An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

Women and Leadership: Journey Toward Equity

Presenters: Lisa DeFrank-Cole, Sherylle J. Tan, and Dionne Rosser-Mims (Moderator)

Date: 23 June 2021 

Organized by the Women and Leadership Member Community

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In this webinar, two scholars from the ILA Women and Leadership Member Community will tell their story about the creation of a new SAGE textbook: Women and Leadership: Journey Toward Equity.  Authors Lisa DeFrank-Cole and Sherylle J. Tan will give a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the process from conception to publication as well as give an overview of the contents. The text delves into the challenges and barriers that women face in leadership and explores strategies and tools that support a journey toward equity. 

Who will benefit from attending?

  • Anyone interested in supporting diversity and inclusion 
  • Those interested in issues and research on women and leadership 
  • Faculty teaching courses about women and leadership  

Participants of this webinar will:

  • Gain insights on the process of writing a textbook on women and leadership 
  • Understand the value of intentional inclusion in the process of writing 
  • Identify potential strategies and tools that support a leadership journey 

Speaker Information

Lisa DeFrank-Cole

Dr. Lisa DeFrank-Cole is an author, educator, and leadership coach with more than 20 years’ experience working in universities and in state-government. Lisa works with individuals and groups to support their leadership development through speaking, teaching and coaching. An advocate for women’s advancement, she has spoken at events around the world and was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She is an expert on women and leadership having written articles, chapters, case studies, and books. As a college professor, Lisa has taught courses and conducted research on various facets of leadership. She served as the 2015 Chair of the ILA Women and Leadership Member Community. Her most recent book with Dr. Sherylle Tan is Women and Leadership: Journey Toward Equity. 

Sherylle Tan

Sherylle J. Tan, Ph.D. is a leadership coach, author, scholar, and educator with over 20 years of experience in higher education, research, and non-profit consulting. Dr. Tan has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on leadership with a focus on women, gender, and inclusion. Most recently, Dr. Tan co-authored Women and Leadership: Journey Toward Equity (with Lisa DeFrank-Cole, 2021). Dr. Tan has been with Claremont McKenna College since 2004, where she has worked closely with undergraduate students to provide leadership and professional development through the Kravis Leadership Institute as director of internships and research. As a visiting assistant professor, Dr. Tan has taught courses in leadership and psychology, including women and leadership, as well as leadership, race, and inclusion. She served as the 2016 Chair and member of the International Leadership Association Women and Leadership Member Community supporting leadership scholars and practitioners in advancing research and development of women in leadership. For more information see 


Dionne Rosser-Mims

Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims is a full professor and Vice Chancellor for the Troy University Phenix City Campus. She completed Harvard’s Women in Educational Leadership Institute and is the recipient of the 2013 Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award, a 2016 Chancellor’s Fellow, and past president of Troy University’s Faculty Senate. She has nearly 20 years of adult education experience to include work in collegiate teaching as well as training and development.  She has authored four books, and over 15 articles and book chapters combined and delivered conference presentations and speaking engagements at the regional, national, and international levels. Dr. Rosser-Mims is the co-founder and former co-editor in chief of Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal, a peer-reviewed open-access journal. 
She holds a doctorate in adult education and a master’s in public administration from the University of Georgia.