Travel the World With ILA in 2018

As the only global leadership association devoted to both the rigor of theory and the relevance of practice, ILA is proud to bring its work at the leadership nexus to five continents in 2018. Continue reading to find out how you can participate in one or more of these exciting events.

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The ILA is holding its inaugural conference on the African continent this May, in partnership with the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pretoria. Next Generation Leadership will take place 30-31 May on the beautiful campus of the University of Pretoria. The conference features ILA’s signature mix of keynotes speaking from locations of public service, academia, and business alongside breakout sessions that range from workshops to presentations, papers, and panels. The conference theme is tied to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and its 17 global leadership challenges facing next generation leadership, and will showcase new multi-disciplinary ideas, solutions-oriented approaches, and collaborative practices for leading meaningful change in sustainable, ethical and inclusive ways. The importance of engaging youth across Africa and around the world in the development of the leadership capacities they will need to grapple with the complex challenges they are inheriting, threads its way through the conference. Our ability to hold a conference in Africa this year is due, in part, to a supporting grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation .

Participate in Next Generation Leadership



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The ILA returns to Europe in 2018 with these two topical events.

The Salzburg Summit: A Shifting Landscape Demanding Changing Leadership will take place 27-29 June in Salzburg, Austria. Co-produced with NASPA, the Summit will bring together a small group of up to 70 leaders in higher education to engage in a series of conversations facilitated by a group of accomplished scholars/leaders focused on topics ranging from the purpose of the university to the increasing differentiation of higher education and the need for greater access in a time of greater economic inequality. This highly-interactive program will leverage the unique location of the Schloss Leopoldskron, creating a space for visionary thinking and intellectual inspiration.

Participate in the Salzburg Summit
Are you a higher education leader or a scholar whose research addresses the challenges facing higher education?

Email Jen DuMars at jdumars@ila-net.org for an invitation to attend this event.


Gillian Secrett, CEO of the Møller Centre

While the exact dates for The Power of Purpose II have yet to be set, the anticipation for this event is palpable. Hosted in partnership with the Møller Centre at Churchill College, University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the event purposefully brings together business leaders, HR directors, and leadership scholars to discuss the impact purpose can have on stakeholder and shareholder value. At the first event in May 2017, participants from around the world engaged in creative and productive debate regarding the importance of company purpose, particularly in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This event will likely be in September. Check ILA’s future conference page at the end of March to verify the dates.

Participate in the Power of Purpose

Email Jen DuMars at jdumars@ila-net.org to be placed on the interest list for this event.

Cynthia Cherrey


The ILA is one of the conference sponsors of the 2nd Annual LEAD in Asia conference, Leading Disruptive Change in Asia taking place in Bali, Indonesia from 4-6 July. LEAD in Asia conferences focus on rigorous studies of leadership approaches indigenous to Asia and their relevant applications in Asian organizations to bolster Asia’s contributions to the global economy. Although ILA is not involved in the event programming, we will bring our focus on the intersections of theory and practice to the conference via a keynote address by ILA CEO and President Cynthia Cherrey.

Participate in Leading Disruptive Change in Asia

Submit Proposal by 28 February

South America

The ILA returns to Latin America this year for its biennial regional conference. In partnership with The Center for Leadership, Ethics and Social Responsibility at Universidad del Pacífico,
Exploring the Dilemmas of Leadership in Latin America will take place 8-10 August at the university’s beautiful facilities in the heart of Lima, Peru. Leaders in Latin America and in other countries around the world face a complex matrix of dimensions and challenges regarding gender imbalance, ethnic and racial discrimination, lack of environmental regulations, and access for all socioeconomic groups to quality public services in education, health, jobs, and housing. Building leadership throughout the region at all levels of society is a pivotal step to addressing these political, economic, social, and ethical challenges and strengthening Latin America's countries and communities. This conference will address questions of leadership related to those challenges. The call for proposals remains open through 1 March. Our ability to hold a conference in South America this year is due, in part, to a supporting grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Participate in Exploring the Dilemmas of Leadership in Latin America

Submit Proposal by 1 March

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North America

We end the year with a celebratory 20th Anniversary global conference taking place in West Palm Beach, Florida from 24-27 of October. Authentic Leadership for Progress, Peace & Prosperity will bring together more than 1,200 attendees from over 50 different countries around the world. We invite you to save the date and join us for this special celebratory conference filled with unique networking opportunities, 200+ sessions designed to replenish your leadership engine, expert keynotes who will ask provocative questions for consideration, and special events that will engage your whole person. But, don’t take it from us. Visit the conference home page to see what past participants have to say about the ILA global conference experience.

Participate in ILA’s 20th Anniversary Global Conference


Registration Opens 15 April

Conferences Organized by ILA Members in 2018

ILA's members frequently leverage the power of ILA's network to organize and hold their own local events. Here's a sampling of member organized events taking place in 2018. If you are organizing a leadership conference of interest to ILA members, please email Debra DeRuyver at dderuyver@ila-net.org to have your event placed on our calendar. 

Peace Leadership Conference
22-25 February, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Uttarakhand, India | Organized and run by ILA Member Ann Dinan

Philosophy, Religion, & Worldview Expressions: Leadership for the 21st Century Conference
19-21 March, Riverside, CA | Organized by ILA's Philosophy, Religion, & Worldviews Learning Community including member community co-conveners: John Shoup, Alicia Crumpton,and Chu-Chin Ling-Ling Chen.

1st Annual Pennsylvania Leadership Studies Conference
7 April, Harrisburg, PA | Organized with ILA Member Barbara Dennison

Journeys of Artful Leadership
6-7 June, Porto, Portugal | Master of Ceremonies, ILA Member Dirk van Dierendonck

2018 McDonough Leadership Conference
6-7 April, Marietta, OH | Hosted by ILA Member Gama Perruci, Dean of the McDonough Center

2019 and Beyond

The International Leadership Association is unique in its dedication to working at the leadership nexus and recognizing the importance of bringing every voice to the table in order to create better leadership for the good of humanity. Whether you're stamping your passport or simply riding your bike across town, we look forward to seeing you at one of our global events this year.

If you are interested in partnering with the ILA to produce a conference in 2020 and beyond, you can contact Bridget Chisholm at bchisholm@ila-net.org for the conference proposal form. The form is due at least two years prior to the proposed date of the conference.

Joanna JonesJoanna Jones is studying communications at University of Maryland, College Park. She plans to graduate in 2019 and pursue a career in communications and public relations.