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

The Role of Male Allies on the Journey to Gender Equality | Salesforce

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?

This summer, IWL is launching 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

We'll be kicking off this advisory group at the "What Male Allies Need" breakout session at the IWL Conference on September 16. Join us to help shape the impact this group can make.

Women: If you know a great male ally you would recommend for our advisory group, encourage them to reach out! 

Linking Indy Women
Uplevel Your Story

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
7:30am - 9:00am
The Hatch
6161 Hillside Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Erinn Bridgman is a business coach, sales expert, podcast host, speaker and founder of the Bridging Herstory Community. Her coaching perspective is birthed out of her door-to-door bookselling experience, where she not only fell in love with sales and finished in the top 10 in the nation, but learned the power of mindset, talent development and habit formation.
Through the lens of positive psychology as a certified StrengthsFinder coach she believes in taking charge of your own destiny and empowers others to break through the barriers of society and self-belief to reach the highest level of impact through your natural talent. As a serial entrepreneur she's the founder of 3 6-figure companies and helps women find numbers sexy and propels them to triple their brands, crush their sales goals and grow their paycheck.

Cost: FREE

Conscious Capitalism Indianapolis Chapter
Televerde Event
Featuring IWL Conference Breakout Speaker, Michelle Cirocco

Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
235 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Come hear the story of Televerde - an amazing company that believes in second chances.  Chief Social Responsibility Officer, Michelle Cirocco, will share Televerde's story, a company that's been investing in incarcerated women through continuous learning and career opportunity (both while in prison and after release).

Operating as a for-profit company, Televerde has generated $10 billion in revenue for clients and empowered more than 3,000 women in Arizona and Indiana with just 7 percent reoffending.  It's a fascinating story of a business that balances purpose and profit while operating as a force for good and delivering stellar business, social and economic results.  Michelle's presentation at the Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit was the talk of the conference and we're privileged to have her join us in Indianapolis for this event.  Do you believe in second chances? Yes? Then register today!

Cost: $30

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
Embracing Our Immigrant and Refugee Communities in Our Workforce 
Featuring Panelists  Kofi Darku, Marina Hadjioannou Waters, Tom Butera, and Katey Humphries

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
8:00am - 10:00am
United Way of Central Indiana
2955 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Indiana has one of the fastest growing immigrant and refugee populations in the country. If your organization is not learning how to tap into and embrace the potential of these resilient and hardworking community members, you are missing out on a huge opportunity in your workforce development initiatives.

Join us for this panel of professionals who are engaging in workforce development and work directly with immigrant and refugee communities.

State of Women in Indiana
How do we make Indiana a better place for women?  Entrepreneur Madame CJ Walker championed women by giving them the economic power to support their families through her successful business ventures. Over 100 years later, Hoosier women are in the bottom third for the economic status of women by state. Learn how you can shape our state during an inspiring day of discussion, activities, and action steps with leading changemakers from across the state.  We'll talk about philanthropy, women's health, equal pay, voting rights and representation, and present action steps you can take to drive change.

NAWBO Kentucky
3rd Annual Symposium

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9:00am - 3:00pm
Churchill Downs
700 Central Ave.
Louisville, KY 40208

Join NAWBO at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, for the Third Annual Business in the Bluegrass Symposium. This Symposium will provide inspiration, actionable education, intentional development of connections, expanded chances to connect with powerful women business owners and allies, and some really fun surprises along the way. 
Buy a ticket before August 15 and receive a FREE ticket ($75.00 value) to the exclusive VIP Party!  This special event is only offered to NAWBO Kentucky Partners, Symposium Sponsors, and the Early Bird Ticket Holders!

Pricing breakdown online.

2019 Annual Luncheon

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
11:30AM - 1:30PM
280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Join Women4Women for the Annual Luncheon, featuring Liz Murray, inspirational speaker and best-selling author of, "Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard."

Louisville SHRM
September Chapter Meeting: Women's Leadership

Friday, September 27, 2019
7:45am - 5:00pm
The Olmsted
3701 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206

Join LSHRM at The Olmsted for a full day of great speakers, including past IWL speakers Vivian Blade and Nikki Jackson. The conference will be submitted for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits.  Bring business cards for networking and sponsor prizes.  Breakfast, lunch, and snacks/refreshments included.  Parking is free and open at The Olmstead.

Pricing breakdown online.

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.

10th Annual IWL Indianapolis
Women's Leadership Conference
Monday, September 16, 2019 | 8:00am - 4:30pm | JW Marriott
$399 for individuals | $3,750 for a table of 10


Join 1,200+ women and men on Monday, September 16 for an unforgettable day of "Uniting Our Power." You don't want to miss it!
IWL has always been a place where leaders from different companies, backgrounds, races, genders and perspectives come together to focus on our individual development, but also on our shared challenges and opportunities in pursuit of better, more sustainable solutions. 

This year's IWL conference is focused on how we can unite the power of the many who show up, speak up and stand tall to advance the inclusion conversation in our companies, our homes and in our communities.

Featuring Mainstage Speakers: 


Michelle Gielan
Partner & Speaker

"Broadcasting Happiness"
Molly Q. Ford
Senior Director
Global Equality Programs

"Forward Together"
Darleen Santore ("Coach Dar")
Founder and CEO
Performance Meets Purpose 
Coaching and Consulting

Back by popular demand!

We are thrilled to have these powerful women taking the mainstage for 2019. Read their bios on our website
PLUS an interactive session from the mainstage: 
"Gender Bias in the Workplace"

Have you ever believed that you weren't being evaluated with the same measuring stick as your peers? Why does that happen? What is the impact? What can be done about it?
These are the questions we will explore during the Gender Bias in the Workplace session. There are common gender biases that creep into our psyches, our homes and our places of work every day that impact the expectations we have of each other and ourselves. These biases include our beliefs around performance, likability and family obligations. We will facilitate a conversation through the sharing of personal stories from male and female leaders in our community. These individuals have experienced these biases directly and have insights to share on the importance of unearthing and addressing these biases in order to get the best out of ourselves, our teams and our companies.
Join us for this interactive session that will spark this important conversation with your colleagues.

Featuring Storytellers: 

Vicki Neddenriep
VP Human Resources - Research & Development Laboratories Group
Kelley Gay
Vice President 
Enterprise Marketing and Communications
Jamie Wright
Manager of Talent Acquisition


Session Facilitated By:

Kim Graham Lee
Integrating Women Leaders (IWL) Foundation

Dan Byrne
Neuro Market Access
Senior Director
Eli Lilly & Company
We're planning on other fun surprises and engaging elements from the mainstage that attendees will participate in to deepen the learning and connections gained. You don't want to miss this powerful day!
Some of the Breakout S e ssion Topics Include:

...and more! 
IWL and Bedel Financial Partner Up to Host VIP Breakfast

Last month the IWL team gathered all of our sponsors, speakers, and extended team at Just Pop In! in Broad Ripple for the 10th Annual IWL Indianapolis Women's Leaderships Conference VIP Breakfast. We loved sharing our best practices to make the most of conference day and beyond.  Here's a few snapshots from the event: 
Sarah Mahaffa, IWL Board Chair and Conference Planning Committee Chair, represented VIP Breakfast Sponsor Bedel Financial to kick-off the morning. 
Just Pop In! gave us a great space to network and collaborate on ways to make the most of the conference together.
Breakout and mainstage speakers shared "sneak peeks" of their session topics with breakfast guests.
"Sponsor Toolkits" were distributed to help sponsors optimize their involvement in the conference.
Catch a sneak preview from our opening keynote, 
  Michelle Gielan, before she hits the stage on Monday!
Michelle Gielan | 10th Annual IWL Indianapolis Conference Keynote
Michelle Gielan
Partner & Speaker, GoodThink

Michelle is the bestselling author of "Broadcasting Happiness," and she is coming to IWL Indy to share "the science of igniting and sustaining positive change." We can't wait to be inspired by her!
Who Are You An Ally For?
Inside INdiana Business
By Kim Graham Lee, CEO

H ear from IWL Foundation CEO Kim Graham Lee on the importance of allyship, how to recognizes opportunities to become an ally, and five simple steps to becoming an ally. 

For the past few years, I have been beating the drum on how important "male allyship" is to real progress in closing the gender gap and accelerating the advancement of female talent. Yes, it's been a consistent message of mine and one that I am trying to live out loud in leading Integrating Women Leaders (IWL). Over the last 12 months, I have had a few humbling experiences related to allyship causing me to pause and reflect on my own privilege and the opportunity I have to help others on their equality journeys.

Louisville Activating Male Allies
Half-Day Workshop

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

$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 Leem 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
More Information Coming Soon! 
If you would like to attend, contact Anna Rauh at
2020 IWL Louisville 
Women's Leadership Conference

We're already planning for 2020, and hope to see you there for a whole new program and speaker lineup. Stay tuned for theme and program announcements coming soon!
Want to Join the IWL Male Ally Advisory Group?
IWL is accelerating the advancement of women, 
and men are a part of our "how."

This summer we're launching a Male Ally Advisory Group, and we're kicking it off in the "What Male Allies Need" breakout session at the IWL Conference.  It's understandable that in today's changing landscape and especially post-#MeToo, it may be challenging to identify where and how you can best participate and show up in support of women. To help, IWL is building a community of like-minded men, the IWL Male Ally Advisory Group, to support one another as we all work together to support female talent.

Regardless of where you are at on your own allyship journey, you have something to offer others. You have something to learn from others. Two IWL Board members will lead this session though attendees will be doing most of the talking.

Session Facilitators:

Robert Lescano
Area Practice Leader
Amazon Web Services (AWS) - Professional Services
IWL Foundation 
Board Chair

Tracy Betz
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP
IWL Foundation Board Secretary

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, register for the IWL Conference and join us for this session. If you are unable to make the conference, contact CEO Kim Graham Lee  for more information.  Women, if you know a great male ally you would recommend for our advisory group, please encourage them to reach out! 

Last month, we challenged you to "set intentions" and practice owning how you choose to live each day. This month, as we start to get into a fall routine, our theme is Accept the Challenge. As life gets busy and to-do lists become overwhelming, the future can be daunting. But you've gotten this far. You can handle more than you think. At the IWL Indianapolis conference on Monday, attendees will be challenged to take the lessons learned and inspiration gained and step up to whatever challenge lies ahead.  Heading into this next month, any time you have a moment where you feel unprepared for a task at hand, we encourage you to take a deep breath, remind yourself how far you've already come, and accept the challenge. Choose one clear action step that you can immediately take toward accomplishing that task and DO IT. Deciding you have what it takes is the first step, so accept the challenge 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.