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36th Annual Convention 
March 2015
Virginia Beach, VA
 
 

ILA Convention Sites

The International Listening Association has met as a body every year since its founding in 1979


On August 23-24, 1979, Lyman K. "Manny" Steil hosted the "Listening State-of-the-Art Symposium" in Minnesota. According to a letter sent to interested individuals, the meeting would serve as an opportunity to "share important information and experiences and to establish a network of professionals." Twenty-seven people met for the symposium and decided to establish the International Listening Association. Conventions have traditionally been held in February and March. The following have been locations for the annual meetings along with the presiding President and convention theme.

 

Year

President 

(Inducted at Convention)

Location

ILA Convention Themes

1980

Lymann K. "Manny" Steil

Atlanta, GA

None

1981

Lymann K. "Manny" Steil

Denver, CO

None

1982

Sally Webb

Washington, DC

None

1983

Bob Miller

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

None

1984

Andrew D. Wolvin

Scottsdale, AZ

The Field of Listening: Directions in the 80's

1985

Marguerite Lyle

Orlando, FL

Building Bridges through Listening

1986

Larry Barker

San Diego, CA

Conceptual Frontiers in Listening

1987

Carolyn Coakley Hickerson

New Orlean, LA

Listening in an Age of High-Tech--High-Touch

1988

William E. Arnold

Scottsdale, AZ

Listening Makes a Difference

1989

Kittie W. Watson

Atlanta, GA

Listening: The Next Generation

1990

Ethel C. Glenn

Indianapolis, IN

Centering Listening in an Oral Culture

1991

Wayne Bond

Jacksonville, FL

Listening as an Agent for Change

1992

Judi Brownell

Seattle, WA

A Listening Mosaic

1993

Michael Gilbert

Memphis, TN

Listening as Empowerment

1994

Sheila Bentley

Boston, MA

Listening an Agent for Positive Change

1995

Margaret Fitch-Hauser

Little Rock, AK

Listening in the Natural State

1996

Philip Emmert

Sacramento, CA

Listening: Building Foundations

1997

SusanEllen Bacon

Mobile, AL

Listening: Celebrate the Past, Prepare for the Future

1998

Janet Cherry

Kansas City, KS

Listening: The Heart of Humanity

1999

Charles Roberts

Albuquerque, NM

Listening Enchantment

2000

Harvey Weiss

Virginia Beach, FL

The Listening Spirit

2001

Dick Halley

Chicago, IL

2001 An Odyssey toward Effective Listening

2002

Kimberly Batty-Herbert

Scottsdale, AZ

Listening: The Foundation of Community

2003

Melissa Beall

Stockholm, Sweden

Touch the World: Listen

2004

Ray McKelvy

Ft. Myers, FL

Listen to Bridge the Gulf

2005

Barbara Nixon

Minneapolis, MN

The Power of Listening

2006

Maria Roca

Salem, OR

Listening: The Language of Peace

2007

Margarete Imhof

Frankfurt, Germany

Listen and Make the Connection

2008

Lisa Orick-Martinez

Portland, ME

Listening Lights the Way

2009

Rick Bommelje

Milwaukee, WI

Growing Our Listening Legacy: Treasuring the Past, Embracing the Present and Creating the Future

2010

Laura Janusik

Albuquerque, NM

Transformational Listening: Listening for Change

2011

Chris Bond

Johnson City, TN

Listening for a Sustainable Future

2012

Alan Ehrlich

Bremerton, WA

We ARE Listening: Advocate, Research, Educate

 2013 Debra Worthington  Montreal, Canada  Listening: The Art, The Science, The Joie de Vivre
 2014 Pamela Cooper    Minneapolis, MN  The Power of Storysharing
 2015  Philip Tirpak  TBA  TBA

 

Summer Conference Sites

Summer Conferences are held when a particular goal or type of work is to be explored in depth by the members of the Association. Among the topics have been "intercultural listening" and the establishment of an official association-endorsed definition of listening.

 

1984

Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN

1985

Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN

1987

King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Canada

1995

Manssanetta Springs, Harrisonburg, VA

 

Regional Conferences

In an effort to provide greater access to the information and fellowship of the ILA, conferences are held in various regions of the US and other countries. These conferences are organized and function independently of the annual meeting, with members in each geographical area taking the responsibility of conducting the conferences. The first regional conferences were held in the New York/New Jersey area at Montclair State University. Other regions soon followed with meetings in Florida, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Nashville. A regional conference was held in Aomori, Japan in 2000.


"The Fall 2006 Listening Forum: Measuring the Effects of Listening on Learning, Earning, and Healing" was held in October, 2006. The Listening Forum was co-sponsored by the International Listening Association and Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri. The goals for the Listening Forum were (1) to develop practical instruments to measure the effects of listening in contexts and across contexts, and (2) to develop the listening research agenda for the next five years in the contexts of Business, Education, Healthcare, Religion/Spirituality, and Theory /Research.


 
 
Dr. Nanette Johnson-Curiskis
 Executive Director, International Listening Association 
Box 164, Belle Plaine MN 56011 USA
Phone and TEXT: 1.952.594.5697 
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