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

Author Joanne Lipman: Close the gender gap by building male allies

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. 
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! 

Upcoming Meetings: 

Monday, October 14, 2019
4:30pm - 5:30pm
580 Veterans Way 
Carmel, IN 46032

Happy hour at SunKing brewery to follow. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Republic Bank 
9600 Brownsboro Rd.
Louisville, KY 40241

We'll meet over lunch following the Activating Male Allies IWL Workshop . 

Louisville Activating Male Allies Half-Day Workshop
Facilitated by Kim Graham Lee and Dustin Hall

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm
Republic Bank
9600 Brownsboro Rd.
Louisville, KY 40241

This interactive workshop is designed to help men with actively engaging as male allies. Women are encouraged to attend as well to share their perspectives and enhance their own understanding of the dynamics and how to create shared success.

Cost: $99 for 1 ticket, $175 for 2, and $300 for 4 

Linking Indy Women
Rebuilding a Broken Life
Featuring Amanda Clark

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7:30am - 9:00am
The Hatch
6161 Hillside Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Amanda Clark is the founder of  The Cocktails & Chemo Foundation , a non-profit dedicated to caring for caregivers. It's a role Amanda knows all too well. She was 28 when her husband was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Amanda previously had spent a decade working in television as a reporter, covering some of the highest profile cases in the country when she was forced to leave her dream job to care for her husband and young daughter.

At 30 years old, Amanda found herself a widow, unemployed and with a baby on her hip.  Re-building a broken life was the only choice she had.

Now, with her 5 year old daughter by her side she's found herself through helping others.

Cost: FREE

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
Annual Conference - Through Different Lenses: Moving Through Bias

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
8:00am - 2:00pm
Ivy Tech Conference Center
2820 N. Meridian St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Join over 200 premier business leaders and diversity advocates at the 21st Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference hosted by Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana. There will be a host of informative speakers, seminars and panel discussions, as well as networking opportunities on engaging diversity, inclusion and equality for business success. The conference will bring local and national practitioners in the field of workplace diversity and inclusion.

The 2019 theme is "Through Different Lenses: Moving Through Bias." This conference will explore many perspectives on bias, equity vs. equality and more. The focus will be on becoming more open-minded and intentional about inclusion, while acknowledging biases.

"Ain't I a Woman?": The Evolution of Women in Politics - A Spirit & Place Event
Come to the table to join us for a discussion of the incomplete legacy of the woman's suffrage movement on November 7 from 6:00-8:30 PM. The Propylaeum has partnered with central Indiana organizations including Women4Change to develop an evening of cultured conversation over dinner to explore the segregated women's movement and how each person can make a difference in the future.

Louisville SHRM
Career Advancement Program - Negotiating Salary and Benefits
Featuring Shelly Trent

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm
805 N. Whittington Pkwy 
Louisville, KY 40222

Join LSHRM at BrightSpring to hear from Shelly Trent, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CAE on negotiating salary and benefits. Shelly currently coordinates Next Step Network's training program for network members, including nonprofits, counselors, lenders, retailers, and homebuyers. She is also a career coach, writer, speaker and educator, and LSHRM is happy to have her with us for this program.

Leadership Louisville
100 Wise Women
Featuring Keynote Victoria Russell, 2019 IWL Conference "Courageous Conversation" Panelist

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am
The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207

Join Leadership Louisville at the next 100 Wise Women breakfast, featuring keynote speaker Victoria Russell, Chief of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Papa John's.  Victoria is the first African American female to sit on the Executive Leadership Team at Papa John's International. She believes the challenges and opportunities of her role are one and the same. She is committed to ensuring that Diversity Equity & Inclusion are woven into the fabric of Papa John's DNA, and she's excited to be part of the very beginning of something extremely important to the lives and careers of the company's 120,000 team members. 

This is a great opportunity to connect with distinguished women from all career stages and backgrounds, l earn by exchanging ideas, and g row as you strengthen your leadership capacity and get empowered.

Cost:  $35

NAWBO Kentucky
As Our World Churns; Aligning Talent and Culture in Your Workplace

Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Ice House
226 E Washington St
Louisville, KY 40202

When you are held back by age-old processes, bogged down by outdated policies, and encumbered by office politics, nothing gets done. Break through the barriers of change and discover a fresh, unbiased perspective. Chances are if you find yourself saying, "well that's how we've always done it," it's time to change something.

Big changes often bring big opportunities. Incipio's professional services break down the challenges you face and creates manageable goals, obtainable standards, and process improvements to reorganize, revitalize, and redefine what was into what is possible. One hire at a time creating world peace.

Cost: Free for members, $10 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.

Enjoy Highlights of the 10th Annual 
IWL Indianapolis Conference

Watch the full recap video to feel the impact and energy of the day! 

On September 16, a crowd of 1,000+ women and men came together at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis for a powerful day of learning, connecting, and inspiration. Attendees learned how to broadcast happiness through social connection, call bias out, and move forward together on the allyship journey.
What we learned at #IWLIndy

Each and every speaker brought us impactful and practical lessons to take back to our life and workplace - and we want to share some of those lessons with you!

Michelle Gielan, Partner and Speaker at GoodThink,  taught us 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.

" S ocial connection is the pathway for how we positively influence other people. The smallest action  and a positive mindset create a new reality."
The mainstage Gender Bias in the Workplace session challenged us to "call bias out" when we see it, and to 
have honest conversations with our colleagues to make our workplaces more inclusive. 

"You Do You. You don't need to stand in someone else's shadow. You don't belong there."

-Panelist Kelley Gay
Vice President of Enterprise 
Marketing and Communications

From Molly Ford, Senior Director of Global Equality Programs at Salesforce, we learned  that we can  all show up as allies to someone with less privilege, through
even just small gestures.

"We believe that businesses not only have an obligation to their shareholders, they have an obligation to their stakeholders. So how can we be better for the communities we serve?"
In addition to a powerful mainstage, 18 breakout sessions were offered covering a wide range of relevant topics building on the conference theme. Here are highlights from just four of them.

In "Leadership, Uniting Our Team,"  Allison Barber, President and COO of the Indiana Fever, challenged us to ASK for the spot we want. Even if the answer is no, it's worth a shot.

"Women and Mental Health: Vulnerability As Strength"  taught us that when we create respectful, compassionate workplaces, it's better for business and the community. Panelists included Mayor Scott Fadness of Fishers and IWL Conference Executive Producer Missy Apple Knotts, along with other professionals with their own ties to mental health.

In  "Power of the Pause" by Kristine Camron, Corporate Lawyer at Ice Miller,  we learned how to use  mindfulness tools to beat stress and anxiety and improve productivity and performance in emotionally triggering situations. 
We kicked off the  IWL Male Ally Advisory Group in "What Male Allies Need," where male attendees discussed how they can  best participate and show up in support of their female colleagues.  This network of allies will continue to meet throughout the year to share best practices and help shape programming at IWL.
2019 Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award
Congratulations Allie Card!
On September 16, we presented the 5th Annual Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award to Allie Card, who works full-time as a speech pathologist at Riley Hospital for Children specializing in infant and child swallowing disorders. She just began her 3L year at Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University as an evening student while also completing a fellowship at the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. She is pursuing a health law  certification in addition to a juris doctor degree and is excited to  use her skills as a clinician with her new concentration in law to  work as a health law attorney in the future.

Allie's nominator wrote that,  "When it comes to personal innovation, Allie's drive to switch careers defines her commitment  to not letting herself become complacent. While this career shift has not been without moments  of doubt, Allie has been fearless in setting out on a new path for herself and brave in seeking out  opportunities to redefine both her personal and professional goals."

We are now taking nominations for the 2020 Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award! To nominate a deserving woman for next year's award, please use this nomination form. Donations can also be made to the scholarship fund.
Announcing IWL's theme for  2020 :

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. 

This positive and action-oriented theme will guide the programming throughout the year as we continue on the diversity and inclusion journey together.  

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

Wondering how your organization can get involved? 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 CEO Kim Graham Lee, at
"We Must Do Better. We Must Be Better."
Author, Education & Parenting Activist

"If I summarized my presentation "Raising Diversity-Minded Kids', into one word, that word is 'who.' Who as in the most critical word in human language. 'Who' is the word that should begin and end each day. 'Who' am I or more succinctly 'who' are you? 'Who' as in when your time on the planet is up, 'who' will history say you were?

Activating Male Allies
IWL Half-Day Workshop in Louisville

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
9:00am - 12:00pm
Republic Bank
9600 Brownsboro Rd.
Louisville, KY 40241

Bring an ally for a discounted price!
$99 for 1 ticket
$175 for 2 tickets
$300 for 4 tickets
This interactive workshop is designed to help men with actively engaging as male allies. Women are encouraged to attend as well to share their perspectives and enhance their own understanding of the dynamics and how to create shared success.

This IWL custom workshop is delivered by IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee who will be joined by Dustin Hall, Brand-Integration Director, Emerging Brands at Brown-Forman, who is a passionate male ally leading the way in his own organization to move the needle on activating men as allies. Attendees will walk away with:
  • An understanding of what it means to be an ally and what that really looks like
  • An appreciation for the role that unconscious bias plays in gender interactions
  • Frameworks to help with the uncomfortable and difficult, yet necessary conversations
  • Approaches to positively engage men/more men in the change
  • A planning tool to start or enhance your current "males as allies" effort

PLUS, if you are interested in being a part of a network of allies, sharing best practices, and helping shape programming at IWL, stay for lunch after the workshop for a kick-off of the IWL Male Ally Advisory Group in Louisville! 
Louisville 2020 Preview
On September 25, the the IWL team gathered members of the IWL community at Frost Brown Todd in Louisville for some networking and a preview of the 2020 conference and beyond. Such a powerful evening of connecting, sharing ideas, and energy around the impact we can make together. Here are a few snapshots from the event: 
Thanks to Frost Brown Todd for hosting us in their beautiful space for a networking happy hour!  
IWL conference committee co-chairs, Demetria Miles McDonald and Diane Bailey-Boulet, gave guests a preview of the "bigger vision" for 2020.
Russ Cox, CEO of Norton Healthcare, made a special appearance and reminded us that companies have to be intentional on their diversity and inclusion journey.
One of our 2019 Courageous Conversation panelists, Lyndsay Railey - Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Papa Johns - told us how sharing her story at the IWL Conference helped her find her voice. 
Last month, we asked you you to "accept the challenge" and take action toward that one thing that was causing you stress. This month, as the weather changes and the leaves begin to show their true colors, our theme is Facing Forward. Although we are constantly growing and learning from our past experiences, sometimes we need a reminder that not everything in the past is still serving us well. At the IWL Indianapolis conference last month, attendees were encouraged to look forward to their next decade and choose how they will live that out. For this month, we challenge you to do the same. First, take some time to think about what you want your next chapter to look like. Then, take stock of which lessons from the past can help you make that vision a reality, and which ones are simply holding you back. Give yourself permission to let go of the latter and move on. Try facing forward to a world without limits, and see where it takes you!

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.