COVID-19 Update

26 June 2020 (COVID-19 Conference Update Message)

I want to share some exciting news about ILA’s first live online virtual conference and some decisions regarding Leading at the Edge, our annual global conference this November.

ILA’s 5th Women and Leadership conference, our first virtual conference, was a resounding success. In seven weeks, the conference was transformed from a face-to-face conference into a live virtual event to rave reviews.

From the vantage of attendees:

Loved the diverse presentations and amazing speakers.

My favorite thing was the fact that it was virtual so I could afford to attend as I live in       England!

It's ironic, but the virtual platform actually felt more intimate than a conference hall or classroom.

I was able to make connections even though we didn't share meals or coffee breaks.

It is especially heartening to know attendees felt that not only was the content stellar, but the quality of interaction was on par with what we expect at an ILA conference.

As we look to November and our annual global conference, our ability to forecast the future of the pandemic has become cloudier, not clearer. With the success of the women and leadership conference in mind and with so many unknowns regarding the ability to safely travel and gather in November, we have made the decision to take Leading at the Edge 100% into the virtual realm as well. We’ll be sharing more details shortly regarding the exact timing and flow for ILA’s virtual annual global conference!

As we work with the planning team, ILA member communities, and presenters to create an extraordinary experience this November, we will hold these core organizing principles in mind:

  • Local/global context over time and over time zones
  • Informative, rigorous, relevant sessions
  • Engagement opportunities both formal and informal
  • Reflective moments both individual and shared
  • Integrative weaving of themes

We are confident that our innovative programming and delivery modes will offer you the quality learning and networking experiences that you expect from the ILA.

I hope you and your loved ones and colleagues are in good health and spirits, and I look forward to seeing you later this year at Leading at the Edge!

Cynthia Cherrey
ILA President & CEO

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