Attendees of the 2016 Atlanta Women and Leadership Networking LuncheonA Vibrant Year Planned for ILA’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group!

By S. Lynn Shollen 

S. Lynn Shollen PhotoLynn Shollen is 2017 Chair of the International Leadership Association’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group. As an associate professor of leadership studies in the Department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University, her research interests include identity work and the faculty to administrator transition, identity and perceptions of leadership, leadership identity construction, and teaching about women and leadership. She is co-author of the book Faculty Success Through Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors, Mentees, and Leaders (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009). She serves as a reviewer for Journal of Leadership Education and Leadership, and on the advisory board for Christopher Newport University’s Center for Effective Teaching.

Happy New Year! As we usher in 2017, there’s a lot of news to share about the upcoming year’s events for the ILA Women and Leadership Affinity Group (WLAG). With a global reach and vision, the WLAG provides information, resources, publishing, and networking opportunities for scholars who study and conduct research on the subject of women and leadership, and for practitioners who offer development and coaching programs and services that help women move into leadership or strengthen their leadership ability.

Cover for Theorizing Women & LeadershipThe WLAG is led by a 14-member Executive Leadership Team (ELT). Check out the list to the right that introduces the six new and eight returning members of the ELT. We welcome our new, amazing, and accomplished members and look forward to benefiting from their wisdom, creativity, and energy. Congratulations to Joanne Barnes for being selected as WLAG Chair-elect for 2018, and a hearty thank you to Sherylle Tan for her work as Chair in 2016. We also share much gratitude for the three members who rotated off the ELT at the end of 2016, each after serving for six years and contributing uncountable sums of hard work, energy, and passion to the growth and success of the WLAG — thank you deeply Susan Madsen, Karen Longman, and Melissa Mahan!

To kick off 2017, the latest volume of the eight-volume Women & Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice book series has been published! You can find information about the new fifth volume, Theorizing Women & Leadership: New Insights & Contributions From Multiple Perspectives, and an opportunity to order copies on the Information Age Publishing website. Use the special ILA member discount code (found here on ILA Intersections) to purchase this and previous volumes in the series for only $30 each. Or, purchase from your favorite bookstore.

Picture of Val-Kill Roses and Estate Year 2017 will bring the highly anticipated 3rd biennial ILA Women and Leadership conference, Advancing Women and Leadership: Cultivating Our Whole Selves. Please join us June 11-14 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, USA for a rich intellectual and relational experience with over 300 scholars and practitioners from around the world presenting over 120 thought-provoking projects. Featured speakers include Sally Helgesen, Frances Hesselbein, Barbara Kellerman, Betsy Myers, Susan Madsen, Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha, Tuajuanda C. Jordan, Gloria Burgess, Clare Shine, and Manuela Roosevelt. Enjoy special mind-body conference activities including yoga, meditation, tai chi, hiking, reflective writing, fireside chats, facilitated meal-time discussions, and live performances about Grandma Moses and Eleanor Roosevelt. An optional tour of the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership at nearby Hyde Park is also available. Plus, you can savor the stunning landscape of the Omega Institute, located in the Hudson Valley. Information about the conference, including registration, can be found online.

Picture of Sherylle Tan handing out purple ribbons at the WLAG information booth at ILA 2016 Although it may seem a long time from now, the 2017 ILA Global Conference Leadership in Turbulent Times will be upon us quicker than you think. The WLAG hopes to see you in Brussels, Belgium from October 12-15. We encourage you to submit a proposal — due by February 1st — and be sure to plan to attend all of the special WLAG events and sessions at the conference. At the recent 2016 global conference in Atlanta, we were pleased to see so many members taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the WLAG for networking, learning about women and leadership, sharing ideas, fostering new collaborations, and enjoying colleagues. We hope you had a chance to stop in at our welcome table, engage in the various sessions focused on women and leadership, join us for our “Purple Friday” luncheon, and pontificate over the post-luncheon discussion with Barbara Kellerman, Deborah Rhode, and Susan Madsen. More great things to come in Brussels!

To find out more about ILA’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group, visit our webpage. 

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If you can’t find what you need on our site, or if you have additional questions, contact the WLAG leaders at womensleadership@ila-net.com, and find us on LinkedIn.

Wishing you a well-lived 2017!

Katherine Tyler Scott, ILA Board Chair, at the WLAG Networking Luncheon WLAG by the Numbers 

  • 1711 LinkedIn members 
  • 1141 ILA members in our WLAG community (53% of ILA)
  • 415 WLAG members at ILA Atlanta
  • 210 Attendees at WLAG luncheon at ILA Atlanta
  • 49 Non-U.S. WLAG members at ILA Atlanta
  • 18 Nations represented by WLAG members at ILA Atlanta

WLAG Executive Leadership Team

Lynn Shollen(Chair) Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport University

Joanne Barnes (Chair-Elect) Dean of the Graduate School & Associate Professor, Department of Leadership Studies, Indiana Wesleyan University

Sherylle Tan (Past Chair) Director of Internships & KLI Research, Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College

Lisa DeFrank-Cole Associate Professor & Director, Leadership Studies Program, West Virginia University

*Lynne Devnew Doctoral Faculty and Senior Research Fellow, Women and Leadership Research Group & Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research, University of Phoenix

Chrys Egan Associate Professor of Communication Arts, Salisbury University

*Wendy Fox-Kirk Assistant Professor of Management, Goddard School of Business & Economics, Weber State University

Paige Haber-Curran Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Texas State University

*Cindy Pace Assistant Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, MetLife; Adjunct Professor, Organizational Leadership, Manhattan College

*Dionne Rosser-Mims Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Education, Troy University

*Heather Scott Director and Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies, Kennesaw State University

*Melissa Sledge Associate Director of Student Engagement, School of Business & Technology Management, Northcentral University

Julia Storberg-Walker Associate Professor & Co-Director, Executive Leadership Program, Dept. of Human & Organizational Learning, George Washington University

Denise Thomson Executive Coach & Consultant, DeWitt-Thomson, LLC

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