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IWL is committed to accelerating the advancement of women - and engaging men is part of our "how."

The Role of Male Allies on the Journey to Gender Equality | Salesforce

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Want to Join the IWL Male Ally Advisory Group?

This summer, IWL is launching a Male Ally Advisory Group, and we'd love to include you. If you are a man who is interested in being a part of a network of allies, sharing best practices, and helping shape programming at IWL, contact:
CEO, Kim Graham Lee

We'll be kicking off this advisory group at the "What Male Allies Need" breakout session at the IWL Conference on September 16. Join us to help shape the impact this group can make.

Women: If you know a great male ally you would recommend for our advisory group, encourage them to reach out! 

Indy Government 101
Featuring Beth White

Please join Women4Change and Beth White, Executive Director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee to learn about government in central Indiana. Indy Government 101 consists of three sessions: The first will dive into the structure of government in Indiana, the second will go into the process of electing our government officials, and the third will explain the Brookings report and the challenges our city faces.

Linking Indy Women
Ceilings and Curveballs
Featuring former IWL speaker, Marcia Barnes

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
7:30am - 9:00am
The Hatch
6161 Hillside Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

As the Founder + CEO of Valve+Meter Performance Marketing, Marcia Barnes knows a thing or two about leading and serving. This woman of influence has made a career out of reinventing herself and helping others become the best version of themselves. Born as a farmer's daughter in southeast Indiana, Marcia learned many life lessons on the family farm. "I discovered that ability, combined with a strong work ethic, has transferred to my business and personal life," quips Marcia. "These lessons helped me move from occasional states of brokenness, poverty and debt to health, confidence and success. Because of this, I consistently reinvent myself using these fundamental tools and I have a passion for helping others do the same."

Cost: FREE

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
Making the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion Work
Featuring Leah Smiley

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am
United Way of Central Indiana
2955 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Leah Smiley, CDE, is the founder and President of the Society for Diversity Inc. As a LinkedIn "All-Star", Mrs. Smiley has facilitated hundreds of presentations for more than 10,000 professionals and executives around the world, as well as consulted with more than 100 organizations. She has 15 years of experience in Diversity and Inclusion, as well as 25+ years as a master of training and organizational development.

Through the Society for Diversity's subsidiary, the Institute for Diversity Certification (IDC)®, Smiley has helped thousands of D&I leaders around the world achieve their dreams of promotions, new positions, salary increases, additional staff, greater credibility, and visibility, as well as other phenomenal outcomes. 

Louisville SHRM
LSHRM Wellness Committee's Transitions of Aging

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Thrive Center 
204 East Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Empower your employees with knowledge and resources to navigate the stressors, challenges and decision-making process of caring for aging loved ones.

Topics of discussion will include technology and resources for helping your loved one to successfully age in place, red flags that it's time for a move, different levels of care and licensing nuances for senior living and long term care facilities, options for paying for in-home and in-facility services, planning ahead for the long term care needs of you and your loved ones, caring for the caregiver, and end of life issues and grief support.

Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A.

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10

NAWBO Kentucky
2019 Business Showcase and Leadership Luncheon Series
Featuring Sara Potecha, Author, Consultant and IWL Conference Speaker

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
10:00am - 2:00pm
Audubon Country Club
3625 Robin Rd.
Louisville, KY 40213

NAWBO Kentucky will host their 2019 Business Showcase and Quarterly Leadership Luncheon on August 20th at Audubon Country Club. The annual Showcase is free and open to the public with a business card and will feature vendor booths from 10am-2pm. 

Please stay for a luncheon with keynote speaker, Sara Potecha, author of West Point Woman, speaker and consultant (also an IWL Conference breakout speaker) from 11:30-1:00 pm. 

If you're looking for a great way to highlight your business, look no further!  Purchase a vendor table and showcase your business to NAWBO members and guests. You may provide materials, giveaways, drawings, brochures, or sell your product. Vendor tables are $100 each and are selling fast!

Cost: Showcase is  FREE. Lunch is $35 for members, $45 for guests and $50 for a member and their first-time guest. 

Leadership Louisville
100 Wise Women
Featuring Wendy Lea

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am
The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

The next 100 Wise Women event features keynote speaker Wendy Lea, Chief Entrepreneurial Advisor, Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership, a.k.a. LEAP.  CEO, board leader, investor, mentor, and community steward, Wendy Lea is a Mississippi-born former Silicon Valley CEO, who was tapped to help build and be the "chief entrepreneur" for the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP), a new collaboration that includes University of Louisville, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, XLerateHealth LLC and Greater Louisville Inc.'s EnterpriseCorp.

Cost: $35 

Help us have a greater impact. While we're proud of the progress that's been made, we know how far there still is to go to move the needle on gender equity. 

Your donation contributes to equipping women with the tools to connect, grow and advance as leaders and activating men as allies to support their progress.

IWL Rings In Year 10 with Legacy Celebration
Thanks to all who have been a part of our journey.

Earlier this month we had fun taking a trip down memory lane at our brand new co-working office space with members of the IWL family. Here are a few of our favorite snapshots from the celebration:
As new members of the Indy Chamber, we had a ribbon cutting in our new co-working office space - Serendipity Labs in Carmel.
Past and present Board members, committee members, volunteers, sponsors, and speakers enjoyed catching up over cocktails.

IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee, and Founder, Jennifer Browning Holmes, led guests through highlights from each year in IWL history.

Former Indiana Fever player, current VP of Basketball Operations for the franchise, and Indy change-maker, Tamika Catchings, made a special appearance - pictured here with Kim Graham Lee.
10th Annual  IWL Indianapolis Women's Leadership Conference is Just Over One Month Away!
Monday, September 16, 2019 | 8:00am - 4:30pm | JW Marriott
General Registration is open | $399 for individuals | $3,750 for a table of 10


Join 1,200+ women and men in "Uniting Our Power" on September 16 for IWL's 10th birthday party! 
IWL has always been a place where leaders from different companies, backgrounds, races, genders and perspectives come together to focus on our individual development, but also on our shared challenges and opportunities in pursuit of better, more sustainable solutions. 

This year's IWL conference is focused on how we can unite the power of the many who show up, speak up and stand tall to advance the inclusion conversation in our companies, our homes and in our communities.

Featuring Keynote Speakers: 

Michelle Gielan
Partner & Speaker

"Broadcasting Happiness"
Molly Q. Ford
Senior Director
Global Equality Programs

"Forward Together"

And our emcee for the day (back by popular demand):

Darleen Santore ("Coach Dar")
Founder and CEO
Performance Meets Purpose 
Coaching and Consulting
We are thrilled to have these powerful women taking the mainstage for 2019. Read their bios on our website
PLUS an interactive session from the mainstage on 
"Gender Bias in the Workplace"

Stories will be shared from the stage that generate real conversation among all attendees to facilitate learning around common gender biases in the workplace and how to overcome them.

Featuring Storytellers: 

Vicki Neddenriep
VP Human Resources - Research & Development Laboratories Group
Kelley Gay
Vice President 
Enterprise Marketing and Communications
Jamie Wright
Manager of Talent Acquisition


Session Facilitated By:

Kim Graham Lee
Integrating Women Leaders (IWL) Foundation

Dan Byrne
Neuro Market Access
Senior Director
Eli Lilly & Company
We're planning on other fun surprises and engaging elements from the mainstage that attendees will participate in to deepen the learning and connections gained. You don't want to miss this powerful day!
Some of the Breakout S e ssion Topics Include:

...and more! 

Including a breakout session specifically designed for male attendees:

"What Male Allies Want: 
Kick-off of IWL Male Ally Advisory Group"

7 Ways to Maximize Your IWL Conference Experience from Breakout Speaker and Author of  West Point Woman, Sara Potecha 

Sara is an accomplished author, speaker and consultant who has led cultural transformation initiatives for Fortune 100 and 200 companies and coached hundreds of leaders to higher levels of performance. A masterful story teller, Sara shares fundamental leadership precepts taught to her at a tender age at the United States Military Academy and applied in all her varied roles. She captures her audiences through powerful, and often hilarious, personal stories while teaching her readers how to cultivate the character within. 

Sara got such high marks at the IWL Louisville Conference in April that we invited her back for #IWLIndy!  Hear from Sara how you can make the most of your IWL Conference experience so that you walk away feeling "united, empowered, and transformed." 
Mark your calendar for IWL Louisville 2020
March 10, 2020 | Louisville Marriott Downtown

Planning is already underway for the 6th Annual IWL Louisville Women's Leadership Conference, and we hope to see you there - with the same energy that we saw on April 25. Catch one of our favorite moments of the day in this 3-minute clip from the mainstage, featuring Act Like X Co-Founder, marketing guru, and member of the IWL extended team, Jeanette Thebeau, encouraging the sold-out audience to think about "Your Time" differently.

In the meantime, join us in Indy on September 16 for plenty of interactive moments like this, with a whole new program and speaker lineup! Bring your team and enjoy a weekend in Indy along with a day of "Uniting Our Power."
Want to Join the IWL Male Ally Advisory Group?
IWL is accelerating the advancement of women, 
and men are a part of our "how."

This summer we're launching a Male Ally Advisory Group, and we're kicking it off in the "What Male Allies Need" breakout session at the IWL Conference.  It's understandable that in today's changing landscape and especially post-#MeToo, it may be challenging to identify where and how you can best participate and show up in support of women. To help, IWL is building a community of like-minded men, the IWL Male Ally Advisory Group, to support one another as we all work together to support female talent.

Regardless of where you are at on your own allyship journey, you have something to offer others. You have something to learn from others. Two IWL Board members will lead this session though attendees will be doing most of the talking.

Session Facilitators:

Robert Lescano
Area Practice Leader
Amazon Web Services (AWS) - Professional Services
IWL Foundation 
Board Chair

Tracy Betz
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
IWL Foundation Board Secretary

If you are a man who is interested in being a part of a network of allies, sharing best practices, and helping shape programming at IWL, register for the IWL Conference and join us for this session. If you are unable to make the conference, contact CEO Kim Graham Lee  for more information.  Women, if you know a great male ally you would recommend for our advisory group, please encourage them to reach out! 

Last month, we challenged you to "celebrate the victories" and practice sharing your accomplishments, like Sheri Riley taught us at the 2019 Louisville conference in late April. This month, as summer comes to a close, kids go back to school, and we're headed into the 10th Annual IWL Indianapolis Conference, we're focusing on Setting Intentions. Sometimes the reality of life is that we have to take one day, and one moment, at a time - just focusing on the task immediately in front of us. However, what good does it do to get into your car and start driving if you don't know where you're going?  Heading into this next month, we challenge you to set an intention for each day. Different from goal-setting, intention-setting does not require you to plan out your path to the desired outcome. It's a manifestation for how you will live out that day. Examples could be "I intend to lead by example," or "I intend to forgive others and myself." Practice repeating your intention a couple of times in the morning as you start your day, and see how this affects your mindset. Setting intentions is a great way to own how you choose to live each day, and to ground yourself as you head into this next season. 

Thank you to our 2019 Conference Sponsors... and there's still an opportunity to join!



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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 Annual Leadership Conferences, contact Kim Graham Lee, CEO, at
Better Together.
Integrating Women Leaders (IWL) Foundation accelerates the advancement of women  to drive individual and organizational growth and impact.