Interactive Keynote


CEO of IWL Foundation & Gender Strategist, President of YWomen


This interactive keynote session will provide us all the foundational knowledge we need to build cultures of respect and equal opportunity. While focused primarily on allyship with respect to gender, the information covered will also serve as “allyship basics” in support of other marginalized or underrepresented groups to be addressed in afternoon sessions. Join Kim and Jeff to discover:


Allyship is a process, most notably a learning process. It involves a lot of listening… and taking action. To be an “ally” is not to call oneself an “ally” but rather to engage in an ongoing and lifelong process and commitment to action that involves a lot of work. Regardless of where each of us is on our allyship journey, there are always more actions we can take.

Building upon their morning session, “Foundations of Allyship,” Jeff will lead us through a brief action-planning process geared to help us as individuals, work groups or departments, and as organizations to identify steps we can take to practice allyship and hold ourselves and our fellow allies accountable. They’ll provide tips and tricks to make calling out devaluing behaviors easier and less personal, as well as tools and resources to make the work of allyship more consistent and accessible. 


Kim has more than 35 years of diverse business experience including c-level leadership of start-up and growth companies and account management for some of the largest corporations in the world. Since May 2017, she has served as the CEO of IWL. Kim spent nearly two decades at Walker, a global marketing research firm headquartered in Indianapolis. She advanced quickly to Senior Vice President leading client service teams, global marketing and sales, and new product development. In 2000, Kim was recruited to the tech sector where she helped blaze trails as a female leader in the c-suite. Her tours of duty included: Vice President of Corporate Communications and Customer Service for Eviciti, Vice President of Affiliate Relations and Corporate Marketing Communications for LMiV, President of OneBridge, CEO of Vontoo, CMO of Bluelock, and Interim CEO of NPower Indiana. Kim is proudest of her role as mom to her two children and proudly wears her “Grammy” hat enjoying special time with Griffin, Adrienne, Gabe and a new grandbaby arriving early next year!


Jeffery Tobias Halter is a consultant, author, gender strategist and the President of YWomen, a strategic consulting company focused on engaging men in women’s leadership advancement. YWomen focuses on driving actionable business plans and strategies to help organizations create Integrated Women’s Leadership Strategies. Jeffery is the former Director of Diversity Strategy for The Coca-Cola Company.

Jeffery is a two-time TEDx speaker and the author of two books, WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men, and his first book, Selling to Men. Selling to Women. His clients include IBM, Amazon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies. Jeffery is currently on the Board of Directors Trustees for the Miss America Organization.

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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:

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