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 2022

Pat Clary
Chanda Elbert
Karen Perham-Lippman (Volunteer)

Membership and Awards Committee, Co-Chairs (CC)

Mary Angela Baker
Pat Clary (CC)
Randal Thompson (CC)
Liza Howe-Walsh
Chrys Egan (Emerita)

Research and Practice Committee, Co-Chairs (CC)

Lynne Devnew
Hayley Finn (CC)
Rita Gardiner
Marlene Janzen Le Ber (CC)
Susan Kirk
Chanda Elbert

Relationships, Outreach & Media

Adrienne Castellon
Isabell Camillo (Volunteer)
Emily Daniels
Chanda Elbert
Carol Clyde Gallagher (Chair)
Liza Howe-Walsh
Karen Perham-Lippman (Volunteer)
Victoria Pagan
Dionne Michelle Rosser-Mims
Amanda Wickramasinghe (Volunteer)

WL Topical Conference Committee

For June 2022 Conference:

Liza Howe-Walsh, Chair
Susan Kirk, Program Co-Chair
Vic Pagan, Program Co-Chair

Stream chairs:

Pat Clary
Adrienne Castellon

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

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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?