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

Melinda Epler
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.
Better Together
Half-Day Workshop

Dietz Center, Franklin College 
101 Branigin Boulevard
Franklin, IN 46131

This interactive workshop is designed to help both women and men understand the dynamics at play and leverage the knowledge and tools presented to favorably move the needle on equality for women in the workplace. Now is the time to focus on positive change. This IWL custom workshop is delivered by IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee.

$49 for Leadership Johnson County and Franklin College alumni, Franklin and Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce members.
$59 General

"Power Up" Louisville 
Half-Day Conference

The Olmsted

Save the Date!
5th Annual 
IWL Louisville Conference

"Your Voice. Your Power. Your Time."

Louisville Marriott Downtown

Save the Date!

The Center | The Heritage Group
6320 Intech Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46278

TEDxIndianapolisWomen theme is SHOWING UP: a celebration of empowerment, diversity and embracing the knowledge and power women share every day with the community, their profession and their family.  Speakers who are "Showing Up"  include:
  • Claudia Angeli, research, technology
  • Tamika Catchings, inspiration, business
  • Tapati Dutta, life story, research
  • Molly Ford, equality, technology
  • Melissa Spitz, storytelling, photography
Many of the talks will address topics such as research, inspiration, equality, technology and life stories. T his inaugural event will feature live speakers, unique performances, streaming videos and interactive activities from the TED Women event in Palm Springs, California. Combined, these experiences spark deep discussion and meaningful connections to build an idea-focused community in Indy.

Cost: $65

Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis Chapter
Raising Our Game, Support the Business of Conscious Capitalism

Thursday, November 8, 2018
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Delta Faucet Company

Join fellow Indianapolis business leaders for CCI's last event of 2018. You will enjoy an enlightening evening of innovative and engaging interactive games designed to demonstrate why conscious business is good business. The program will explore the future of Indy's workforce, including an insider's view of Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis' 2019 playbook for transforming the Indianapolis marketplace into a vibrant center for Conscious Capitalism.

Cost: $50 General Attendee  
$35 Champion
(Includes heavy appetizers and a drink.)

NAWBO Kentucky
Board Ready Boot Camp

8:30am - 11:00am
Location details provided upon registration.

Tammy Molloy and Ashley Rountree will provide a deeper dive into boardroom service. This session is designed to prepare participants for service on non-profit boards with a focus on areas including:
  • How to make an impact
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Finding opportunities to serve
  • Tips & tactics for success
  • Board by-law review
  • Key action steps for agreement
When you do "Take a Seat" you want to be prepared, efficient and effective.  We are here to get you READY.

Cost:  $50 Member
$75 Non-Member

Louisville SHRM
Detour (Change Management) Keynote and Workshop
with Steve Gilligand

Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 W. Jefferson St.

Whether you're experiencing mild transitions now or will undergo massive reorganizations in the future, change is inevitable within every successful organization. Detour provides solutions to reduce stress, eliminate fear and increase performance during such times. Steve Gilliland reveals how to navigate life's turns when you're suddenly headed on a course you never planned and into a future you never imagined. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • How to feel more in control when the change is out of your control.
  • How to prepare for any kind of change, remain productive and use it to your advantage.
  • How to build resiliency & grit as you cope with change.

Your donation will help us to equip women with the tools to connect, grow and advance as leaders and men to support their progress.

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 progress is stalled on gender equality. 

Stating the business case for change is crucial to moving the needle in organizations. Only 38% of companies set goals for gender representation. Only 27% of employees see managers calling out biased language when they hear it. We need to be intentional about eradicating gender bias in our workplace if we want to see any significant change. 

"Change starts with treating gender diversity like the business priority it is."

IWL "Activated Male Allies"
at our half-day workshop on October 26
An engaged group of men and women joined IWL CEO Kim Graham Lee and co-facilitator Robert Lescano for the IWL "Activating Male Allies" workshop hosted at Katz, Sapper & Miller. 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. 

This workshop combined instruction, exercises, and group discussion covering these important topics:

  • What it means to be an ally and what that really looks like
  • The role that unconscious bias plays in gender interactions
  • Frameworks to help with "courageous conversations"
  • Approaches to positively engage men/more men in the change
  • How to start or enhance your current "males as allies" effort
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
IWL Blog Post: A "Courageous Conversation" About Allyship
By John Sullivan
VP, Global Marketing Services, Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
" Being an Ally must become an ongoing activity, then it can become a mindset and only then can it become second nature. "

IWL is very grateful to amazing male allies like John Sullivan, VP-Global Marketing Services for Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. John took the time to share some thoughts about his experience attending IWL's recent "Activating Male Allies" workshop and its impact on his male allyship journey. Please read what John has to say on our blog.

Join us for "Better Together"
A half-day workshop in partnership with 
Leadership Johnson County
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Dietz Center, Franklin College | 101 Branigin Boulevard, Franklin, IN 46131

The data shows that women are good for business. However, it also shows that gaps still exist in pay and advancement for women. In fact, the most recent report for Indiana shows the pay gap between men and women is only widening. Add to this dynamic the national tsunami of sexual harassment cases that are highlighted daily bringing an intense light on a very real imbalance of power blocking women.

Now is the time to focus on positive change. This interactive workshop is designed to help both women and men understand these dynamics and leverage the knowledge and tools presented to favorably move the needle on equality for women in the workplace.

Workshop Objectives:
  • Help leaders/organizations understand that they aren't fully leveraging their talent bench given gender inequality and imbalance.

  • Generate awareness and understanding about unconscious bias and how that further cascades to gender bias.

  • Gain knowledge about how to better integrate and leverage the inherent strengths that both women and men bring to the workplace.

  • Provide tools and frameworks overall to help women and men in this important conversation.

Cost: $49 for Leadership Johnson County and Franklin College alumni, Franklin and Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce members.  $59 General.

Introducing an expanded, 2-part conference experience in Louisville.  SAVE THE DATES:

"Power Up" Conference Kick-Off
Thursday, February 7, 2019 |  The Olmstead

The inaugural "Power Up" conference is a lead-up event to the full-day 2019 IWL Women's Leadership Conference in Louisville. Power Up will be a half-day community conversation about women and power in the workplace and beyond, particularly focused on sexual harassment and gender barriers.  

5th Annual IWL Women's Leadership Conference
Thursday, April 25, 2019 |  Louisville Marriott Downtown

Now in its 5th year in Louisville, the IWL Women's Leadership Conference is the premier professional and personal development conference for women in the greater Louisville area and region. This conference attracts over 400 professional women each year and is known for its top-quality content and attendee experience.  

Welcoming the 2019 Louisville Conference 
Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi
University of Louisville
Sheri Riley
Empowerment Speaker
Life Strategist
Award-Winning Author
Darleen Santore
Founder & CEO
Performance at Higher Degree (P.H.D. Coaching)

We are thrilled to have these three powerful women taking the stage for 2019, and we hope you'll join us - It's Your Voice. Your Power. Your Time.
Take Advantage of Early Action Sponsorship Benefits for Louisville 2019

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 November 15, your company will receive the extra benefits of: 
  • 1 extra conference admission on April 25
  • 2 extra VIP Reception tickets on April 24
For more information, please contact CEO Kim Graham Lee, at

Mark your calendar for next year!

One of our main takeaways from the multi-generational panel at the 9th Annual IWL Indianapolis Conference was the importance of appreciating the work of the women that came before us. These women made a difference by speaking up, so this November, we're focusing on Using Your Voice. This month we challenge you to connect with yourself and be confident in your voice. Are you recognizing where your voice may be needed? Are you advocating for people or movements in your life you feel strongly about? One way you can use your voice this November is by heading to the polls to vote - a right that many women and male allies before us worked to ensure. Your voice matters! When you speak up and speak with confidence you stay true to who you are. Consider speaking up on a matter you feel strongly about at work. Are you keeping your opinions to yourself in fear of what others will think? Are you ignoring how you feel about something because you're unsure if it is your place to say something? Work on channeling the inner voices in your head into your outer voice, and use your voice to make a difference!  

Thank you to our 2018 Indianapolis Conference Sponsors!

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Bardach Awards

Thank you to our 2018 Louisville Conference Sponsors!


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.