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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.
Activating Male Allies
Half-Day Workshop

Katz, Sapper & Miller Conference Center (1st Floor)
800 E. 96th St. #500
Indianapolis, IN 46240

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 a passionate "male ally" who is leading the way in his own organization to move the needle on activating men as allies.

Cost: $99

"Power Up" Louisville 
Half-Day Conference

The Olmsted

Save the Date!
5th Annual 
IWL Louisville Conference

Louisville Marriott Downtown

Save the Date!
Women4Change Indiana
Creating a Culture of Civic Engagement

10:30am - 12:30pm
Southport Public Library
2630 East Stop 11 Road
Indianapolis,IN 46227

Join the League of Women Voters of Indianapolis and Women4Change Indiana for this free training on the do's and don'ts of non-partisan voter engagement. This training is designed for individuals and/or organizations wishing to learn how to engage potential voters through positive messaging and activities such as registering voters. We'll also share a timeline of key 2018 election and registration dates, as well as resources and tips on non-partisan ways to encourage your community to be more civically engaged. 

Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis Chapter
Conscious Culture

7:30pm - 8:00pm Networking

Learn why panelists Andy Medley, CEO & Co-Founder of PERQ, and Santiago Jaramillo, CEO & Co-Founder of Emplify strive to create a Conscious Culture.  They will discuss how incorporating a deeper sense of meaning into their organizations has led each to higher productivity and an increased bottom line.  These companies are leading the way in developing a culture within their organizations that helps their business excel. You don't want to miss this informative and interactive experience!

Cost: $30  
(Light appetizers provided along with 1 drink ticket. Cash bar available as well.)

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
20th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center
2820 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Join over 200 premier business leaders and diversity advocates at the 20th annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference hosted by the 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.
This conference  will explore generations in the workplace and whether diversity training programs are changing attitudes of prejudice and bias. We will also tap into the research behind human behavior to challenge individuals and organizations. Our focus will be on becoming more open-minded and intentional about inclusion, while valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities and experiences.

Cost: $100 for Members
$150 for Non-Members
$25 for Students

Leadership Louisville
100 Wise Women Breakfast

8:30am - 10:00am
The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207

At every 100 Wise Women breakfast forum, you have an opportunity to:
  • Connect with distinguished women from all career stages and backgrounds.
  • Learn by exchanging ideas, sharing concerns and discovering expertise from the women sitting next to you.
  • Grow as you strengthen your leadership capacity and get empowered.
Cost:  $35

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

Catch a Glimpse of the 9th Annual 
IWL Indianapolis Conference

Watch this instant recap video to feel the energy of the day. 
The full recap video is coming soon!

On August 28, a sold out group of nearly 1,200 women and men came together at the Indianapolis JW Marriott for a powerful day of learning, connecting, and inspiration. Attendees learned the importance of being your true self, that women aren't seen or heard in media, and the power of asking questions - just to name a few key topics. and walked away knowing that #NowIsTheTime to take the future into their own hands.

Stay tuned for the 2019 Indianapolis conference date. Planning is already underway for #10, and there will be much to celebrate! In the meantime, stay connected with us at

If you attended the August 28 Conference, please fill out our survey by Friday, September 14 to be entered to win one of 10 prizes - a ticket to next year's conference, and 9 Amazon gift cards. We value and use your feedback!

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IWL Blog Post:  Now is the Time to Be Fearless
By Paige Haefer
Orr Fellow & Marketing Associate, High Alpha
"Stepping into my first IWL conference as an attendee was surreal. The conference has grown tremendously with a sold-out crowd, but I think it's grown in other ways, too. A word to describe this year's conference might be: Fearless. "

IWL Announces New Look and Expanded Vision

On August 28 we also revealed our new logo for IWL. It's not just about the look - this image reflects an expanded and exciting vision for our future, that we hope you'll all be a part of! 

As partners in talent development, we unleash the highest level of performance for women, men and their organizations. We do this through perspective changing experiences including conferences, workshops, consulting and individualized programs.

We are committed to being bold in our journey as a force for positive change, and we are excited for the even bigger impact we can make together.

Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award
Congratulations Rhyan Smith!
Last Tuesday, we presented our 4th Annual Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award at the Indianapolis IWL Women's Leadership Conference to Rhyan Smith, a single mother and 3rd year law student at Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Her nominator wrote that she is, "a woman who exemplifies determination and innovation as she rebuilds her life after surviving domestic violence, divorce, and financial devastation... she is determined not to be a victim, but to be victorious!" 

This scholarship will help Rhyan grow as an emerging leader within her community and beyond, and will enable her to further the Finishers Scholar Initiative and connect her with other like minded women. Her long term goal is to practice corporate law and to advocate for women who have survived domestic violence.

We reconnected with our 2017 recipient, Adriena Wright, as well. She told us how she has used her scholarship money to fund college preparation workshops for first generation college students in urban areas. The 2018 Post-Graduate seminar was a college prep workshop hosted for ~250 students, including a power talk and breakout sessions to empower students with the skills they need to succeed.  Adriena told us, 

" I am truly grateful for the Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award. With the donations from the scholarship, I was able to increase the number of student attendees and bring in outside speakers. I also sponsored a Prom dress for one student and prom hair and makeup for three of the girls that attended the seminar."  

We are now taking nominations for the 2019 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 this scholarship fund.
Activating Male Allies
Half-Day Workshop

Friday, October 26, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm
Katz, Sapper & Miller Conference Center
800 E. 96th St. #500
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Cost: $99

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 a passionate "male ally" who is 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
  • Approached to positively engage men/more men in the change
  • A planning tool to start or enhance your current "males as allies" effort

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. Please contact CEO Kim Graham Lee, at

Indy Women in Tech (IWiT) Summit: "See Yourself Here"

The IWL team enjoyed attending the  Indy Women in Tech (IWiT)  Summit on August  14, with 500 women and men dedicated to making our workforce better.  IWL CEO, Kim Graham Lee,  facilitated a main stage panel of leaders in tech who dove deep into the challenges women face and how we can all work together to solve them. Kim spent a significant period of her own career leading tech companies as a C-Suite executive.
IWL is proud to be engaged with IWiT and other organizations that are doing amazing work to close the gender gap and empower great leaders!

One of the main messages of the 9th Annual IWL Indianapolis Conference was the importance and power of being authentic, so this September we're focusing on being  Authentically You. We want to challenge you to make authenticity a priority this month. Are you bringing your whole, best self to work? It is mentally taxing to hide pieces of ourselves - and why should we? This month, take a few minutes to think about what your best qualities are - what are the characteristics you're most proud of, and which are the biggest parts of your identity? Write these down so you won't forget. Then pay attention to how you're showing up at work. Are you bringing those qualities with you? Do you talk openly with coworkers about those big identifiers? Even if you can identify one thing to be more open about at work, this will make each day more natural and will bring you closer to those around you. Your authenticity might just help someone else open up too. Now is the time to be authentically you

Thank you to our 2018 Indianapolis Conference Sponsors!

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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 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.