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IWL'S TOP PICKS
MALE ALLY HIGHLIGHT
IWL is committed to accelerating the advancement of women - and engaging men is part of our "how."
Leading Women
Bloombase
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 confidence, 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS
IWL
"Power Up" Louisville 
Half-Day Conference
hosted in partnership with Norton Healthcare

The Olmsted

The inaugural "Power Up" conference is a lead-up event to the full-day  IWL Women's Leadership Conference To reach an equitable future for all, let's dive deeper to address the power imbalances and inequities that impact women's physical, mental, and economic health.  Through a half-day community conversation, unpack these barriers women face in the workplace, home, and community. Leave this interactive, engaging experience with a better understanding of power, recommendations for change, and a coalition of people committed to advancing and supporting women. 

Registration opens January 1!

5th Annual 
IWL Louisville Conference
"Your Voice. Your Power. Your Time."

Louisville Marriott Downtown

Melinda Gates once said, 'A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman'. 

By stepping into your voice, you have the power to facilitate change at work, home, and in the community. Now is the time to embrace that power, recognize your influence, and take control of your future. What can you achieve by owning your voice, your power, and your time?
 
At IWL, we know that men are integral partners in getting to an equitable future  for women. Together, our voices are magnified, our power multiplied, and our time momentous. 

Join us at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on April 25, 2019 to learn the skills necessary to have courageous conversations, reclaim your voice, and be a tenacious ally for all women.

Registration opens January 1!

UPCOMING EVENTS
INDIANAPOLIS
Women4Change Indiana
Listen, Connect, & Participate: Unequal, The State of Women at Work in Indiana

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Newfields - DeBoest Hall
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Women4Change Indiana and WomenChangeMakers invite you to Listen, Connect, and Participate. In a conversation between women in government, experts, and citizens on the subjects of women's health, safety, and the state of children and families in Indiana.

Cost: FREE

United Way of Central Indiana
Women's Speaker Series: Why Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Matters

United Way of Central Indiana
2955 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

What are your career goals and aspirations? Maybe you want to join the c-suite, launch your own business or become a community leader. If you're a woman, you may hit road blocks along the way due to your gender and ethnicity. How do you overcome these obstacles and attain your goals? 

Join UWCI for a panel discussion featuring four successful women who have all faced challenges along the path to their current positions. These women will share their personal journeys of how they have navigated through difficult barriers to get to where they are today. 

Panel speakers: 
  • Tavonna Askew, Chief of Staff & General Counsel, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County
  • Marlene Dotson, President & CEO, Indiana Latino Institute 
  • Tracy Edmonds, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, Anthem 
  • Ann Murtlow, President & CEO of United Way of Central Indiana
  • Moderated by Ansuyah Naiken, Global Competency Training Manager, The International Center
Cost: $20 for Affinity Group Members, $25 for Guests

UPCOMING EVENTS
LOUISVILLE
Tomorrow's Talent
4th Annual Workforce & Education Summit

8:30am - 2:30pm
Muhammed Ali Center
144 North 6th St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Registration is now open for Tomorrow's Talent, the 4th annual Workforce & Education Summit, produced by KentuckianaWorks, 55,000 Degrees, Greater Louisville Project, and Greater Louisville Inc.

The themes of this year's summit are Transformation, Scale, and Equity. Speakers will focus on how the Louisville region can develop an inclusive, tech-savvy workforce that is prepared for the knowledge economy of the future.

Keynote speakers:
  • Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, President of University of Louisville 
  • Heather CoxChief Digital Health and Analytics Officer, Humana
Breakout Sessions:
  • Preparing the Youth of Today for Tomorrow
  • Today's Efforts Toward an Inclusive Workplace
Cost: FREE

Louisville SHRM
Using Organization Design to Improve Performance
with Michael Gold

U of L Delphi Center
310 North Whittington Parkway
Louisville, KY 40232

Join Louisville SHRM to hear from Michael Gold, the founder and Principal of Gold Standard Consulting, a consulting firm which specializes in strategic planning, organization design, organization development and large-group facilitation. Michael has more than 30 years of Fortune 500 experience in financial services, hospitality and healthcare, as well as experience acquiring and integrating mid-market companies and launching a start-up subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company.

Michael's organization design experience ranges from external acquisitions, to sales force mergers, to call center transformations, to building and launching new businesses. He has led organization design initiatives for teams of twenty associates to businesses of 12,000 people.

Cost:  $30 for Members, $35 for Non-Members




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Integrating Women Leaders Foundation
2018 Highlights

From an expanded vision, to rebranding, to our two most successful conferences yet, and more, this has been an amazing year of growth and impact for the stakeholders of IWL. Thank you for being a part of our community. 

2018 Conferences - our best yet!


This year, women and men came together in Louisville and Indianapolis for inspiration, learning, and connections. Attendees heard stories of optimism, relentless positivity, and courage - just to name a few - and learned the importance of being your true self, that women aren't seen or heard in media, and the power of asking questionsWe agreed that #NowIsTheTime to become #BetterTogether and committed to taking big steps toward our personal and professional goals. The energy from these powerful days has continued to carry us throughout the year. 

New Look and Expanded Vision



On August 28 we also revealed our new logo for IWL. It's not just about the look - this image reflects an expanded and exciting vision for our future and our promise to help accelerate the advancement of women.

As partners in talent development, we unleash the highest level of performance for women, men and their organizations. We do this through perspective changing experiences including conferences, workshops, consulting and individualized programs.

We are committed to being bold in our journey as a force for positive change, and we are excited for the even bigger impact we can make together.

Interactive Workshops

Engaged groups of women and men joined the IWL team this year for workshops on allyship, unconscious bias, workplace inclusion and more. We truly are better together, and we saw that lived out in rooms filled with leaders in our community. 
It was powerful to come together with passionate men and women and have rich, productive discussion on sometimes uncomfortable topics - and we plan on doing this even more in 2019! 

For more information on IWL's workshops -  Activating Male Allies, Better Together, Unconscious Bias, The Imbalance of Power, and Connecting with Purpose  - visit our  website.




Partnerships
 
IWL is a resource and a connector, and in 2018 we focused on building partnerships with other like-minded organizations in Indianapolis and Louisville. Building successful partnerships will continue to be a focus in 2019. 

IWL became a Champion of the Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis Chapter in 2018, with CEO Kim Graham Lee serving as the chapter's first  president.
As a former leader in tech, Kim Graham Lee served on the planning committee for the Indy Women in Tech (IWiT) Summit in August, and IWiT became a partner of IWL.
In Louisville, IWL continued its partnership with Women Influencing Louisville (WIL)  and co-hosted "The Empowerment Project" together.
IWL formed a great partnership with the Indiana Leadership Association this year, hosting workshops at Shafer Leadership Academy in Muncie.
 
Powerful Lessons Learned

It's gratifying to hear what an impact IWL has had on individuals through our perspective-changing experiences all year long. Hear what some of those individuals had to say about their learnings from IWL:

"I loved the concept of falling in love with a problem so that you're invested in the solution!"

"I need to be conscious of my biases and actively work to overcome them."

"Taking ownership of your career is the most important, freeing, and encouraging piece to building a future."

"I have not held myself to a high enough standard for supporting the women on my team and in our organization."

"We can't be shy about continually engaging men in the  conversation about gender-balanced leadership."

"It helped me to open my eyes to biases that exist and  inequalities that occur with and without conscious thought."

"I learned to be more proactive as an ally and engage and correct poor  behaviors in group settings whether or not women (or other  diverse representatives) are present ."

Thank you for being a part of an exciting year with IWL - we know we will make an even bigger impact together in 2019!
IWL Blog Post: What I Have Learned in the "Year of the Woman"
By Anna Rauh
Marketing Communications and Event Coordinator, IWL Foundation
"'So what now?'  What can we do to be better in 2019? Contrary to some of the messages we've seen this year, I believe this action plan doesn't have to be divisive. These problems give us all the chance to ask questions and expose our vulnerability. Having courageous conversations gives us the amazing opportunity to be real with one another - to be truly open and see different perspectives. And what a richer existence we can have if we can respectfully open up to one another! "

Want to keep reading?  Read the full blog on our website.
Introducing a 2-part conference experience in Louisville.  Registration opens January 1!
"Power Up" Conference Kick-Off
Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 11am - 6:15pm |  The Olmstead

The inaugural "Power Up" conference is a lead-up event to the full-day  IWL Women's Leadership Conference To reach an equitable future for all, let's dive deeper to address the power imbalances and inequities that impact women's physical, mental, and economic health.  Through a half-day community conversation, unpack these barriers women face in the workplace, home, and community. Leave this interactive, engaging experience with a better understanding of power, recommendations for change, and a coalition of people committed to advancing and supporting women. 

Speakers include:


Pamela Jett
Leadership Communication Expert
Jett Communications, Inc.
Career Power
Vivian Blade
Talent Management Expert &  Author
Experts in Growth Leadership Consulting, LLC
Inner Power
Demetria Miles-McDonald
Founder & CEO
Decide Diversity
Inner Power

Plus a panel of financial planning experts:




Mary Jovanovich
Senior Manager
Business Development
Schwab Charitable
Financial Power
Nancy Murphy
Senior Financial Planner
Charles Schwab
Financial Power
Erin Goodrich
Portfolio Consultant
Charles Schwab
Financial Power

5th Annual IWL Louisville 
Women's Leadership Conference
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Louisville Marriott Downtown
Melinda Gates once said, 'A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman'. By stepping into your voice, you have the power to catalyze change at work, home, and in the community. Now is the time to embrace that power, recognize your influence, and take control of your future. What can you achieve by owning your voice, your power, and your time?
 
At IWL, we know that men are an integral partner in achieving an equitable future. Together, our voices are magnified, our power multiplied, and our time momentous. Join us at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on April 25, 2019 to learn the skills necessary to have courageous conversations, reclaim your voice, and be a tenacious ally for all women.
Welcoming the 2019 Louisville Conference 
Keynote Speakers:




Dr. Neeli Bendapudi
President
University of Louisville
Sheri Riley
Empowerment Speaker
Life Strategist
Award-Winning Author
Darleen Santore
Founder & CEO
Performance at Higher Degree (P.H.D. Coaching)

We are thrilled to have these three powerful women taking the stage for 2019, and we hope you'll join us - It's Your Voice. Your Power. Your Time.
Mark your calendar for next year!
Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award
Now accepting nominations for 2019!
 
This August, we presented our 4th Annual Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award at the Indianapolis IWL Women's Leadership Conference to Rhyan Smith, a single mother and 3rd year law student at Robert H. McKinney School of Law. As her nominator put it, "a woman who exemplifies determination and innovation as she rebuilds her life after
surviving domestic violence, divorce, and financial devastation, she is determined not to be a victim, but to be victorious!" The scholarship went toward helping Rhyan further the Finishers Scholar Initiative and reach her goal of practicing corporate law and advocating for women who have survived domestic violence. 

We are now taking nominations for the 2019 Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award. If you know a bold and innovative woman who deserves next year's award, please use this nomination form. Donations can also be made to the scholarship fund.



 
Happy Holidays from IWL!
Wishing a holiday season of peace and joy 
from our family to yours. 

Help us have a greater impact. If you missed your chance to donate to IWL Foundation on #GivingTuesday, you can click the link below to make a contribution today. 
 
This time of year, everyone is consumed with all of the endless things that need to be done for and before the holidays. But before we wrap this year up in a big red bow, we're focusing on the theme  Reflect. This month we challenge you to take 20 minutes to indulge in a reflection of the past year. Ask yourself: Am I happy with how I've spent my time? What lessons have I learned? Who and what am I grateful for? Give yourself permission to celebrate the accomplishments you've made, and to take a breath before starting again.  Then ask yourself: What top 3 concrete actions can I take to live the life I want to live next year? These can be as simple or as challenging as you choose, but they need to be things you're excited about - even if they're a little daunting. Once you reflect, you'll feel even better heading into the most wonderful time of the year!

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