An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Recruit and Retain With Purpose

Presenters: Jeannie Diefenderfer, Sudhanshu Palsule, and John Heiser (Moderator)


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Recruit & Retain with Purpose
The Great Resignation of 2021 made one thing clear—it’s never been more important, or more difficult, to recruit and retain talented, values-driven leaders. Organizations are finding that one factor helps them go from status quo to status grow: Purpose.

In this webinar program, part of the ILA’s Power of Purpose Summit Series, our distinguished panel of experts tackle the questions executives are asking: How can we attract great people to our org? And what will entice them to stay? The answer? Purpose.

Outcome of Attending

  • Why integrating purpose into your recruitment and onboarding processes is critical.

  • How leaders can coach on purpose to engage employees in the work that matters most to them, their teams, and the enterprise.

  • New metrics for measuring the impact of purpose on your recruitment and retention strategies.

Speaker Information

Jeannie Diefenderfer

Jeannie Diefenderfer, CEO, Center for Higher Ambition Leadership

Jeannie Diefenderfer is the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership (, a not-for-profit community of leaders committed to building high-performing organizations that deliver superior economic and social value. As a business leader who turns the challenges of modern corporations into profitable opportunities, with extensive experience as a senior executive in a Fortune 20 environment, she understands how to transform operations to focus on customers for competitive advantage.

Sudhanshu Palsule

Sudhanshu Palsule, Educator, Duke CE; Senior Associate, Moller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Teacher, Indian School of Business, India; CEDEP, France

Sudhanshu Palsule teaches at several business schools around the world. He is an educator at Duke CE and Senior Associate at Moller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He also teaches at the Indian School of Business in India and CEDEP in France. He consults to several global organizations, including the United Nations in the areas of leadership, change; and organization development.

Trained as a physicist, Palsule draws upon principles of quantum mechanics and ecology in his work on building effective 21st century organizations and teams that can thrive in non-linear conditions. His notion of “Self-Ware”– the program of thinking, emotions, and beliefs that drives us, remains central to his work on leadership.

Author of several books, his new book, Rehumanizing Leadership: Putting Purpose Back Into Business was released in early 2020.

He has lived and worked in four continents, and considers himself to be a global citizen.

Headshot of John Heiser

John Heiser, Founder and CEO, TRG Management Solutions, LLC; Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee, ILA Board of Director

John Heiser is a transformational, global, and relational CEO with more than 25 years of leadership experience in multimillion-dollar pharmaceutical, technology, and manufacturing organizations. He leverages inclusive leadership, authentic connection, and decisive action to coalesce excitement and engagement internally and externally to creatively solve intricate business challenges. Recognizing that business is a social institution, John manages with conviction, ignites public policy initiatives, and innovates to enact positive change within society and the organizations he leads.