Who We Are

The International Leadership Alumni Conference (ILAC) is a group of like-minded leaders who are mostly graduates of rural and agricultural leadership programs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, and the United States.

However, ILAC is designed to promote networking and professional development for the alumni of these programs as well as others who are interested in the experience. The group first formed in 1989 when the directors of these programs held their first IAPAL – International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership meeting in Point Clear, Alabama. The directors held their meeting and a small group of alumni attended as well. 1990 marked the first official ILAC meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. The two groups met together from 1989–1992 and then decided to hold separate conferences each year thereafter.

ILAC provides a great venue to meet other alumni and visit the host state or country and learn more about their agriculture and rural issues……we are celebrating 30 years of networking and friendships.

"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." - Warren Bennis

“ILAC is a great annual event that connects diverse rural and agricultural leaders from around the globe. Each year I take away some knowledge or connection that helps me to grow my own business and success.”

Tiffany Ground, Project CENTRL

“The best way to predict your future is to create it."

Abraham Lincoln

“I truly believe that we're put on this earth to make a difference. We choose whether it's going to be a positive or a negative difference. I've always wanted to make a positive difference. You can't sit still, you're either doing good or you're not doing anything."

Derwood Brett, LeadAR

“Success is no accident.  It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”  -- Pele

ILAC 2020 - Florida

“The Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources is saddened that we are unable to host ILAC 2020 this year out of an abundance of caution related to COVID-19."

Christy Chiarelli
Director, Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources

ILAC 2021 - California

The ILAC Advisory Board is currently working with representatives from the California Ag Leadership Foundation to bring  you ILAC 2021!

ILAC 2022 - Maryland

LEAD Maryland Foundation to bring you ILAC 2022!

2020 Annual ILAC Association Meeting

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on July 30, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)

The 2020 Annual ILAC Association Meeting will be held virtually due to the cancellation of ILAC 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns.
Registration will start soon and instructions on how to participate will be included with registration.

Are you interested in continuing your Journey?

Join the ILAC E-Mail list so we can keep you informed of opportunities to continue the experience of personal development and learning more about agriculture all around the world.

To learn about other leadership opportunities, visit our "Links" page.

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