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How do Leadership and The Environment Connect?

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with Rian Satterwhite and Kathleen Allen

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Our guests represent multiple frameworks on leadership and the environment. They would like leaders to consider the biosphere as one of the primary frames of leadership. During the interview, they discuss how to apply these frameworks in practice in ways that are practical. Kathy’s book: Leading From The Roots is about nature inspired leadership lessons that help us create more generous, resilient and sustainable organizations (sustainable including kind to the earth). They describe their independent work and how they approach this complex set of challenges we currently face. Kathy coming from organizational perspective with senior leaders and Rian with university students. Like a forest, diversity in approach strengthens the field of study and impact they will both make. Both of our guests co-chair the ILA sustainability leadership group. They have a strong commitment to build people teaching and leading in this area.

About the Guest


Rian Satterwhite serves as Director of the Office of Service Learning and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He co-founded the Sustainability Leadership Group, served as Chair of Leadership Education, and as faculty member for the Leadership Education Academy within ILA, as well as co-chair of the National Leadership Symposium. Author of numerous book chapters and articles exploring leadership praxis that integrate systems, ecological, and deep time perspectives, he recently co-edited the 2018 book Innovation in Environmental Leadership: Critical Perspectives.

Kathleen Allen

Dr. Kathleen E. Allen is President of Kathleen Allen and Associates, which specializes in leadership coaching and organizational change in human service non-profit organizations, foundations, and collaborative networks. She is the author of Leading from the Roots: Nature Inspired Leadership for Today’s World. She has a Doctorate in Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.