Interface - The Newsletter of the International Leadership Association

Interface. The name evokes those spaces and boundaries where our work touches each other’s. Where theory and practice meet, shake hands, and learn from one another. It honors the fact that the ILA’s membership includes people located in many, and often multiple, independent systems — scholars and researchers, educators and students, coaches and consultants, NGO and public leaders, administrators and executives — who all Interface in the ILA around their commitment to fostering better leadership worldwide. Distributed every second and fourth Thursday, Interface shares articles highlighting association news and work being done by other ILA members. Regular columns include, among others, our behind-the-pages leadership Author Interviews, PAUSE for Pedagogy, Method Moments, Member Spotlights, and Field Reports. If you have an idea for an article in Interface, please email ILA Communications Director Debra DeRuyver at

Current Issue

ILA Interface - The Newsletter of the International Leadership Association
15 March 2018
Zebra in Pilanesberg National Park, Site of ILA Pretoria Pre/Post Con Events
Pretoria Program Book / Special Events

Next Generation Leadership will showcase new multi-disciplinary ideas, solutions-oriented approaches, and collaborative practices for leading meaningful change in sustainable, ethical, and inclusive ways. Check out the variety of sessions scheduled 30-31 May in Pretoria! Then, head over to the special events page to learn more about the pre- and post-con events. Complete a trail with the Wilderness Leadership School and ILA Board member Aldo Boitano or tour the Greater Cape Town environs with Dreamcatcher, a nonprofit that ensures all tours benefit local people and are run with environmental integrity.
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Ramiro de la Rosa
Gamifying an Online Course

Finding just the right mix of pedagogy and technology for developing fully online courses can be difficult but not impossible. This month's PAUSE for Pedagogy shares insights from Ramiro de la Rosa, the Associate Director for Research Innovation in Distance Education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and his quest to leverage gamification elements using Blackboard® tools to motivate and engage students. Read the complete article, then watch the supplemental video interview with Ramiro and PAUSE editor Lisa Endersby.
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Leadership: Person or Purpose?

Forget about romanticized and heroic leaders. Today’s leadership is all about purpose-led companies that are organized or branded around an idea. Learn more about the forces behind the recent rise of purpose-led companies, the intersections with leadership, and the upcoming Power of Purpose event hosted by the ILA and the Møller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
ILA Board Chair Katherine Tyler Scott (L) and ILA President & CEO Cynthia Cherrey at ILA's 2018 Board Retreat
Living Out Our Mission

The ILA Board recently held its annual planning retreat at the site of our upcoming 20th Anniversary global conference in West Palm Beach, Florida. The work of this year’s retreat was to discuss the association’s three-year positional plan for 2018 through 2020, which we will be sharing in draft form with members later this year. The retreat also allowed the ILA Board and staff the opportunity to reflect on the association's achievements in 2017.
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Leadership conferences, webinars, and publication opportunities, both ILA and member submitted, are available on our online calendar.
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Click to Learn More About Next Generation Leadership, taking place 30-31 May in Pretoria, South Africa
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Links to Past Issues

Interface launched January 12, 2017. To view earlier issues of the ILA member newsletter, please visit the Member Connector Archive

1 March 2018

15 February 2018

25 January 2018

11 January 2018

14 December 2017

30 November 2017

16 November 2017

26 October 2017

12 October 2017

14 September 2017

24 August 2017

10 August 2017

27 July 2017

13 July 2017

29 June 2017

15 June 2017

1 June 2017

11 May 2017

27 April 2017

13 April 2017

23 March 2017

9 March 2017

23 February 2017

9 February 2017

26 January 2017

12 January 2017