Creating the Work Legacy You've Always Wanted for Yourself

We've heard from you that no matter the role, work legacy matters. Because we know how important this topic is to you, we are planning a special event around it for the fall. Leaving a legacy looks different for everyone. Join us for a panel discussion among top executives on how they're leaving their mark through their careers. 

Stay tuned for further details! 
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.  Learn more.

Pivot for Equality: Presenting ONE

Thursday, October 5, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Speak Easy
5255 Winthrop Avenue  #110

The Pivot for Equality event series is for men and women looking for opportunities to collaborate and partner together for gender equality. 

Join them for their kickoff event featuring an interactive discussion facilitated by Julie Kratz, local leadership and career speaker, coach, and author. Julie will share stories, ideas, and research from her new book, ONE: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality, with four proven strategies for men and women to succeed together. 

Cost: FREE

Joint WIL-IWL Event
Male Allies Talk Women's Leadership - 
Panel and Networking

To create a culture in which both women and men can excel, men must be a part of the conversation and stand as allies for women. Learn from three men who actively engage in initiatives to reduce gender disparities at work, make it a priority to mentor women, and have been identified by females in our community as passionate advocates for women's leadership.


Russell Cox | CEO, Norton Healthcare
Ajoy Kodali | Enterprise VP, IT Administration, Humana
Dustin Hall | New Product SWAT Manager, North America, Brown-Forman

Cost: $35

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.

Get a Glimpse of the 8th Annual
From Inspiration To Impact

On Thursday, 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.   

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

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Joint Networking Event with 
Women Influencing Louisville (WIL)
Male Allies Talk Women's Leadership
An all-male panel of men who are allies for women leaders

Tuesday, September 19   |  Appetizers & Drinks + Panel
Location: Humana, 500 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

5:30pm Registration and Networking
6:00pm Panel Discussion
7:00pm Q&A Session

Join us for our first-ever Louisville Networking Event! This panel discussion focuses on taking a deep dive into how men and women can work together as  allies to minimize gender disparities. We will ask difficult questions to an all-male panel to understand  different perspectives and spark a forthright conversation about gender issues at work and how to make more meaningful progress. 

The Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award
Congratulations Adriena Wright!
Christi's family presented the award to Adriena at the IWL Conference on August 31.

Last Thursday, we presented our Third Annual Christi Anderson Personal Innovation Award at the Indianapolis IWL Women's Leadership Conference to Adriena Wright, a resilient woman who has risen above extremely tough physical and mental challenges after being in a near-fatal car crash at the age of 18. Her nominator wrote that, " She truly innovated herself from being in a depressed and physically broken state to being a strong, empowering woman and role model." Adriena now self-funds college preparation workshops for first generation college students in urban areas, and this scholarship will go toward funding more of these.

We were so glad to see 2016 recipient, Tia Jackson, again at the conference last week. She told us, 

"As a result of winning the scholarship I was able to pay for 2 additional classes and books toward my degree in Organizational Leadership. I was also able to connect with an organization that will help prepare me for the local and eventually the national stage. The CEO of Accent on Business was in the audience the day I received my award and reached out to me. Being a speaker on the national stage is one of my goals, and I believe I am one step closer to that goal.Overall, being the 2016 recipient of the Christi Anderson Award has really inspired me not to quit and believe that I can achieve all of my goals."

Tia continues to do leadership training and coaching, traveling all over the country for Bonfire Training.

We are now taking nominations for the 2018 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 HERE.

Our theme for September is  Taking Initiative!  After hearing inspirational stories, learning tangible skills and making new connections, it's time to take the initiative and create change. Professional and personal milestones are not reached without an intentional plan with action steps that hold you accountable. We challenge you to write down three actions steps that you are going to take this month to reach your goals. We can't wait to see the legacy you build 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."