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About the ILA Fellows Program
ILA Fellows, recognized as experts in their respective professions, serve as ambassadors for the ILA. In addition, each fellow is responsible for an ILA leadership project or program. During their time as fellows, each will:
- Engage with ILA’s mission to do worthy work. Fellows will have opportunities to engage with ILA members, Board, staff and to work on a special project to help drive our mission forward. Fellows will turn leadership research and ideas into reality through action-based research, projects, programs, or publications.
- Work at the intersection of leadership research and practice. Fellows will have experience and interest in the interplay of theory and practice that leads to effective leadership for the greater good. Fellows will value rigor and relevance at the nexus of leadership theory and effective practices resulting in thoughtful action-based work.
- Network with like-minded individuals who bring different perspectives. Fellows will come from a wide range of backgrounds and will work across sectors and disciplines, reflecting the experience of many of the ILA members.
- Desire to learn and to give back. Fellows have a desire to learn from those like and different from themselves with a curiosity and dedication to address the perplexing leadership questions of our time. While Fellows will come from different geographic regions and work on different projects, their common interest in leadership will bring them together periodically virtually to share ideas and in person at the global conference to meet, think, share ideas, and to be inspired.
ILA Executive in Residence
John Heiser is a transformational, global, and relational CEO with more than 25 years of leadership experience in multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical, technology, and manufacturing organizations. He leverages inclusive leadership, authentic connection, and decisive action to coalesce excitement and engagement internally and externally to creatively solve intricate business challenges. Recognizing that business is a social institution, John manages with conviction, ignites public policy initiatives, and innovates to enact positive change within society and the organizations he leads.
Most recently, John was CEO of LabVantage Solutions, Inc., a laboratory informatics technology company. A recognized leader in enterprise laboratory software solutions, LabVantage Solutions dedicates itself to improving customer outcomes by transforming data into knowledge. Prior to his role at LabVantage, John served as the President & COO of Magnetrol International, Inc. Magnetrol is a global leader in level and flow process control instrumentation. Magnetrol pioneered liquid level instrumentation for industrial applications in 1932 and continues to provide advanced measurement and control solutions across a wide product and technology portfolio. John began his career as an attorney in private practice before transitioning into business where he has held numerous leadership positions in legal, government affairs, sales, and marketing with DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Company, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Merck & Co., Inc., and Bausch & Lomb.
John has built a career of enhancing stakeholder engagement to achieve exceptional results by utilizing values-based, positive organizational change frameworks that connect strategy to organizational values. John is an influential leader who leverages a portfolio of functional skills to tackle the dynamic issues facing business, non-profits, and society. He is a published author and frequent speaker on implementing values-driven leadership change frameworks for sustained, flourishing growth.
He holds a PhD in Values-Driven Leadership from Benedictine University, an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business, a JD from Tulane University School of Law, and a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Iowa.
Areas of Expertise include: Stakeholder Engagement, Strategic Growth, Operations, Global Strategy, Strategic Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Change Management, Organization, Team and Talent, Development, Influential Communicator.
John is a Board Member, Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance Committee of the International Leadership Association. He also is a member of the Academy of Management, Vistage, and the Louisiana Bar Association.
ILA Scholar in Residence
Jepson was not the first place Hickman experienced a compelling common purpose. Growing up Black in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights era, Hickman experienced the power of people coming together in common cause to advance the work of change. She witnessed the fruitful outcomes of people of all ages voluntarily giving of themselves to challenge the entrenched system of segregation. Hickman credits this experience with fueling her lifelong passion for collective work and co-creative partnerships. Building from practice into theory, her writing and research into the relationship between leaders and followers in organizations is infused with this idea. Hickman’s co-creative, co-authored book with Georgia Sorenson, Invisible Leadership, fleshes out this theory and argues that dedication to compelling common purpose or “the charisma of purpose” is the motivating force in leadership. Retired from Jepson, Hickman’s work continues to examine the interplay between purpose and leadership. Her most recent book is When Leaders Face Personal Crisis: The Human Side of Leadership.
Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Scott is the host of ILA’s official podcast, Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders. Phronesis offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live. Visit ILA’s podcast page to hear the latest episode. Learn more about Scott here.
Keith Grint has been Professor Emeritus at Warwick University since 2018. He spent 10 years working in various positions across a number of industry sectors before switching to an academic career. His first undergraduate degree (Sociology) was from the Open University in 1981, and his second (Politics) from the University of York in 1982. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1986. He was Junior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University between 1985 and 1986 and a Research Fellow there between 1986 and 1987. Between 1986 and 1992 he was Lecturer in Sociology at Brunel University, and between 1992 and 1998 a Fellow at Templeton College, then University Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour, at the School of Management (now Saïd Business School), Oxford University. Between 1998 and 2004 he was University Reader in Organizational Behaviour at the Saïd Business School, and Director of Research there between 2002 and 2003. From 2004 to 2006 he was Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre, Lancaster University School of Management. Between 2006 and 2008 he was Professor of Defence Leadership and Deputy Principal, Shrivenham Campus, Cranfield University. He was Professor of Public Leadership at Warwick Business School from 2009 to 2018.
He is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association (ILA) and Professorial Fellow of the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM). He is also a founding co-editor with David Collinson of the journal Leadership, and co-founder of the International Studying Leadership Conference. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2012 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science (honoris causa) from Warwick University in 2013. He received the Chief Constable’s Commendation for Contribution to Police Leadership in 2018 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association in 2018.
His books include:
The Sociology of Work: An Introduction (Cambridge: Polity Press) (1991); 2nd edition (1998); 3rd edition (2005); 4th edition with Darren Nixon (2015).
Management: A Sociological Introduction (Cambridge: Polity Press) (1995).
The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Society, (with Steve Woolgar) (Cambridge: Polity Press) (1997).
Fuzzy Management: Contemporary Ideas and Practices at Work, (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (1997).
The Arts of Leadership (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (2000).
Organizational Leadership (with John Bratton and Debra Nelson) (Mason: Southwestern/Thompson Press (2005).
Leadership: Limits and Possibilities. (London: Palgrave/Macmillan) (2005).
Leadership, Management & Command: Rethinking D-Day (London: Palgrave/Macmillan) (2008).
Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (2010).
Mutiny and Leadership (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (2021).
Stella Nkomo is a Professor in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria and the President of the Africa Academy of Management (AFAM). Through her work in AFAM, Nkomo has, quite literally, put African leadership and management practices on the map. Recognizing that Africa’s growing economies and emerging markets were hotbeds of innovative leadership practices in dynamic, turbulent environments, Nkomo knew the time was ripe for a community of African management scholars to emerge and support research into, documentation of, and dissemination of these practices. A thriving community, since 2010 AFAM has established a leadership journal published by Taylor & Francis and organized conferences across the continent.
Nkomo is a noted scholar and consultant in the areas of leadership and change, diversified workforces, and women and leadership. She is the author of several books and numerous refereed articles including the acclaimed Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity and Courageous Conversations: A Collection of Interviews and Reflections on Responsible Leadership by South African Captains of Industry. In 2016 Nkomo was named a Continental Lifetime Achiever from CEO Global’s Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards for her career contributions to leadership, higher education in South Africa, and her work developing young African academics.
Ms. Metcalf – Founder, CEO, and Board Chair of the Innovative Leadership Institute (formerly Metcalf & Associates) is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured her thirty years of experience and success in an award-winning series of books which are used by public, private and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems and culture with innovative leadership techniques.
As a preeminent change agent, Ms. Metcalf has set strategic direction and then transformed her client organizations to deliver significant business results such as increased profitability, cycle time reduction, improved quality, and increased employee effectiveness. For years, she has been willing to share her hard-won insights – through conference speaking opportunities, industry publications, radio talk-shows, and video presentations
The Innovative Leadership Institute has a 20-year track record of delivering value to high-performing clients ranging from local Ohio small businesses to Fortune 15 organizations to the US Armed Forces. Client industry mainstays include: technology, engineering, manufacturing, financial, and medical services. The Innovative Leadership Institute also has an international presence having been on-the-ground helping companies in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Areas of Transformational Expertise include: Leadership development, Implementing change in strategic direction, Merger/Acquisition/Spin-off/Divestment, Large scale system installation, Business reengineering, Governance, and Succession planning.
Publications include an international award winning nine book series focusing on Innovative Leadership. Ms. Metcalf is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com among a long list of other outlets. Her Innovating Leadership podcast often breaks the top 50 iTunes business list.
Erwin Schwella grew up in South Africa during apartheid. He obtained a PhD in Public Governance from Stellenbosch University and became an academic there in 1981. Realizing the real consequences of apartheid, he became an academic and activist critic.
During democratization in South Africa, he served to shape the future of democratic new South African governance institutions. He is an emeritus professor of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and in the Law School of Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
Since taking emeritus status from Stellenbosch, he learns about leadership as Dean: School of Social innovation and the Founding Servant Leader of the Centre for Good Governance in Africa at Hugenote Kollege in South Africa.
Erwin Schwella served as the Chair of the ILA Public Leadership Member Interest Group.
Before becoming Principle of Ki ThoughtBridge, LLC Katherine Tyler Scott developed and directed several statewide and national leadership education programs. She has consulted with and trained thousands of leaders, written numerous articles, developed curricula and co-authored books on organizational change and development, conflict resolution change management and leadership.
Katherine is founder of Trustee Leadership Development, Inc. a national organization that worked with governance and executive leaders of not-for-profits; and the Lilly Endowment Leadership Education Program a training program for fellows committed to transformational systemic change.
Among her multiple awards is being named Sagamore of the Wabash the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana in recognition of her leadership and service.
Katherine was a convener of the ILA Applied Leadership global learning community and served as ILA Board Vice-Chair and Chair.
Would You Like to Be an ILA Fellow?
ILA Fellows are selected by the ILA President and ILA Board Chair. Fellows will serve a two-year appointment with the option of renewal. Applicants will have achieved recognition in their respective fields, sectors, and disciplines and will come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Above all, applicants will be considered who aspire to make a greater impact on leadership in society.