IWL is committed to accelerating the advancement of women - and engaging men is part of our "how."
See yourself here?
We are looking to add an Event Liaison and Operations Coordinator to the IWL team.  Check out the job profile on our website if you or someone you know might be interested! Accepting applications through Friday, February 15, 2019.
Nominate a Bold and Fearless Woman for the 2019 Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award

Christi Anderson was one of the first board members for IWL, as well as a mentor, a friend, an advocate for women's leadership,  a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and attorney.  Christi was passionate about helping other women in leadership, and we honor Christi by awarding a scholarship every year to a woman who is looking to innovate herself, to be better and do better - just like Christi did, and who could benefit from the financial assistance to do so. 

It is our hope that this award will create opportunities for these young women and inspire them to lead their lives boldly and fearlessly and with the tenacity of our dear friend, Christi.  If you know a bold and innovative woman who deserves this year's award, please use this nomination form. Donations can also be made to the scholarship fund.

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.

Cost: $380 for individuals, or $3,500 for a table of 10

Women4Change Indiana
Valentine's Day Letter Writing Campaign

Thursday, February 14, 2019
11:00am - 1:00pm
Indiana Interchurch Center
1100 W. 42nd St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Do you want to make positive change happen in Indiana? Check yes or no! Women4Change will be hosting a letter-writing campaign on Valentine's Day in order to provide another opportunity for you to engage with lawmakers during this legislative session. In the age of digital communication, handwritten notes are rarely sent to legislators and now have a special way of catching their attention. Join them at the Women4Change office building on the 14th and they will provide all letter-writing materials, as well as talking points on signature issues. 

Cost: FREE

Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis
More than Talk: Building Conscious Capitalism into an Oganization's DNA

Rescheduled for 
Thursday, February 21, 2019
LTC Language Solutions 
5750 Castle Creek Parkway, Suite 150

Join like-minded business leaders in the community as CCI gathers to connect with one another and grow in the application of  Conscious  Capitalism  principles to business practices. They will explore how we can build  Conscious   Capitalism  into an organization's DNA and then have a conversation with Martin George, CEO of LTC Language Solutions, about what it looks like in practice for him and his company.

Cost: $25

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana (DRCI)
Mentoring and its Impact on Inclusion Initiatives in the Workplace
Featuring Gisele Garraway and Rebecca Ford

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am
United Way of Central Indiana
2955 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Led by Gisele Garraway and Rebecca Ford, t his presentation will highlight the impact of mentoring in the workplace as seen in the Starfish Initiative. The Starfish Initiative inspires, encourages, and prepares promising, economically disadvantaged students for college and career success by pairing low-income high school students one-on-one with college-educated mentors. 

Cost: FREE

Louisville Business First
Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

8:00am - 10:00am
The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207

Join Louisville Business First on February 25th, at 8:00 am, for this one-of-a-kind event that brings together women in a casual, fast-paced coaching atmosphere.

The event will take place in 43 Business Journal markets on the same day. This means at least 200+ women will be coached in every market or 10,000 women across America, from Albany to Hawaii.

Mentoring Monday will offer the opportunity for you to choose from 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the business community for one-on-one coaching sessions for seven minute conversations. The attendees will stand in line and wait for a particular mentor or move to the next mentor available. This will allow the attendees to network with each other while they are waiting, which is just as important as the coaching sessions. We expect every attendee to have the opportunity to meet between one and seven mentors. The quick turnaround is organized chaos which will be fast, fun and fulfilling as everyone gets the chance to meet new people and gain new insights.

Cost: $45

Leadership Louisville
Best Of Leadership Summit 2019

The Kentucky Center
310 North Whittington Parkway
Louisville, KY 40232

The 2019 Best of Leadership Summit will offer a fresh look at leadership, with opportunities for learning for leaders at all levels. Attendees have the chance to network with regional peers and enjoy performance-boosting learning around servant leadership, thriving organizational culture, storytelling, resilience, and creating high-performance teams. Breakout sessions allow for growth in leading self and leading others, as well as engaging in community issues.
The curriculum will help you:
  • Build organizations that are more innovative, more profitable and command greater loyalty from customers and employees
  • Gain deeper knowledge around new leadership models, generational challenges, inclusive leadership and collaboration
  • Achieve great relationships and great results
Join hundreds of regional leaders for a powerful, energizing, fun day of learning at The Kentucky Center. The event will conclude with a cocktail reception celebrating the Leadership Louisville Center's 40 th anniversary.

Cost:  $450 (Members get a $50 discount)

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.

Help us have a greater impact. Your donation contributes to equipping women with the tools to connect, grow and advance as leaders and men to support their progress.

Power Up - An Impactful Kick-Off to the 
5th Annual IWL Louisville Conference on April 25
IWL CEO Kim Graham Lee and Norton Healthcare CEO Russ Cox opened the day together with a note about the importance of allyship.
A panel of financial experts from Charles Schwab, including IWL board member, Mary Jovanovich, presented on the importance of financial wellness and claiming our financial power.

On February 7, IWL Foundation and Norton Healthcare co-hosted the Power Up conference at the Olmsted in Louisville - and what an impactful day! 250 women and men participated in an interactive day with meaningful discussions on the power imbalances women experience at home and at work.

In this kick-off to the IWL Conference coming up on April 25, we walked away with some key learnings:
  • "Power to" leadership is more effective than "power over" leadership because it empowers people to find their own path toward a bigger vision. 
  • We each fall into more than one box on the "Table of Diversity," and we have experiences in our life that have led to our own unique identity. This identity shapes which areas of wellness we prioritize above others, ultimately shaping how happy we are in our personal and professional lives.
  • Claiming your financial power isn't just about making money, but about what choices you make with it - and when dealing with a financial advisor, you always have the power to ask more questions until you feel confident in the choices you're making. 
We are even more excited for you to continue the experience with us on April 25!

Thank you to our Power Up Sponsors for making this "powerful" day possible!

Marquee Sponsor

Networking Reception Sponsor
Register Today for the 5th Annual IWL Louisville  Women's Leadership Conference
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Louisville Marriott Downtown
$380 for individuals | $3,500 for a table of 10

Your Voice. Your Power. Your Time. 
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.
Featuring 2019 Louisville Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi
University of Louisville
Sheri Riley
Empowerment Speaker
Life Strategist
Exponential Living
Darleen Santore
Founder & CEO
Performance Meets Purpose
Coaching and Consulting
And a "Courageous Conversation" 
with Papa John's Leaders

Victoria Russell
Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Papa John's International
Mike Nettles
EVP, Chief Operating and Growth Officer
Papa John's International
Lyndsay Railey
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Papa John's International
Dawne Gee
News Anchor
Led by Co-Emcees:

Latisha Schmitt
IT Inclusion and Diversity Leader
AJ Hubbard
Global Executive
Diversity and Inclusion
GE Appliances, a Haier Company
Plus, breakout topics that you asked for and that are relevant in today's world:

To reserve a table of 10 for $3,500, contact Anna Rauh at

Announcing the 10th Annual 
IWL Indianapolis Conference Theme:

Our conference planning committee is excited to announce this year's theme, that reflects a milestone year with an even greater focus on diversity: Uniting Our Power. We hope you're excited too!

We are unique individuals with our own experiences, skills and journeys. And while ultimately it comes down to each of us identifying and pursuing what we need at work and at home to be fulfilled, it is in the coming together that we are able to expand our thinking, our perspective and ultimately our impact. 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.

The 10th Annual IWL Indianapolis 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. Please join us in Uniting Our Power.

If your company is interested in being a corporate sponsor of the IWL Conference, please contact IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee, at
"Now is the Time" for the Women of Amazon
IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee, facilitated an impactful day of learning at the Women of AR conference in Kenosha, Wisconsin

This past month, the IWL team traveled to the MKE1 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kenosha, WI to help facilitate a "Women of Amazon" conference. IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee, moderated an "Activating Male Allies" panel, as well as a panel and Q&A with women leaders - including Alexis DePree, Vice President of Amazon Transportation Services, Americas Sort Centers and Planning - and an interactive workshop on having "courageous conversations" in the workplace.  Over 120 women and men participated in a day of learning, and walked away with some key takeaways:
  • Unconscious bias is natural, and can cause snap decisions to be made in the workplace that deserve more time and attention. 
  • An ally is someone YOU identify as a person you can trust to speak up for you when you're not in the room. 
  • Having a "courageous conversation" may not always lead to the outcome you want, but you will be better off having spoken up for yourself than not. If you face barriers even after having the courageous conversation, this is when you can call on your allies to speak up for you.
It's inspiring to see major employers like Amazon stepping up and being intentional about moving the needle on gender equity. Thank you, Amazon, for partnering with IWL.

If you are interested in bringing IWL into your organization to facilitate a workshop, please contact Kim Graham Lee at
IWL Blog Post: "My IWL Impact Story:  10 Years of IWL Conferences -- From Attendee to Board Chair"
By Nancy Allen
Senior Director of Global Regulatory Affairs, Eli Lilly & Company

To celebrate our 10th year as an organization, we are sharing some of the incredible stories that we've heard from people whose lives and leadership journeys have been positively impacted by IWL Foundation. 

" It took a day at the IWL Women's Leadership Conference at Marian University in 2009 to provide me with this different perspective of the world - of my world. Throughout the day I met over fifty successful women from a variety of companies and with experiences that on the surface appeared nothing like mine own. Yet by digging deeper, I found that we had more shared experiences than differences. I learned that the unique struggles we share can bond and empower us to lead change in the journey toward equality for all women . "

Want to keep reading?  Read the full blog on our website.
As 2019 began, you worked on resetting. You asked questions about how the past year went and what future goals could be set to accomplish more for yourself. Now, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we're shifting the focus to others with the theme of leading with love. Love is not often something we associate with work, but one of the strengths women tend to bring to the workplace is the ability and willingness to lead with love. Don't we all want to be in a workplace where we feel cared for by the people around us, passionate about the work we're doing, and committed to a common goal? Take this chance to look around and reflect on the people you are especially grateful for in your workplace. We challenge you to pick 3 of those people, and write each of them a handwritten note to let them know they are loved and appreciated. Let's lead with love this month - and chances are, you'll feel some love in return!

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
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Integrating Women Leaders (IWL) Foundation accelerates the advancement of women  to drive individual and organizational growth and impact.