ILA 2012 Testimonials

Conference Attendee Testimonials

    "I was impressed by the collaborative atmosphere of the presentations and discussions. Both presenters and attendees seemed to hold the goal of sharing information and perspectives rather than proving expertise or superiority. The diversity of the sessions ensured that attendees could find something pertaining to their interest in each time session. "

- Tierney Stark

    "This conference gave insight into new ways of going about leadership; it also gave students the opportunity to express their experiences and concerns with leadership. It also, showed where leadership was headed in the future compared to where it first started."

- Quiona Beason

    "I really enjoyed the entire conference. I love the fact that there is a significant interdisciplinary approach to the emerging scholarly field and that was very well represented at the conference in Denver."

- Ross Peterson-Veatch

    "As always, the opportunity for dialogue, connections and reflection; to be inspired by exciting new/provocative ideas; and to consider new ways to reach students, exercise my own potential and to contribute in meaningful ways to the profession. ILA continues to provide one of the best conference experiences for these reasons."

- Laurie Schnarr

    "This was an extremely well organized conference. The attendees and participants were welcoming and engaging and the keynote presenters were inspirational. Interesting topics and research in the concurrent session provided excellent fodder for stimulating conversation."

- Gretchen Carroll

    "The energy, the fact that it covers so many dimensions that are meaningful to me (as a scholar, educator, director, woman, interested in youth leadership, etc.), about as up to date on thinking about leadership as you can get (of course)."

- Valerie Sessa

    "Beyond the gorgeous setting in Denver....I really liked the diversity of the attendees and the willingness many had to engage in being active conference participants."

- Shannon Thibodeau


Sponsor Testimonials

    "Routledge/Psychology Press has been exhibiting at this conference for the past 10 years. We are delighted with the team at ILA that is so helpful. Truly, this is one of the best conferences I, as book editor, attend each year. The quality of the sessions, author contacts one can make, and lovely added touch of an author book signing sponsored by ILA, is unique to this conference. I hope to return again each year."

- Anne Duffy, Senior Editor, Routledge Psychology Press


    "Our ILA sponsorship has opened doors to new relationships with other organizations and individuals who share our Center's commitment and passion for the scholarship and practice of leadership across all sectors."

- Carol Madison, Executive Director, Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, Indiana University


    "ILA's 13th Annual Global Conference was one of the most rewarding conferences The New York Times attended. We had steady traffic at our exhibitor table, gathered great quality leads, and attended several informative sessions that led to an increased understanding of leadership knowledge and practices. We can't wait to join you in Denver and plan to expand our presence!"

- Kathleen O'Connell, National Education Director, The New York Times


Shakespeare's Leading Women: What the World's Greatest Playwright can teach us about Leadership

Special Conference Event

When: Friday, Nov. 1; 19:00 – 20:30
Where: Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University (~1 kilometer from the hotel) walking directions will be provided
Price: $30 (150 seat limit)

Online conference registration is now closed.

If you have not registered, please print and fill out this paper (PDF) form and bring it with you to the conference. The ILA office will be in the Saint-Charles room of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel. We look forward to seeing you in Montréal!

ILA Global Conference Frequently Asked Questions

The event has two halves and a connecting hinge. The first is about King Lear. He is a king by birth. He has the power and charisma that we associate with leaders. He occupies the centre of his political world but his position of leadership also makes him vulnerable to humiliation and defeat. As king, he simply cannot move out of the way of those that wish to do him harm, including himself.

The second half is about Rosalind in As You Like It. She is not a leader in political terms. She is the daughter of a defeated and banished Duke. Indeed, the young woman's very life is in danger because of who she is and because her uncle is a usurper. But she has the power to change, to move, and to act—in physical space and social space. Her changefulness and theatricality make her a leader altogether different from Lear, one who is able to draw people together, heal their disarray, organize them into a renewed community, and make the world better than it was.

King Lear is a play that begins with the banishment of a beloved daughter and that ends with her death. As You Like It ends with a Duke getting back his beloved daughter, a woman who makes her own choices and who actually rewrites the wedding ceremony that unites her with her chosen partner. Lear ends with the world in pieces, As You Like It with the world restored and revitalized by Rosalind's theatrical, changeful powers of leadership.

Lucy Peacock and Paul Yachnin will lead the audience through the worlds of both plays and will introduce audience members to Shakespeare's vital, revolutionary ideas about leadership.

Lucy will perform key scenes from the two plays, Paul will provide the connective narrative, and both Lucy and Paul will delve into the characters and the plays. There will be a hinge between the two parts, which will see Lucy recounting how she enters and inhabits Shakespeare's characters. This will move naturally from Lear to Rosalind—she has played both characters—and so join the two halves together and also add an important dimension to the presentation: we can learn about leadership by reading and seeing Shakespeare, and we can learn also from the practices of performing his plays.


Lucy Peacock has performed in more than sixty productions for Stratford during her 26 seasons there, including at least thirty plays by Shakespeare. Her diverse roles include leading roles in The Duchess of Malfi, Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Hello Dolly, the King and I, My Fair Lady, Pride and Prejudice, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Michel Tremblay's For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, and Chekhov's Three Sisters. She was particularly acclaimed for her solo performance in The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead which travelled across Canada. She starred in a production of Queen Lear at the University of Northern Colorado, Dec. 2012 and will appear as Arkadina in the Seagull at the Segal Centre in 2014. This year at Stratford she will play the title role in Mary Stuart and the lead role in Judith Thomson's new play The Thrill.

Paul Yachnin is Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas at McGill University. He directed the Making Publics (MaPs) Project (2005-10). He is Past President of the Shakespeare Association of America. Among his publications are the books, Stage-Wrights and The Culture of Playgoing in Early Modern England (with Anthony Dawson); editions of Shakespeare's Richard II and The Tempest; and four co-edited books, including Shakespeare and Character and Making Publics in Early Modern Europe. He has published a series of essays on animality and theatre. With Desmond Manderson, he published another series of essays on law and literature. His book-in-progress is Making Theatrical Publics in Shakespeare's England. His ideas about the social life of art, and those of his MaPs collaborators, were featured on the CBC Radio IDEAS series, "The Origins of the Modern Public."

Thank you Heineken for sponsoring the Shakespeare's Leading Women event!

* Photograph of Place Jacques-Cartier courtesy of Stéphan Poulin, Tourisme Montréal