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International Leadership Association Global Conference

ILA Conference

The McDonough Center is an institutional member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), the premier organization in its field. Every year, the Center faculty take a group of students to the ILA global conference. Students have an opportunity to see first hand the scholars and practitioners who are shaping the field of Leadership Studies. Students also are encouraged to participate in the conference through paper and poster presentations. ILA has an affinity group dedicated to leadership students.


2010 ILA Conference (Boston, Massachusetts)      

Theme: “Leadership 2.0: Time for Action”

Keynote Speakers

  • Karen Armstrong (Bestselling Author and Authority on Comparative Religions)
  • Jeff Swartz (President and CEO, Timberland Company)
  • Rosabeth Moss Kantor (Arbukle Professor, Harvard Business School, Chair & Director, Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard University)
  • Howard Gardner (Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

McDonough Delegates    

  • Celia Brockway ’11
  • Sarah Griffin ’12
  • Kayden Manning ’12
  • Lauren Yanko ’11


2009 ILA Conference (Prague, Czech Republic)      

Theme: “Leadership for Transformation”

Keynote Speakers       

  • Mansour Javidan (Dean of Research and Garvin Distinguished Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, U.S.A.)
  • Monika Macdonagh Pajerova (President of ANO pro Evropu – YES for Europe, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • Prasad Kaipa (Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Change at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India)

McDonough Delegates    

  • Sarah Waitz ’10
  • Sarah Griffin ’12
  • Emily McGinty ’10
  • Laura Aldrich ’10
  • Jack Brossart ’10
  • Lauren Yanko ’11

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