ILA Podcast

ILA – Being the Living Model for Reimagining Leadership Together

Innovating Leadership with ILA Fellow Maureen Metcalf

with Drs. Cynthia Cherrey and Mike Hardy


ILA President Cynthia Cherrey and Board Chair Mike Hardy join Maureen to imagine what is possible for global leaders focused on global challenges and look back at the outcomes from ILA’s 2021 global conference, which took place in Geneva Switzerland followed by several days of online conferencing. Geneva is the city with the largest number of multi-lateral organizations in the world and Switzerland is ranked #1 as the most innovative economy in the world. This locale was perfect to convene and create the space for leaders to grapple with the complex challenges they face. The theme for the 2021 conference was Reimagining Leadership and ILA was challenged to reimagine how to implement the conference in the new Covid-era. In response, ILA developed the HighFlex  conference model and realized a successful conference that utilized the best of both locations. 

About Dr. Mike Hardy

Professor Mike Hardy, CMG OBE FRSA, is Founding Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK. After a distinguished career, he returned to the academic world in 2011 as Professor of Intercultural Relations at Coventry University. Mike is active with UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations he is currently lead advisor to the World Forum for Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, the World Peace Forum in Indonesia and directs the RISING Global Peace Forum at Coventry. Professor Hardy has been twice honoured, awarded the OBE in 2001 for his peacebuilding work in the Middle East, and appointed a Companion of Honour of St Michael and St George in the Queens Birthday Honours, June 2010, for his work internationally in Intercultural Dialogue. Mike is a trustee of The Faith and Belief Forum the leading interfaith charity in the UK and Board Chair of the US-based International Leadership Association.

About Dr. Cynthia Cherrey

Cynthia Cherrey, President and CEO of the International Leadership Association ILA, a global network of leadership scholars, educators, and practitioners. Previously, Cynthia served as Vice President and Lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She publishes in the areas of leadership, organizational development, and higher education including coauthoring Systemic Leadership: Enriching the Meaning of our Work, coediting ILAs Building Leadership Bridges book series, and her most recent publication is Women and Leadership around the World coeditor. She is a Fellow at the World Business Academy and a recipient of a J.W. Fulbright Scholarship. Cynthia’s interests and research explore new ways to live, work, and lead in a knowledge driven, interdependent, global society. She consults and speaks to for-profit and nonprofit organizations around the world on leadership and organizational change

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.

About Innovating Leadership, Co-Creating Our Future

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially and shows no signs of slowing down. Leadership is evolving and requires more and more innovative leaders to keep up. Many leaders update what they lead but not how they think about and act as leaders. They become outdated. This matters because Leadership creates strategic advantage.

 Innovating Leadership, Co-Creating Our Future features interviews with global business executives, thought leaders and academics in a wide range of industries. They discuss their most pressing issues and the innovative approaches they have employed to transform their challenges into opportunities and advantages. The application of proven concepts and tools that may be applied to build your organization and deliver sustainable success are presented and discussed.