Member Communities

Women and Leadership

Community Leaders

Liza Howe-Walsh
Liza Howe-Walsh
Reader in International Human Resource Management, University of Portsmouth
Rita A. Gardiner
Rita Gardiner
Assistant Professor Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies; Western University
Randal Joy Thompson
Randal Joy Thompson
Institute for Social Innovation Fellow, Fielding Graduate University

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Executive Leadership Team and Volunteers

ILA Global Conference Committee 2021

Liza Howe-Walsh, Stream Co-Chair Senior European Advisor
Mary Angela Baker, Stream Co-Chair (non-elected volunteer)
Isabell Camillo, Stream Co-Chair (Non-elected volunteer)
Randal Thompson

Communications and Media Committee

Isabell Camillo, Chair (non-elected volunteer)
Amanda Wickramasinghe (non-elected volunteer)
Liza Howe-Walsh
Victoria Pagan, Co-Chair
Pat Clary (non-elected volunteer)

Membership and Awards Committee

Carol Clyde Gallagher, Chair
Mary Angela Baker, Co-Chair (non-elected volunteer)
Heather Scott
Chrys Egan
Ann Berghout Austin
Victoria Pagan

Research & Practice Committee

Rita Gardiner, Chair
Lynne Devnew
Marlene Janzen Le Ber (non-elected volunteer)
Susan Kirk
Chanda Elbert

International Outreach Committee

Adrienne Castellon, Chair
Liza Howe-Walsh, Co-Chair
Emily Daniels
Karen Perham-Lippman (non-elected volunteer)
Dionne Michelle Rosser-Mims
Chanda Elbert
Isabell Camillo (non-elected volunteer)
Amanda Wickramainghe (non-elected volunteer)

W&L Topical Conference Team

For June 2021 Colloquium:

Marlene Janzen Le Ber, Co-Chair (non-elected volunteer)
Rita Gardiner, Co-Chair
Lynne Devnew
Chrys Egan
Liza Howe-Walsh
Susan Kirk
Karen Longman
Adrienne Castellon
Randal Thompson

For 2022 W&L Conference

Randal Thompson
Liza Howe-Walsh
Susan Kirk
Victoria Pagan

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 conference 
  • 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
  • Shaping the programming about women & leadership at the global conference and holding the 10th Annual Women and Leadership Affinity Group Luncheon
  • Recruiting members of our Committees (Communications & Media; Membership & Awards; International Outreach; Research & Practice; Conferences & Programming)

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Sample Women and Leadership Resources



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?

“Building Forward Better” – Why Women’s Leadership Matters

As we deal with the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on women, minorities and the poor, much has been written about the effectiveness of the leadership traits exhibited by women. What has been different in women’s leadership?


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