23rd Annual Global Conference

20-25 October 2021

Onsite in Geneva, Switzerland & Live Online

Call for ILA Global Conference

The ILA and the 2021 Annual Global Conference Program Committee seek proposal reviewers from a wide range of leadership backgrounds. The ILA global conference content is evaluated by more than 300 peer reviewers. Peer reviewers are invaluable in providing feedback on proposals that will inform the final selection of content for the annual global conference.

Selected reviewers will:

  1. Read and review 10-15 abstracts or 3-5 papers for each stream that selects them as a reviewer.
  2. Rate each proposal according to a set of evaluation criteria.
  3. Provide comments to both the submitter and the program committee for each proposal to support their decision.
  4. Recommend accepting or rejecting each proposal.
  5. Have three weeks to complete this process using ILA’s online proposal management platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is this year’s review period?

The review period is from 15 March to 05 April 2021. Selected reviewers will receive communications on 15 March with detailed instructions about how to review proposals in ILA’s online proposal management platform.

What does the review process look like?

For every stream you volunteer for, you must be willing to read 10-15 abstracts or 3-5 papers. If selected, you will receive instructions that will guide you into the system to begin the volunteer work when the review period opens on 15 March. For each assigned proposal, you will provide ratings based on seven evaluation criteria, as well as constructive comments, feedback, and suggestions to the submitter and reasons supporting your decision to the program committee. Finally, you will indicate whether you think the proposal should be accepted or rejected.

How long does it take to review a proposal?

For most assignments, you will read one abstract and review it (~15-20 minutes). Abstract lengths will vary but they will be no more than 1,000 words. A Symposium proposal may require additional time because it will have 3-6 abstracts included. A Paper proposal also may require additional time, depending upon the length of the paper submitted.

Is attendance at the conference mandatory if I review?

No, we do not require that reviewers attend the conference.

Important Dates

  • 28 FEBRUARY 2021 – Call for Proposals closes. 
  • 7 March 2021 – Deadline to volunteer to review.
  • 15 March 2021 – Selected reviewers advised via email that assignments are made and they may begin their work.
  • 15 March to 05 April 2021 – Review period; reviews must be completed and submitted online during this time period. 

Ready to Volunteer?

  1. Log in to ILA’s proposal management platform using your ILA username and password. If you do not remember your ILA credentials or do not have an ILA profile, please use the links in the “Can’t remember?” section.

  2. Once logged in, click on the “Volunteer to be a Reviewer” link on the Submitter Menu.

  3. Provide the required information:
    • Select your highest degree earned from the drop-down list.
    • Select at least one and up to three Streams (see below) for which you are willing and most qualified to review and, if possible, to which you have not submitted a proposal. If you select more than one stream, put them in order where your first selection is your most preferred and your last selection is your least preferred. IMPORTANT: If you volunteer for more than one stream, you must be willing to read/review 10-15 abstracts and 3-5 papers per stream.

      Arts & Leadership Business Leadership
      Ethics & Leadership Followership
      Healthcare Leadership Indigenous & First Nations Leadership
      Leadership Development Leadership Education
      Leadership Scholarship Peace Leadership
      Philosophy, Religion, & Worldviews Public Leadership
      Sports Leadership Sustainability Leadership
      Women & Leadership Other Leadership Topics

    • Select the proposal format(s) that you prefer to review (at least one). Note: We will do our best to honor your preferences but cannot guarantee that you will only receive the formats selected.
    • Click “Accept and Continue”

  4. Read the “Acknowledgement of Terms” and check the “Reviewer” box:
    By checking the “Reviewer” box below, I understand that:
    • Volunteering does not guarantee that I will be selected as a reviewer.
    • If selected as a reviewer, I will receive notification of assignments and instructions via email on or about Monday, 15 March 2021.
    • If selected as a reviewer, I will be assigned to review a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 abstracts or a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 papers for each stream I volunteered/am selected for.
    • If selected as a reviewer, I agree to complete all review assignments by 05 April 2021 using ILA’s online proposal management platform.

  5. Click “Accept and Continue”.

Thank you for volunteering! After you click "Accept and Continue", the confirmation screen will appear, and a confirmation email will be sent to the primary email address in your ILA profile.


Email Global2021CFP@theILA.org or call +1 (202) 470-4818 ext. 106.

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Questions about the CFP: Global2021CFP@theILA.org
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