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

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Want to Join the IWL Male Ally Advisory Group?

IWL just launched a Male Ally Advisory Group, 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

Women: If you know a great male ally you would recommend for our advisory group, encourage them to reach out! 

Stay tuned for upcoming meetings!

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 until the position is filled.

6th Annual IWL Louisville Women's Leadership Conference
IWL is a catalyst for change, bringing together leaders from different companies, backgrounds, races, genders and perspectives to accelerate the advancement of women. This year's IWL conference is focused on how we can "BE the Change" - as individuals, as allies, and as a workplace. Join us on March 10, 2020 for a powerful day of growth, inspiration and connections.

United Way of Central Indiana
Women's Speaker Series: Finding the Path that's Right for You
Are you wondering if your leadership journey is on the right path?  Curious about what opportunity may be around the corner?  The journey looks different for each of us.  Join UWCI to learn and be inspired by women who lead from the court, the newsroom and the boardroom. Hear the stories of those who have embraced their own twists and turns, bumps and milestones and are still setting their sights on what's right for them.

Whether you're a senior leader, a woman in politics or sports, a middle manager, an entrepreneur, a non profit leader, retired, a next generation woman or anyone with a desire to find the leadership journey that's right for you, we hope our panel will leave you ignited to blaze your own path. This journey isn't meant to be walked along alone. Enjoy an evening out with your friends and colleagues at the newly renovated Phoenix Theatre.

Linking Indy Women
Gwendolyn Rogers of Cake Bake

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
7:30am - 9:00am
The Hatch
6161 Hillside Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Gwendolyn Rogers has created a storybook restaurant in a cottage that took two and a half years for her to design & remodel. When you walk through the French doors, the sparkling chandeliers, antiqued mirrors, French inspired furniture, beautiful seasonal decorations and the rich aroma of the French chocolate cakes baking in the oven immediately greets you. Enjoy French pressed coffee with a slice of homemade cake or pie. Enjoy a cup of warm sipping chocolate topped with fresh whipped cream and a warm cookie right out of the oven. 

Cost: FREE

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
Panel: Working With People With Disabilities 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
8:00am - 2:00pm
United Way of Central Indiana
2955 North Meridian Street  #300
Indianapolis, IN  46208

According to a 2019 Census Brief, approximately "1 in 5 Americans have some kind of disability, and 1 in 10 have a severe disability." These disabilities manifest differently as people experience and navigate the world around us in a variety of different ways. Hear from professionals with the Bureau of Rehabilitative Services who work with people with disabilities to connect them to work opportunities.  The goal of this discussion is to understand:
  • The challenges the panelists and their clients have faced finding meaningful work in the past
  • Some examples of different ways that discrimination has surfaced
  • Their capabilities to do work that others may have assumed they wouldn't be able to do
  • Helpful accommodations that employers have made
Cost:  Free
8:30am - 10:30am
The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40207

In this 1-hour workshop you learn about emotional intelligence - what it is and why it's essential for today's fast-paced and complex organizations. This condensed program provides a preview to understanding the knowledge and skills necessary to practice EQ. The 4 building blocks of EQ provides the foundation necessary to practice the skills and highlights the reasons why self-awareness is essential to personal growth. The program highlights approaches to interpreting and understanding your emotional states.

Cost: $35 for members, $40 for non-members, $20 for students

NAWBO Kentucky
Holiday Party and Bazaar

Thursday, November 21, 2019
5:00pm - 8:00pm
5901 Dutchmans Ln
Louisville, KY 40205

Please join us to "unWINEd", catch up with old friends, build new relationships and connections, finish up (or start) your holiday shopping from Kentucky and Southern Indiana women owned businesses. 

Cost:  $15 members, $20 for non-members

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 Opens November 15 
for the 6th Annual IWL Louisville Women's Leadership Conference
March 10, 2020 | 8:30am - 4:30pm | Louisville Marriott Downtown

2020 Theme:
The year 2020 signifies an important milestone in this century and an opportunity for reflection and new beginnings. Mother Teresa said, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." What are we doing as individuals to listen, learn, be mindful, and shift our own perspective to leave a positive legacy in our community? How are we being intentional as organizations about the impact we are facilitating within this ever-changing world?

IWL is a catalyst for change, bringing together leaders from different companies, backgrounds, races, genders and perspectives to accelerate the advancement of women. This year, IWL is focused on how we can "BE the Change" - as individuals, as allies, and as a workplace. 

Join 500+ women and men on March 10 - and bring your team! 

Thank you to our 2020 Louisville Conference Sponsors
...  and there's still time to join!

Wondering how your organization can join this impressive list? We invite you to become a sponsor and showcase your organization as a leader in gender inclusion. Learn more about Louisville sponsorship opportunities on our website   or contact Sponsorship Lead, Tanya Bowman, at

Take Advantage of Early Action Sponsorship 
Benefits  for Indy 2020

Wondering how your organization can get involved? We invite you to become a sponsor and showcase your organization as a leader in gender inclusion. If you commit to one of our sponsorship levels by December 31, your company will receive the extra benefits of: 
  • 1 extra Conference admission on September 1 
  • 2 extra VIP Reception tickets 
For more information, contact Kim Graham Lee at
IWL "Activated Male Allies"
at our half-day workshop on October 29 
An engaged group of men and women joined IWL CEO Kim Graham Lee and co-facilitator Dustin Hall, Brand-Integration Director at Brown-Forman, for the IWL "Activating Male Allies" workshop hosted at Republic Bank. We truly are better together, and we saw that lived out in the room filled with so many leaders. It was powerful to come together with passionate men and women and have rich, productive discussion on sometimes uncomfortable topics. 

Following the workshop, a group of attendees stayed for the first Louisville IWL Male Ally Advisory Group meeting. We look forward to working with this group of men to form this  network of allies, share best practices, and shape programming at IWL to continue moving the needle on gender equity.

We enjoyed hearing from individuals at Papa John's International on the cost to companies if they don't prioritize gender equity. 
Attendees engaged in open discussion and interactive exercises that gave us the space to learn together.

Key takeaways from the day included: 
  • Prioritizing gender equity is not just the right thing to do - it's a business imperative. Companies who proactively move the needle on their diversity and inclusion initiatives are out-performing those who are lagging behind.
  • Being an ally means that once you are aware of the privilege you hold, you intentionally "use that privilege honorably" to lift others up.
  • One of the most powerful things a leader can do to create a culture of inclusion is to "leave by example," or set a precedent of taking personal time for whatever reason that may be.
IWL is focused on moving the needle on gender equity in the workplace. If you're interested in bringing IWL into your organization to deliver this workshop or  others that we offer, contact Kim Graham Lee at
A New Perspective on Allyship with Televerde
Kim Graham Lee speaks on "Women in Leadership" Panel at Rockville Correctional Facility
IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee (right), was honored to participate in this panel alongside great female leaders like Diversity and Inclusion expert, Jennifer Brown (left).
Televerde Women in Leadership Panel
Watch highlights from the panel in this video, including how these leaders have prioritized self care when they've faced challenging moments in their careers.

In late September, IWL CEO Kim Graham Lee enjoyed taking part in a Women in Leadership panel at Rockville Correctional Facility outside of Indianapolis. This impactful panel was hosted by Televerde, a leading B2B demand generation company with a unique story. Since 1994, Televerde has been providing sales training, education and jobs to incarcerated women to help them successfully transition to life outside of prison. 

"I had no idea that so much promise, talent and potential was in my own backyard. As a female executive who has spent the last decade empowering other women to succeed in and out of the workplace, I've been missing an entire population. And make no mistake: the role of unconscious bias is a key contributor to this omission. So how, as a business community, can we course correct?"

Read more about Kim's  experience in her blog post, "What a Prison Visit Taught Me About Allyship and Ending the Enduring Stigma of Incarceration."  IWL is proud to be engaged with Televerde and other organizations that are doing amazing work to overcome bias and empower great leaders!
"The Power of Passionate Storytelling"
By Sara Potecha
President, Sara Potecha LLC, Author of "West Point Woman," and IWL Conference Speaker

" Recently, I had the privilege of speaking at the 10th Annual Integrating Women Leadership (IWL) conference in Indianapolis. This 1,100-attendee event offers a wide variety of quality break-out sessions. I titled my session: "Articulating Your Value through Passionate Storytelling."  After my brief tutorial, I gave participants time to craft a personal story. Next, they shared their story with a partner. After the storytelling, participants reflected on their experience with telling their story and most found the experience both liberating and empowering. Even painful stories when shared can heal and clarify one's purpose and values.  What happened next was truly remarkable..."
Key Findings from the 2018
Women in the Workplace Report

This October, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company released Women in the Workplace 2018, a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America.  This year's report shows that the "broken rung" is the biggest obstacle women face.

We often reference the "glass ceiling" that prevents women from reaching senior leadership positions, but the research shows it's really the first step from entry level positions to manager that is holding women back. If companies really want to have gender equity in their talent pipeline, they need to fix this "broken rung" first.

"To accelerate progress, companies need to treat gender diversity like the business priority it is."

The IWL Team is Growing - Join Us!

See yourself here? We are looking to hire an Event Liaison and Operations Coordinator to our team. Check out the job profile on our website  if you or someone you know might be interested!

Last month, we asked you you to "face forward" and let go of anything that was holding you back from your next chapter. This month, as we approach Thanksgiving and spend some time off with our loved ones, our theme is Gratitude. At the 10th Annual IWL Indianapolis Conference in September,  Michelle Gielan, Partner and Speaker at GoodThink,  taught us in her keynote "Broadcasting Happiness" that we have the power to choose how we will influence the people around us each day, and even the smallest actions can make a positive difference. We want to pass along her challenge to you: each day you come into work, before opening any emails or starting in on your to-do list, send one quick note of gratitude to someone who has helped you. This could be a text to a family member, a handwritten note to an old teacher, or an email to a colleague. By starting off each day with gratitude, you will feel a change in your mindset - and get the bonus of brightening someone else's day too!

Thank you to our 2019 Conference Sponsors!



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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.