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The Asilomar Declaration and Call to Action (Declaration) was first published in 2013 by attendees of the International Leadership Association’s (ILA) Women and Leadership Affinity Group (WLAG) inaugural conference held June 9-12, 2013. The conference, held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, USA, had the theme “Building, Bridging, and Blazing Pathways for Women and Leadership: Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future.” After the second conference “Advancing Women in Leadership: Waves of Possibilities” was held in June 2015, we updated and refined the Declaration, resulting in this edition. The purpose of the Declaration is to capture and disseminate our collective ideas and challenge ourselves and the world to change the status of women worldwide. Through careful review of the United Nations’ (UN) efforts to combat inequality in leadership, we designed both conferences to catalyze our collective knowledge about how we could and should assist individuals, groups, organizations, and countries to prepare and increase the number of effective women leaders. Sessions at both conferences were designed to harness the latest research and gather proven best practices in order to identify specific declarations and calls to action that we can all take to promote gender equality in leadership. This document demonstrates the continued commitment of the WLAG, the ILA, and conference participants to further the cause of women and leadership. It is also a platform for sharing the insights of leadership scholars, educators, and practitioners with other organizations also committed to advancing women’s leadership.

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