Letter from the ILA Presidient

Dear ILA Members,

  • During 2019 and 2020, we wrote to apprise you of the strides your Board had taken to reimagine the ILA’s future. We’ve made substantial progress toward that goal and would like to update you.

    In 2018, the ILA Board created a taskforce to examine who the ILA is now, who it should be in the future, and how to get there. The “raw materials” for this effort included our mission/vision statements, member suggestions on specific initiatives, and planning efforts from the past 25 years. After careful reflection, the taskforce—which consisted of Phil Tirpak, Jennie Grau, Sandra Bodin-Lerner, Nicole Bodin, and John Backman—developed a Statement of Direction (above) that matches the ILA’s mission and strengths to the greatest needs of our era. 

    The Board approved the Statement on March 15, 2019, and a new task force—John Backman, Nicole Bodin, Sandra Bodin-Lerner, Tamsin Hartley, and Krishna Naineni—took up the task of translating the Statement of Direction into a short-term, actionable strategic plan. Current programs and member suggestions were considered, prioritized, and distilled into the Outline of Initiatives (above)approved by the Board on July 29, 2020.

    What does this mean for you?

    It means you belong to an organization that has a clear vision of its place in today’s world, the unique contributions it can make, and how to best make them happen—all to shape the teaching and advancement of listening worldwide. 

    There is still work to be done, and the 2020-21 Board has taken it up with zeal. We are currently engaged in a robust process to articulate the values of the ILA and to form working groups that will serve as the vanguard of launching key strategies. 

    For now, I would ask you to help us in this effort by doing two things:

1.     Please read (or reread) the guiding documents linked above. If you have questions, send them to lori.joubert@listen.org.
2.     Please take part in our upcoming membership survey. In the next few days, we will send you this survey to gather your thoughts on ILA’s core values, as well your experience of the ILA generally and your ideas for moving our organization forward. 

Thank you, as always, for all your contributions to the ILA, past, present and future.

Best regards,

Lori Joubert, MA, CLP 

President, International Listening Association 

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