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The call for proposals has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted and to the volunteer peer reviewers. The call for proposals for the 2019 Women and Leadership conference will open in late 2018. Sign up to receive emails from ILA about this and our other events and publications by creating a free account. We hope to see you in Rhinebeck, NY this June for Advancing Women in Leadership: Cultivating Our Whole Selves!
Lynne E. Devnew

Conference Program Chair
Center for Leadership Studies and Educational Research, University of Phoenix

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Contact us at WLcfp@ila-net.org or +1 (202) 470-4818

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Themes/Streams

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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 five conference streams, described in detail below, are:

Equality in Power and Decision Making

Stream Co-Chairs: Wendy Rowe and Marlene Janzen Le Ber

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. Additionally, to make meaningful changes, it is not merely equality in access to power that is at issue; the very nature of how – and for what – that power is used needs to be challenged. As women obtain more power and influence in leadership, how this leadership can transform power relationships based on dominance to relationships based on cooperation needs to be examined.

The purpose of this stream is to address the work being done to understand and address this imbalance. This includes advancing our understanding of the emerging and innovative ways that women in leadership positions are transforming their own lives, their relationships, and systems to reflect the value of cooperation and collaboration and to create bridges of deep understanding.

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.

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

Leadership Development and Education Worldwide

Stream Co-Chairs: Sherylle Tan and Mary Shapiro

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:

Helping Girls and Young Women Become Leaders

Stream Co-Chairs: Jennifer Walinga and Tonya Conner

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 papers, panels, symposia and workshops 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 interest include but are not limited to:

Advancing Women in Leadership

Stream Co-Chairs: Janet McNellis and Lesa Hanlin

Participants of the inaugural conference at Asilomar 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:

Conference Theme: Cultivating our Whole Selves

Stream Co-Chairs: Leanne Dzubinski and Amy Diehl

Daily, women all around the world face competing responsibilities and interests that necessitate "cultivating" an array of leadership skills and abilities to manage and lead the kind of transformative change that includes the values, voices, and visions hat women bring to the leadership table. This is a space for research focused on negotiating and navigating personal and workplace identities, for looking at all aspects of an individual; a space for exploring the interplay among emotional, physical, spiritual well-being in the context of leadership advancement. The multi-disciplinary aspects of this topic make it particularly appropriate for cross-discipline collaborative entries.

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

Information and Requirements

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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 15, 2017.

Maximums

Audio/Visual Equipment

LCD projectors, extension speakers, PC lap tops loaded with Office, and flip charts will be provided for all presentations in concurrent session rooms. No audio visual equipment will be available for Display Posters or Interactive Roundtable sessions.

Status Updates

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

Required Submission Information

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

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.

PRESENTATION Format

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Each proposal must select an intended format.

Individual Presentations (Scholarly Abstracts and Full Papers)

Full papers or scholarly abstracts can be submitted in this session 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:

Symposium Sessions

A symposium session is a group of 3-4 related papers or scholarly abstracts submitted together with a chairperson as a complete session submission; commentators can also be included. A Symposium Session must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References for the overall symposium 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. If you are submitting papers for your symposia, note that the system only allows for one (1) Word document to be uploaded for each submission; therefore, the submitter must collect all of the papers in the submission and compile them into one Word document.

Developmental Roundtable Discussions

The developmental roundtable discussion format is designed for individuals who are at various stages of their scholarly projects and interested in receiving feedback. 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 it will be scheduled during a concurrent session slot. Submissions should follow the Individual Presentation (abstracts and full paper) criteria for submitting. Also see evaluation criteria for more details. These sessions will be 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.

Six Minute Messages (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. Submissions for a Six Minute Message presentation must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References.

Six Minute Messages (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. 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. Submissions for a Six Minute Message presentation must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References.

Workshops

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.

Panels

Various types of panel sessions can also be submitted in this category (e.g., authors, experts, educators, practitioners). This is the type of session that may include research or best practices previously presented or published. For these sessions, a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References are expected for the Panel. A chair plus a minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 panelists is required. Also see evaluation criteria for more details.

Interactive Roundtable Discussions (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. Submissions for a Scholarship-Based Interactive Roundtable Discussion presentation must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References. Also 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.

Interactive Roundtable Discussions (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 thirty minutes, participants have the opportunity to move to another roundtable or remain where they are to continue the conversation. Submissions for a Practice-Based Interactive Roundtable Discussion presentation must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References. Also 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 Poster Sessions (Scholarly-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. Submissions for a Poster Session presentation must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References. Also see evaluation criteria for more details. Note: No electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.

Interactive Poster Sessions (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. Submissions for a Poster Session presentation must include a Title, Short Description, Detailed Abstract, and References. Also see evaluation criteria for more details. Note: No electricity will be available nor will AV equipment or display tables be permitted.

Evaluation Criteria

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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:
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 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

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The ILA Women and Leadership Conference review process is a rigorous 3-step process. Abstracts, papers, and 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.

Registration Requirements

If your abstract, paper, or proposal is accepted, each presenter listed must register for the conference. The ILA does not pay presenters, 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. Online registration and registration fees for the conference will be available on the ILA website on December 15, 2016.

Notification and Important Dates

November 7, 2016: Submission deadline at 11:50 PM EST.

December 15, 2016: Notification of acceptance/rejection will be e-mailed to all presenters. During the review process presentations may be changed to an alternate presentation format, so please read your acceptance email carefully.

February 1, 2017: 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.

February 15, 2017: Presenter registration deadline. If you have not registered for the conference by February 15 your presentation will be subject to removal from the schedule.

Submission Type Evaluation Criteria
Developmental Roundtable Discussions Scholarship-based
Individual Presentations (Scholarly Abstracts and Full Papers) Scholarship-based
Interactive Poster Sessions (Practice-Based) Practice-based
Interactive Poster Sessions (Scholarly-Based) Scholarship-based
Interactive Roundtable Discussions (Practice-Based) Practice-based
Interactive Roundtable Discussions (Scholarship-Based) Scholarship-based
Panels Panel
Six Minute Messages (Practice-Based) Practice-based
Six Minute Messages (Scholarship-Based) Scholarship-based
Symposium Sessions Scholarship-based
Workshops Workshop


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Call for Reviewers

Please sign up no later than November 7th, the day the CFP closes.

November 12 – December 5, 2016: Review Period

The ILA is seeking peer reviewers to evaluate proposals for the 3rd Biennial ILA Women & Leadership Conference at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, USA. Volunteers may review and recommend proposals within their areas of expertise based on the conference streams descriptions. The ILA uses a rigorous 3-step submission review process and evaluation criteria.

Reviewers commit to evaluating a maximum of 10 proposals in one (1) stream. Assignments may be a mix of papers and abstracts or all abstracts. Submissions will be distributed for review by November 12, 2016 and must be completed by December 5, 2016 using the online review system.

Ready to Volunteer?

  1. Log in at https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ila/wlag17/ using your ILA username and password. If you do not have ILA credentials, click on the "Create a New Account" link at the bottom of the login section.
  2. Once logged in, click on the "Volunteer to be a Reviewer" link on the Submitter Menu.
  3. Read the "Acknowledgement of Terms" and select "Yes". Click "Accept and Continue".
  4. Check the "Reviewer" box for the one (1) stream for which you are willing to review. Click Accept & Continue when you have completed your selection.
  5. You'll now see a summary of your selection with an X next to the stream for which you have volunteered. If you need to make any changes, click the "Edit" button in the bottom, left-hand corner; otherwise, click the "Accept and Continue" button at the bottom of the page.
  6. You'll now be returned to the main menu and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address in your ILA profile.
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