Globally Responsible Leadership Collaboratory

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Hosted by ILA’s Business Leadership Member Community in partnership with Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.


Price: $49 


1 June, 2023
8:00-10:00 EDT 


Live Virtual Event

Globally Responsible Leadership Inquiry is Designed for I, WE, ALL of US 

Take a deeper dive into globally responsible leadership with the timely and urgent question for leaders and leadership development practitioners, “what does it mean to be globally responsible?” and how might we realise global responsibility in leadership and practice? 

This uniquely designed program offers an opportunity to participate in the co-creation of an agenda that drives the development of global responsibility in leadership and practice. A uniquely interactive and courageous conversation will be held around the inquiry “what does it mean and what might it take to realize global responsibility in leadership and practice?” 

This workshop begins with conversation bringing together 3 different perspectives – a practitioner (Vanessa) an activist (John) and a scientist / researcher (Nicola) who are all deeply embedded in the emergent discourse on developing global responsibility.  

Afterwards, participants investigate their own lived and felt sense of global responsibility and colour in the conversation with contributions reflecting the diversity of participants.  

This workshop offers an opportunity to consider personal and collective intent to act and it concludes with an inspirational round where contributions from all the participants help shape the agenda for our next steps. 

This experience is NOT a webinar and NOT a time to go on mute and off camera and listen while doing other things. It is a space to explore, reflect, apply to self/own context, discover, cultivate… completely participative and inclusive of individuals where participants are on the journey to globally responsible leadership. 

This intense interactive workshop is sure to be the thought-provoking conversation you have engaged in around GRLI and how you show up in the workforce. 

Who Should Attend? 

Business leaders at all levels – those who want to know more and do something taking the leap from the comfort of success to calling of significance. 

Key Takeaways 

  1. An innovative process of co-inquiry 
  2. An introduction to the questions inherent in the Globally Responsible discourse 
  3. An opportunity to take on a role in shaping the future discourse and actions

Due to its highly interactive format, this workshop will not be recorded.

Have a question or need assistance? Contact the ILA conference team at


Kathleen Curran
Workshop Host

Kathleen Curran

Chair, ILA Business Leadership Community; Fellow, Institute for Social Innovation, Fielding Graduate University

Nicola Pless

Nicola Pless

Dr oec., Dr habil, Dipl. Clinical Org Psych INSEAD; Professor of Management, Chair of Positive Business Guardian, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, University of South Australia, UniSA Business

Nicola Pless is a Chaired Professor of Management at the University of South Australia and serves as a Guardian of the GRLI. She worked as Global Assessment and Development Manager for UBS AG in New York, served at the World Bank Group in Washington DC and is a former Vice President International Leadership Development. She also served on the faculties of ESADE, INSEAD, University of St. Gallen and as Honorary Jef-Van-Gerwen SJ Chair in Business Ethics at the University of Antwerp. She sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Ethics and Academy of Management Collections. She published recently two books with Routledge (Responsible Leadership [2022] and The Routledge Companion to Corporate Social Responsibility [2021]). Her research on responsible leadership, global governance, ethics, diversity and inclusion also appeared in leading academic journals (e.g., HRM, JBE, JMS, ORM), received numerous awards (among them two Divisional AOM Awards), and has been featured in the media (e.g., BBC, Business Week, CEO Magazine, Fortune). Her teaching was honoured with the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award. 

Thomas Maak

Thomas Maak

Inaugural Professorial Chair in Ethics, University of Queensland Business School

Prior to joining University of Queensland in early 2023 he served as Director Centre for Workplace Leadership and Professor of Leadership at the University of Melbourne. He is a global authority in the field of responsible and values-based leadership. He uses a multi-level lens to research leadership at the individual, group and organizational level, linking ethical theory, political philosophy, relational thinking and stakeholder theory. Thomas has extensive experience in leadership development and has worked for several years with PricewaterhouseCoopers on their award-winning senior executive program ‘Ulysses. Professor Maak started his academic career at the University of St. Gallen, home to the world’s best MSc in Management, and is a graduate from the INSEAD International Director’s Program. He held appointments at INSEAD, France, ESADE Business School in Barcelona, and at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, before moving to Australia. 

John North

John North

Executive Director, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

John is an integrative entrepreneur operating across the boundaries of society, business and education. Since 2015 he has served as Executive Director of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. He was one of the lead contributors to the 50+20 vision “Management Education for the World” and recently directed the design and delivery of an Innovation Cohort for Deans and Directors of Business Schools. John and his family live in the Garden Route of South Africa where he enjoys regular mountain biking rides and surfing the local breaks.  

Vanessa Duckenfield

Vanessa Duckenfield

Volleague at Betty & Taylors Group – Collaborative CEO Corporate Leadership Structure; Head of L&D; Chair of Guardians at Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative 

Vanessa has worked at Bettys & Taylors Group for almost 15 years. She started in a Graduate position and has worked in HR roles across the Group. Now as Head of Learning and Development, she is responsible for leading organisational learning and development, as well as designing and sponsoring Group-wide cultural change initiatives such as ‘creating a wellbeing enriching environment’, ‘shaping self and peer-based approach to performance’ and ‘leadership and succession development’ Vanessa is also a Board member of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and Chair of the Guardian Group. Vanessa and her husband Steven live in Yorkshire in the North of England, where they enjoy living near woodland and adventures with their two children Seth (8) and Fern (5). 


Registration Rate Price (all rates in USD)
Price Per Registrant

Note: Prior to the start of the event, registrants will receive an email with login instructions. Due to its highly interactive format, this workshop will not be recorded.

Group Invoicing Option

Need to pay for a group all at once?  If your organization has a group of 5 or more, we can provide a group invoice option instead of paying 5+ individual invoices.  If you would like to pay for a group of registrants, please email with the subject line “Group Invoice.” If you have the names of the registrants, please provide the names in the body of the email.  Once the invoice is paid, we will provide a discount code associated with the group invoice that should be distributed to your attendees to use during the registration process. 

Please note: Group invoicing does not register your attendees for the event.  Each attendee must still complete the registration form themselves using the discount code linked to the group invoice.  

Event Policies

Event fees are non-refundable.  In an event of a cancellation, please email

If the person who registered cannot attend and you wish to make a substitution, please email by 24 May 2023. 

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