5th Women and Leadership Conference - Leading Differently: Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, Intergenerational Networking

Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, Intergenerational Networking: Leading Differently is a LIVE ONLINE VIRTUAL conference. All sessions will take place live online, via ZOOM videoconferencing. Details on how to join the LIVE event will be sent to registrants as we approach the event. Times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time EDT (New York City). 

Presenters can access the Presenter Guidelines here and attendees can access the Attendee Resources here

Friday5    June
19:30 A conversation with Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook moderated by Carolyn Stefanco, President of The College of Saint Rose, and hosted by Joanne Barnes, Dean of the Graduate School and Leadership Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Sunday7    June
9:00 - 9:15Engaging the Conference - Zoompresence
Conference leaders welcome you to ILA's 5th Women and Leadership Conference. Preview the ways for you to engage with the entire conference community virtually and Sunday’s events. We Lead Differently and this year we Conference Differently!
9:30 - 10:10A Conversation With Joanne Ciulla, Professor and Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers University Business School
10:15 - 10:55A Conversation With Parminder Vir, Film Producer, Former CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation
11:30 - 13:00Virtual Trip to Seneca Falls, NY
13:15 - 13:55A Conversation With Jean Lipman-Blumen, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior at CGU’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
14:30 - 15:30Mindfulness Walk
We will take a few moments to gather together online at the start of the session for simple instructions. Then we will leave our devices behind to take a mindful walk on our own, taking mental notice of our steps, breath, emotions, and surroundings. 
16:30 - 17:30Leading Differently - Social Chat
Grab your favorite beverage, sit in your most comfortable chair, and be a part of interactive Q&A dialogue about the next few days!
Monday 8   June
8:45 - 10:15Opening Plenary Panel: Leading Differently: Three Generations of Entrepreneurs
Kehkashan Basu, Founder President, Green Hope Foundation; Phyllis Feder, Owner, Clinton Vineyards and Winery; Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi, Founder, The Alchemist Lab; and Lisa DeFrank-Cole (Moderator), Professor & Director, Leadership Studies Program, West Virginia University
10:30 - 12:00Concurrent Session 1  (Click each title for details)

Leading Authentically: A Journey of Self-Discovery (Panel Discussion)
Roadmap for a leadership development plan.
Sherrita Denson, Patricia A. Clary, Shanna Flecha, Violet Elizabeth Taylor, and Jennifer Blair Elmore, Southeastern University

Let’s Talk About It: The Art of Having Crucial Conversations in Leadership (Workshop)
Core elements to manage resistance, create a safe environment, and build trust.
Latisha Chastang, Bright Minds Consulting, LLC

Next Generation Leadership Development: Equipping Future Women Leaders (Workshop)
Effective curricular and co-curricular approaches.
Carol Clyde Gallagher, Organizational Leadership, Cottey College; and Yolanda Caldwell, The College of Saint Rose

13:00 - 14:30Concurrent Session 2 (Click each title for details)

Making Sound Decisions With the EDM Code: An Ethical Framework for Decision-Making (Workshop)
Learn through real-life scenarios.
Shanna Flecha & Violet Elizabeth Taylor, Southeastern University

How to Prepare a Plan for Your Leadership Development (Workshop)
Practical tools to draft your own leadership plan.
Angelica Maria Larios Arias, Alacontec

Young Women and Feminist Activism: The 2020 View on Women (VOW) Poll (Panel)
Comparative results between the US/International from 2017 – 2020.
Eve M. Walter, Eden Research

14:45 - 16:15Concurrent Session 3 (Click each title for details)
Surfing the Waves of Organizational Politics (Workshop)
Understand the nature of organizational politics and political styles.
Patricia C. White, Brandman University

Hear Me! See Me! Be Me! Influence of Bias and Circumstances on Women Leader Development (Panel)
Strategies to handle circumstances and biases with candor.
Reneé R. Green and Katherine Temple, University of Phoenix; Janice L. Cardwell, Conceivers Leadership Development Group; and Teresa S. Shirley, Dell Technologies

Writing the Case for Women in Leadership ~ Presented by Ivey Publishing (Featured Workshop)
Enhance your writing skills and learn how to write case studies featuring women.
Alison M. Konrad, Ivey Business School

16:30 - 17:10A Conversation With Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School
17:20 - 18:00A Conversation With Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International
18:10 - 18:50A Conversation With Annette Richardson, Former Special Advisor to the Under Secretary- General and Executive Director of UN Women
Tuesday9   June 
8:45 - 10:15Concurrent Session 4 (Click each title for details)

Women Leaders Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Quality and Rights in Pakistan (Panel)
History, challenges, & contributions of women leaders, roles of young women, and strategies for improvement.
Yasmeen Sabeeh Qazi, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Shabnam Sarfaraz, Government of Pakistan; Laraib Abid, MASHAL - Making A society Healthier and Lively; Syed Azizur Rab, Greenstar Social Marketing; and Qudsia Uzma, WHO Pakistan

How to Transform Your Life Through Negotiation, (Workshop)
Skill development for unleashing your innate negotiating potential.
Donna Hughes, Launch Negotiation

Using Design Thinking to Address Unconscious Gender Bias and Structural Barriers in the Workplace (Workshop)
Framework to recognize and address unconscious gender bias.
Misty Resendez and Joanne Barnes, Indiana Wesleyan University

10:30 - 12:00Concurrent Session 5 (Click each title for details)
An Organizational Approach to Developing Inclusive Leaders of Character (Workshop)
U.S. Airforce Academy case study.
Rodric Smith, United States Air Force Academy

Girls’ Leadership Development: Three Sample Models to Create or Enhance Your Own Programs (Panel)
Features Girl Scouts, Girls' Innovation Academy, & Girls Who Code programs.
Carolina Darbisi, University of Georgia; Stacy M. Smulowitz, University of Scranton; Chrys Egan, Salisbury University; Carolyn M. Cunningham, Gonzaga University

Situational Approach to Leadership: Improving Your Leadership Effectiveness for Long-Term Success (Workshop)
Developing a flexible & adaptable leadership style.
Valencia R. Johnson, Indiana Wesleyan University

12:15 - 12:45A Conversation With Kate Conway Turner & Gerry Stroman
Katherine Conway-Turner, President, Buffalo State College
Gerry Gunnings Stroman, Retired Chief of Staff, Chancellors Office, Indiana University Kokomo
13:00 - 14:30Concurrent Session 6 (Click each title for details)
Peer Coaching as a Catalyst for Women’s Leadership Identity Development and Organizational Change (Workshop)
Participate in pod-based peer coaching: Rotate through coach, coachee, and observer.
Stacey E. Robbins, Seattle University; and Avina Gupta, Chick-fil-A

The Next Generation of Future Global Leaders (Panel)
Capacities and skills needed to meet the future.
Amanda S. Wickramasinghe, Pepperdine University & Wickra Consulting; Sally Bell, University of Oregon; Cortney McDermott, Business and Life Strategist/Coach, Author, Speaker; Suzanne Pflaum, Consultant, Facilitator, Teacher; Joanne T. Lawrence and Tessa Misiaszek, Hult International Business.

Learning to Be Me: Authentic Leadership Development Using Coaching and Mentoring (Workshop)
Develop self-awareness, balance process of information, and internalize moral perspective.
Misty Resendez and Jackie Stancil, Indiana Wesleyan University

14:45 - 16:15Concurrent Session: Oral Presentations & Developmental Roundtables (Click each title for details)
Oral Presentations are Ted-style talks followed by Q&A. Developmental Roundtables showcase scholarly research with audience members asking clarifying questions, offering suggestions, and helping the presenters address hidden assumptions and potential challenges.

Advancing the Next Generation of African Women in Health (Oral Presentation)
Ramatoulie Jallow, Pan African Women in Health

Impact of LMX and Leadership Styles of Middle Managers on the Knowledge Sharing Behaviors of RN's (Oral Presentation)
Lillian Diaz, Lincoln Hospital

Promoting A Culture of Inclusion Through All-Inclusive Multiculturalism (Oral Presentation)
Amina Ileanaju Ayodeji-Ogundiran, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Joan of Arc Complex: Leadership Lessons From Malala Yousafzai, Nadia Murad, and Greta Thunberg (Oral Presentation)
David von Schlichten, Seton Hill University

Leadership Coaching as Inclusive Leadership Approach (Oral Presentation)
Julia Milner, EDHEC Business School

Álk̓wenlhkan i sk̓wemk̓úk̓wmi7ta (We Look After the Children) (Oral Presentation)
Gena Edwards, Wilfred Laurier University; and Sharon Edwards, Secwepemc Child and Family Services

A Young, Diminutive Female Researchers’ Experience of Doing Fieldwork in a Male-Dominated Industry (Developmental Roundtable)
Nilupulee Liyanagamage, University of Wollongong

Daring to Live and Lead Beyond the Boundaries (Developmental Roundtable)
Tammy J. Halstead, Franklin & Marshall College; and Kelly McKenzie, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Discovering Strength Behind Soft Power: An Exploration and Development of Soft Power Leadership (Developmental Roundtable)
Sherrita Denson, Southeastern University

Exploring the Use of Educational Gaming in Adolescent Girl’s Leadership Development Programs (Developmental Roundtable)
Tiffany Wright, Pepperdine University

Mentoring Mothers: Effective Support for Mothers in Academia (Developmental Roundtable)
Elizabeth Bradley, SUNY Empire State College

16:30 - 18:00Fine Tuning Your Message & Perfecting the Pitch ~ Presented By New York State Writers Institute (Featured Workshop)
Anette Breindl, Senior Science Editor, BioWorld
Wednesday10   June
8:45 - 10:15Concurrent Session 7 (Click each title for details)

Peer to Peer Women’s Circles: Capacious, Inclusive Professional Development by Women for Women (Workshop)
Utilize open peer mentor circles, design specialized circles, & offer professional development training.
Chrys Egan and Lawanda Dockins-Mills, Salisbury University; and Kathy Kiernan, Open to the Possible Coaching & Consulting

Women Leading Change: How to Be a Successful Change Agent (Workshop)
Tools & resources to be effective.
Hope Zoeller, HOPE - Helping Other People Excel, LLC

Pass the Torch: Women in the Workplace Group (Panel)
Challenges to overcome in order to successfully advance in the organization
Joanne Barnes, Misty Resendez, Jackie Stancil, Emily Hudson, and Amanda Blake Townsend, Indiana Wesleyan University

10:30 - 12:00Concurrent Session: Interactive Discussions  (Click each title for details)

Interactive Discussion Session #1

Becoming a Data Literate Leader: How Women Leaders Can Leverage Excel as a Big Data Analytics Tool
Donna L. Haeger, Cornell University 

Empowering the Invisible and Undervalued Nursing Aide Workforce in Long Term Care
Ellen Melis, Unlimited Potential

Impact of AI & Digitalization on Effective Leadership Development
Julia Milner, EDHEC Business School

Interactive Discussion Session #2

Failing to Rise: The Silent Undermining of Women’s Ascension to Top Leadership Positions
Ceann Michelle Bales, Indiana Wesleyan University

Out There but Behind the Scenes: The Invisible Female Leaders of an American Action Theatre Project
Rebecca Stroud Stasel, Queen's University

Silence of the Rams: Men's Reticence in Gender Inequality Conversations and Engaging Them as Allies
Kasey L. Lee, Donegal School District; Beth Mabry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and Christine M. Nowik, Harrisburg Area Community College

Interactive Discussion Session #3

Generativity—Keys to Intergenerational Collaboration and Reciprocal Capacity Building
Atim Eneida George, Antioch University

Leading in a Faith-based Context: Challenges and Solutions for Catholic Sister-Leaders in Africa
Patricia Bombard and Ramya Ramanath, DePaul University

Love, Leadership, and Social Justice
Emily A. Daniels, Dr. Daniels Academic Consulting; and Lizzie Bronte, Indiana Tech

Featured Workshop

Becoming Board-Ready ~ Presented By Deloitte 
Deborah McCormack, Managing Director, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte
Dannetta English Bland, Greenhouse Experience Leader for the Energy & Industrials Industry, Deloitte
Tonie Leatherberry, Principal and Board Relations Leader, Risk and Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP

12:15 - 12:55A Conversation With Barri Friedman Rafferty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ketchum
13:00 - 14:30Concurrent Session 8 (Click each title for details)

Daring Versus Docile Leadership: Ethical Profiles (Workshop)
Self-reflection into comfort zones and automated responses.
Angeline Allaire Piskorski and Lynne Key, The Nielsen Company

Women Leaders as Solutionaries- Covid19 and Climate (Panel)
WE Empower UN SDG Challenge winners discuss the social enterprises they founded and their role in tackling the UN SDGs.
Amanda Natalie Ellis, Arizona State University; Lina Khalifeh, SheFighter; Leah Lizarondo, 412 Food Rescue; and Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, ECOncrete

Change a Mind—Change a Life: Transforming Core Beliefs to Shape Values and Enhance Effectiveness (Workshop)
Discover new ways to make a difference
Catharyn Baird, EthicsGame, LLC

14:45 - 15:45A Conversation With Georgia Sorenson and Suzanna Fitzpatrick
Georgia Sorenson, Leadership Scholar & Fellow, Moller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge
Suzanna Strasburg Fitzpatrick, Nurse practitioner, Surgery, University of Maryland
16:30 - 18:00Adapt Your Scholarship Into a Best-Selling Book ~ Presented by New York State Writers Institute
Mary Valentis, Associate Professor, English, University at Albany - SUNY

Keynote Panel Speaker 
Kehkashan Basu

Iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of women and children’s rights, 19 year-old Kehkashan Basu is a trailblazer who has been challenging the status quo and social strictures that impede the progress of future generations. Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan is a tireless advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is a United Nations Human Rights Champion and the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s Major Group for Children & Youth. A Climate Reality Leader and TEDx speaker, in 2018 she was named one of Canada's Top25 Women of Influence. Basu is the Founder President of the social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which provides young people in 15 countries a networking platform to engage in the sustainable development process. Kehkashan is the recipient of the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award for Sustainability Education, the John Muir Conservation Award for Habitat Restoration, the Energy Globe Award, the Turner Prize for Social Change, and the Women Super Achiever Award. A powerful voice for future generations, she has spoken at over 125 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries.

Kehkashan Basu

Keynote Panel Speaker 
Phyllis Feder

Phyllis Feder is the owner of Clinton Vineyards and Winery in New York, a leading agricultural producer in Dutchess County. In her 80s, she has “happily joined the ranks of women of a certain age” and is the most senior owner and operator of a vineyard in New York. Previously, she worked with nonprofits and was a principle with the world-famous graphic design group, Push Pin Studios. A Democratic insider, she has a deep well of experiences mentoring and leading related to wine, women, and politics. 

Phyllis Feder

Keynote Panel Speaker 
Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi

Social entrepreneur in the children & girls empowerment field, Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi founded The Alchemist Lab in 2012 in Jordan to empower children with the skills they need to explore themselves and the world around them with confidence & determination. The company has reached more than 34,000 children in cities, remote villages, and refugee camps, with plans to reach even more children in the region. During her career, she has launched many initiatives like “Go Girls!” — a program that encourages girls towards STEM and scientific thinking — and a 10-minute children’s radio segment called, "Everything is Possible," which aims to address life challenges and empower children. Mustafa Anabtawi studied Industrial Engineering at University of Jordan and received her MBA from the University of Leicester. Her work has been widely acclaimed. She is a Vital Voices Fellow, WE Empower Winner - a global business competition for women entrepreneurs advancing the UN SDGs - and DVF international awardee, which “recognizes and supports extraordinary women who are dedicated to transforming the lives of other women”). Her passion and personal mission is to create a successful generation of problem solvers that is capable of change.

Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi

A Conversation With...

Grab a beverage and come with questions for these cozy conversations!

Suzan Johnson Cook

Friday, 5 June

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook
President & CEO of Charisma Speakers; Former United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

Joanne Ciulla

Sunday, 7 June
9:30 - 10:10

Joanne Ciulla, Professor and Director of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, Rutgers University Business School

Parminder Vir

Sunday, 7 June
10:30 - 11:10

Parminder Vir, Film Producer, Former CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Jean Lipman-Blumen

Sunday, 7 June
13:15 - 13:55

Jean Lipman-Blumen, Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior at CGU’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management

Barbara Kellerman

Monday, 8 June
16:30 - 17:10

Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School

Juana Bordas

Monday, 8 June
17:20 - 18:00

Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International

Annette Richardson

Monday, 8 June
18:10 - 18:50

Annette Richardson, Former Special Advisor to the Under Secretary- General and Executive Director of UN Women

Katherine Conway-Turner

Tuseday, 9 June
12:15 - 12:45

Katherine Conway-Turner, President, Buffalo State College

Gerry Gunnings Stroman

Tuseday, 9 June
12:15 - 12:45

Gerry Gunnings Stroman, Retired Chief of Staff, Chancellors Office, Indiana University Kokomo

Barri Friedman-Rafferty

Wednesday, 10 June
12:15 - 12:55

Barri Friedman Rafferty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ketchum

Georgia Sorenson

Wednesday, 10 June
14:45 - 15:45

Georgia Sorenson, Leadership Scholar & Fellow, Moller Institute, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Suzanna Strasburg Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, 10 June
14:45 - 15:45

Suzanna Strasburg Fitzpatrick, Nurse practitioner, Surgery, University of Maryland

Featured Workshops & Sessions 

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Fine Tuning Your Message, Perfecting the Pitch, and Finding the Agent Who’ll Fall in Love with Your Book

This featured workshop hosted by the New York State Writers Institute meets across two concurrent sessions during the conference. 
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Writing the Case for Women in Leadership

Share your knowledge through case writing. Learn how to enhance your writing skills and develop engaging cases at this featured writing workshop hosted by Ivey Publishing
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Board Room

Becoming Board-Ready

Please join Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness to explore the current landscape for boards and some of the activities you can be doing today to prepare for future board service. 
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40+ Sessions

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

Special Events

Virtual Tour of Seneca Falls, NY

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which provided women the right to vote, become a part of the suffrage story! Join other participants on a virtual tour as we journey to Seneca Falls, NY - site of the famous 1848 Seneca Falls Convention.
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2017 Award Winners

Conference Awards

At the conference, awards will be given for Outstanding Scholarship for Established Scholars or Emerging Scholars and Outstanding Practice for Local Impact or Broad Impact. The Best Case Award, sponsored by Ivey Publishing is also accepting submissions through 1 May.
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