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Meet Our ILCA Staff – Amanda Joslin

As part of a new series, Lactation Matters will highlight the many amazing staff and board members of ILCA!  For our first article, we introduce to you Amanda Joslin, Director of Conferences.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I started working for ILCA in February of 2011. How time flies! A year later, I still love what I do every day and have learned so much about the importance of breastfeeding. I studied at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (International Business) and Bachelor of Arts (Spanish). I began my career in marketing for a kitchen ventilation company. During my time there, I became the Manager of Marketing Services and planned my first meeting. I was in charge of planning a sales meeting for about 250 sales personnel in Chicago, Illinois. I had no idea what I was doing and I had to learn along the way. I realized, at the completion of that meeting, that becoming a meeting planner was what I had a passion for.

What position do you hold at ILCA and what are your responsibilities?

As ILCA’s Director of Conferences, I work with the Conference Program Committee chair and Education coordinator to coordinate and implement our annual conference and meeting. I have a variety of responsibilities, including preparing meeting specifications, arranging room blocks, coordinating the food and beverage, and facilitating speaker arrangements. I am also involved in the creative direction and fulfillment of the program website, registration brochure, save the date, exhibitor prospectus, conference handbook, signage, on-site materials, and receptions. I negotiate and manage all vendors including entertainment, transportation and printing services. Another one of my responsibilities is researching sites for the upcoming Annual Convention locales. This includes narrowing down a list of prominent locations by conducting site visits, contract review and negotiation, and preparing a summary of proposals for board decision. I am currently working on my Meeting Planner Certification, which I hope to complete in the fall.

What is one thing people may not know about you?

One thing people don’t know about me is that I love to dance! I get ready in the morning and dance to music. I listen and dance to music while in the shower. I try to dance sometimes in my car, but it’s hard sitting down. I’ve always wanted to take a professional hip hop class, but I’m too scared I would be awful at it. Secretly I wish my mom had kept me in dance or ballet longer when I was younger!

I’m looking forward to our upcoming meeting in Orlando, Florida this July. I’m really excited about the new initiatives we have planned and looking forward to seeing everyone again!

What has been the most rewarding highlight while working at ILCA?

Completing my first conference in San Diego in July of 2011. My biggest conference I had coordinated before ILCA was 250 people, and I thought that was huge!

If you could dream of something for the ILCA office, what would it be?

A pool!! Or a hot tub would do – our staff loves hot tub time at the end of a long day at conference!

Amanda Joslin | Director of Conferences


New Possibilities in 2012! A message from our President

Beginning a new year can be a rejuvenating time to set new goals and explore new opportunities.  For the International Lactation Consultant Association, the opportunities have never been greater!  I hope each of you will resolve TODAY to get involved in your professional association.  You’ll find, as countless others have, that giving your time and your talents will come back to you in the most incredible ways as you seek to make a difference.

Earlier this week I sent my ILCA President letter to inform you about the status of ILCA as we begin this new year.   Click here to read about ILCA’s strong foundation of sound financial health and highest membership numbers ever (over 6,000!), and details about the many exciting new initiatives.

Coming in 2012:

  • The 2012 ILCA Conference in Orlando…with live simultaneous translations in Spanish for the first time ever, a new ILCA “lounge” for networking with colleagues, and family activities to make this a wonderful vacation while you learn.  Be sure to check out the YouTube™ video at and pass it along to your colleagues on your Facebook™ and Twitter™ sites and be an early bird registering and have an opportunity to win a fabulous i pad 2, check the details.
  • New changes to the Journal of Human Lactation under the new editorial leadership of Anne Merewood.
  • CERPS on Demand© with a full slate of webinars in many languages!
  • Baby-Friendly Initiative Committee to explore strategies for promoting and implementing BFHI worldwide.
  • European Task Force to address member needs across Europe.
  • Continued expansion of our robust translation program.
  • Collaborative projects with IBLCE, including a NEW consumer website, IBCLC promotional brochure, and hospital outreach initiatives.
  • Position papers and clinical protocols.
  • NEW edition to the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice.
  • Expansion of our global relationships worldwide.
  • And more!

I love to sign my communications, “ILCA is YOU,” and I believe that phrase perfectly captures how important each of you are to ILCA’s success.  There has never been a better time to get involved, so join us in 2012 as we work together to meet the needs of the lactation community worldwide.

Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA ILCA President 2010-2012


Get Ready for ILCA 2012!

Start planning today to come and celebrate the 27th ILCA Annual Conference in beautiful Orlando, Florida.

This 2012 ILCA Annual Conference will provide a rich learning environment for lactation professionals and others who assist mothers and babies with breastfeeding. It will offer current and aspiring lactation consultants information on cutting-edge lactation practices and research to equip you in giving optimal breastfeeding care and support to mothers and babies.


Registration opens December 2011
Check back at the ILCA 2012 conference page often as more information will be available soon.


ILCA Discounts Galore!

Orlando might be home to some of the nation’s greatest theme parks, but there’s a lot more the great City of Orlando has to offer!

See ILCA’s special page for specialty discount attraction tickets, shopping, dining and more information for you and your family vacation.

It’s back again ….Exam Review at ILCA!
Are you new to the lactation consultant profession and taking the IBLCE exam for the first time?
Are you recertifying next year?

The IBLCE exam will be offered at the JW Marriott immediately following the 2012 ILCA conference. The final day of the conference will present an opportunity for last-minute review of key information and clinical slides along with tips on test taking.

What a great opportunity to be able to have a hassle free exam preparation, no traffic delays or stressful situations , cruise down the lazy river and into your exam, cool and calm!


There are so many exciting places to visit…. Let us know what you’re planning, share your ideas.

Abstracts for the conference are now open, what an opportunity to get your message out there, share your exciting projects you’re working on …

Start planning your next summer with ILCA in Orlando today….


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