International Leadership Association Privacy Policy

The International Leadership Association (ILA) values your privacy. We will make every reasonable effort to ensure that any personal information you provide to us is used only for the purposes stated below.

"Anonymous" information collected online when you visit our websites

Generally speaking, you can visit the ILA website without revealing any personal information about yourself. We do keep a record of all server activity, which means that every page, image, or other type of file requested by your browser is written into a log file. Each entry in the log contains, among other things, information about the computer you're using to connect to the Internet (its "IP address") and about your browser (e.g., which version of Internet Explorer you're using). It does not, however, tell us anything about you personally. We use aggregate data from the web logs to determine how the site's resources are being used and to refine its navigational structure. If the need arises, we may use the logs to trace the source of abusive or illicit activity. In addition to the log files we collect, we use Google Analytics, to collect and analyze this same information.

Cookies placed on your computer when you visit our websites

A "cookie" is a text file, stored on your computer, that includes information that identifies that computer and can be retrieved by a server to create a seamless browsing session. Most cookies used on the ILA site are deleted when your browser is shut down or in a fixed amount of time, whichever occurs sooner. Members only pages, conference submission pages, and other restricted areas use this type of cookie. Most browsers accept cookies by default. If you set your browser to reject all cookies, these areas and others may not function properly. Most browsers have a setting whereby the browser alerts you when a server attempts to place a cookie on your hard drive; you are given the option of accepting or rejecting it.

Personal information collected by ILA and how it is used

The ILA collects personal information primarily from forms on the ILA website, but also from information submitted to ILA via other means such as mail, email, fax, phone, etc. Several forms require that you send us personal information. For example:

In addition to the primary purpose stated or implied at the time the information is collected, we may use your postal or electronic mailing address to send you information about ILA programs or products, surveys, etc. Because of the special relationship we seek to maintain with our members, ILA sends members periodic updates and announcements by email, and delivers various membership benefits via email. ILA may also occasionally contact people via phone to, for example, clear up a registration problem or inquire about a lapsed membership. ILA also makes data available to companies who provide ILA member benefits or services if the data is required for the company to fulfill its obligations to ILA. ILA uses the demographic and professional information collected on membership, conference, and other forms for aggregate analysis, to personalize our member records for better service, and to create targeted mailing lists.

Postal and electronic mailing addresses are made available on a use by use basis to third parties who offer services or products relevant to those with a professional interest in leadership. Individuals may, at any time, access their ILA data profile online and change their mailing preferences to opt out of third party data sharing.

Personal information we collect is also made available to others via our membership directory and conference registrant list as follows:

The ILA membership directory is available online to all members. Members are able to view each other's membership level (e.g. group, student, individual), member community affiliations, and personal information including title, department, organization, city, state, country, best phone and email, websites, photo, and bios. Members may, at any time, access their ILA data profile online to update their information and make certain fields private (i.e. not viewable by other members).

The conference registrant list is shared with all other registrants, exhibitors, and sponsors to enhance the networking opportunities before and after the conference. It includes: registrant name, title, department, organization, city, state, country, best phone, and email. If a registrant does not want their information shared on the conference registrant list, they may indicate that on the registration form at the time of registration.

Outside data storage and credit card processing

The ILA contracts with MemberClicks and to store data on members and business contacts and to process credit card transactions. These companies have their own privacy and security policies, which ILA is not responsible for. MemberClicks and Authorize.Net have both been certified as PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) Level 1 Service Providers. This is the industry's most stringent security standard.

ILA's Social Media Presence

The ILA utilizes several social media web services and sites to connect with members and business contacts: These sites include: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flikr, and Ning ( These companies all have their own privacy and security policies, which ILA is not responsible for. Please check the privacy policy of these sites before revealing any personal information.

Links to other websites

In addition to the sites mentioned above, ILA's websites contains links to numerous other websites. ILA is not responsible for the privacy and security practices or content of those sites. Please check the privacy policy of a website before revealing any personal information.


In certain circumstances, and as an exception to this privacy policy, we may, without notice to you, release information to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute or court order, or in other special cases, such as, for example, suspected fraudulent or criminal activity, or an attempt to breach the security of ILA or its website.

Privacy policy updates

We have tried to create a privacy policy that is comprehensive, readable, and durable. Despite our best efforts, we may find it necessary to revise it. Any changes will be made without prior notice. The current ILA privacy policy will continue to be posted at this address ( If you have questions or comments about our privacy policy, please contact us at, 1.202.470.4818, or in writing to International Leadership Association, 1110 Bonifant Street, Suite #510, Silver Spring, MD, 20910 USA.