leadership education academy

1-5 August 2021
Metro Washington, D.C.

Do you want to improve your teaching of leadership?

Save the Date for ILA's 4th Leadership Education Academy and take your teaching to the next level.

Don't miss this three and a half day immersive training program designed by leadership educators for leadership educators. Check out the schedule below to see how each session sequentially builds the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the leadership classroom.

Cohort-Based: Registration is capped at 80 to ensure quality mentoring and networking. Participants leave LEA with an international professional network of colleagues.
Resource Rich: Available exclusively to LEA participants! 125+ page Workbook loaded with resources including: activities, definitions, overviews, annotated bibliographies, leadership topics, and instructional design strategies.
Expert Facilitation: Enjoy one-on-one time with the top names in leadership education.

ILA’s Leadership Education Academy (LEA) is intentionally designed to advance one's ability to teach leadership in a variety of capacities. LEA participants have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of leadership foundations and theories while exploring and practicing a variety of instructional strategies and pedagogies for use in leadership education. LEA is limited to 80 participants in order to foster collaboration and networking in a supportive and hands-on learning environment. While the curriculum is intentionally rigorous and comprehensive, the environment remains interactive with a focus on peer and mentor-guided feedback, individual attention and development, and formal and informal opportunities for participants and facilitators to connect. Faculty, Student Affairs professionals, graduate students, and community and corporate leadership educators from a variety of fields who do or who will teach leadership in credit-based courses or non-credit programs are invited to participate.

ILA's Leadership Education Academy - Learning you can't get anywhere else

Our Team of Professional Facilitators 

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Dan Jenkins
LEA Co-Chair; Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine

Global expert on pedagogy, curriculum, and course design; Vice-Chair of the Collegiate Leadership Competition; and co-author of The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning.

Dan Jenkins
Rian Satterwhite
LEA Co-Chair; Director of the Office of Service Learning and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

Helps students develop critical leadership practices grounded in community, systems thinking, and the pursuit of social justice. Writes on leadership for sustainability and peace.

Rian Satterwhite
Azadeh Davari
Azedeh Davari
Certified Executive Leadership Coach; Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego

Develops customized leadership solutions that focus on self-awareness, conflict management, intercultural understanding, and diversity and inclusion.

Nathan Eva
Nathan Eva
Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the Monash Business School, Australia

Award-winning teacher with a focus on servant leadership, ethical leadership, and collective leadership. HIs research appears in many major journals.

Nyasha M. GuramatunhuCooper
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at Kennesaw State University

Grows students' intercultural competence and global mindset. Award-winning educator exploring cultural contexts of leadership in African spaces.

Nyasha M. GuramatunhuCooper
Marc Hurwitz
Associate Director, Undergraduate and Non-Degree Programs, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship & Business, University of Waterloo, Canada; 

Author of Leadership is Half the Story: A Fresh Look at Followership, Leadership, & Collaboration; and Followership in Action: Cases and Commentaries. 

Marc Hurwitz
Francesca Lo
Francesca Lo
Executive Director of Leadership Education in Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle

Seasoned Student and Academic Affairs professional whose scholarship explores Asian American and Pacific Islander college student leadership development.

Kerry Priest
Kerry Priest
Associate Professor in the Staley School of Leadership Studies Minor Program and Leadership Communication Doctoral Program at Kansas State University

Award-winning scholar, focuses on leadership identity, professional development, and critical, community-engaged methods for collective leadership development.

Corey Seemiller
Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations at Wright State University

International speaker and author of The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook; Generation Z: A Century in the Making; Generation Z Goes to College; and Generation Z Leads.

Corey Seemiller
Linnette Werner
Associate Dean of Graduate programs at Hamline University

Developed the Intentional Emergence model for teaching and learning leadership. Formerly, grew and directed the largest undergraduate academic leadership program in the U.S.

Linnette Werner

Draft Agenda

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18:00 - 20:00      Networking Gathering (Optional)

8:00 - 9:00            Welcome

9:00 -12:15          Leadership Theories 

12:15 -13:30        Group Lunch

13:30 - 17:15       Leadership Theories and Concepts

17:15 - 18:15       Affinity Groups

18:15                    Dinner Out With Cohort and Facilitators (Optional)

8:00 -9:30            Philosophies and Models of Learning in Leadership Education 

9:30 - 11:15        Professional Development

11:15 - 12:00      Content Selection

12:00 -13:00       Group Lunch & Picture

13:00 - 15:15       Philosophies and Models of Learning

15:15 - 17:45       Course, Workshop, and Program Design

17:45                    Dinner Out With Cohort and Facilitators (Optional)

8:00 - 11:00       Assessment

11:00 - 12:00     Instructional Strategies I

12:00 - 13:00     Group Lunch

13:00 - 17:00     Instructional Strategies II

17:00 - 18:00     Affinity Groups

18:00                  Dinner Out With Cohort and Facilitators (Optional)

08:00 - 08:30     Affinity Groups

08:30 - 11:30     Breakout Rooms: Experiential Learning in Leadership; Reflection; Feedback; Lesson Planning; Practice; Coaching

11:30 - 12:15     Closing Ceremony

Registration Opening Late 2020

Only the First 80 Registrants Are Guaranteed a Spot

For the best rate, consider joining the International Leadership Association. Visit: www.ila-net.org/join.htm 


- Group Lunches & Breaks

- 125+ page Workbook loaded with resources, available exclusively through LEA, including: activities, definitions, overviews, annotated bibliographies, leadership topics and instructional design strategies.

- One-on-One coaching with facilitators of your choice.

- A cohort experience that facilitates the formation of a tight knit community. Participants leave with a group of international colleagues that they can reach out to after LEA to get advice, collaborate on projects, and share resources. 
Sheraton Silver Spring
Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel - Home of LEA 2021

Book Your Lodging for LEA 2021 
at the Special ILA Rate!

Located in downtown Silver Spring, MD, the Sheraton Silver Spring is steps away from numerous restaurants and entertainment venues. The Silver Spring Metro stop is down the street for easy access to downtown Washington, DC.

The link to book in the ILA Room Block will be available later this year.

Words From Past Participants

"This was the most beneficial and informative conference I have ever attended."

"It was exactly what I needed from a learning process and everything I wish I had in any conference I attend."

"Best investment ever (for me) of our university's development funds. I was exposed to so many innovative, creative, and effective teaching methods. I have never been more excited for the beginning of a new school year."

COVID-19 Information

16 March 2020

Dear colleagues, 

          How does our leadership work inform us in times of crisis? The themes from two of our previous global conferences come top of mind. In 2017 we addressed the theme “Leadership in Turbulent Times” and this past year in Ottawa the theme “Leadership: Courage Required.” Both are so appropriate for what the world is experiencing today. In the leadership field we know that in today’s interdependent and connected world there are benefits and challenging downsides. This is one of those challenges. 

          As I write this letter, I am sure you have received many letters updating you on steps being taken in response to COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. While much remains unknown about COVID-19’s epidemiology and impact, health officials are projecting that we should assume that the virus will spread more broadly despite collective strategies being undertaken to slow the spread of the virus. As of 11 March, the World Health Organization has declared it as a global pandemic that is impacting 100 countries. This is a global crisis not limited to any continent. 

          Our commitment to our members is to: 

          -Communicate updates and leadership learnings in this time of crisis; 

          -Convey status updates on ILA events and address changes in a timely manner; and 

          -Look at creative ways to continue to do our important work. 

          At the ILA, we will monitor closely, consult with experts, and revise policies and practices when appropriate. Our goal is to support the mission of the ILA with our core activities of providing trusted resources and creating trusted spaces for leadership learning for our members, partners, and the public. We are continuing to plan, subject to appropriate health and well-being practices, our gatherings unless it is not feasible or appropriate to do so. The ILA has conferences and events beginning in June with the Women and Leadership conference, followed by the Leadership Education Academy (LEA) in July, the Power of Purpose (PoP 3.0) symposium in September, and the annual global conference in November. Mindful that circumstances will continue to evolve we will communicate any changes to our events and related policies in a timely manner. 

          While the ILA’s global conferences and other specialty events provide unique opportunities and benefits to our members and partners, we recognize that these are extraordinary times that require measures for our collective safety and well-being. For that reason, we are looking at creating and supporting alternative approaches of coming together. As an agile organization we will be working to redefine and stretch our understanding of trusted spaces. 

          “In times of crisis, people reach for meaning. Meaning is strength.” That quote by Viktor Frankl resonates with all of us and may be particularly relevant at this time. As leaders in leadership we will look at ways to make meaning and explore ways to leverage our collective knowledge in the ILA community. 

          I appreciate that this is a difficult time for all of us. I also understand that there will be no single way of responding in which everyone will be comfortable. And yet, I also know that we are part of a larger leadership community that cares for the greater good of all. I thank you for your patience and assistance as we work through this uncertain, ever-evolving situation.    


Cynthia Cherrey, PhD  

President & CEO 

2 March 2020

With the ILA’s Leadership Education Academy scheduled to take place at the end of July, we know many may be wondering if COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will impact our event.

There are currently no plans to postpone or cancel this event. The ILA team is closely monitoring the situation and will post updates on this website and in emails to registered attendees as needed. We appreciate the ongoing support of our attendees who continue to register and plan to attend.

As a trusted source of leadership resources, we encourage our members and attendees to bookmark trusted health resources, stay informed, and act with good judgement. Click here for information and guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO).