Future Forward Leadership Summit

ILA Future Forward Leadership Summit 14 - 15 August 2024 Boulder, CO, USA


When: 14 – 15 August 2024
Where: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Registration: $199; includes meals as listed in the agenda below.

Thank you to Lead Sponsor MetLife and our other generous sponsors!

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Leadership has never been more important than it is today. This conference is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the conversation about the future of leadership and leader development with the top minds is leadership from across the global.

–  Conference Chair, Stefanie K. Johnson

Defining the top leadership challenges and opportunities for the next 25 years is no easy task and cannot be accomplished by a single individual. We need collective wisdom and experience.

Following the summit, participants will be invited to contribute to a number of journal special issues, attend follow-up sessions at the ILA Global Conference in November, and serve as podcast guests to amplify the work done at the summit. 

Keynote Speakers

Theo Edmonds

Theo Edmonds

Cultural Futurist®; Research Associate Professor & Directing Co-Founder, Imaginator Academy, University of Colorado Denver

Futurist Theo Edmonds will set the stage for the summit and get everyone in the planning mode for imagining the future.

Rebecca Reichard

Rebecca Reichard

Full Professor, Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences & Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

Reichard will share her bibliometric analysis of the last 25 years of leadership research to ground the summit's work.

Key Focal Points

Exploring the Major Gaps in Leadership

Participants will delve into the existing gaps within leadership today, seeking to understand the areas where leadership falls short and the emerging challenges that will require innovative solutions in the years ahead.

Visioning the Future Knowledge Needs

Through collaborative discussions, participants will outline the knowledge requirements essential for leaders to navigate the complex and dynamic environments anticipated in the coming decades.

Shaping the Future of Leadership Research

Participants will forecast the trajectory of leadership research, identifying the domains that demand further exploration and the methodologies necessary to understand, dissect, and address the evolving nature of leadership.

This pioneering summit is expected to be a beacon of insight — fostering dialogue, and encouraging collaborative efforts among leaders and experts, ultimately reshaping the narrative and practice of leadership on a global scale.

In the words of ILA CEO Cynthia Cherry, “We stand at the cusp of a transformative era in leadership. ILA’s commitment to uniting the brightest minds and practitioners is integral to effectively steering the course for leadership excellence and innovation for the years to come.”


Wednesday 14 August 2024


Arrivals and Registration


Evening Reception and Keynote

Futurist Theo Edmonds will set the stage for the summit and get everyone in the planning mode for imagining the future.

Thursday 15 August 2024


Breakfast Buffet


Morning Workshop

Dr. Rebecca Reichard, Full professor in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences and the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, will share her Bibliometric analysis of the last 25 years of leadership research to ground the ensuing work. 


Breakout #1


  • Leadership and the changing nature of work (remote work, gig economy, mixed generations)
  • Leadership for a sustainable future (primarily related to climate)
  • Leadership and stress (how leaders can promote or prevent well being at work)
  • Leadership focused on diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership and political turmoil (war, migration, displacement, polarization)


Debrief and Lunch 


Panel: Leadership  Journal Editors Insights




Breakout #2


  • Leader development (general and in higher ed)

  • Leadership theory and construct proliferation

  • Measurement and research methods in leadership

  • Research to practice





Friday 16 August 2024


Optional Hike

Event Location

The Future Forward event will take place inside the University Memorial Center, located at 1669 Euclid Avenue (corner of Broadway and Euclid) in Boulder, Colorado.

Please refer to the map here for registration entry and nearby pay-to-park locations.


Stay in one of our hotel blocks near campus for easy access to the event. Prices vary by hotel and room type. 

Moxy Boulder

Book by 14 July

Comfort Inn & Suites Boulder

Book by 15 July

Fairfield by Marriott

Book by 14 July

Boulder Marriott & Residence Inn

Book by 19 July

Homewood Suites

Book by 14 July

Summit Organizing Team

Dr. Crystal Hoyt

Dr. Crystal L. Hoyt

Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Dr. Stefanie Johnson

Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson

Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Susan Murphy

Dr. Susan Murphy

University of Edinburgh Business School

Dr. Ron Riggio

Dr. Ron Riggio

Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College

Dr. Crystal L. Hoyt

Dr. Crystal L. Hoyt is professor of leadership studies and psychology and the Colonel Leo K. & Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership at the University of Richmond. Her scholarship generally resides at the intersection of human belief systems (e.g., mindsets, stereotypes, and ideologies) and social justice and well-being. Her research has implications for a host of fundamental social issues, such as addressing ethical failures in leadership, tackling intergroup bias and discrimination, bridging the gaps in leadership and educational achievement, and ensuring that social policies and interventions regarding vital social issues are informed and intentional. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and appears in journals, such as Psychological Science, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Leadership Quarterly. She has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters and has co-edited three books. She has served as associate editor at Journal of Experimental Psychology: General and as a member of the editorial board for Leadership Quarterly and Sex Roles. Her research and writing have been featured in news outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, US News and World Report, Boston Globe, Today Show, and NPR’s Tell Me More, among others.

Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson

Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an associate professor of Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics. She has held the Andrea and Michael Leeds Research Fellowship, served as the Director of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, and was a 2020 RIO Fellow. She is a fellow in the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologists (SIOP) and the American Psychological Society (APS). She has published 60 journal articles and book chapters in outlets Journal of Applied Psychology and The Academy of Management Journal and has received $3,800,000 in external grant funding. Dr. Johnson is member of the MG 100 Coaches, was selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, and is the author of the Wall Street Journal National Bestseller: Inclusify: Harnessing the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams (pub. Harper Collins)She has presented her work at over 170 meetings around the world including at the White House for a 2016 summit on diversity in corporate America. Media outlets featuring Stefanie’s work include: The Economist, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, HuffPost, Washington Post, Quartz, Discover, CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC. She has appeared on Fox, ABC, NBC, ESPN, CNN, and CNN International.

Dr. Susan Murphy

Dr. Susan Elaine Murphy is Chair in Leadership Development at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She was formerly Director of the School of Strategic Leadership Studies at James Madison University and Professor of Leadership Studies. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on leadership, leadership development, and mentoring. Her work has been published in Academy of Management Executive (currently Academy of Management Perspectives), Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behaviour and Human Decision Making, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. Her most recent edited volume with Rebecca Reichard is Early Development and Leadership: Building the Next Generation of Leaders and an authored book, Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Protégés Make the Most of Their Relationships, with Ellen Ensher. She also serves on the editorial board of The Leadership Quarterly.

Dr. Ron Riggio

Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and former Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Riggio is a leadership scholar with more than two dozen authored or edited books and more than 150 articles/book chapters. His research interests are in leadership, organizational communication, assessment centers, nonverbal communication and social competence. He is part of the Fullerton Longitudinal Study, examining leadership development across the lifespan (from 1 year of age and through middle adulthood). Besides research on leadership development, he has been actively involved in training young (and not so young) leaders. He has been a Psychology Today blogger for more than a decade. His most recent books are: Leadership & Virtues (co-edited with Toby Newstead); Daily Leadership Development: 365 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader (2020) and Inclusive Leadership (2021; co-edited with Bernardo Ferdman and Jeanine Prime).

Conference Policies

If the person who registered cannot attend and you wish to make a substitution, please email conferences@ilaglobalnetwork.org by 1 August 2024. Depending on the complexity of the request, the ILA reserves the right to assess a $30 change fee. 

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