Francesca Lana with Rita Cosby at the Memorial Day Parade gala dinner, Washington DC 2015
The Influential Ladies AllianceFrancesca Lana on the ILA: I’ve always been a passionate advocate not just of women’s rights but of women’s opportunities and that’s what the Influential Ladies Alliance is about – giving women the opportunity to come together to do remarkable things. In my travels around the world, I’m struck time and time again by the beautiful diversity of women and how powerful it is when women collaborate.
At the heart of the ILA is a commitment to weaving a rich tapestry of female experience and talent and tapping the untapped potential that exists in so many women. So often what holds women back from achieving their potential, is a lack of support networks. I’ve always tried try to help other women wherever and however I can – so the ILA’s commitment to building a supportive, strategic sisterhood really excites me.
Anyone who knows me tells me that my biggest gift is communication and bringing people together. The ILA gives me a chance to use my gifts and skills to bring women together, connecting them across interests and fields – arts, sciences, academia, philanthropy and business. One of the many things that I love about ILA is how it brings women together in a spirit of collaboration rather than competition, not just helping build businesses but helping build up the women behind them.
I am blessed to have been nurtured by a network of strong, supportive women in my family and I love that the ILA’s mentoring, educational and social events are places where women feel not just empowered, but enriched as they experience the support of other women. It’s wonderful to see women arrive at the ILA events – whether they are dinners, cocktails or seminars –and within minutes – catch a vision for what the ILA is doing and start to build strong relationships with other women – swapping numbers and building networks. It’s been great to see the ILA vision become a reality at these events, which happen once a month or so and to hear those women who come asking when the next event is.
The ILA team really embodies the ILA’s ethos. I feel very privileged to be part of such a strong team of fantastic women, who are not just great partners in the ILA work, but great friends who support and nurture each other. Even though the team is made up of busy working women, wives and mothers, whenever we’re in the same city, we always find time to get together and plan how we can help other women through the ILA.
Wherever I go, it is my pleasure and privilege to publicize the work of the ILA, I’m a “people person” and the ILA is fundamentally not about projects but about people and about women encouraging other women to be the best they can be – a cause which I wholeheartedly support.
What is the Influential Ladies Alliance?
- We are an alliance of successful & influential women from all over the world
- We are a non-profit membership organisation
- We support charitable causes and foundations
- We support empowerment and encouragement of women
- We are not a religious organisation
- We are not a political organisation
- We build our community based on mutual respect and support