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 more than 28 years of networking and friendships.

“ILAC gives me the opportunity to experience things I would never experience on my own. I could visit Kentucky or any of the other ILAC locations at any time, but it wouldn’t be the same without my ILAC friends and family. These experiences allow me to continue my journey.”

Lisa Ann James, Project CENTRL, Class XIX

“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 2018 - Louisiana

Thanks to the Louisiana Ag Leaders for an amazing experience! Photos have been added to the Gallery.

November 5-8, 2018
New Orleans, LA

ILAC 2019 - North Dakota

Legendary: Leading North Dakota in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Diverse Cultures!

July 29 - August 1, 2019
Dickinson, ND

ILAC 2020 - Florida

The Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources will bring us ILAC 2020!

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.

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