Our friend and colleague, Lillas,  passed away in September of 2022. Our hearts are tender indeed as we honour her in It is with a Tender Heart.

Lillas Hatala brings over 30 years of experience designing and facilitating leadership development programs in the corporate, government, post secondary and not for profit sectors in North America, and abroad. Lillas is the co-creator, with Linda McCann, of the Women in Leadership for Life (WILL) initiative. Together Linda and Lillas are the co designers and co facilitators of the new “Empowering Women Leaders Certificate Program” launching in the fall 2016 at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan.

Lillas has Masters Degree in Continuing Education from the University of Saskatchewan. She is certified in CCL Benchmarks, MBTI, Insights Discovery, EQi assessments; has extensive experience with the LPI 360 tool, and her coaching certifications include–Inspirational Coaching, University of Strathclyde; Coaching Foundations, Mount Royal University; and Transformational Feminine Leadership Coaching, Evolving Wisdom.

Her commitment to strengthening her own leadership capacity and that of others has been demonstrated through former roles as Resourcing Director, Federated Cooperative Limited and Director (and founder) of Business and Leadership Programs – including the development of the high impact Leadership Development Program (LDP), at the University of Saskatchewan. Lillas is a past Chair of the Saskatoon Human Resources Association. She was a founding board director of Leadership Saskatoon and the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Leadership and Lifelong Learning. She is the coauthor of Integrative Leadership (2005), The Integrative Leadership Study Guide (2008), The Business Case for Leadership Development (2008), numerous published articles, and enjoys writing on the topic of leadership, leadership development and leader wellbeing.

Through her own organization, Integrative Leadership International Ltd,
(www.integrativeleadership.ca), Lillas challenges leaders to expand their awareness and bring greater levels of consciousness and significance to their lives, their teams and their organizations. Her interest in the “integrated” or “whole person” has led her to become a Registered Yoga Teacher and to study at the Chopra Centre for Wellbeing, Shambala Institute and the Center for Timeless Being, among other organizations. She and her husband, Richard, have a blended family of five young adult children and six grandchildren – all leaders in the making!