Advanced Women Leaders (AWL) Program

W e know that when women come together to  collaborate with, learn from, and support other  women, change happens for themselves and  the world and teams around them. 

The Bloombase Experience for Advanced
Women Leaders program brings together a small cohort of experienced women leaders committed to expanding their leadership approach and impact. The central purpose of the program is to support and challenge women to proactively grow and develop themselves to be even more confident, purposeful and influential leaders who produce positive impact in their lives, teams and organizations.

If you are interested in being a part of the next cohort in Indianapolis or Louisville, contact Sheri Fella.
9th Annual  IWL Indianapolis Conference
Now is The Time

JW Marriott

General Registration: $380 for individuals, $3,500 for a table of 10

5th Annual  IWL Louisville Conference

Louisville Marriott Downtown

Save the Date!
Pivot Point
Lead as an Ally: You Don't Have to Be the Head of Diversity or a VP to Make a Difference
Online Workshop

Now is the time for allies. We need allies to achieve equality and create and sustain diverse workplaces. And, often our allies are everyday leaders.

In this free online workshop, equality and ally expert, Julie Kratz, and former tech executive turned women in tech advocate, Karen Catlin, will share proven tools that leaders can implement right away to engage allies and be a better ally.

Through an engaging approach, they will welcome interaction and story and strategy sharing across diverse groups of leaders wrestling with diversity and looking for solutions to retain top talent.

You will learn how to engage allies, and how to  be a better ally, and y ou will walk away with tangible commitments to take action on right away.

Cost: FREE

Women of United Way
Ignite Your Journey Women's Speaker Series
Crafting Your Professional Presence, Featuring Ellen Dunnigan

Are you interested in improving your public speaking, professional presence and communication skills? Then join the Women of United Way on August 16 for their next event in the Ignite Your Journey series. Ellen Dunnigan, President and CEO of Accent On Business, will provide practical steps on how to develop your professional presence and image. You'll leave feeling confident and competent, ready to take on your next challenge in life.

Cost: $20 for Affinity Group Members, $25 for Non-members

Indiana Fever Community Spotlight
Women4Change Indiana

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Women4Change Indiana is thrilled to host an evening with the Indiana Fever! This family-friendly evening of entertainment will be the perfect chance to network and also learn more about our organization. The Indiana Fever is committed to promoting the development and well-being of our community and Women4Change is eager for the chance to show these amazing athletes their support.

Come cheer on the Fever with all-inclusive food and beverage (beer, wine, water and soft drinks) in the  Legends area. Since this game is a Groups Eat Free Night, you can opt to enjoy the game in the Krieg DeVault Club Level. These General Admission tickets  include a hot dog, bag of chips, small Pepsi product, a Fever gift and a post-game free throw on the Main Court.

Cost: $16.50 for Krieg DeVault Club
$45 for Legends

Leadership Louisville
2018 Leadership Louisville Luncheon

11:30am - 1:15pm
Omni Louisville Hotel

The annual Leadership Louisville Luncheon convenes the region's most influential leaders in business, government, nonprofit and civic engagement. Each year they partner with the Office of the Mayor to bring in a guest mayor from a major US city, to share challenges and solutions with Louisville's civic leaders.

This year, they will be holding the event at the fabulous new Omni Louisville Hotel. Plan now to join them - as a sponsor or attendee or both.

Cost:  $75

Kentucky SHRM
34th Annual KYSHRM Conference

Omni Louisville Hotel

The 34th Annual KYSHRM Conference is the most exciting and largest HR conference in KY. It is the must-attend HR event of the year. Join in with HR Professionals to network, interact with sponsors, earn re-certification credits , and learn from remarkable speakers in the industry.

Your donation will help us to equip women with the tools to connect, grow and advance as leaders.

August 28, 2018 | 8:00am - 4:30pm | JW Marriott
Join our dynamic co-emcees for the most impactful IWL Conference yet! 

Tracy Betz
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Anthony Buffum 
Vice President of Human Resources
STANLEY Security 

We are thrilled that Tracy Betz and Anthony Buffum with be taking the stage as co-emcees for #IWLIndy this year!

Tracy, Partner at Taft Law, was named a "2018 Forty Under 40" honoree and has impacted great change in her role leading the women's initiative at Taft.  In his role as Vice President of Human Resources at  STANLEY Security , Tony has been instrumental in launching Stanley Black & Decker's first Employee Resource Groups for the company and building excitement and momentum around Diversity & Inclusion at Stanley.

Thank you to these two incredible leaders in diversity for bringing their passion and energy to the main stage.
IWL Blog Post:  Wise Leadership and the Importance of Time and Learning 
By 2018 Indianapolis Breakout Speaker, Dr. Kiko Suarez
Chief Community Impact Officer, United Way of Central Indiana

"Yes. Poverty has always existed. And street violence. And lack of access to education. And wars. And, and... It's not that the times we live in are unprecedented in terms of issues, but it is certainly different in terms of how fast things happen" ... " The way cultural norms have evolved through an almost infinite access to all types of content has altered what's acceptable and what's not, and leadership must be, consequently, redefined." 

Dr. Suarez will be delivering the breakout session, "Navigating Complexity and Leading Change in a Fast Paced World" on August 28. To learn more about him and our other breakout speakers, visit our website.

Now is the time to hear these incredible keynote speakers talk about the importance of being an ally, having equal representation, and claiming your destiny.

James Loduca
Director of Equality Programs

"The Birthplace of Equality"

Madeline DiNonno 
CEO of the  Geena Davis Institute on 
Gender in Media

"The Reel Truth: Women Aren't Seen or Heard"

Jennifer Magley
Creator and Owner of Open Gym Indy
Former Professional Athlete  and High Performance Coach

"Question Everything: The Reclamation of Our Autonomy"

Multi-Generational Panel of Empowered Women to Discuss the Gender Issues of Today
Including Panelists: 
Barbara Boyd
Former Broadcaster
Indiana Journalism 
Hall of Fame
Audrey Taylor
Founder & CEO
Jill Ehnes
Vice President of
Human Resources
Delta Faucet Company
Fany Morales
Senior Talent 
Acquisition Partner
Facilitated by:

Tracy M. Williams, PhD, DABT
Senior Director of Drug Disposition
Eli Lilly and Company
IWL Board Member
This cross-generational and cross-industry panel will explore the gender topics of today through a generational lens. Where do views and related experiences differ and where are they similar? We will dive deep into what can we learn from this tapestry and how we can work together today to impact the work environment for the next generation, while appreciating those who came before us.
We have an exciting program planned for August 28.    Reserve your table now - seats are selling fast!

To reserve your table of 10 at the price of $3,500 ($350 per person), contact Jen Tornatta at

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

Wondering how your organization can get involved? We invite you to become a sponsor and showcase your organization as a leader in gender inclusion. Please contact CEO Kim Graham Lee, at

Conscious Leadership: Focusing on the "We" not "Me"

On July 11, the IWL team attended a Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis event at the Vogue Theatre. IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee (also the volunteer president of the chapter) facilitated an engaging panel discussion focused on Conscious Leadership.  Different levels of leadership from One Click, a people-focused on-line eyewear company, and Morales Group, a purpose-driven recruiting and staffing company, participated on the panel. Nearly 100 people were inspired with an overall message that conscious leadership is about "We" and not "Me." It is "S.E.L.F.L.E.S.S", which reflects the following qualities:


S-Strength; E-Enthusiasm; L-Long-term Orientation; F-Flexibility; L-Love and Care; E-Emotional Intelligence; S-Systems Intelligence; S-Spiritual Intelligence


The philosophy of Conscious Capitalism also promotes an important message that organizations today need more of the strengths that are considered more inherently female characteristics-e.g., compassion, empathy, caring, collaboration, relationships, win-win.
IWL is proud to be engaged with Conscious Capitalism and other organizations that are doing amazing work to empower great leaders!

With our Indianapolis Conference quickly approaching, the theme for August is Now is the Time. This is your chance to take the next step - or even the first step - on something you've been putting off. Is there an idea that's been on your mind for a while, but you just keep telling yourself you'll do it later? Maybe you've been telling yourself you'll organize your garage. Maybe you've been wanting to ask for a raise at work. Maybe you've been wanting to try a new hobby, but you just haven't gotten around to it.  This month, think of one step you can take toward achieving that goal. Write it down with a deadline, and keep it someplace you'll see it every day. Here's the key - you have to DO it. It's easy to get overwhelmed by big ideas, but breaking it down into achievable pieces is a great way to get up the courage to finally act. Your procrastination ends today.  Now is the Time! 

Thank you to our 2018 Indianapolis Conference Sponsors!

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Bardach Awards

Thank you to our 2018 Louisville Conference Sponsors!


IWL Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  To g ive to the IWL Foundation or become a corporate sponsor of the IWL Women's Leadership Conference, contact Kim Graham Lee, CEO, at
Integrating Woman Leaders Foundation accelerates the advancement of women to drive individual and organizational growth and impact.