2018 July Peru

ILA Welcomes New Speakers & Resources to Our Lima Conference This August

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.

Still on the fence about traveling to Lima, Perú this August for ILA’s Latin American Leadership conference? We’ve got some exciting new developments to share with you that we think will tip the scales and make the conference extra special.

First, if you didn’t see our video announcement last week, keynote speaker Stefan Reich has invited two amazing young Peruvian leaders to join him for what is now a keynote conversation at the conference. Sara Maria Cifuentes Ramseyer, the head of Asociación Taller de los Niños, an NGO working with children and families in need in the under-privileged area of San Juan de Lurigancho, and Alberto de Belaunde, an independent congressman who is trying to promote liberal reforms in Perú's Congress, will dialogue with Reich on the challenges of leadership, particularly in Perú, and the systemic and personal stakes in trying to mobilize a system towards greater progress and prosperity. In addition to his plenary conversation, Reich has agreed to spend some intensive time with attendees by facilitating a stand-alone special event workshop Thursday afternoon on “How to Survive in Leading Change.” Many thanks to ILA interns Nicole Regalado and Katherine Wankel for their work on the video!

Second, we continue to add additional, intriguing concurrent sessions to the program. Our latest is a panel entitled, "Empowered Female Indigenous Leader," chaired by Cecilia Montes at Universidad del Pacífico. The panel will feature Peruvian Congresswoman Indira Huilca and Yesica Patiachi, the Director of Quality Management at the Ministry of Education Madre de Dios Region. Huilca will share her experience in politics, the situation of women in politics in Perú, and the achievements and challenges that women still face in Perú, particularly in terms of representation and labor opportunities. Some of the important issues that form part of her parliamentarian agenda are the promotion and monitoring of public policies for gender equality, the attention to women’s rights, and the fight against gender violence. Patiachi, a member of the indigenous Harakbut community of Madre de Dios, Perú, will illustrate via her own personal experience how difficult it is for indigenous people from the Amazon, especially indigenous women, to stand out in any activity: educational, economic, or work-related.

Please visit the concurrent session guide online and explore all that the conference has to offer and to stay up-to-date on newly added offerings!

Of course, if you’re traveling to Perú, we encourage you to arrive early and stay late to take in all of the attractions the country has to offer. Lima, the capital of Perú and the setting of ILA’s conference, is one of South America’s largest cities with an estimated 12 million+ people living there.
Here is a list of four things to do in the city to get the most out of your visit. Also, be sure to check out ILA’s
Pinterest board, created by intern Amelia Cross, for the conference, which includes sections on local eateries and other information that will enhance your conference experience and appreciation of our host city, Lima.
  1. Visit Plaza Mayor, Lima’s main square. While there, see the Central Fountain, the Government Palace, Lima Cathedral, Casa del Oidor, the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace, and the Palace of the Union.
  2. Wander the Larco Museum’s galleries and learn about thousands of years of pre-Columbian history and art. Of note is the Gold and Silver Gallery, which includes crowns, jewelry, and clothing.
  3. Experience the Park of the Reserve. Meander through this park, located in downtown Lima, which is known for its sculptures and The Magic Water Tour – a large array of fountains, which are especially spectacular when viewed at night.
  4. Explore Huaca Pucllana, a Pre-Incan pyramid built more than 1,500 years ago. Located in the Miraflores neighborhood in Lima, this archeological site and museum is awe inspiring.

Of course, no visit to Perú is complete without a pilgrimage to Machu Picchu. Fortunately, ILA has you covered with a post-conference event hosted by Apumayo Expediciones. Enjoy hiking the gorge of the Apurimac River and exploring ancient Incan trails all while discovering old Incan Citadel and navigating the waters of the Apurimac River. The week long trip culminates with a visit to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and a Peruvian historic sanctuary. This action-packed adventure begins in Lima on the 11th and finishes on the 18th. View complete details and learn more about signing up.

We hope to see you in Lima in August as we Explore the Dilemmas of Leadership in Latin America and dialogue on personal experiences, best practices, and the latest leadership research. Registration is open and complete details for the conference are available online at: http://www.ila-net.org/Lima. If you are a NGO or community organizer in Perú, please contact Bridget Chisholm for a special conference rate (bchisholm@ila-net.org).

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