Personal Experiences and Lessons from 2015 ILA-WLAG Conference

Personal Experiences and Lessons from 2015 ILA-WLAG Conference

Hello everyone! I attended the ILA 2015 Women and Leadership Affinity Group Conference, Waves of Possibilities, at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA and wanted to share my experiences. The Asilomar Conference facility is a rustic and relaxed learning environment; a self-contained campus of classrooms, a large gathering hall, and cafeteria, perfect for groups of all sizes! In addition, access to the State Beach property was just a few steps from the facility! I was fortunate to share a room with Dr. Lynne Devnew and Dr. Marlene Janzen Le Ber, which helped to defer some of the costs and added to the fun, new learning experiences! I was a presenter at the 2015 WLAG Conference. My presentation, the Career-long Social Networking Advantages of Professional Development Programs, was based on dissertation research that identified how women executives in government used their social networks for career advantage; networks they developed early in their careers during highly competitive professional development programs. As a participant and presenter, I had an opportunity to meet and network with so many impressive women (and men) leaders, practitioners, and scholars in academia, industry, and government from around the globe. The variety of presentation topics and formats e.g., panel discussions, presentations, round tables, 6-minute messages (TED-talk like), symposia, and workshops were intellectually stimulating and informative. There were so many interesting presentations on women and leadership to choose from, a favorite was a panel discussion on Words of Wisdom from Female Presidents. A copy of the 2015 WLAG conference program and pictures can be found at the links below. I made several new friends and look forward to seeing them at an upcoming WLAG event. In fact, the 2017 ILA-WLAG conference is scheduled for 11-14 June 2017, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY. I understand that Omega has a similar rustic ambiance as Asilomar. I highly encourage anyone who has an opportunity to attend to do so; you will be glad you did! Program: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ila/wlag15/index.php?click_key=1... Pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55845019@N03/sets/72157653261384793/

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