Leadership Studies

International Leadership Association's (ILA) 19th Annual Global Conference

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For MLS Graduate Students*

The Leadership & Organizational Studies program will be offering a travel course to the International Leadership Association's (ILA) 19th Annual Global Conference in Brussels, Belgium, October 10-16. Come join 1,200+ attendees from over 50 countries for four days of unparalleled immersion, networking, and exploration of leadership! Check out a quick video about the conference here. USM graduate student participants from the 2016 ILA Conference in Atlanta, GA, had this to say:

  • "I was truly grateful for the opportunity to attend, and I would recommend any student to go."
  • "The 2016 ILA Conference on Inclusive Leadership provided an experience to broaden my global mindset and provide clarification of my place in the leadership industry."
  • "Overall the conference was a transformational event for me... I went into ILA with a desire to attend and get as much exposure to different experiences, as possible... This was accomplished by attending all sessions and talking directly with authors such as Kellerman, Chaleff, and the Hurwitz’s... I am proud of my journey and what the ILA helped to bring to life in me... I highly recommend other students attend an ILA conference."

The course may be applied to your Electives or Context area in the MLS. As a student and faculty attendee of six ILA conferences, I can attest that it is a professional development opportunity not to be missed! Here is some additional info about the course and travel:

  • Keynote speakers include former CIA head David Petraeus, Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy, and others.  
  • The course (LOS 599, #71815) is three credits and travel will occur October 10-16, 2017. We will have two to three class meetings—one or two before and another after the conference. If you are an online student, you may attend class meetings virtually.
  • In addition to conference participation, you may also compete in ILA's Student Case Competition, participate in one of the many exciting Pre-Conference Workshops, and meet the authors of your favorite leadership texts at the Meet the Authors Reception.
  • The application deadline is July 1, 2017, along with a non-refundable $200 deposit.  A complete application includes all of the following:
    • Signed, completed application form
    • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost)
    • Typed 200-word essay
    • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor
    • Official copy of USM transcript
  • Additional information regarding program fees, cost, and financial aid can be found here: https://usm.maine.edu/international/travel-ila-conference

Again, I hope you will join us!  If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Thank you,

Dan Jenkins, Ph.D.


*Please note that for this fall, only graduate students may register for this course. In 2018, both undergraduate and graduate students will be allowed to attend.