Mainstage Conversation and Panel


Former naval officers and co-authors of Athena Rising and The Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

State of Allyship-In-Action Conversation

Gender-in-the-workplace experts David Smith, PhD and Brad Johnson, PhD discuss why and how men have a crucial role to play in promoting gender equality at work. They’ll break down the results of IWL’s 2022 State of Allyship-in-Action study to address the need for investment and implementation of effective gender-inclusion programs in corporate America today.

Creating Change – Allyship In The Workplace

David and Brad will be joined by a panel of aspiring allies doing their part to accelerate the practice of allyship in the workplace. From the creation of male ally communities and ERGs to allyship training and education to scheduled events and accountability initiatives, companies and organizations are starting to move beyond awareness of unconscious bias toward action. Meet some of America’s boldest leaders who are leading the charge on the allyship imperative, and hear what they’ve done to integrate the practice of allyship into their organizations… and what they’ve learned along the way.


David Smith, PhD, is co-author of the book, Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace and an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours over 30 years including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including gender bias in performance evaluations, dual-career families, military families, women in the military, and retention of women. He is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and numerous journal articles and book chapters that focus on gender and the workplace. 


W. Brad Johnson, PhD is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Johnson is a mentoring expert specializing in developing gender-inclusive mentoring cultures for organizations around the globe. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 14 books, in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics, gender inclusion. Recent books include: Good Guys: How Men Can Become Better Allies for Women in the Workplace, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (both with David Smith), and the Elements of Mentoring 3rd Ed. (with Charles Ridley).

More Mainstage and Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote and Q&A


Educator, Author, Businessman, and Long-Term Partner (and Ally) to the celebrated and acclaimed Oprah Winfrey.

Interactive Keynote


IWL Foundation CEO, gender strategist and President of YWomen.

Breakout Sessions

Learn from our subject matter experts as they build upon the information shared in the morning “Foundations of Allyship” session to address the nuanced behaviors experienced by, and practice of allyship to, specific gender and intersectional groups. All breakouts will cover information specific to the group being addressed:

Diya Wynn

Sr Practice Manager, Emerging Technologies & Intelligent Platforms
Amazon Web Services

Allyship and Intersectionality: Digging Deeper into Race, Ethnicity and Culture

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

Author and Expert
Introverts and Extroverts at Work

Allyship to Introverts – Advocating for the Quiet Leaders Among Us

Gabrielle Claiborne

Co-Founder & CEO
Transformation Journeys Worldwide

Alphabet Soup Allyship: Being Good Allies and Strong Advocates for LGBTQIA+ People


Founder and President
HOPE (Helping Other People Excel)

Women, Let’s Step Up as Allies for Other Women