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

5:30pm - 7:30pm 
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. General registration is now open - y ou won't want to miss it!  

General Registration: $299

Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis Chapter
Conscious Conversations: Purpose

8:00am - 9:30am
Shapiro's Downtown
808 South Meridian Street 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Starbucks 116th & Springmill
11435 Springmill Road #200 

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 us to understand and discuss the positive impact that business leaders can have on their own organizations and the communities they serve.

At the February 28 event, panelists discussed the first Tenet of Conscious Capitalism, Higher Purpose. These March events will offer attendees a chance to dive deeper into 

Cost: Free

Pivot for Equality: Presenting ONE SPEAK
Featuring: Julie Kratz

6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Speak Easy Broad Ripple, 5255 Winthrop Avenue #110

The Pivot for Equality event series is for men and women looking for opportunities to collaborate and partner together for gender equality. This workshop will focus on the third strategy - Speaking: How Men Speak up with Her, and How Women Speak Up with Him.

Cost: Free

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
March Membership Meeting
Guest Speaker: Margie Worrell

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

In her current role as Immersive Learning Initiatives manager, Margie's mission is to take community members into the lives of citizens who are living in poverty, helping them develop a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding poverty. Margie will engage participants in a poverty simulation that is a powerful, experiential opportunity to learn about and engage in poverty reduction. The simulation is designed to increase social awareness of what living in poverty feels like and support understanding of the barriers faced by a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The presentation explores involvement in activities and initiatives that can reduce poverty in the community, making it possible for all citizens to find a path to self-sufficiency.

Cost: Free

Louisville SHRM
Recruiting for a Diverse Workforce
Featuring: Tim Findley, Panelist at the 2017 IWL Louisville Conference

11:30am - 1:30pm 
UofL Delphi Center

This program will help hiring managers understand the current challenges in recruiting and retaining diverse candidates, while providing advice and benchmarked techniques to increase diverse candidates, grow staff retention and cultivate a more diverse and collaborative environment.

Cost:  $30 for members, $40 for non-members, $20 for students

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 Emcee: 

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson
Co-Owner and Nurse Practitioner, 
Athena Health  and Wellness 
Political Figure 
Motivational Speaker 
International Model 
Beauty Queen 
2013 Miss Kentucky United States

Dr. Ashley D. Anderson was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and is co-owner and Nurse Practitioner at Athena Health and Wellness, a women's health practice that is the first of its kind in Louisville. To read more about Ashley's incredible career, visit our website.

We are thrilled and honored to have such an amazing woman on the main stage at the IWL Conference this year, and we can't wait for YOU to spend the day with her!

Featuring 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, Physician Office Labs and Specialty Diagnostics
Roche Diagnostics

"When Courage is Not a Headline"

Plus a deeper dive with the Men's Panel from our popular "Male Allies Talk Women's Leadership"
event this past September:

John Kurnick
Chief People Officer
KFC and Yum! Brands
Ajoy Kodali
Senior Vice President
IT Administration
Dustin Hall
New Products SWAT Manager, North America
In the past year, we have seen a wave of rising voices in our society through movements like "Me Too" and "Time's Up." We've heard many calls for change in the workplace regarding sexual harassment, equal pay, and other roadblocks to gender equity. 

Building a culture of respect and equal opportunity is not a cause for women to champion alone. Including men's voices  is crucial to accelerating change: We need male allies in our companies who are true advocates for women leaders. We need men who actively work to eliminate gender bias and recognize their own critical role in the equation, even when women aren't in the room. Fortunately, there are men like our panelists who are stepping up.

This panel discussion focuses on taking a deep dive into how women and men can work together as allies to minimize gender disparities. We will ask difficult questions to spark an authentic conversation about how to make more meaningful progress toward being "better together" at work.

General registration is open!
Invest in your future and register TODAY.

Check out our exciting agenda and speaker lineup at

*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
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 March is Stepping Up!  Spring is just around the corner, and that means time for new growth and spring cleaning. Sometimes we need to do mental spring cleaning, too. Last month you stayed focused , but now what cobwebs need to be cleared from your mental space in order for you to step up to your potential? What items on your checklist have you been avoiding; what conversations have you been saving for later? Step up to the challenge and write down three mental cobwebs that you will clear this month - whether personal or professional - so that you can move forward confidently. Hang that list on your mirror, at your desk, or even on your refrigerator - wherever you will see it and be reminded to step up and take on those hurdles that are holding you back!

Thank you to our 2018 Louisville Conference Sponsors!


Thank you to our 2018 Indianapolis Conference Sponsors!

Roche logo

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."