Cynthia Cherrey, Katherine Tyler Scott, and Mike Hardy (L-R)
Cynthia Cherrey, (l) ILA CEO & President, with
outgoing board chair, Katherine Tyler Scott (center)
and incoming chair Mike Hardy (r)

New Leadership for the ILA Board

Megan ScribnerMegan Scribner is a program coordinator for the International Leadership Association. She has 30 year's experience as an editor and organizer and is the author of several books, including Leading From Within: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Lead. 

Thanks to Outgoing Board ILA Chair Katherine Tyler Scott

The 2018 ILA Conference in West Palm Beach (WPB) marked the end of Katherine Tyler Scott’s three-year term as board chair. An expert in governance, Katherine provided excellent leadership to the ILA Board of Directors to establish its function as an effective governing body. Her leadership, experience, and vision are captured in her farewell letter to the ILA Board:

Katherine Tyler Scott ILA is a network bound together by the mission to advance leadership knowledge and practice for a better world. The words in our mission are crisp and concise, but the process of creating them was an experience of their depth and the underlying complexity of their meaning. Each time the ILA Board and staff have revisited, reviewed, and revised the mission we have rediscovered the sacrosanct beliefs and values — the guiding principles — that undergird everything we do.

As ILA President Cynthia Cherrey points out, ILA has been fortunate to have always had the right person as board chair at each phase of its development. Such was the case with Katherine’s tenure. As she shared with Katherine: “Your gifts of time and leadership as ILA Board Chair, and your time spent with me as a thought leader and visionary have been a special gift to me and the ILA. You have helped to move the board and the ILA forward. I so appreciate working with you in your role as board chair and I look forward to our ongoing ILA working relationship and friendship.”

At ILA’s 20th anniversary conference in West Palm Beach, the ILA Board presented Katherine with a special resolution of appreciation for her outstanding service and leadership:

katherine-Cyn.jpgKatherine has been an ILA member since 2000 and took on numerous leadership positions in the member communities and the ILA Board, rising to the position of ILA Board Chair. She was instrumental in her role as board chair in advancing the board’s governance from an advisory board to a fiduciary board. Katherine taught all of us the importance of holding the ILA in trust. She has been an active speaker on leadership and supporter of the ILA and has modeled the ILA mission and values throughout her work as ILA Board Chair.

Welcome to New Board Chair Michael Hardy

Mike HardyMike Hardy, ILA’s new board chair, is Professor of Intercultural Relations and founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace, and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University in the UK. Formed in 2013 by incorporating the Institute of Community Cohesion, The Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, and the Centre for Trust and Ethical Behaviour, the Centre has expanded and built an international reputation for its transforming approaches to countering violent conflict at multiple levels including local communities, regions, and nations. CTPSR’s agreed purpose is: world class research for peaceful relations.

Between 1997 and 2011, Mike was a senior UK civil servant and leader with the British Council responsible for the Council's global program for Intercultural Dialogue, youth engagement, and so-called 'soft-power' global strategic partnerships. His diplomatic postings in the Arab world and Asia focused on working with difference and with inter- and intra-community relations. His particular interest was with disconnected and underemployed young people. His portfolio included international work with schools and skills, networks of young global citizens, and capacity development within civil societies worldwide as well as supporting partnerships that help conflict and post-conflict contexts and people and communities in fragile states. In his leadership role he was active in policy advocacy in international affairs and public diplomacy, most notably in Muslim majority countries. He returned to the academic world in 2011 to the new Chair at Coventry and continues to contribute to conferences, global discussions, and applied research in intercultural dialogue, multiculturalism, and diversity.

Mike is active within UNESCO as a special adviser and with the UN Alliance of Civilizations. He is lead expert for the World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue held biannually in Baku, Azerbaijan and directs the RISING Global Peace Forum at Coventry. Mike has been twice honored, 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 (CMG) in the Queen's Birthday Honours June 2010 for his work internationally in Intercultural Dialogue.

Mike brings this experience, energy, commitment, and vision for the future of the ILA to its board. “ILA’s work to strengthen leadership is so important in today’s world. Our members are drawn from across sectors, in the clear knowledge that good leadership makes a world of difference.”

Welcome to New Board Members: Joanne Barnes and Marilyn Thompson

Joanne BarnesJoanne Barnes and Marilyn Thompson. Joanne Barnes is the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Organizational Leadership in the Department of Leadership Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University and has been involved in higher education since 1996. In 2008, Joanne retired from Delphi Electronics & Safety in Kokomo, Indiana after nearly four decades of service, where she held various management and leadership positions. As the Global Quality Systems Manager for the entire enterprise, she was responsible for implementing global change and driving common quality practices throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and for leading global teams. Her current research involves cultural intelligence, multicultural leadership, the transferability of Western-based theories to other cultures, and the role of unconscious bias and intersectionality in women's leadership.

Marilyn Thompson.jpgMarilyn Thompson is the Associate Provost, Human Resources at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She oversees the administration and long-term planning of all university human resources, organizational and human development, and total compensation activities and programs. A senior executive officer of the University, Marilyn plays a key role in strategic planning and decisions affecting the employees of the university and provides vision for university-wide initiatives and human resources leadership. Marilyn has extensive executive and senior leadership experience in healthcare, government, education, and various business sectors.

As we welcome the new members to ILA’s board, we also wish to thank Andrew Simon, CEO of Yellow Edge, Performance Architects in Australia, for his service to the board. Andrew completed his term last December.

For more information and bios of all ILA Board members, please check out the board page on the ILA website: http://www.ila-net.org/about/board.htm.