The 14th Annual International Leadership Association Global Conference
Leadership Across the Great Divide: Bridging Cultures, Contexts, and Complexities
24-27 October 2012
Denver, USA | Hyatt Regency
The 2012 ILA Conference Committee invites you to explore new ideas about leadership, connect with old friends and discover the “new west” in Denver, Colorado. Online Submission System to open in mid-January at http://www.ila-net.org/.
The Continental Divide of the Americas, or the “Great Divide” as it is known in Colorado, is the series of mountain ranges that spans from northern Alaska through Colorado to the tip of Patagonia in South America. Crossing this Great Divide has historically required courage and stamina fueled by innovation and a vision of a better life on the other side. From every street in the city of Denver you can see the towering peaks of the Continental Divide. Metaphorically, contemporary Great Divides present complex challenges whose solutions require much more than courage, stamina, and a vision of a better life. Complicated by new technologies used for both good and ill, these challenges—marked by racism, poverty, illiteracy, religious intolerance, hunger, and even war—call for new approaches to leadership and new types of leaders able to bring diverse contexts together, create cultural inclusion, and deal with complexity and rapid change.
The 14th global conference of the ILA offers a unique opportunity for multisector, multinational, and multicultural examination of Leadership Across the Great Divides.
The Conference Content
The conference theme will be explored during pre-conference sessions, keynotes presentations, and a stream of concurrent sessions. Other concurrent session streams will focus more broadly on leadership in education, scholarship and research, development and coaching, and business, public, and community leadership practices. Concurrent sessions utilize diverse formats including experiential workshops, panel discussions, case studies, and presentations of papers and research findings.
The Call for Proposals
The ILA seeks proposal submissions that represent the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of leadership scholars, practitioners, educators, program directors, consultants, students, and other leaders and leadership professionals. Online submissions will be accepted starting in mid-January.
Denver is a growing and vibrant city, featuring world-class art museums and restaurants, nearly every professional sport, and unique neighborhoods all within walking distance of a public park. With sunshine nearly 300 days a year, it’s ranked as one of America’s most walkable and fittest cities in the nation. Denver’s approach to regionalism with its work to eradicate homelessness, renew public education, and develop renewable energy, is becoming a national model for sustainable governance.
Forming Your Proposal
The ILA seeks proposal submissions that represent the best contemporary thinking about leadership from a diverse range of leadership scholars, practitioners, educators, program directors, consultants, students, and other leaders and leadership professionals. The conference theme is meant to assist, not limit or restrict proposal creation.
Additional information on proposal formation, requirements, and guidelines will be available when the online submission system opens in mid-January.