Interface. The name evokes those spaces and boundaries where our work reaches out and touches another’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 who all Interface in the ILA around their commitment to foster better leadership worldwide. Distributed once or twice a month, Interface shares articles highlighting association news and work being done by other ILA members. 

ILA Interface - The Newsletter of the International Leadership Association
29 February 2020
ILA 5th Sam Wilson
The Australian Leadership Index (ALI)

Against a backdrop of unethical conduct, irresponsible leadership, and a distrust of business, public, and non-profit sector organizations, there is a pervasive sense that we are not being well served by authorities or the institutions they lead. Grounded in community and expert conceptions of the greater good and leadership for the greater good, and drawing on scholarly research into ethical, responsible, and integrative public leadership, the ALI offers a new model of leadership for the greater good that is germane to everyone.
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 Fran Lo
Critical Perspectives in Leadership Ed.

Francesca Lo, one of ILA's 2020 Leadership Education Academy facilitators, shares her engagement with critical theory, her work developing and implementing leadership programs at the University of Washington, and her research exploring the leadership perspectives and experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander college students. Interested? Work on engaging critical perspectives in your own work this July with Fran at the 4th Leadership Education Academy. Registration is capped at 80 and, like last year, we expect to fill up early.
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Joanne Barnes
Joanne Barnes: Global Leader

ILA Women and Leadership member community leader, ILA Board member, and 2020 Women and Leadership conference co-chair Joanne Barnes, shares how she rose to be a senior leader in a male-dominated STEM field before women, especially African American women, were represented in significant numbers. She then translated her leadership experience into educating and mentoring global leaders across generations. Her story is an inspiration for young women who want to enter STEM careers today, and especially those who want to lead globally.
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2019 Jablin Award Winner Being Honored onstage at ILA Ottawa
Win a Trip to ILA San Francisco

Each year the ILA partners with the Jepson School of Leadership Studies (Jablin Award) and the Center for Creative Leadership (Clark Award) to recognize and showcase outstanding student work. The winner of each award will receive a $1,000 cash prize plus travel, hotel, and registration expenses to attend ILA's 22nd annual global conference in San Francisco, CA, 5-8 November, where the award will be given. Each winner will also be given the opportunity to PRESENT their winning work during a concurrent session at the conference.

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