authentic Leadership: Clashes, Convergences and Coalescences,” a 2013 volume co-edited with Chellie Spiller, speaks to the theme of ILA’s 2018 global conference, and turns the notion of Authentic Leadership inside out by examining it in terms of the fluidity of the concept of self and the orientation toward leadership as a relationship. 

Barbara Kellerman is a quintessential scholar of leadership. Approaching leadership from multiple disciplines, she delights in poking and prodding to see what turns up and then synthesizing her observations and analyses into books filled with big ideas discussing overarching, sweeping trends in leadership and followership. Her books — including, “Hard Times; The End of Leadership; Leadership: Essential Selections; Followership; Women & Leadership;” and “Bad Leadership,” among others — have challenged existing orthodoxies and created new contours to guide the field forward. Kellerman, who frequently earns titles like “Top 50 Business Thinkers” ( or “World’s Top 30 Management Professionals” (Ranked 13th by Global Gurus), is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review and she frequently appears on the BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and NPR. Her forthcoming book is “Professionalizing Leadership.” 


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