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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.

View our 2023 – 2024 Implentation Plan 

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Member Community Leaders

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

Dionne Rosser-Mims

Dionne Rosser-Mims


Vice Chancellor, Troy University – Phenix City Troy University

Chanda D. Elbert

Chanda D. Elbert


Associate Professor, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, Texas A&M University
Rita A. Gardiner

Rita Gardiner


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

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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

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Recruiting members of our Committees

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Presenter & Attendee Opportunities

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Our activities and programs are organized by our dedicated team of member volunteers. If you would like to deepen your engagement, please email us about volunteer opportunities at women&


The ILA offers a wide variety of leadership resources to help you elevate your leadership research and practice.

Leadership Journeys Webinar. Advancing Leadership Programs Via Executive Coaching. With Dr. Carolyn Stefanco, Founder and CEO Baret Consulting

Advancing Leadership Programs Via Executive Coaching

Live Webinar Wednesday 17 July 2024, 11am, EDT (UTC-4). Dr. Carolyn Stefanco will share her leadership journey and how she draws from the many roles she has held to support the success of executive coaching clients in their current positions and as they advance into higher levels of leadership in colleges and universities, nonprofits, and health systems.

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.

Genderwashing in Leadership: Power, Policies, and Politics. Volume Editors: Rita A. Gardiner, Wendy Fox-Kirk, Carole J. Elliott, and Valerie Stead. International Leadership Association Transformative Women Leaders. Series Editors Randal Joy Thompson, Chrys Egan, and Dionne Rosser-Mims.

Genderwashing in Leadership: Power, Policies, and Politics

This book considers how genderwashing – the process whereby organizational rhetoric differs from the lived experiences of workers, creating the myth of gender equity in the workplace – highlights hidden biases in organizational policies and procedures. The authors and editors host a space for dialogue and debate as they explore different aspects of genderwashing and how to transform today’s organizations.