An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Developing Next Generation Leaders: Challenges & Promise

Presenter: Ellen Van Velsor Date: 24 September 2012


This interactive webinar will discuss the results of a survey of current organizational leaders conducted by the Center for Creative Leadership. The survey focused on what respondents see as competencies needed for young people entering the workforce today compared to both 20 years ago and 10 years from now. Current leaders were also asked to describe what excites them in the young people they work with and what concerns them, as well as when they would like to see leadership development begin and how it should happen for upcoming generations of youth. We will also discuss the challenges faced by the field of youth leadership development and will poll attendees on their thoughts and reactions.

Outcome of Attending

  • Understand what organizations want to see in young people entering the workforce.
  • Learn how desired competencies are changing over time and which ones endure.
  • Understand the challenges and promise of youth leadership development.

Speaker Information

Ellen Van Velsor
Ellen Van Velsor is a Senior Fellow in Research & Innovation at the Center for Creative Leadership headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is also adjunct professor of Leadership Studies at North Carolina A&T State University, where she teaches Leadership Development, and is an International Leadership Association (ILA) board member.

Ellen is co-editor of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Handbook of Leadership Development (1998, 2003, 2010), and co-author of Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach the Top of America’s Largest Corporations? (1987, 1991). She has authored numerous book chapters, articles and reports, including “Leadership Development as a Support to Ethical Action in Organisations” (Journal of Management Development, 2008), “A Complexity Perspective on Leadership Development” (Uhl-Bien & Marion, 2007), “Experiential Learning through Simulation” (Silberman, 2007), “Developing Organizational Capacity for Leadership” (Hooijberg, Hunt & Antonokis, 2007), and “Constructive-Developmental Coaching” (Ting & Scisco, 2006). Her current work focuses on youth leadership development, identity development in adults, and globally responsible leadership.

Ellen has a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Stony Brook, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Florida, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University.