Member Communities

Women and Leadership

Community Leaders

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

Contact Community Leaders: women&

Executive Leadership Team and Volunteers

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
Hayley Finn
Wendy Fox Kirk
Marlene Janzen Le Ber (CC)
Randal Thompson

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

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

Task force – Young women and leadership

Fiona Cummings
Hayley Finn (Chair)
Giftie Umo (V)

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.

Priorities and Projects

  • Organizing the ILA Women and Leadership conferences 
    – Consider donating to the Meet the Moment for Women and Leadership Fund.  Donate and learn more here. 
  • Recognizing and celebrating excellence in scholarship and practice though the annual W&L awards
  • Enhancing the status of women and leadership worldwide by providing a forum for networking, exchanging ideas, and mentoring
  • Fostering international collaborations and building global partnerships to nurture conversations about women and leadership
  • Aligning our collective interests as change-makers to generate solutions for increasing equality in power and decision-making
  • Collaborating with all stakeholders committed to addressing barriers and helping girls and young women become leaders
  • Expanding leadership education and development opportunities while acknowledging, respecting, and addressing the roles-within-roles of all women
  • Facilitating a paradigm shift that advances women in leadership by modeling connectedness, inclusivity, and authenticity
  • Contributing to the body of leadership scholarship and leadership development by advancing rigorous research, identifying best practices, and partnering with publishers
  • Recruiting members of our Committees

Already an ILA Member? 

Not a Member? Join ILA first.

Sample Women and Leadership Resources




graphic with women's hands on top of each other

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.

Image of a Sunset

Leaving Leadership

ILA Fellow Richard Bolden delves into what the surprise resignations of Nicola Sturgeon and Jacinda Ardern reveal about today’s toxic leadership contexts, what it means to be a “strong leader,” and how leaders transition out of their roles.

Gendering Leadership in Times of COVID: The Case of the “Strong Man”

The striking image of a maskless Donald Trump standing defiantly on the White House balcony on his return from hospital exemplifies the so-called “strong leadership” associated with men and masculinity. Why is the notion of the male strong leader still so influential and persistent?