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ILA Convention Venues

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*  City  Theme
 1980  Lyman K. "Manny" Steil  Atlanta, GA Listening: 1980 and Beyond; Birth of the ILA
 1981  Lyman K. "Manny" Steil  Denver, CO  Rocky Mountain High
 1982 Sally Webb  Washington, DC  Washington Listens '82
 1983  Bob Miller  Minneapolis/St Paul, MN  
 1984  Andrew D. Wolvin  Scottsdale, AZ  The Field of Listening: Directions in the 80's
 1985  Maguerita Lyle  Orlando, FL  Building Bridges Through Listening
 1986  Larry Baker  San Diego, CA  Conceptual Frontiers in Listening
 1987  Carolyn Coakley Hickerson  New Orleans, 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 of 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  Phillip Emmert  Sacramento, CA  Listening: Building Foundations
 1997  Susan Ellen 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, VA  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 Roc  Salem, OR  Listening: The Language of Peace
 2007  Margaret 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 Joire de Vivre
 2014  Pamela Cooper  Minneapolis, MN  The Power of Storysharing
 2015  Philip Tirpak  Virginia Beach, VA  Listening: The Key to Life
 2016 Kent Zimmerman  Tucson, AZ  Listening: A Labor of Love!
 2017 Charles Veenstra Omaha, NE Listening for Healing
 2018 Helen Ralston
 TBD 

*Inducted at Convention

Summer and Regional Conferences

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 occasionally 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. In 2014 a Listening and Healthcare Conference was held in the Netherlands.


"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.

International Listening Association
943 Park Drive
Belle Plaine, MN 56011, USA
Phone: (001) 952-594-5697
The ILA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 

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