An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

The Regenerative Life: Transforming Your Destiny, Organization, and Community

Presenters: Carol Sanford and Lisa Ruiz (Moderator)

Date: August 2020

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The world often falls short of how we’d like it to be, and our ability to make even just a little difference can seem limited. Sometimes it feels like you need to be a super-hero to achieve anything meaningful. But what if by re-conceiving what you do and how you do it, you could change the world for the better without changing organizations? What if you could have a lot more influence and impact in your current job?

Drawing upon decades of experience working alongside executives, leaders, educators, students, and parents, and her own learning journey, Carol Sanford aims to help individuals realize their inherent capabilities to foster significant and meaningful change. Further detailed in her recent book, The Regenerative Life, Carol will highlight a one year action research and learning project involving 112 leaders and individual contributors. This research discovered, tested, and taught nine Meta-Roles that take place in all work and life settings and can change how relevant, effective, and meaningful you can be, no matter your rank or position. Brief exercises will re-enforce the concepts and provide opportunities to taste what the study participants achieved.

Although this thinking has systemic social implications, it is addressed to individuals seeking to create a better world through day-to-day engagement in their lives and work. Learning how to access these Meta-Roles is like having a powerful person — maybe a beloved grandparent, a spiritual teacher, or a mentor — advising us on what to change, offering wisdom, and supporting our journey of self-discovery. Through a Socratic and contrarian approach, backed by research and extensive case stories and testimonials, this webinar just might provide the inspiration you need to discover a new path forward.

Who would benefit from attending:

  • Leaders of functional groups, organizations, or businesses who have development and leadership responsibility for professionals.
  • Career planners, HR professionals, and those who help people focus on career development.
  • Anyone who is rethinking their life path and wants to have more impact.

Speaker Information

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Carol Sanford is an award-winning business educator, Summit Producer, podcaster, and author. She is consistently recognized thought leader working side by side with Fortune 500 and new economy executives in designing and leading systemic business change and design. Through her university and in-house educational offerings, global speaking platforms, multi-award-winning books, and human development work, Carol works with executive leaders who see the possibility to change the nature of work through developing people and work systems that ignite motivation everywhere. For four decades, Carol has worked with great leaders of successful businesses such as Google, DuPont, Intel, P&G, and Seventh Generation, educating them to develop their people and ensure a continuous stream of innovation that continually deliver extraordinary results.

Carol is the author of The Regenerative Business, The Responsible Entrepreneur, The Responsible Business, and No More Feedback: Cultivate Consciousness at Work. Her books have won over 15 awards so far and are required reading at leading business and management schools including Harvard, Stanford, Haas Berkeley and MIT. Carol also partners with producing Executive Education through Babson College, Kaospilot in Denmark and University of Washington, Bothell, WA, and The Lewis Institute at Babson. For 40 years she’s collaborated with clients to develop people to realize their inherent capabilities. Google’s Innovation Lab uses her Responsible Business Framework. Learn more at and the Business Second Opinion podcast.

Lisa Ruiz

Lisa Ruiz is Senior Director, Regulatory Portfolio Management, AbbVie Inc. Lisa has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and regulatory industries. In her current role, she manages the development of regulatory strategies for AbbVie’s entire portfolio of products, leading a team of central and affiliate staff located in and supporting the business in 25 countries within the region. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana and a Masters of Business Administration with focus on International Business from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. She is currently a doctoral student in the Center for Values Driven Leadership at Benedictine University. Her interests in leadership are in design thinking, organizational change, appreciative inquiry and in helping others develop and find their own voice.