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?
  • Provide a forum for networking, exchange of ideas, and mentoring for scholars and practitioners.
  • Contribute to the body of leadership scholarship and leadership development work through rigorous research and identification of best practices.
  • Develop partnerships for increased publication of high-quality research.
  • 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.
  • Foster international collaborations to develop women and leadership research and practice on a global scope.
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

2017 Community Leaders

S. Lynn Shollen Joanne Barnes Sherylle Tan
S. Lynn Shollen

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport Univ.
Joanne Barnes

Dean of the Graduate School & Associate Professor, Department of Leadership Studies, Indiana Wesleyan Univ.
Sherylle Tan
Immed. Past-Chair

Interim Dir. and Dir. of Internship and Research, Kravis Leadership Inst., Claremont McKenna College
Currently, other members of the team are:
  • 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
  • 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

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 Submit at the bottom of the page 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.