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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 female leaders.

What are our current priorities?
  • Contribute to the body of leadership development work through research.
  • Develop partnerships for increased publication of high-quality research in the ILA supported journals.
  • Provide resources and information for practitioners who design development and coaching programs and services for helping women to move into leadership or to strengthen their leadership ability.
  • Provide a forum for networking, exchange of ideas, and mentoring for scholars and practitioners.
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 provide leadership:
  • Communications/Media Committee
  • Conference Event Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Research and Assessment Committee
  • Webinar Committee

2016 Community Leaders

Sherylle Tan

Interim Dir. and Dir. of Internship and Research, Kravis Leadership Inst., Claremont McKenna College
S. Lynn Shollen

Asst. Professor of Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport Univ.
Lisa DeFrank-Cole
Immediate Past-Chair

Assoc. Prof. and Director of Leadership Studies, West Virginia Univ.
Currently, other members of the team are:
  • Joanne Barnes, Indiana Wesleyan Univ.
  • Chrys Egan, Salisbury Univ.
  • Paige Haber-Curran, Texas State Univ.
  • Karen Longman, Azusa Pacific Univ.
  • Susan Madsen, Utah Valley Univ.
  • Melissa Mahan, Texas A&M Univ.
  • Julia Storberg-Walker, G. Washington Univ.
  • Denise Thomson, DeWitt-Thomson, LLC
  • Wendy Rowe, Royal Roads Univ.

Past Events and Activities
2015: 2nd WLAG Conference - Photos | Program PDF 2014:
2012: 3rd WLAG Networking Luncheon at ILA Denver
2011: 2nd WLAG Networking Luncheon at ILA London 2010: Founding WLAG Networking Luncheon at ILA Boston

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