2ND ILA WOMEN & LEADERSHIP AFFINITY GROUP CONFERENCE June 7 - 10, 2015 | Asilomar Conference Grounds | California

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The 2015 Asilomar Women and Leadership Conference Committee seeks abstracts, papers, symposia, workshops, six-minute messages, panels, poster displays, and developmental and interactive roundtable topics that represent the best contemporary thinking about women and leadership from a diverse range of leadership scholars, practitioners, educators, program directors, consultants, students, and other leaders and leadership professionals. All submissions must be made using the online system which will be available from June 10 to October 10, 2014. The conference theme is Advancing Women in Leadership: Waves of Possibilities.

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Streams

Through this worldwide open call for submissions, the conference organizers seek proposals for presentations on women and leadership that will be valuable in a wide range of contexts, sectors, cultures, and geographies.

The four conference streams, described in detail below, are:

» Increasing Equality in Power and Decision Making
» Advancing Leadership Development and Education Worldwide
» Helping Girls and Young Women Become Leaders
» Advancing Women in Leadership


Increasing Equality in Power and Decision Making

Stream Chairs: Wendy E. Rowe, wendy.rowe@royalroads.ca; Lynne Devnew, lynne.devnew@gmail.com

Despite tireless work by countless numbers of women, men, and youth around the globe to create a world of equality, research continues to document a persistent gender imbalance in leadership positions and key decision-making bodies in both the public and private realm. The purpose of this stream is to address the work being done to understand and address this imbalance.

Proposals are encouraged in the three domains suggested in the United Nations' Womenwatch strategy: (1) the social/cultural domain; (2) the economic domain; and (3) the political/civic domain. Equality in power and decision making will likely look different in each domain, as will the strategies and tactics used to accomplish change. Further, only by addressing the structural foundations of inequality based on gender will true equality be accomplished.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Types of power and authority exercised by women in leadership roles
  • Authority/influence relationships exercised by women as opposed to power relationships
  • Women's contributions to leadership in light of contextual norms, cultures, meanings, and standards at the local level
  • Practices that contribute or transform the existence of second-generation gender bias
  • The concept of "soft power" and its relationship to handling conflicts and effective leadership
  • Generational differences and influences and their implications for women in leadership decision making roles
  • The shifting economic and socio-political environment and how it impacts women in decision-making roles
  • Negotiation styles of women
  • Women in governance roles in for profit, not-for-profit, and government organizations


Advancing Leadership Development and Education Worldwide

Stream Chairs: Sherylle Tan, stan@cmc.edu; Renique T. Kersh, rtkersh@noctrl.edu

The growth of leadership education and development programs for women has accelerated greatly, as has research and scholarship in this area. This conference stream will facilitate the sharing of contemporary approaches to leadership education that support the development of competencies needed for women to successfully exercise leadership at local, national, and international levels.

The organizers invite data-driven proposals on innovative curricular and co-curricular leadership education programming, pedagogy, and effective processes for the development of women's leadership. We welcome submissions aimed at advancing women's leadership development and education particularly in domestic, global and international leadership contexts, submissions with an emphasis on preparing women to exercise leadership in diverse settings, and those that compare and contrast multiple approaches, courses, or programs.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Global and social change
  • International business leadership and global effectiveness
  • Social entrepreneurship and global responsibility
  • Ethical decision making in a global society
  • Program content (creating, assessing, sharing models, curricula)
  • Challenges faced by leadership educators, coaches, consultants
  • Organizational change, process improvement
  • Leadership competencies, skills
  • Place-based programs (corporate, government, non-profit, university, etc.)
  • Measurement and assessment of program or learning outcomes
  • Program evaluation
  • Teaching and training methodologies
  • Innovative approaches to leadership development
  • Teams (in sports, organizations, or other systems)


Helping Girls and Young Women Become Leaders

Stream Chairs: Faith Ngunjiri, fngunjir@cord.edu; Chrys Egan, cnegan@salisbury.edu

This stream is focused on discussions of the ways and means of leadership development in girls and young women. The stream will facilitate the sharing of contemporary approaches for developing the skills and competencies that girls and young women need to serve as leaders, and that prepare them for future leadership roles. We hope for submissions where presenters provide perspectives from Western and Non-Western contexts, from elementary schools, high schools and universities; from school or university based programs as well as those run by other organizations; and research-based as well as practice-based discussions.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Discussions on the knowledge, skills and abilities that girls and young women need to learn in order to serve as leaders
  • Best practices to facilitate the leadership development of girls
  • Programs based in schools, universities, churches, non-profit and other organizational contexts
  • Case studies
  • Comparative research comparing different programs addressing girls' and women's leadership
  • What schools and universities can do to raise girls and young women as leaders
  • Removing barriers that keep young women and girls from leadership
  • Intergenerational mentoring for girls' and young women's leadership development
  • Theoretical and conceptual discussions on girls' and young women's leadership development
  • Web-based, camp-based, and other formats for girls' and young women's leadership development
  • Contemporary and historical perspectives on girls' and young women's leadership development


Advancing Women in Leadership

Stream Chairs: Joanne Barnes, joanne.barnes@indwes.edu; Denise Thomson, deniset@wavecable.com

Participants of the inaugural conference at Asilomar, in 2013, determined a paradigm shift is necessary to augment and bolster the gains made in leadership roles for women. Inclusive leadership practices, based on "fit" rather than gender was identified as critical to more effectively address women's challenges in our increasingly complex, global world. This stream will help build an operational definition of effective leadership practices, assist women to develop a personal leadership identity, and address institutional, structural, and relational barriers that will facilitate a paradigm shift to advance women in leadership.

Submissions on relational, consensus-building, inclusive leadership styles are encouraged, as are examples of collaborative, developmental practices between scholars and practitioners. Empirical and theoretical/conceptual presentations are welcome, along with presentations on practical approaches to address an individual's self-limiting beliefs and inefficacious behaviors. We invite submissions that explore unexamined assumptions and double standards, as well as invisible barriers embedded in organizational cultures, that constrain opportunities for women.

Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Links between organizational performance and gender representation
  • Inclusivity as a moral and business imperative
  • Leadership identity, especially embodiment of inclusive leadership practices
  • Gender parity and women's representation at the executive table
  • Tailored developmental activities that create new archetypes
  • Culturally-specific or intersectional approaches to advancing women in leadership
  • Mindset, self-efficacy and leadership
  • Unconscious bias and structural barriers in the workplace
  • Mentorship, sponsorship, and formal/informal networks
  • "Small wins" approach to change
  • Recognition and awards for paradigm-shifting programs or activities
  • Beijing +20 collaborative opportunities

Information and Requirements


Registration Requirements

If your submission is accepted, each presenter listed must register for the conference. The ILA does not pay presenters honoraria, reimburse expenses (e.g. travel, lodging, or copying), or waive conference registration fees. All presenters, co-presenters, chairs, and commentators are required to register and pay published conference fees by February 13, 2015. Online registration and registration fees for the conference will be available on the registration page on December 15, 2014. Conference registration for an ILA member at the early rate will be $265.


Maximums


  • Proposals may include up to four presenters (excluding chair or commentator).
  • An individual may be listed as a presenter on a maximum of two submissions.
  • An individual may be listed as Chair or Commentator on a maximum of two submissions.
  • An individual may only present one interactive roundtable or poster session.
  • There are no maximums for non-presenting/non-attending co-authors


Audio Visual Equipment

LCD projectors, extension speakers, Windows-based lap tops loaded with Microsoft Office, and flip charts will be provided for all presentations in concurrent session rooms. No audio visual equipment will be available for display posters, developmental or interactive roundtables.


Status Updates

Upon receipt of your submission, you will be sent a confirmation email. Please be sure that your ILA profile not only has your correct email address, but that your system is accepting emails from the ILA. Should you not receive this initial message, check your spam folder first and then contact wlagconference@ila-net.org immediately.

Required Submission Information

Before you begin the process, please be sure you have the following:

  • Name, organizational affiliation, email, and phone number for each confirmed presenter, chair, or commentator.
  • Decision on the submission format (individual presentation, symposium, workshop, panel, poster, six-minute message, interactive or developmental roundtable)
  • Selection of presentation streams (one primary and one secondary).
  • Title (character limit of 100), short description (up to 60 words), detailed abstract (500-1,000 words; list of references should be entered in separate field), and references (all submissions must include references, and all references included should be cited in-text). Full paper submissions (symposia and individual submissions) do not need the detailed abstract.
  • For symposia submissions, a title, short description, detailed abstract, and references are expected for the overall submission as well as for each presentation within.
  • For panel submissions, a title, short description, detailed abstract, and references are expected for the overall session.
  • When submitting a workshop, include the purpose, need, supporting literature, a description of activities, time allocation for each portion of the workshop, and the expected learning outcomes for participants.
  • It is important to review the evaluation criteria (see below) before submitting as more details about requirements are included in this section based on seven criteria.

Note: The review process for ALL submissions is a double-blind peer-reviewed process; therefore, proposal titles, descriptions, and abstracts must not include specific identifying information. Presenter information is entered in separate fields that will be hidden during the blind review. Also, references refer to literature, not personal contacts.

Session Submission Formats


Panel

Various types of panel sessions can be submitted in this category (e.g., authors, experts, educators, practitioners). This type of session may include research or best practices previously presented or published.


Symposium

A symposium session is a group of 3-4 related papers or scholarly abstracts submitted together with a chairperson as a complete session submission; a commentator may also be included. All guidelines within the Individual Presentation session type must be followed.

A Symposium must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References for the symposium overall as well as for each presentation within. All abstracts and papers need to be original and not previously presented or published. Also see evaluation criteria for more details.

Note that the system only allows for one (1) paper to be uploaded; therefore, the submitter must collect all the included papers and compile them into one document. If you are not including papers, only abstracts, you will be able to add each presenter's title, description, and abstract separately.


Workshop

Workshops include interactive demonstrations or experiential sessions rooted in audience participation and active learning. Only select this format if half or more of the time will be spent on experiential learning and innovative, active audience participation.

When submitting a Workshop Session, include the purpose, need, supporting literature, a description of activities, time allocation for each portion of the session, and the expected learning outcomes for participants. Also see evaluation criteria for more details.

There are limited slots for workshops, so submissions that include multiple facilitators will be given higher priority.

Individual Submission Formats


Developmental Roundtable Discussion

The developmental roundtable discussion format is designed for individuals who are at various stages of their scholarly projects and interested in receiving feedback. Submissions should follow the Individual Presentation (abstracts or full paper) criteria for submitting. Also see evaluation criteria for more details.

One or two senior scholars will be asked to chair the session, and she/he will help facilitate the sharing of papers, drafts, proposals BEFORE the conference. All presenters will be asked to review the information provided for each presentation in the session, so they are prepared to give valuable feedback.

During the session, each participant should come prepared with a 4-5 minute overview of their project or study, and a short list of two to three questions that illustrate the best thinking to date. Participants should ask clarifying questions, offer suggestions, and help each other address hidden assumptions and potential challenges.

There will be 4-5 submissions in each session, and they will be scheduled during a concurrent session slot but located in separate rooms so there are no distractions. Presenters will not use slides, but are asked to bring handouts to distribute. Note: No electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.


Individual Presentation (Scholarly Abstracts or Full Papers)

Full papers or scholarly abstracts can be submitted in this individual submission type. Three or four related papers/abstracts will be grouped together by the Program Team to make up a complete session. (NOTE: If yours is part of a self-grouped set of 3-4 presentations, submit as a Symposium.)

A full paper is a completely developed written, scholarly product documenting research, presenting theories, or arguing a particular point of view within the field of leadership. Also see evaluation criteria for more details.

A scholarly abstract should have NOT been previously presented at another academic conference.

A full paper must:

  • NOT have been previously presented at another academic conference, accepted for publication (by the date it was uploaded into the conference system), or published;
  • Be completed in the following format: Times New Roman 12-point font, double spaced, 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin, and 8.5 by 11 inch page setting (APA 6th is required);
  • Have a page count within the range of 15-25 pages, double-spaced (including figures, table, references); and
  • Be submitted as a Word document.


Interactive Poster (Practice-Based)

A poster is a visual display of a program, paper, or project. You will be assigned a session time, and it is expected that you will have it set up before the assigned session and be present to talk to session attendees during the allotted time slot.

Posters are 4'x4' in size, two to a side of the display board. Do not exceed the 4'x4' size or you will cover your neighbor's poster. See evaluation criteria for more details.

Note: No electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.


Interactive Poster (Scholarship-Based)

A poster is a visual display of a program, paper, or project. You will be assigned a session time, and it is expected that you will have it set up before the assigned session and be present to talk to session attendees during the allotted time slot.

Posters are 4'x4' in size, two to a side of the display board. Do not exceed the 4'x4' size or you will cover your neighbor's poster. See evaluation criteria for more details.

Note: No electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.


Interactive Roundtable Discussion (Practice-Based)

The roundtable format is designed for small group discussions on topics of common interest. The organizer has 30 minutes to frame the topic and facilitate a discussion with participants joining the table. After 30 minutes, participants have the opportunity to move to another roundtable or remain where they are to continue the conversation. See evaluation criteria for more details.

This session can present new practice-based work, as well as work already presented but with progress toward new thinking and plans.

Note: No electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.


Interactive Roundtable Discussion (Scholarship-Based)

The roundtable format is designed for small group discussions on topics of common interest. The organizer has 30 minutes to frame the topic and facilitate a discussion with participants joining the table. After thirty minutes, participants have the opportunity to move to another roundtable or remain where they are to continue the conversation. See evaluation criteria for more details.

This session can present new scholarly work, as well as work already presented but with progress toward new thinking and plans.

Note: No electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.


Six-Minute Message (Practice-Based)

The Practice-Based Six-Minute Message format is a new engaging session designed to allow presenters the opportunity to briefly share findings and emerging ideas (e.g., best practices, new approaches) in a 6-minute, entertaining, TEDTalk-type format. Individual submissions are grouped together by conference streams, providing attendees with an interesting range of exciting topics and updates. See evaluation criteria for more details.

AV equipment will be available, so slides can be utilized for these presentations. Experienced chairs have been asked to moderate the sessions. They will be asked to briefly introduce each presenter and then facilitate an interactive Q & A as well. Individual submissions will be grouped together by the conference program team into sessions that provide attendees an interesting range of exciting updates.


Six-Minute Message (Scholarship-Based)

The Scholarship-Based Six-Minute Message format is a new engaging session type designed to allow presenters the opportunity to briefly share findings (e.g., research studies, literature, and theory) in a 6-minute, entertaining, TEDTalk-type format. Individual submissions are grouped together by conference streams, providing attendees with an interesting range of exciting topics and updates. Also see evaluation criteria for more details.

AV equipment will be available, so slides can be utilized for these presentations. Experienced chairs have been asked to moderate the sessions. They will be asked to briefly introduce each presenter and then facilitate an interactive Q & A as well. Individual submissions will be grouped together by the Conference Program Team into sessions that provide attendees an interesting range of exciting updates.

Participant Roles

Please note that not all roles are available for all presentation formats. The CFP system will show you only those roles available for the presentation format you have selected.

Make sure you have the name, affiliation, email address, and phone number for each participant. The CFP system is linked to the ILA contact database and if the person is an ILA member or past conference participant, they are in the database already. If they are not, you can add them during the submission process; however, we ask you to look carefully to help us avoid creating duplicate records. Note that changes to a participant's name, affiliation, email address, and phone number must be made in the ILA contact database. This information cannot be changed through the CFP system. Please do not create a new profile for a person already in the database. If some of the information for a person is wrong, please have that person make the necessary changes by logging into the ILA contact database rather than creating a new profile.

Note: Presenters do not have to be ILA members; however, ILA members qualify for a lower conference registration fee.

  • Presenter: A contributor to the proposal/research who will attend and present at the conference.

  • Co-author: A person who has contributed to the scholarly research/work behind the proposal but will NOT attend or present at the conference. This role should only be used if the proposal is scholarly in nature. For non-scholarly proposals, only participants attending and presenting at the conference should be listed.

  • Session Organizer: A person who has designed the presentation, organized the presenters, etc. Note that Session Organizers are NOT listed in the online or printed program. Session Organizers who are also presenters should list themselves as a presenter on the proposal.

  • Chair: The role of the chair is to act as time guardian by starting and ending the session on time. If there are distinct presentations, the chair introduces and thanks each presenter, keeps time so none of the segments (presentation plus any questions) goes over, and moderates discussion after all have presented. For panel discussions, the chair acts as facilitator, briefly introduces the overall panel/panelists, poses discussion questions as necessary, moderates audience participation, and assists with the session's flow. (NOTE: To maximize participation and role effectiveness, one person should not play both roles. Presenters should not also serve as a chair.)

  • Commentator: The role of the commentator is analytical; they help deepen the discussion and provide useful feedback. They review the abstracts and/or papers before the conference, noting at least one interesting aspect of each, drafting a few questions, and identifying the links between the papers/presentations. At the session, the commentator shares brief and constructive feedback, suggests areas for further exploration or implications for the field, and offers themes or questions that bridge the papers. (NOTE: To maximize participation and role effectiveness, one person should not play both roles. Presenters should not also serve as a commentator.)

Evaluation Criteria

There are seven (7) general criteria, each worth a maximum of five points, guiding the review of submissions. Specifics about each criterion are included below according to the following categories:

  • Scholarship-Based Submissions: Scholarly work (e.g., research and theory papers/abstracts, literature reviews) can be presented in various formats: Individual Presentations (Full Papers & Abstracts), Symposia, Developmental Roundtables, Interactive Posters, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, and Six Minute Messages.

  • Practice-Based Submissions: Practice-based submissions can be presented in various formats: Interactive Posters, Interactive Roundtable Discussions, and Six Minute Messages. There are also practice-based submissions that are scholarly in nature as well; these should be reviewed using the scholarship-based submission criteria.

  • Workshops: Workshops include interactive demonstrations or experiential sessions rooted in audience participation and active learning, with half or more of the time spent on experiential learning and active audience participation.

  • Panels: Panels can include sessions with authors, experts, educators, practitioners, and others.


Criteria 1: PROBLEM, NEED, AND SIGNIFICANCE

Scholarship-Based Submissions: Research problem(s) and need are clearly stated. Significance of the problem is well justified.

Practice-Based Submissions: Problem and need are clearly stated. Significance of the problem is well justified. The practice, its setting, the organizational needs, and why the practice was significant to the organization and the leadership profession are clearly described.

Workshops: Problem and need are clearly stated, along with the purpose and goals of the session. This should include information about the relationship between these elements and the session's subject material.

Panels: Problem and need are clearly stated, along with the purpose and goals of the session. This should include information about the relationship between these elements and the session's subject material.


Criteria 2: FRAMEWORK

Scholarship-Based Submissions: Research is grounded in a theoretical framework.

Practice-Based Submissions: Practice is grounded in a framework based on literature and contains references for the materials/information used to design the practice.

Workshops: Submission is grounded in a framework based on literature.

Panels: Submission is grounded in a framework based on literature.


Criteria 3: QUESTIONS AND CONTENT

Scholarship-Based Submissions: Research questions/hypotheses are well articulated and address important questions and relationships.

Practice-Based Submissions: Submission addresses important questions and relationships which test existing knowledge, research, and theory or lead to future research.

Workshops: Includes a detailed description of the session; session description (content) clearly explains the innovative leadership work through creative, interactive presentation formats.

Panels: Includes a detailed description of the session; session description (content) clearly explains the details regarding why the panel session will benefit attendees.


Criteria 4: DESIGN

Scholarship-Based Submissions: Research design is the best approach for answering the research questions. Data collection and analysis meet applicable standards of methodological rigor.

Practice-Based Submissions: Provide information about the design of the practice and evidence that the practice design clearly addressed the organizational need and incorporated what is known about the subject from existing research and theory.

Workshops: Workshops must include a detailed description of session components (plan for session), time allocation for each portion, description of format, style, and an agenda for the session that is to be innovative, intellectually stimulating, generative of a high level of scholarly dialogue, and participative by both presenters and audience.

Panels: Panel submissions should include session plan, time allocation for each portion, description of facilitation methods, and questions that will be asked to panelists to assist in an interactive and engaging experience for attendees.


Criteria 5: RESULTS, FINDINGS, AND OUTCOMES

Scholarship-Based Submissions: Results and findings are derived logically and/or conceptually from methodology. Abstracts, roundtables, and posters should include at least a statement regarding preliminary findings of at least a portion of the work.

Practice-Based Submissions: Includes descriptions of outcomes of the practice, with metrics where appropriate. Ensure that the outcomes are realistically a result of the practice.

Workshops: Clearly states the expected learning outcomes.

Panels: Clearly states the expected learning outcomes.


Criteria 6: CONCLUSIONS

Scholarship-Based Submissions: Conclusions are well supported by the study. If research is still in progress then conclusion should be based upon what has been done thus far.

Practice-Based Submissions: Author(s) should briefly describe the main lessons learned from the practice, the next steps for the practice, and what future work could be done to test the practice and its implications for research, theory, and/or practice.

Workshops: Provides evidence that it is new, innovative, and makes a substantive contribution to leadership knowledge and/or practice.

Panels: Provides evidence that it is new, innovative, and makes a substantive contribution to leadership knowledge and/or practice.


Criteria 7: IMPLICATIONS

Scholarship-Based Submissions: Research contributes (or may contribute) important, new knowledge to the leadership field. Research lends credibility to the field by focusing on areas of key interest to business, government, and/or society. Authors may elect to suggest (or forecast) how research in progress will contribute to important, new knowledge if research is not completed.

Practice-Based Submissions: Practice contributes important, new knowledge to the leadership field. Information lends credibility to the field by focusing on areas of key interest to business, government, and/or society. Author(s) describe the implications for practice and, if applicable, research and theory. Also, are these implications important and/or do they add credibility to the field of leadership?

Workshops: Includes how session provides attendees with implications to the future practice, theory, and/or research.

Panels: Includes how session provides attendees with implications to the future practice, theory, and/or research.

Submission Review Process

The ILA Women and Leadership Conference review process is a rigorous 3-step process. Complete proposals submitted on time and fulfilling all of the requirements will be forwarded for blind-review.

  • Step 1: During this first round, each submission is read in a double-blind review by up to three reviewers per stream. Neither the authors of the submissions nor the reviewers will know the identity of the other. The criterion used to review submissions during this step is available for your review.

  • Step 2: Stream co-chairs will then read submissions and reviewer evaluations to identify and recommend a diverse collection of quality submissions that meet the stream's goals.

  • Step 3: Finally, the Conference Program Chair and Conference Chairs will review the recommendations of the streams, ensure that nothing was overlooked, and work together to create the overall conference program.

Notification and Important Dates


  1. June 10, 2014: CFP opens

  2. October 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST: Submission deadline

  3. November 22 - 26, 2014: Notification of acceptance/rejection will be e-mailed to all submitters. During the review process presentations may be changed to an alternate presentation format, so please read your acceptance email carefully

  4. February 1, 2015: Accepted presenters will be notified of their session's schedule (day, time, room). Lead presenters are responsible for insuring that all co-presenters receive the notifications about presentation status and scheduling information

  5. February 13, 2015: Presenter registration deadline. If you have not registered for the conference by February 23, your presentation will be subject to removal from the schedule