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

Want to know how you can start being a better ally right now? Subscribe to the "5 Ally Actions" newsletter by Better Allies to receive 5 everyday actions to create a more inclusive workplace. 
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 nominate her. 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
Women Behaving Badly

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Indiana Historical Society
450 West Ohio St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

We're back to raise another glass to the renegade ladies of Indiana's past.
You may recognize these last names of Hoosier notables - Coffin, Wallace, Tarkington and Richardson. But what do you know about the women behind the men ? We're bringing them out of the shadows to show just how integral they were to their significant others and to history.

Cost: $20 ($16 for IHS members and $25 at the door)

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
Intersectionality: The Future of Diversity and Inclusion
Featuring Demetria Miles-McDonald

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

One of our Louisville IWL champions and speakers is coming to Indy!

Demetria Miles-McDonald is the Founder and CEO of Decide Diversity, a company focused on increasing the presence and effectiveness of underrepresented groups in the workplace, specifically in leadership positions. 

Today's version of diversity covers, among many other things: gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and veteran status. Everyone fits nicely into these groups. What happens when people identify with more than one of these groups? It's time to expand our definition of diversity and get back to its roots: uniqueness and individuality. It's time to talk about intersectionality. In this session, attendees will
  • Learn the concept and history of intersectionality and how it fills the gap traditional diversity and inclusion programs create
  • Recognize and examine their own intersectional identities and how you utilize that uniqueness at work
  • Analyze the intersectional diversity in their organization and the competitive edge it gives
  • Discover their role in incorporating intersectionality into their diversity and inclusion initiatives
Cost: FREE

Linking Indy Women
Featuring Jill Trimmel

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
7:30am - 9:00am
The Hatch
6161 Hillside Ave 
Indianapolis, IN 46220

From Enterprise Rent-A-Car, to Progressive Insurance, to Manhattan's Financial District, to consulting, Jill has pressed through her career often the only woman at the table, and the first woman at the table - sometimes realizing the only progress was the men at that table knowing where the women's bathroom was located relative to the boardroom. That was change, right?

After taking some time off with her family and friends to re-evaluate her next steps,  she asked herself:  "What impact have I made after twenty years, if I am still the only women in the room?"

Her journey to understand where women stand and what she could do to progress the position for all women began!  Jill was bewildered by her findings, and more so how little was being done and how few wanted to talk about action. She committed to ongoing research; studies, books, articles, opinions, policies, etc. on Equal Pay.  As her understanding developed, she created #iwillclosethegap, a platform to transform where women stand.

Cost: FREE

NAWBO Kentucky
EPIC Awards

Louisville Marriott East
1903 Embassy Square Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40299

The EPIC Awards is NAWBO's annual signature event and this year will be celebrating the EPIC Awards 25th anniversary! The EPIC Awards honor women business owners in different stages of business and stand for Excellence as a woman business owner, Professional accomplishments during the past five years, Initiative and creativity in addressing major 
challenges  in her business, and Civic and community involvement. 

Join NAWBO Kentucky for an EPIC night, celebrating the last 25 years of the EPIC awards, graduating the Grow Program Survive class of 2019, awarding FIVE women in business awards, along with an amazing keynote speaker and emcee!

Cost:  $135 ($110 for Members)

Louisville Business First and YPAL
Young Leaders Awards

Ice House
226 E Washington St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Louisville Business First, in partnership with the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL), will honor 20 rising stars in the early stages of their careers, who demonstrate excellence in both their workplace and community. 

These individuals bring innovative ideas to their organizations, find solutions to complex problems and give their time generously to charities and other causes.  

Come out and celebrate as we honor them. Cocktail reception at the Ice House. Beer, Wine and appetizers included with your ticket. Recording artists Twinjabi will perform.

Cost:  $60

Louisville SHRM
Drive Business Success with Workplace Flexibility

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

Effective and flexible work - or workflex - is rethinking how, when, and where people do their best work in ways that work for all. It's a fundamental element of the 21st century workplace shaped by advanced technologies, shifting demographics, and a 24/7 global economy. In order to remain competitive, organizations must develop innovative policies and practices that are responsive to employee needs-and enable them to have more control over how they accomplish their work and responsibilities. That's why top employers are making workflex part of their strategy to attract, retain and engage the best talent. 

Learn how you can drive business success by harnessing the power of workflex to support your organizational goals and strategy. This session will provide you with knowledge on how to build the business case for workflex, customize a workflex program and share tips on implementation. Discussion will be grounded in the results of national research and best practices from SHRM's When Work Works Initiative and award-winning organizations that demonstrate how workflex can boost retention, engagement, and other critical outcomes.

Cost:  $40 ($35 for members and $20 for students)


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.

The month of March is a time for us to honor and remember the women who made progress before us, as well as recognize the progress still yet to be made. How are you celebrating the women in your life?
International Women's Day  was last Thursday, with the global campaign #BalanceforBetter serving as a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. The movement toward gender equity must be more than just one day.

Not sure how to celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day at work? Here are a few ideas from organizations in our community:
  • Host a networking event with your women's employee resource group using women owned businesses as vendors.
  • Create a social media page internally for people to post pictures, quotes, and team activities. Use the hashtag #BalanceforBetter to participate in the international social media campaign.
  • Share company resources that your female employees might find valuable.
  • Bring in a female speaker with a message of empowerment.
  • Plan a group volunteer project with an organization that benefits women. 
  • Encourage the men in your organization to reach out to a female coworker they may not have gotten to know yet to get together over lunch or coffee. Use this as an opportunity to engage your allies! 
IWL is a resource for you and your organization on the journey to gender equity. Let us know how we can help at We look forward to connecting with you!
Celebrate Women's History Month by Registering 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

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:

What better way to celebrate this month focused on the accomplishments of women than to invest in your women leaders at the IWL Conference? To reserve a table of 10 for $3,500, contact Anna Rauh at
"My IWL Impact Story:  Living Out Loud as Conference Co-Emcee"
By Latisha Schmitt
IT Inclusion and Diversity Leader, Humana
5th Annual IWL Louisville Conference Co-Emcee

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. Hear from Latisha Schmitt on why she's excited to be on the mainstage at the IWL Conference on April 25!

" Eighteen years into my technology career, I had a deep awakening that I needed to make a significant shift in the trajectory of my professional future.  I was working on my well-being and the better I felt about myself personally, it became clearer that I wanted to give to others in a purposeful way.  I shifted from leading people, processes and technology in my company to leading Inclusion and Diversity for the IT organization. It was then that I had my first opportunity to attend the Louisville Integrating Women Leaders' conference and wow, was I ready!" 

Want to keep reading?  Read the full blog on our website.
"Better Together" with Krieg DeVault

This past month, the IWL team delivered a customized "Better Together" workshop to the entire Krieg DeVault firm, including their remote offices. IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee, delivered this interactive workshop which explored the concepts of intersectionality, unconscious bias, what it means to be an ally and live it, having "courageous conversations" in the workplace, and acting with intentionality to embrace a more diverse and inclusive talent bench.  Participants walked away with some key takeaways:
  • We all have qualities and experiences that make us unique, but some of us have more privilege because of those qualities. 
  • For a woman or minority in the workplace, the road to career advancement can be longer and more difficult. 
  • Diversity is about having different people at the table, while inclusion is about making sure those different people feel like they belong at the table. 
  • Men AND women need to be allies to one another to create a workplace of respect.
It's inspiring to see firms like Krieg DeVault prioritizing diversity and inclusion initiatives and being intentional about moving the needle on gender equity. Thank you, Krieg DeVault, for partnering with IWL.

If you are interested in bringing IWL into your organization to facilitate a workshop, please contact Kim Graham Lee at
2019 Indy Chamber Women In Business Retreat: 
"Inspire. Influence. Impact."
Conscious Capitalism is a global movement focused on running your business in a better way --  with a focus on the long-term (not just short-term gains) and creating wins for all stakeholders (not just shareholders/investors).  
Kim Graham Lee with Jacqueline Troy, Director of the Central Indiana Women's Business Center (CIWBC) and the organizer behind the 2019 Indy Chamber Women in Business Retreat.

As volunteer Co-Founder/Co-President of Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis, IWL CEO,  Kim Graham Lee, spoke on "How the Rise of Feminine Values Will Propel Leaders, Organizations, and Humanity" at the  Indy Chamber Women In Business Retreat.  100+ women engaged in this interactive breakout, and walked away with some key learnings:
  • In the modern workplace, companies need more of the strengths that are considered "feminine" characteristics.
  • Participants gained personal insight on how masculine/feminine their natural leadership style is.
  • Four key principles or tenets are part of the Conscious Capitalism philosophy - Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Integration, Conscious Leadership, Conscious Culture
  • The purpose of the Indianapolis chapter, #37 in the world, is to help Indianapolis companies discover, embrace and embed these principles.
Thanks to the Indy Chamber for including Kim as a featured speaker. It was also a great opportunity for her to share how she is leading IWL in a "conscious" way, with a higher purpose to advance female talent -- bettering our homes, businesses, communities and world.
10th Annual  IWL Indianapolis Conference:

We're celebrating a milestone year with the biggest and best IWL conference yet - and a compelling theme: Uniting Our Power.  The 10th Annual IWL Conference will focus 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 1,500 women and men at the JW Marriott on September 16, 2019 for a day you won't want to miss! Learn more on our website. Registration opens June 1. 

If your company is interested in being a corporate sponsor of the IWL Conference, please contact IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee, at
In honor of Women's History Month, the theme of this month is balance. Last week you may have seen people posting photos with the hashtag #BalanceforBetter. This was the global theme for International Women's Day, because g ender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. Balance is also essential for us to thrive personally. Women are constantly juggling stressors at work and at home . Take some time this month to do something that brings you back to earth when life gets hectic. Whether it's making art, journaling, exercising, or simply taking a walk outside, block time on your calendar to do something that's just for you, and hold that time the same way you would an important work meeting. Recognize that the best thing you have to offer is the most whole version of you - whatever that looks like. Let's spend this month celebrating #BalanceforBetter by finding our own individual balance

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.