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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 for ILA's 5th Women and Leadership Conference, a live online virtual event, hosted by the International Leadership Association and the Women’s Leadership Institute at the College of Saint Rose. Follow us at #ILA2020WLC.  The theme this year is Leading Differently: Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, Intergenerational Networking.

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, featured 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!  Reserve Your Spot Today

Registration fees includes an all-access pass to the LIVE ONLINE VIRTUAL conference including keynotes, concurrent sessions, featured workshops, conversations with..., and virtual tours to Seneca Falls and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Your all-access pass also includes immediate access to conference recordings as soon as they are uploaded and for 30 days after the close of the conference

Keynote Panel

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.

Phyllis Feder

Phyllis Feder

Phyllis Feder is the owner of Clinton Vineyards and Winery, a leading agricultural
producer in Dutchess County, New York. In her 80s, she is the most senior owner and operator of a vineyard in the state. A Democratic insider, she has a deep well of experiences mentoring and leading related to wine, women, and politics. Learn more about Phyllis Feder

A Conversation With...

Each of these amazing women will be hosting a cozy "Conversation With..." virtual session at the conference. Grab a beverage and come ready to ask your questions!

Suzan Johnson Cook

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

Joanne Ciulla

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

Parminder Vir

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

Jean Lipman-Blumen

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

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

Juana Bordas

Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International

Annette Richardson

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

Katherine Conway-Turner

Katherine Conway-Turner, President, Buffalo State College

Gerry Gunnings Stroman

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

Barri Friedman-Rafferty

Barri Friedman Rafferty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ketchum

Georgia Sorenson

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

Suzanna Strasburg Fitzpatrick

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


40+ Sessions

Visit the online session guide and visit the online concurrent session guide to plan out the workshops, panels, roundtables, and presentations you'd like to attend live. Remember, your all-access pass gives you access to all recording for 30 days following the conference.

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Featured Workshops

New this year!  Featured workshops will take place during the breakout session blocks. Spend time developing practical skills such as creating a book proposal or writing a case featuring female leaders. Learn more about this year's featured offerings.   

Women’s Rights National Par

Virtual Special Events

Enjoy valued, focused networking opportunities while exploring the unique history and beauty of the co-host's community. Learn about our virtual tour of Seneca Falls, NY site of the famous 1848 Seneca Falls Convention.

2018 Women and Leadership Conference Award Winners


At the conference, an award will be given for the Best Women and Leadership Case, sponsored by Ivey Publishing. This year's awards for best scholarship and practice have been postponed until the next face-to-face women and leadership event. 

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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.

Thank You to Our Amazing Sponsors

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