Women and Leadership Luncheon 2016 in AtlantaCommunity Connection: Women and Leadership Affinity Group in Brussels

by 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.

There are numerous ways to connect with ILA’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group (WLAG) at the global conference in Brussels. Over 1,100 members strong internationally, the WLAG provides information, resources, publishing, and networking opportunities for scholars who study and conduct research on the subject of women and leadership, leadership educators, practitioners who offer development and coaching programs and services for current or aspiring women leaders, and those practicing or aspiring to practice leadership.

Current and potential members can find us at the member community information tables from 16:45 – 18:15 on Friday the 13th of October. We’ll be the ones pinning on purple ribbons to represent support for leadership diversity (and the ones wearing purple clothing or accessories on Saturday to show support for women and leadership - so pack your purple!). At our table, meet members of the executive leadership team and learn more about the WLAG and upcoming WLAG events. Note also that conference sessions and presentations related to women and leadership are marked in the program book with a grey WL icon to the left of the title. You can also search the online program book by clicking on "browse by thread" on the menu then clicking "Women and Leadership AG." 

If you are not already part of the WLAG, you can join (see instructions below) to be included in our Interface online community and announcement list. You will always be “in the know” about the latest happenings and opportunities related to scholarship and practice pertaining to women and leadership.

To join ILA’s Women and Leadership Affinity Group: Log in to this profile update form, scroll down and "Edit Your ILA Member Community Settings." Make sure to click Submit at the bottom of the page in order to save your changes.

You certainly won’t want to miss the 8th annual Women and Leadership Networking Luncheon from 13:15–14:30 on Saturday the 14th of October. Join WLAG members and potential members for networking table talks, updates on WLAG initiatives, and exceptional conversation and collegiality. The luncheon draws scholars and practitioners who have conducted research related to women and leadership or who are interested in discussing possibilities for future collaboration around this topic. More broadly, participants may be those who are interested in acquiring, studying, and exemplifying leadership skills. The event this year is sponsored by Magnetrol International Incorporated. Purchase your tickets on the 2017 global conference registration site, but don’t wait because the event can sell out!

To find out more about the WLAG, access our page on the ILA site. While on the site, check out the link for information about the book series Women & Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice, with six published volumes and two more forthcoming. This cross-disciplinary series draws from current research findings, development practices, pedagogy, and lived experience to deliver provocative thinking that enhances leadership knowledge and improves leadership development of women around the world. And, you can purchase volumes at a discount with your ILA membership! Also on our site is a link to the Asilomar Declaration and Call to Action on Women and Leadership published in August 2015. The Declaration “is a guide for individual women, women’s networks, and other stakeholders and organizations that actively campaign for enhancing women’s leadership status worldwide. The document is designed to inspire both its authors and readers to take action in multiple ways to make leadership equality a reality.”

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 at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4190075

The WLAG welcomes you to our community. Join us in Brussels!

Women and Leadership Affinity Group Passing Out Purple Ribbons in 2015 at ILA Barcelona
Tables and Table Topics are Ready at the Women and Leadership Luncheon, Atlanta 2016