for the 2018 Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award
We raised over $2,100 for last year's  Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award , and we're excited to raise even more this year!

If you know a bold and fearless woman who you think deserves this award, nominate her using this link.
Learn more about this award on our website.

Donations can also be made to this  scholarship fund.
Butler University Executive Education

The Foundations in Business Certificate (FBC) is especially effective for professionals entering positions where business skills are critical to success. In addition, successful completion of the FBC allows participants to forgo many pre-requisites when accepted to the Butler MBA program, moving you as much as a semester ahead. 

The FBC is a very effective method to determine if pursuit of an MBA is right for you. Visit the FBC information page
to find more details and registration info.

If you have questions, contact
The Empowerment Project
Conference Kickoff Event

6:00pm - 8:30pm 
500 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

In partnership with Women Influencing Louisville (WIL), IWL is hosting a Louisville Conference Kick-Off Event showcasing the documentary  The Empowerment Project. This film is about the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.

Join us and connect with other bu siness leaders as we view and discuss this powerful film. The film is rated PG and you are welcome to share this event with your family. 

Cost: $35

IWL Louisville Conference
Better. Together.

7:30am - 8:30am  Networking/Registration
8:30am - 4:30pm Conference Program 
Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 

We have an exciting day of powerful speakers and session topics planned for our 4th Annual Women's Leadership Conference in Louisville. You can register for the April 11 conference with early bird discount pricing at $275 now through February 23.  You won't want to miss it!  

Early Bird Registration: $275

Conscious Capitalism 
Exploring Conscious Capitalism: How Profits can Coexist with Purpose

5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Willows on Westfield - The Lodge
6729 Westfield Boulevard

Do you believe that business exists for a  higher purpose beyond profits? That  stakeholder orientation versus strictly shareholder focus is the way to create sustainable value? That your organization's  culture matters? In the importance of developing  conscious leaders who embrace these beliefs? Join Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis to understand and discuss the positive impact that business leaders can have on their own organizations and the communities they serve.

They have an engaging evening planned that includes a panel discussion and Q&A with local experts:
  • Cynthia Pizarro, President of CSpring
  • Jim Money, President of AFC, part of KAR Auction Services
  • Sarah Taylor, General Manager of Container Store
Cost: $30

Diversity Roundtable of Indiana
February Membership Meeting
Reduce Unconscious Bias With Coaching

8:00am - 10:00am 
2955 N Meridian St #300
Indianapolis, Indiana

Thresette Briggs is the Founder and Chief Performance Officer of Performance 3, LLC (P3), a leadership and professional development firm that focuses on helping leaders and organizations achieve high-performance with integrated coaching. Coaching has become a powerful development tool because of its ability to guide and empower individuals to shift counterproductive mindsets and belief systems through self-awareness that increases knowledge agility and builds competencies. This interactive session will share 3 proven approaches for using coaching as the way to diversity and inclusion sustainability, and how you can apply them in your organization.

Cost: FREE

Louisville SHRM
The Future of Diversity and Inclusion: A Spotlight on Intersectionality
Speaker: Demetria Miles-McDonald

11:30am - 1:30pm 
UofL Delphi Center, Founders Hall, 450 Whittington Pkwy, 

In this presentation you will get a better understanding of intersectionality, take a look at the experiences of people from intersectional backgrounds, recognize your own intersectional identity, and discover ways to incorporate intersectionality in your diversity and inclusion efforts to effectively retain and develop intersectional employees.

**Demetria Miles-McDonald will also be presenting on this topic at the IWL Louisville Conference on April 11. You don't want to miss it!

Cost: $30 for members, 
$40 for guests

NAWBO Kentucky
EPIC Awards
Featuring: International Fashion Icon Mireya Villarreal, Founder and Designer, Pink Pewter Collection

6:00pm - 8:30pm 
Louisville Marriott East 
1903 Embassy Square Blvd.

EPIC stands for Excellence as a woman business owner, Professional accomplishments during the past 5 years, Initiative and creativity in addressing major challenges in her business, and Civic and community involvement. These are all qualities that women business owners display each and every day. The judges are prominent members of the business community, and base their decisions on these four areas. 

Cost: $99 for members, 
$125 for guests

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

April 11, 2018 | 8:30am - 4:30pm
Louisville Marriott Downtown

Announcing our Keynote Speakers:

Pam Jeffords

"Diversity & Inclusion: 
Why we are so Optimistic"

Pamela Jett
Leadership Communications Expert
Jett Communications, Inc.

"Relentlessly Positive Communication"

Jennifer Zinn
Senior Vice President, Specialty Business
Roche Diagnostics


As women and men WE all have unique and fresh perspectives on life. With OUR combined years of experience, WE are the change agents to face challenges TOGETHER. If the status quo is no longer an option, then together WE must alter what's been done in the past, and create a new present and future. 

The change you want to make may be personal or societal. It may be one step or a revolution. WE need to come together and decide what each one of US can do today to advance the conversation and to create a new way for ourselves, OUR coworkers, OUR families, OUR world.

"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things."
-Mother Teresa

Check out our exciting agenda and speaker lineup at and Register TODAY with early bird discount pricing at $275. Early bird pricing lasts through February 23 - y ou won't want to miss it! 

*To reserve your table of 10 at the price of $2,700 ($270 per person), contact Jen Tornatta at
Thank you to these companies for already committing to be 2018 Louisville Conference Sponsors!

We invite you to become a sponsor and showcase your organization as a leader in advancing women. Please contact CEO Kim Graham Lee at 
Louisville Conference Kick-Off Event: 
The Empowerment Project
in partnership with Women Influencing Louisville (WIL), 
and sponsored by Charles Schwab Louisville Branch

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 
5:30pm - 7:30pm
5:30 - 6:00 Networking and Appetizers 
6:00 - 7:00 Viewing of "The Empowerment Project"
7:00 - 7:30 Discussion 
Cost: $35

What would you do if you knew you would succeed?

In partnership with Women Influencing Louisville (WIL), IWL is hosting a Louisville Conference Kick-Off Event showcasing the documentary The Empowerment Project

This film is about the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of women to go after their career ambitions.  The filmmakers interview prominent women who have been successful in male-dominated industries, and their stories come together in a call to follow your passions, leverage your strengths, be fearless and bold, and take ownership of your path.

Join us and connect with other bu siness leaders as we view and discuss this powerful film. The film is rated PG and you are welcome to share this event with your family. 

2018 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Member SIPC. All rights reserved. Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. is not affiliated with IWL or WIL. The opinions they express are solely their own and may not necessarily reflect those of Schwab or its affiliates. Schwab makes no representations about the content of their presentation. Compliance #0915-5995
A Timely and Impactful "Gender Workshop" 
in partnership with Shafer Leadership Academy

CEO of IWL, Kim Graham Lee, and Executive Director of Shafer Leadership Academy, Mitch Isaacs

The group got up and moving for some interactive exercises
Kim facilitated meaningful discussion on challenging topics with the 
35 men and women who attended.

Last Tuesday, the IWL staff traveled to Muncie, Indiana to deliver our workshop,  Inclusion: Move the Needle on Gender Equity, in partnership with Shafer Leadership AcademyThis workshop is meant for professionals who want to enhance their own understanding of how to navigate challenging topics related to gender, and who are motivated by that learning to enhance both personal and organizational performance.

IWL Foundation CEO Kim Graham Lee facilitated both the morning and afternoon sessions, which combined instruction, exercises, and group discussion covering these important topics:
  • Business Case for Gender Inclusion
  • Understanding Unconscious Bias/Our Blind Spots
  • Women and Men Lead and Communicate Differently
  • Imbalance of Power: Harassment
  • Operating with Intentionality
The IWL team is excited to be heading back to Muncie at the end of the month. If you are interested in having IWL deliver this workshop in your organization, contact Kim Graham Lee, at

Mark your calendars for the next Indianapolis IWL Conference - you won't want to miss it! 
August 28, 2018 | 8:00am - 4:30pm | JW Marriott
Stay tuned for updates on our speakers and agenda. 
To learn more, visit

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

To become a corporate sponsor, please contact CEO Kim Graham Lee, at

Our theme for February is Staying Focused! After the excitement of the new year fades, it's easy for your resolutions to get lost in the busyness of life, but now is the time to stay focused. Sometimes it's easier to hold yourself accountable by breaking your resolutions  into small action steps each month. Take a few minutes at the start of this month to write down three achievable action steps that will help you successfully reach this year's goals. Reaching milestones in your short-term goals will keep you excited about the progress you're making toward your long-term goals, and it'll feel good to have a plan you know you can execute! 

Thank you to our 2018 Louisville Conference Sponsors!


Thank you to our 2018 Indianapolis Conference Sponsors!

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Bardach Awards

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
"IWL exists to develop individual women into leaders through  
empowerment, support and connections."