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5th Women and Leadership Conference - Leading Differently: Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, Intergenerational Networking
Participants at the 2019 Women and Leadership Conference

Join Us!

Join us June 7-10, 2020 in Albany, New York, at the Women’s Leadership Institute at the College of Saint Rose, for The International Leadership Association's 5th Women and Leadership conference. #ILA2020WLC

Learn more about registration rates and policies or register today by clicking the button below!

Become part of a community of leadership educators, students, researchers, coaches, business owners, managers, and elected officials and share, enhance, and expand your knowledge and practice of leadership. The conference features keynote speakers, an array of concurrent workshops and panels, 3-hour deep dive sessions, and more!  

  • BUILD YOUR LEADERSHIP CAPACITY by learning about creative solutions and honing your practice through interactive workshops and presentations.
  • BE INSPIRED BY NEW IDEAS and successful leadership strategies that fine tune your vision and skills.
  • GROW YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK of women across generations, sectors, and cultures. 

Lead Differently! Receive the BEST PRICE on registration when you Register before March 11th for ILA’s 5th Women and Leadership Conference!

Keynote Speakers

More to be announced soon!

Kehkashan Basu

Kehkashan Basu

Kehkashan Basu, iconic youth leader, global influencer, and environmentalist is a trailblazer who has been challenging the status quo and social strictures that impede the progress of future generations. A powerful voice for future generations, she has spoken at over 125 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries. Learn more about Kehkashan Basu.

Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi

Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi

Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi, We Empower Winner and DVF international awardee, is a social entrepreneur in the children & girls empowerment field. She 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. Learn more about Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi.

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Deep Dive Workshops

New this year!  Deep dive workshops will take place during the breakout session blocks. Spend 3-6 hours developing practical skills such as creating a book proposal or writing a case featuring female leaders. Learn more about this year's deep dive offerings.  

Women’s Rights National Par

Special Events

Special events provide valued focused networking opportunities while utilizing the unique history and beatuty of the region.   Learn about this year's day trip to the Women's Rights National Park and Post-Conference hike at the Pine Bush Preserve.

2018 Women and Leadership Conference Award Winners

Special Awards

Nominations are now open (DEADLINE: 31 MARCH) for awards for: Outstanding Scholarship for Established Scholars or Emerging Scholars; and Outstanding Practice for Local Impact or Broad Impact. The Best Case Award is also accepting submissions through 31 March. 

Extended Submission Window for Case Studies. Submit by March 31, 2020

The call for proposals window will remain open past February 1st for Case Study submissions. We invite you to submit (by March 31st) your case study describing a unique decision-focused experience faced by a woman in a leadership role at a specific point in time. The protagonist (person/organization that the case is about) may remain anonymous. Submissions will be considered for the Women and Leadership Best Case Award sponsored by Ivey Publishing.

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Conference Team

Joanne Barnes

Conference Co-Chair
Joanne Barnes

Joanne Barnes is Dean of the Graduate School and Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Lisa Thomson

Conference Co-Chair
Lisa Thomson

Lisa Thomson is Chief of Staff at The College of Saint Rose.

Yolanda Caldwell

Program Co-Chair
Yolanda Caldwell

Yolanda Caldwell is the Director of the Women's Leadership Institute and BOLD Women's Leadership Network at The College of Saint Rose.

Carol Clyde Gallagher

Program Co-Chair
Carol Clyde Gallagher

Carol Clyde Gallagher is Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Cottey College.

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