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Program

4th ILA Women and Leadership Conference
Building Solutions, Harmony & the Greater Good
16-19 June 2019 | 1440 Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA, U.S.A.


Conference check-in begins Sunday, June 16th at noon. Scroll down or jump to complete agenda

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Opening Keynote Panel

C-Suite leaders at the top of their fields will share insights from their experiences leading a variety of organizations and how they build solutions, create harmony, and work toward the greater good in their local communities and globally.

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Keynote Speaker Caroline Kisia Invites You to the Conference!

Closing Keynote

Caroline Kisia, Executive Director of Action Africa Help International, will offer leadership insights and lessons drawn from her career and current work with refugee populations in six fragile conflict and post-conflict countries in Africa.

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Documentary Film Nights

Each night, conference attendees are invited to watch a documentary film, then engage in a discussion with one of the women involved in its making. This year's films are: This Changes Everything; Eva: A-7063; Algeria: Women at War; and Miss Representation.

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Presenter

100+ Presentations

View the complete agenda and visit the online concurrent session guide to plan out the workshops, panels, presentations, symposia, and roundtables you'd like to attend. The conference is organized along five tracks to help you decide!

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Opening Keynote Panel

Karen Clark-Cole

Karen Clark Cole

Karen Clark Cole is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Blink, and is primarily focused on growth, strategic planning and culture.
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Cindy Pace

Cindy Pace

Cindy Pace is Vice President, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at MetLife, where she leads the D&I strategy for 49,000 employees in nearly 40 countries.
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Denise Dunning

Denise Raquel Dunning

Denise Raquel Dunning is the Founder and Executive Director of Rise Up, which advances health, education, and equity globally.
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Parminder Vir, OBE

Parminder Vir OBE

Parminder Vir OBE, is a Film Producer and the Former Chief Executive Officer of The Tony Elumelu Foundation
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Liza Howe-Walsh

Liza Howe-Walsh (Moderator)

Liza Howe-Walsh is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Organisation Studies at the University of Portsmouth in the U.K.
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Plenary Panel - Insights From Women C-Suite Leaders.  Featuring women at the top of their fields, C-Suite leaders will share insights from their experiences leading a variety of organizations and how they build solutions, create harmony, and work toward the greater good. In addition to touching on how they lead inside their organizations, the panelists will discuss stakeholder relations, contributions to the development of women leaders, and the ways their organizations work to benefit their local and global communities.


Closing Keynote - Caroline Kisia


 

Leadership that inspires can move individuals, communities, organizations, and nations to build solutions from crises to peace. Caroline Kisia, Executive Director of Action Africa Help International, will offer leadership insights and lessons drawn from her career and current work with refugee populations in six fragile conflict and post-conflict countries in Africa. An avid hiker, Caroline will draw upon her experiences climbing Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro, and the Imja Tse in the Himalayas and will share the self-nurturing and reflective practices she uses to maintain harmony in her life.
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Documentary Film Nights

This Changes Everything (Sunday Night)  
In this 2018 feature documentary, Director Tom Donahue and Executive Producer Geena Davis uncover "what is behind one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry - the under-representation and misrepresentation of women. It takes an incisive look behind and in front of the camera, into the historical and empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination and reinforce disparities in our culture." Dr. Shelley Stamp, who appears in the film, will lead a discussion with conference attendees after the screening. Stamp is the award-winning author of Lois Weber in Early Hollywood; and Movie-Struck Girls
Women and Motion Picture Culture after the Nickelodeon
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Shelley Stamp

Eva: A-7063 (Monday Night)  
At 10, Eva Mozes Kor survived experiments by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. At 50, she helped launch the biggest manhunt in history. Now at 85, after decades of pain and anger, she travels the world to promote what her life journey has taught: HOPE. HEALING. HUMANITY. Eva:A-7063, a documentary by Ted Green, Mika Brown, and WFYI, tells her full unvarnished story for the first time, inspiring viewers around the world. A facilitated discussion hosted by Sarah Timmerman, from Utah State University, will follow.

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Algeria: Women at War (Monday Night)
While this 1992 documentary focuses on the role women played in Algeria's war of independence from the French (1954-1962) and the subsequent 30 years living under single party rule, the questions the documentary raises about "the balancing act between women's and national liberation struggles" are timeless. In the film, Veteran fighters talk about their work in the revolution thirty years earlier and archival footage from the war years completes the picture. Following the screening, Parminder Vir OBE, the film's producer, will lead a discussion with attendees. 

Parminder Vir

Miss Representation (Tuesday Night)
"Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film draws back a curtain to reveal a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see – how the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls makes it difficult for women to feel powerful and achieve leadership positions." A discussion with conference attendees will follow the screening. 

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Agenda & Concurrent Sessions

All plenary and concurrent sessions take place at 1440 Multiversity. All activites are included in the conference registration fee unless otherwise noted. Additional information about unique special events that take advantage of 1440's beautiful campus in the redwoods will be posted soon.

Be sure to explore the complete online concurrent session guide of workshops, papers, panels, and presentations. Create your own schedule and share sessions of interest with colleagues! 

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Day & TimeAgenda ItemLocation
Sunday 16 June 2019
12:00 - 19:00ILA Conference Check-In & Help Desk
- Fresh pressed juice shots and snacks available throughout the day
Redwood Patio
15:00 - 16:30Hike - Organized by 1440 MultiversityMeet at Redwood Patio
17:00 - 18:30Hike - Organized by 1440 MultiversityMeet at Redwood Patio
17:00 - 18:30WLAG Strategic Planning Drop-in Session
Join members of the Executive Leadership Team in a World Café style
forum and help co-create the future of WLAG! Drop-in for 10 minutes
or stay for the entire 90-minute session to add your voice to our
strategic planning process. Your participation is important and will
help create a document that reflects the inspirations and aspirations
of this vibrant women and leadership-focused group. A draft plan will
be presented at the ILA global conference in Ottawa – ensure your
priorities are heard by attending this session!
Outlook 201
17:30 - 19:30Dinner - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table
20:00 - 21:30Documentary Movie Screening - This Changes Everything 
Post-Screening Discussion Hosted by Dr. Shelley Stamp
Redwood Auditorium
Monday 17 June 2019
7:00 - 8:00Reflective Writing as a Leadership Practice
Facilitated by Denise Thomson
Outlook 201
7:00 - 8:00Morning Activities Offered by 1440 Multiversity and Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
7:00 - 8:30Breakfast - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table
8:00 - 19:00Conference Check-in & Help DeskRedwood Patio
8:45 - 10:00Opening Plenary - Insights From Women C-Suite Leaders
With Karen Clark Cole, Cindy Pace, Parminder Vir OBE, Denise Raquel Dunning,
and Liza Howe-Walsh (Moderator)
Thanks to the College of Saint Rose for Sponsoring This Year's Opening Plenary!
Redwood Auditorium
10:30 - 12:00Concurrent Sessions 1
12:30 - 13:45Lunch - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table
14:00 - 15:30Concurrent Sessions 2
15:45 - 17:00Concurrent Session 3
17:30 - 18:30Afternoon Activities Offered by 1440 Multiversity and Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
17:30 - 18:30Documentary Movie Screening  - Eva - A7063 
Post-Screening Discussion Hosted by Sarah Timmerman
Redwood Auditorium
17:30 - 19:30Dinner - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table
20:00 - 21:30Documentary Movie Screening - Algeria: Women at War
Post-Screening Discussion Hosted by Parminder Vir OBE
Redwood Auditorium
Tuesday 18 June 2019
7:00 - 8:00 Morning Activities Offered by 1440 Multiversity and Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
7:00 - 8:00 Reflective Writing as a Leadership Practice
Facilitated by Denise Thomson
Outlook 201
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table
8:00 - 19:00Conference Check-in & Help DeskRedwood Patio
8:45 - 10:15Concurrent Sessions 4
10:30 - 12:00Concurrent Sessions 5
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table
14:00 - 15:30Concurrent Sessions 6
15:45 - 17:00Developmental Roundtables
Thanks to Ivey Publishing, Ivey Business School for Sponsoring This Year's Case Presentations!

Outlook Rooms
15:45 - 17:00Interactive Roundtable Discussions
Thanks to MetLife for Sponsoring This Year's Interactive Roundtable Discussions!
Redwood Auditorium
17:30 - 18:30Afternoon Activities Offered by 1440 Multiversity and Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
17:30 - 18:30A Taste of the Region Reception
- Enjoy wine from Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and fresh-made cheeses from local creameries
Thanks to EthicsGame for Sponsoring This Year's Taste of the Region Reception!
Redwood Patio
17:30 - 19:30Dinner - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table
20:00 - 21:30Documentary Movie Screening - Miss Representation

Redwood Auditorium
Wednesday 19 June 2019
7:00 - 8:00Morning Activities Offered by 1440 Multiversity and Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
7:00 - 8:30Breakfast - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table
8:00 - 12:00Conference Check-in & Help DeskRedwood Patio
8:45 - 10:15Concurrent Sessions 7
10:45 - 12:00Closing Plenary
Moving From Crises to Peace: Building Solutions & Maintaining Harmony
Caroline Kisia, Executive Director, Action Africa Help International

Refreshments available
Redwood Auditorium
12:30 - 1:45Lunch - Included for Overnight Guests
(* Commuters Pay an Additional Fee)
Kitchen Table

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