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Want to Join the IWL Male Advisory Board?

This summer, IWL is launching a Male Advisory Board, 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, at

Linking Indy Women
Negotiation: A Woman's Most Powerful Career Tool
Featuring IWL Conference speaker, Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
7:30am - 9:00am
The Hatch
6161 Hillside Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Charlotte is a highly sought-after consultant and speaker that works with organizations who seek to foster and support a culture of inclusion and innovation. Charlotte is known for her ability to engage and teach audiences how to effectively communicate and develop collaborative skills to enable individuals to build and sustain inclusive high-performing teams in all functional areas of an organization. Charlotte is a regular contributor to the Indiana Business Journal and the Hamilton County Business Journal.

Cost: FREE 

Ignite Your Journey: A Celebration of Women
Presented by the Women of United Way

Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres while browsing through booths and meeting with female entrepreneurs and business leaders. Confirmed vendors thus far include Susan Tinder White Consulting, Purple Ink, Performance 3, Sunday Afternoon Housewife, Goelzer Investment Management, Wine & Candles, Relocation Strategies, Tapestry and Grow Bar Organics. A variety of industries will be represented, including: 
  • Health, fitness and nutrition
  • Music and art
  • Interior design
  • Caterers
  • Financial advising
  • Motivational speaking and storytelling
  • Real estate
  • Life and team coaching
  • Professional development and career coaching
  • Hair, beauty and makeup
  • Human resources
  • Diversity and Inclusion
Register by June 17 and receive a goody bag courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue!

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
Pride Month Panel Discussion:
Inclusive Practices for LGBTQ+ Professionals in the Workplace

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am
United Way of Central Indiana
2955 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Join DRTCI during Pride Month for this panel focused on creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ professionals in our workplaces.  Chris Handberg, Executive Director of Indy Pride, will lead this diverse panel through topics ranging from discrimination policies, healthcare needs and benefits packages, visibility in  leadership, community engagement activation, and even small but powerful ideas like utilizing pronouns in our email signatures. Hear stories about challenges that our panelists and our peers may have faced, as well as great examples of inclusion.

Leadership Louisville
100 Wise Women
Featuring Jody Bilney
Chief Consumer Officer
Humana Inc.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
8:30am - 10:00am
The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207

Register for 100 Wise Women to connect with distinguished women from all career stages and backgrounds, l earn by exchang ing ideas, sharing concerns and discovering expertise from the women sitting next to you, and g row as you strengthen your leadership capacity and get empowered.

From a Division 1 athlete to c-suite executive, featured keynote speaker Jody Bilney, Chief Consumer Officer of Humana, brings passion and determination to every position she plays.  Jody Bilney has championed consumers in executive roles across six different industries - consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, financial services, technology, food service, and healthcare. She is now driving Humana's transformation into a consumer-driven enterprise as the organization's first Chief Consumer Officer. Jody's passion and determination are rooted in her experience as a Division 1 athlete, playing tennis at Clemson University. A high-energy leader, Jody's sources of joy and inspiration are her family. A testament to the importance of lifelong connection and support that IWL promotes, Jody also happens to be a long-time personal friend of IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee. 

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.

Registration is Open  for the 10th Annual IWL Indianapolis  Women's Leadership Conference
Monday, September 16, 2019 | 8:00am - 5:00pm | JW Marriott
Early bird rate of $380 through June 30 | $3,750 for a table of 10

"Uniting Our Power"
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.

Join 1,400+ women and men in Uniting Our Power on September 16 - and bring your team!

Featuring Keynote Speakers: 

Michelle Gielan
Partner & Speaker

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

"Forward Together"
Jennifer Zinn
Senior Vice President
Physician Office Labs and Specialty Diagnostics
Roche Diagnostics

"When Courage is Not 
a Headline"
And our emcee for the day:

Darleen Santore ("Coach Dar")
Founder & CEO
Performance Meets Purpose
Coaching and Consulting 

Back by popular demand! 

We are thrilled to have these four powerful women taking the main stage for 2019. Read their bios on our website
PLUS an interactive session from the mainstage on "Gender Bias in the Workplace"

Stories will be told from the stage that stimulate interactive dialogue to facilitate learning around common gender biases in the workplace and how to overcome them.
We're planning on other fun surprises and interactive 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!
Additional Breakout S e ssion Topics Include:

...and more! 
Want to hear from Roche leaders on the impact of last year's conference?

Roche Diagnostics Recap of 2018 IWL Conference: Now is the Time

Wondering how your organization can also support this year's IWL Conference?
We invite you to become a sponsor and showcase your organization as a leader in gender inclusion.  Learn more on our website  or contact CEO Kim Graham Lee, at .
"My IWL Impact Story: Reflecting On A Life-Changing 'Last'"
By Margaret Geist,  Former IWL Intern

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.  Margaret Geist, IWL's spring Marketing and Communications Intern, worked alongside the rest of the team to create, promote, and celebrate the successful IWL Louisville Women's Leadership Conference in April. Margaret graduated from Butler University in May and has a lifetime of success ahead of her. Hear from Margaret on how her internship experience at IWL had an impact on her as a student, an intern, and a woman.  

The IWL team - Kim Graham Lee, Anna Rauh, Margaret Geist, and Katie Sheets - at the IWL Louisville Conference on April 25, 2019.
As part of her role as Marketing and Communications Intern, Margaret ran the IWL booth at the conference in Louisville, where she enjoyed connecting with lots of passionate women leaders.

"It seems fitting that I concluded the college chapter with such an impactful experience...  Working for a company founded by women and for women is something that, once experienced, will probably be something I look for in all future endeavors.  I will miss lunches with the team and discussions that involved exchanges of praise, words of wisdom, and a trust that made me feel incredibly empowered."

Want to keep reading?  Read the full blog on our website.

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 Humana Senior Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Diane Bailey-Boulet, demonstrating the power of "Your Voice" in front of the sold-out audience.

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 Advisory Board?
IWL is accelerating the advancement of women, 
and men are a part of our "how."

This summer we're launching a Male Advisory Board, 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

Nominate a Bold and Fearless Woman for the 
2019 Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award
August 2 Deadline to Nominate

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 nominate her by August 2. Donations can also be made to the scholarship fund.

We will be announcing the winner on the mainstage at the 10th Annual IWL Conference in Indianapolis on September 16!

In last month's newsletter, we encouraged you to "take off against the wind" to take flight toward your goals. Coach Dar inspired us to do that, as she closed the 2019 Louisville conference in late April. This month we're focusing on the message from another one of our Louisville keynote speakers, Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, president of the University of Louisville. Her message was Own Your Values. We see a lot of conflict in the world around us, and it's easy to get dragged down in the negativity and comparison. Dr. Bendapudi taught us that to be a good leader you have to know your values and stick to them.  Just like your company has a mission and values to guide it, we challenge you to write your own personal mission statement and core values. Once you write them down, hang them somewhere you'll see them every day.   Use this as a reminder that no matter what path others are taking, you've got your own compass showing you the way. When you can articulate where you're headed with confidence, others will follow. Owning your values is the first step toward leading a life you love! 

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.