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Women and Leadership

The Women and Leadership Member Community advances women in leadership by bringing together researchers, coaches, educators, practitioners and students interested in generating resources, disseminating research, and fostering the development of women leaders.

We are global community of leadership researchers, developers, master artists, and practitioners passionate about aesthetics, arts, culture, creativity, design, equity, imagination, and innovation in leadership. We are committed to cutting edge research, practice, and leadership development methods to bring about the best leaders for the future.

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Member Community Leaders

ILA Member Community leaders serve as ILA’s trusted experts in the field of leadership

Rita A. Gardiner

Rita Gardiner


Associate Professor Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies; Western University

Dionne Rosser-Mims

Dionne Rosser-Mims


Vice Chancellor, Troy University – Phenix City Troy University

Liza Howe-Walsh

Liza Howe-Walsh


Reader in International Human Resource Management, University of Portsmouth

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Executive Leadership Team and Volunteers

Our activities and programs are organized by this dedicated team of member volunteers. If you would like to deepen your engagement, please use the email above to contact us about volunteer opportunities.

ILA Global Conference Committee 2023

Pat Clary (Co-Chair)
Adrienne Castellon (Co-Chair)

Membership and Awards Committee, Chair & or Co-Chairs (CC)

Mary Angela Baker
Pat Clary (CC)
Rita Gardiner
Liza Howe-Walsh (CC)
Vicki Wuolle

Research and Practice Committee, Chair and or Co-Chairs (CC)

Chanda Elbert
Carole Elliott
Wendy Fox Kirk
Marlene Janzen Le Ber (CC)
Jennifer Okoliko
Randal Thompson

Relationships, Outreach & Media, Chair and or Co-Chairs (CC)

Sally Deck
Carol Clyde Gallagher (CC)
Jen Jones
Dionne Michele Rosser Mims (CC)
Janée M. Morris (V)

Task force – Young Women and Leadership

Fiona Cummings
Hayley Baker (Chair)
Giftie Umo (V)
Syeda Tuba Javaid
Merike Kolga

Priorities and Projects


Recognizing and celebrating excellence in scholarship and practice though the annual W&L awards

Empower Women Globally

Enhancing the status of women and leadership worldwide by providing a forum for networking, exchanging ideas, and mentoring

Global Women Partnerships

Fostering international collaborations and building global partnerships to nurture conversations about women and leadership

Equal Power

Aligning our collective interests as change-makers to generate solutions for increasing equality in power and decision-making

Uplift Future Leaders

Collaborating with all stakeholders committed to addressing barriers and helping girls and young women become leaders

Holistic Leadership Education

Expanding leadership education and development opportunities while acknowledging, respecting, and addressing the roles-within-roles of all women

Connectedness, Inclusivity, and Authenticity

Facilitating a paradigm shift that advances women in leadership by modeling connectedness, inclusivity, and authenticity

Leadership Research

Contributing to the body of leadership scholarship and leadership development by advancing rigorous research, identifying best practices, and partnering with publishers

Recruit Members

Recruiting members of our Committees

Upcoming Events

ILA’s 26th Annual Global Conference

7 – 10 November
Chicago, Illinois

More Details Coming Soon!  

ILA Women and Leadership Resources



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Nerve: Remaining True to Yourself When Leading

Live Webinar 6 December, 12pm EST. Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera share personal stories and lessons learned while serving as the first women presidents of 2 major Canadian universities.


Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern and the Challenges of Leadership

What can former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership of New Zealand reveal about the complex mix of authenticity, transparency, and masking that all leaders must grapple with? ILA Fellow Suze Wilson explores this question and more.

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Barbara Kellerman on Women & Leadership

ILA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Dr. Barbara Kellerman, shares some of her latest thinking on women and leadership by reflecting on Ursula von der Leyen’s leadership of the European Commission and on the neuroscience of pregnancy.

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Leadership Concerns Us in the Plural

In honor of International Women’s Day, Dr. Rita A. Gardiner reflects on suffrage movements around the world, the need for camaraderie and abiding friendships to help propel social movements forward, and how social movements demonstrate that leadership concerns us in the plural, not I in the singular.