Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
8:00am - 2:00pm
Ivy Tech College Conference Center 
2820 N Meridian St

Dr. Ross is considered one of the world's seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance and the Washington Post bestseller, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives.

The conference also includes breakout sessions focused on action-driven results.

Conscious Capitalism

Thursday, October 5, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Delta Faucet Company 
Manoogian Center 
55 E 111th St.

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? Come to this launch event to understand and discuss the positive impact that business leaders can have on their own organizations and the communities they serve.

This will be an engaging evening including an intimate talk from Conscious Capitalism, Inc. co-founder  Raj Sisodia. Come and cultivate new friendships among like-minded Indianapolis business leaders. 

Cost: $25

Be Golden Conference
Women's Advocacy and Representation: How to pave the way toward gender parity

Friday, October 6, 2017
11:00am - 12:15pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

They will discuss the basic forms of advocacy with a little background of the current state of affairs for women's representation in government. You will learn tips on how to figure out who your elected officials are, how to effectively communicate with those officials and policy makers, and how to advocate in your community for issues that are dear to your heart. Have you considered running for office? Here you'll learn some tools on how to run for office, fundraise, and develop innovative strategies to get elected.

NAWBO Kentucky Symposium

Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Rd. 

Join NAWBO Kentucky as it hosts its first statewide Symposium on November 9, 2017 at Bellarmine University. This symposium will be open to any business owner or business professional. Their mission is to provide education, tactical skills, and resources to women in business.

Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities?

To become a corporate sponsor, please contact Kim Graham Lee, Interim CEO, at

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

Mark your calendars for the next Annual IWL Conferences - you won't want to miss them! Stay tuned for updates on our speakers and agenda. 

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Lessons Learned from Our First Joint Networking Event in Louisville
Male Allies Talk Women's Leadership

Last week, we teamed up with Women Influencing Louisville (WIL) for our first-ever Louisville networking event. It was powerful to hear from our male panel on their impactful and very personal perspectives on engaging male allies. Given the audience interaction, we are pleased that attendees took away some valuable lessons from it as well:
  • Organizations need to be INTENTIONAL about education and efforts to address gender equity.
  • Men need to recognize their "privilege" and be willing to help those "less privileged."
  • Women should trust and seek out a male ally/sponsor.
  • Women should speak up to educate and help hold their male counterparts accountable.
An inspirational nugget came from the last audience comment, challenging us to "live out loud." Don't try to fit a mold that doesn't let your natural strengths shine.  

Our very own Kim Graham Lee had the pleasure of facilitating this great discussion with our panelists: 

Russ Cox,  CEO, Norton Healthcare
Ajoy Kodali,  Enterprise Vice President of IT Administration, Humana 
Dustin Hall,  New Product SWAT Manager, North America, Brown-Forman

These men truly fit the definition of male allies - by actively engaging in initiatives to reduce gender disparities in their companies, making it a priority to mentor women, and committing to stand up for women even when there isn't one in the room. 

Thanks again to WIL for co-hosting this event with us, and we look forward to more networking events in Louisville!

Video of the event will be up on our website soon:
Thanks to all who attended the 8th Annual
IWL Indianapolis Conference
From Inspiration To Impact

On August 31, over 900 women and men came together to take their professional and personal lives #FromInspirationToImpact by attending the IWL Women's Leadership Conference. It was a powerful day and attendees walked away with tangible tools and connections for growth. Now we want you to take inspiration from the speakers and sessions, and more importantly, do something with it. 

We now challenge you to take one of the lessons learned from the conference and integrate it into your personal or professional life. It could be testing a new negotiation tactic, using grit to accomplish your goals, or activating a male ally. Whatever you choose, decide to make an impact for yourself today.

Tweet how you've taken lessons learned at the conference 
#FromInspirationtoImpact  @IWLinc . We want to hear from you!

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We are proud to say that at this year's conference  we raised over $2,100  for the 2017 Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award , and we hope to raise even more next 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.

Our theme for October is Lifting Others!  When women make it to senior leadership positions, there is a  perception that she may view women coming up the ranks behind her as  competitors. When we advocate for each other, we build a culture that values women in leadership positions.  What can you do this month to create a culture where women can support and uplift other women? If you have a mentee, take some time to see how she's doing, and ask what you can do this month to help her. If you don't have one, consider finding someone to build that relationship with.  We can't wait to see the results of women helping women this year!

Thank you to our 2017 Indianapolis Conference Sponsors!





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Thank you to our 2017 Louisville Conference Sponsors!


And our Community Partners:

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, Interim CEO, at
"IWL exists to develop individual women into leaders through  
empowerment, support and connections."