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"...how to recognize and develop collaborative skills, develop a shared vision, build community partnerships, and pool agendas … Rubin wrote the book on this stuff."

Library Journal [Volume 124 no. 10, June 1, 1999]
When the American Library Association says someone wrote the book on something … believe them!!!

About Hank Rubin, ICL founder

Bestselling Author & Scholar 

Award Winning Speaker

Grounded Practitioner

… nationally respected author and authority, speaker, and coach on intergovernmental, nonprofit, community, and civic leadership.

 … decades of practical experience as a senior execu­tive, elected and appointed leader in pre-K-20 education, philanthropy, public housing, municipal and state govern­ments, nonprofits, and community organi­za­tions … capping a career that began as a community organizer.

… having served on the US Commission on Civil Rights, Hank is a dedicated antiracist, continuing to serve, teach and lead significant anti­racism, anti-hate, and diversity com­mis­sions, initiatives, and classes.

… distinguished scholar with multiple honorific and endowed appointments and more than 70 chapters, articles, and books on public leadership, racial equity, and philanthropy plus scores of invited editorials on leadership and public policy in international and domestic newspapers and journals.

… dedicated to making a difference, one relationship at a time!

… Hank’s definition of leadership:the intentional engagement of relationships to achieve a shared outcome.” Yup, as simple as that!

Hank’s groundbreaking reflections, principles, and models benefit from decades of thoughtful, courageous, and (sometimes) insistent guidance from friends, colleagues, and scholars. He dedicates his work to these lifelong relationships.

Here’s what a few great leaders have said about Hank’s work since 1992:

“. . . (Hank’s) right on target for the thoughtful nonprofit leader . . . he’ll make you think and help you succeed!” 

Dr. Carl C. Bell, formerly Univ. of Illinois and President & CEO, Community Mental Health Council

“. . . reminds me of my good pal Dr. Earnest Boyer . . . (with) that special forward-looking thinking of a great collaborative leader.” 

Robert J. Danzig, author of The Leader Within You and former Senior Executive of Hearst Newspapers

“. . . outstanding, comprehensive, insightful, clear and brief . . . ” 

Sandy Boyd, former president of the University of Iowa and the Field Museum of Natural History

“. . . Hank is, once again, at the portal of a new area of (leadership development) . . . Lord knows, we need to understand, learn, and teach young and aspiring public leaders how to build and manage their relationships with other public leaders.” 

US Congressman Danny K. Davis, US House of Representatives, 7th District, Illinois