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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, industries, cultures, and geographies.

There are four conference streams inspired by our Asilomar Declaration and Call to Action on Women and Leadership issued in 2013 and updated in 2015. This year’s conference continues to build on the work from the previous conferences. Described in detail below, the streams are:

Leading Differently
Women Excelling Professionally
Women as Change Agents
Emerging Women Leaders: Students and Young Professionals

Leading Differently: Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, and Intergenerational Networking

The Asilomar Declaration and Call to Action’s purpose was to collect and share strategies to support inclusive leadership and challenge individuals, groups, organizations, and countries to change the status of women worldwide. Inclusive leadership practices, based on "fit" rather than gender, were 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 leader 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:

Links between organizational performance and gender representation
Inclusivity as a moral and business imperative
Leader identity, especially embodiment of inclusive leadership practices
Tailored developmental activities that create new models
Culturally-specific or intersectional approaches to advancing women in leadership
Mindset, self-efficacy, and leadership
Unconscious bias and structural barriers in the workplace
Mentorship, sponsorship, and formal/informal networks
"Small wins" approach to change
Recognition and awards for paradigm-shifting programs or activities
Stories of how international development projects have helped to empower women to assume more influential leadership roles in their governments and economies.
Leadership approaches employed by women leaders in the United Nations and in developing countries to promote the implementation of the Agenda 2030
Evidence that women’s active leadership is key to the achievement of all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Women Excelling Professionally: Advanced Leadership Skills - Transitioning to Senior Leadership and Governance

Women around the world represent less than one-third of middle management to senior leadership positions, according to the International Business Report. This research continues to document a persistent gender imbalance in leadership positions and key decision-making bodies in both the public and private realm. The purpose of this stream is to address the work being done to understand and address women moving into middle management, senior management, and governance roles in public and private institutions. This includes advancing our understanding of the emerging and innovative ways that uncover barriers, develop strategies, and create partnerships that catapult women into upper levels of leadership.

The growth of leadership education and leader 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 training that support the development of competencies needed for women to successfully exercise leadership at middle management, senior management, and governance on local, national, and/or 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 leader development and education particularly in domestic, global, and international leadership contexts; submissions with an emphasis on preparing women to exercise leadership and governance in diverse settings; and those that compare and contrast multiple approaches, courses, or programs.

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

Gender parity and women's representation at the executive table
Coaching and mentoring
Leadership education programs in developing countries that build women’s leadership skills to access the politico-economic systems and to position themselves to lead strategies to address the UN SDGs
UN, World Bank, and bilateral and private donor women’s leadership education programs in developing countries Developing leadership knowledge, skills, and competencies
Ethical decision making in a global society
Innovations in leadership education (programs, courses, pedagogies)
International business leadership and global effectiveness
Multiple social identities impacting the ability to lead
Challenges faced by leadership educators, coaches, consultants
Program content (creating, assessing, sharing models, curricula)
Organizational change and process improvement
Place-based programs (corporate, government, non-profit, university, etc.)
Program evaluation: measurement and assessment of program or learning outcomes

Women as Change Agents: Sociocultural, Economic, and Political/Civic Leadership for Girls and Women

We are inviting women from around the globe to dialogue about how to establish justice and “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” While this phrase was cast in bronze on the Justice Bell over 100 years ago to symbolize a vision for women’s equality in the United States, its message still rings true today and applies to women around the world. Your presence and participation in this stream will move us forward and closer to a world where all people will experience justice and liberty.

Proposals are encouraged in the three domains suggested in the United Nations' Women watch strategy: (1) the social/cultural domain; (2) the economic domain; and (3) the political/civic domain. Equity and equality in power and decision making will likely look different in each domain, as will the strategies and tactics used to accomplish change. Within these broad domains, proposals are appreciated that inform us of the ways women in leadership positions are pursuing the UN SDGs, in particular to change systems of inequity and inequality that are perpetuating hunger, poverty, injustice, and lack of access to quality health care, education, clean water, employment, housing, and other basic human rights.

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

Forms of power and authority enacted by women in leadership roles
Social entrepreneurship and social justice
Sources and amounts of power available to women leaders
Authority/influence relationships exercised by women as opposed to power relationships
Doing power differently
Feminist and other critical perspectives on power and influence in women and leadership
Women's contributions to leadership in light of contextual norms, cultures, meanings, and standards at the local level
Personal practices that contribute or transform the personal, relational, or global dominance modalities of power
Practices that contribute to or transform the existence of second-generation gender bias
The concept of "soft power" and its relationship to handling conflicts and effective leadership
Generational equality
Stories of how international development projects have helped to empower women to assume more influential leadership roles in their governments and economies.
Leadership approaches employed by women leaders in the United Nations and in developing countries to promote the implementation of the Agenda 2030
Evidence that women’s active leadership is key to the achievement of all of the 17 SDGs
Skills and resources related to political leadership by, for, and about women’s issues
Strategies and opportunities for enhanced civic engagement
Additional resources on economic, and legal engagement on behalf of or by women

Emerging Women Leaders: Introductory Leadership Skills and Personal Development for Students and Young Professionals

The global engagement of young leaders on the topic of women and leadership is an important and growing field of interest for practitioners and scholars alike. This stream seeks to empower those preparing to or who recently entered a professional or community setting in order to confidently engage in the leadership process from any space within an organization. While many things have changed, many things are still the same; women entering the workplace today still have many obstacles to navigate. Proposals are encouraged that seek to prepare, educate, develop and equip younger women leaders to be successful and effective in professional and community settings. Interactive sessions focusing on skill development are highly encouraged, as are findings that specifically relate to and engage this demographic.

Curriculum design and development: models, theories, and approaches

Team building and leadership (in sports, organizations, or other systems)
Teaching and training methodologies
Practices that support the reimagining of youth leadership
Examples of leadership development programs for middle school, high school, or college
Using technology and social media as tools to enhance learning and development
Forms of mentoring programs for new professionals in various industries
The concept of gaining real world experiences to support career development
Mentorship programs and opportunities

Practical skills to support emerging leaders around areas such as assertiveness, confidence, negotiation, collaboration, transformational leadership or other approaches that specifically address leadership challenges facing women