ILA Podcast

An Experience of a Lifetime: ILA’s Past, Present, and Future

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Cynthia Cherrey


In this episode, Dr. Cynthia Cherrey discusses the past, present, and future of the International Leadership Association.  Her story of the founding is rich and descriptive – an experience of a lifetime.

Quotes From This Episode

  • “This was an experience of a lifetime to be sitting in the same room with James McGregor Burns, who was one of the founders of the ILA along with Georgia Sorenson. And, of course, the person who helped with the funding of that program was Lorraine Matusek, who was a program director at the Kellogg Foundation at the time.”
  • “So we had 100 professionals from across the country who came together to further this conversation. And I think one of the pivotal moments for me out of that conversation was…it was the first time that Warren Bennis and James McGregor Burns got together in person.”
  • “In the sense of Lorraine (Matusak) and Georgia (Sorenson), we lost to our founders. And when you think about what they did, in leaving a legacy that’s going to echo for generations.”
  • “I think one of the things that we have learned in leadership, and especially with crisis leadership, is that it opens the opportunity for change.”

Guest Cynthia Cherrey

Cynthia Cherrey

Cynthia Cherrey is President and CEO of the International Leadership Association (ILA), a global community committed to increasing quality research, teaching, and practices of leadership contributing to the common good around the world. As president of a multi-sector and global professional association, she promotes rigor and relevance of leadership at the intersection of theory and practice. Previously, Cynthia served as Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton University.

Dr. Cherrey speaks to non-profit and for-profit organizations around the world and writes in the areas of leadership, organizational development, and higher education. Cynthia’s interests and research explore new ways to live, work, and lead in a knowledge-driven, interdependent, global culture. Recently she did a podcast series for VoiceAmerica’s business channel on global leadership with Maureen Metcalf, host of Innovative Leaders Driving Thriving Organizations. A sought-after advisor, Cynthia serves on the editorial board of Asian Women and the President’s Advisory Group at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Fellow at the World Business Academy, a Royal Society of the Arts Fellow, and a recipient of a J.W. Fulbright Scholarship.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

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. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders 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.