The Innovative Leadership (iLead) Series (formerly known as the Dean’s Innovative Leader Series or DILS) at MIT celebrates innovative individuals who make a difference in the world. These leaders operate at the leading edge and transform today’s organizations and communities by challenging common assumptions, and creating new structures, new business models, and new modes of organizing at all levels of the traditional structure.  The MIT Leadership Center, in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management, invite distinctive individuals to participate in The iLead Series who embody these qualities and who, in their actions, exhibit the best aspects of what it means to be a principled, innovative leader.

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George Bodenheimer
Retired President and Chairman of ESPN
May 2, 2017
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John Chambers
Executive Chairman of the Board at Cisco Systems
March 17, 2017
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Andy Plump
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at Takeda
February 23, 2017
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Kat Cole
Group President of FOCUS Brands
February 9, 2017*

Canceled due to weather

Ray Wang
Founder & Chairman of Constellation Research
December 1, 2016
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Jim Whitehurst
President & CEO of Red Hat
November 1, 2016
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Vivienne Ming
Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Socos
October 13, 2016
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