Women and Leadership Affinity Group (WLAG)

Who are we?
A community for those focused on advancing women in leadership including researchers, coaches, educators, and practitioners interested in generating resources, disseminating research, and fostering the development of women leaders.

What are our current priorities?
  • Enhance the status of women and leadership worldwide by providing a forum for networking, exchanging ideas, and mentoring
  • Foster international collaborations and build global partnerships to nurture conversations about women and leadership
  • Align our collective interests as change-makers to generate solutions for increasing equality in power and decision-making
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders committed to addressing barriers and helping girls and young women become leaders
  • Expand leadership education and development opportunities while acknowledging, respecting, and addressing the roles-within-roles of all women
  • Facilitate a paradigm shift that advances women in leadership by modeling connectedness, inclusivity, and authenticity
  • Contribute to the body of leadership scholarship and leadership development by advancing rigorous research, identifying best practices, and partnering with publishers
How can ILA members be involved?
The following areas are some of the on-going committees and projects of the WLAG for which Executive Leadership Team members and WLAG volunteers provide leadership:
  • Communications & Media Committee
  • Membership & Awards Committee
  • International Outreach Committee
  • Research & Practice Committee
  • Global Conference Committee
  • WLAG Biennial Conference Committee
  • ILA Women and Leadership book series

2018 Community Leaders

Joanne Barnes Denise Thomson S. Lynn Shollen 
Joanne Barnes

Dean of the Graduate School & Associate Professor, Department of Leadership Studies, Indiana Wesleyan Univ.
Denise Thomson

Executive Coach / Consultant DeWitt-Thomson LLC
S. Lynn Shollen
Immediate Past Chair

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport Univ.
Currently, other members of the team are:
  • Lisa DeFrank-Cole, West Virginia Univ.
  • Lynne Devnew, Univ. of Phoenix
  • Chrys Egan, Salisbury Univ.
  • Wendy Fox-Kirk,Weber State Univ.
  • Paige Haber-Curran, Texas State Univ.
  • Cindy Pace, Manhattan College
  • Dionne Rosser-Mims, Troy Univ.
  • Heather Scott, Kennesaw State Univ.
  • Melissa Sledge, Northcentral Univ.
  • Julia Storberg-Walker, George Washington Univ.
  • Denise Thomson, DeWitt-Thomson, LLC
  • Randal Thompson, Dream Connect Global
  • Susan Madsen (Emerita), Utah Valley Univ.
  • Faith Ngunjiri (Emerita), Concordia College
  • Karen Longman (Emerita), Azusa Pacific Univ.
  • Melissa Mahan (Emerita), Texas A&M Univ. - San Antonio
  • Sherylle Tan (Emerita), Claremont McKenna College

Past Events and Activities
  • 7th WLAG Networking Luncheon at ILA Atlanta
  • 2nd WLAG Conference - Photos | Program PDF
  • 6th WLAG Networking Luncheon at ILA Barcelona
2012: 3rd WLAG Networking Luncheon at ILA Denver
2011: 2nd WLAG Networking Luncheon at ILA London 2010: Founding WLAG Networking Luncheon at ILA Boston

How to Join the WLAG and Stay Connected
ILA members who affiliate with an AG receive occasional emails of interest from their AG leaders including volunteer openings, updates on AG initiatives, and opportunities to provide feedback. To affiliate/join: log in to this profile update form, scroll down and "Edit Your ILA Member Community Settings." Make sure to click Save in order to save your changes.

Contact ILA's membership team at membership@ila-net.org with any general questions about ILA's member communities.