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Women make up almost half of the U.S. labor force, but only 5% of top leadership and 17% of corporate boards at Fortune 500 companies*.


As of the 2014 mid-term elections, women made up 20% of the U.S. Senate and 19% of U.S. House of Representatives*.


Building mentor relationships with leaders is at the heart of evolving into a leader yourself.

With their peers being in the minority within top decision-making levels, how do women create the connections that allow them to grow as leaders? Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation has committed itself to addressing this issue by joining together women and men committed to empowering women through mentoring. Through our virtual mentoring program, on-line leadership training, and local chapter events, we create opportunities for women to build mentoring relationships and leadership skills. Our mission is to build the largest, most effective mentoring program in the world by ensuring that women of all backgrounds have access to mentors.

Is growing the influence of women at the highest decision-making levels important to you? Are you looking for a mentor? Interested in becoming a mentor? Join the Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation community today.


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Tune in for virtual training to hone your business skills.



Gain access to insights from top women leaders.



Networking opportunities hosted by our local chapters.


Sign up today for the Pass the Torch for Women Relay Event being held in Indianapolis, IN on August 27, 2016!  Register here.


Join the Movement

Mentoring Women’s Network is starting a movement to Pass the Torch for Women. Women and men around the world will pledge to support women professionally by taking the pledge and joining a community. This movement starts with YOU. By “Passing the Torch for Women”, you are declaring you want to make an impact by mentoring, inspiring, and empowering other women. Tell us why it matters to you and share this campaign with others. Together, we will create a lasting impact.


Our Mission


    The Mentoring Women’s Network is professional mentoring program for women inclusive of training, networking, and access to mentors for one on one relationships.  We partner with companies and professional organizations wishing to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities for women in their organization.

    A world of equal opportunities for women in professional environments.  We will accomplish by creating the largest and most effective mentoring program for women in the world.

    We build meaningful partnerships with like-minded organizations who believe in the vision of women supporting women in a mentoring capacity and the value of creating access to those resources.  Our curriculum-based training helps develop leadership skills, while our access to certified mentors helps women garner knowledge and perspective from other women in one on one mentoring sessions.

    The Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation is a 501c3 organization who exists as a community of empowered women developing one another professionally through mentoring relationships.  

    Your generous support enables us to facilitate this mentoring program for women, create scholarship opportunities, and continue to expand our resource offerings to achieve our vision of a world of equal opportunities for women in professional environments.  We are creating the largest and most effective mentoring program for women in the nation. Working together, we will create access to programs and resources to support women and allow them to achieve their leadership potential.

    By supporting or participating in our programs, you are helping to Pass the Torch for Women and are making a lasting impact in the lives of women. Together, we will change the world.  Join our fundraising team here.

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    Although it is supposed to be and is very much a professional relationship, I often feel like my mentors have guided me not only on the ins and outs of my career but also provided invaluable information on balancing work and family, how to deal (and participate in) office politics, how to dress, etc. My mentors […]

    Michelle Burnett, Retail

    I have been extremely fortunate with the mentoring relationships that I’ve had throughout my career. Not only have my mentors been able to point me in the right directions, but they’ve been able to help me develop the skills needed to confidently take that next step on my career path and in some cases help […]

    Brianna Johnson, Healthcare

    Mentoring to me is critical in seeking objective views on situations, career path, andeven perceived or real road blocks.   Sometimes it is your mentor who helps you through a tough situation that has upside when over and done.  Without your mentor, you may not have stuck it out.  We all need a reliable and trusted person […]

    Cathy Weaver, Healthcare

    I have had the privilege of having some great mentors throughout my life and I couldn’t imagine where I would be without them, so my decision to become a certified mentor with the Mentoring Women’s Network was an easy one.  The virtual mentoring program they have developed is by far one of the best mentoring […]

    Deborah Farrar, Publications

    I like being a mentor because I want to help women, especially women who are in the process of starting a business.  I hope to help them avoid common pitfalls experienced in the startup phase of a business.  I gain fresh perspectives and ideas from each mentoring conversation.  The MWN virtual mentoring system makes it extremely […]

    Karen Zwick, Training CEO


    Corporate Mentoring


    Corporate Mentoring Programs


    Learn more about the becoming a corporate program partner with Mentoring Women’s Network to offer a mentoring program to women in your company. By combining onsite training with access to quality mentors, you can create or enhance your women’s leadership initiatives and link it to real outcomes. Contact us to learn more!

    Learn More About Becoming a Corporate Partner

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    Here are some of our clients




    Who We Are


    National Board

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    Natalie Guzman


    Natalie Guzman is a Marketing, Public Relations and Business Development Executive successful at providing the vision, strategies and leadership required to build reputation and brand for the sixth largest contributing affiliate in company. She is an innovative strategic leader with experience transforming concepts into high impact results. In addition, Natalie has a proven record in development and execution of winning marketing strategies that drive profitability and growth while positively impacting the bottom line. She has notable success in developing programs that differentiate the organization from its competition.

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    Patricia Roe


    Patricia Roe has served as Senior Program Officer in the access and outreach department for the last several years. Her role focuses on increasing success in higher education, by working collaboratively locally and nationally with entities, to develop strategies which serve to support college success and completion for students and adult learners. In this work she interfaces with consultants, policy and principal investigators as well as with colleagues from other foundations to support institutions of higher education and best in class community based organizations. Ms. Roe has been instrumental in getting community, foundation and corporate leaders to increase their philanthropic giving in support of higher education by leveraging USA Funds philanthropic dollars. This background is instrumental in the work she will assume for USA Funds as Senior Program Director of Community Relations.

    Ms. Roe is currently the USA Funds liaison with national scholarship organizations such as Thurgood Marshall College Fund, United Negro College Fund, American Indian College Fund, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Asian Pacific Island American Scholarship Fund.


    Ashley Christie


    Ashley Christie is a manager in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Real Estate Services Group and has been with the firm since 2008. Ashley’s primary responsibilities include managing client relationships, preparing income tax returns for partnerships, fiduciaries, S corporations, C corporations and individuals, and consulting and advising clients on their tax issues. She also prepares client financial statements, tax projections, estate planning, property tax returns and business plans as well as providing other general business and accounting services. Ashley is actively involved in training and mentoring the staff. Additionally, she is a participant in the firm’s Recruiting and KSM Bright Ideas committees.
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    Howard J. Ross


    Howard J. Ross is a builder of innovations in the field of diversity and inclusion and a unifier of people, organizations, and causes. He is founder & Chief Learning Officer of Cook Ross Inc. and an advisor to major global educational, corporate, philanthropic, and governmental organizations. Through his unique combination of a personal and system-focused approach, Howard is an advocate for high-performing organizational cultures that advance people, performance, and profits. He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance.

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    Darla Beggs


    Darla Beggs holds a degree from Scottsdale Community College, where she graduated with honors. Her broad business experience includes consulting with HR professionals to evaluate and establish effective managed care plans with a focus on cost effectiveness coupled with employee satisfaction and retention. Darla has held positions in account management, marketing, and benefits administration leadership. She has succeeded in balancing the needs of the employee population with cost-effective solutions for business clients to provide solutions that provide a “win-win” solution at every turn.

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    Melissa Greenwell


    Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, leads human resources, communications and corporate social responsibility initiatives for Finish Line Inc., a national specialty athletic retailer. Melissa has applied her expertise in the design and development of organizations in many industries to help create high performance companies. Her career includes senior human resource leadership positions with Sallie Mae, Brightpoint North America, JP Morgan Chase, Oak Street Mortgage and Made2Manage Systems.


    Haley Altman


    Haley Altman is Partner in Ice Miller’s Business Group. Haley concentrates her practice in corporate and securities law and in the representation of emerging growth companies and the venture capital firms and strategic investors that finance them. While many of her clients are entrepreneurs, she also represents several private equity firms, venture capital firms and angel funds and has been involved in formation and structuring of start-up and early-stage companies in the Midwest in such industries as technology, life sciences and medical device. She counsels entrepreneurs on the legal and business issues related to the formation process and all facets of corporate growth. Haley also advises her clients in obtaining financing through a variety of funding sources, including equity capital, mezzanine capital and senior loans. She has led and participated in a variety of transactions, ranging from relatively straightforward “friends and family” equity rounds and senior loan financings to larger equity raises with venture capital funds in amounts ranging from $500,000 to $50 million, to multi-tiered equity and debt financings involving equity, senior debt and mezzanine debt tranches ranging from $1 million to $750 million. She also is an active mergers and acquisitions lawyer, with a particular focus on middle-market deals. She has represented both acquiring and selling companies in such transactions, ranging from less than $5 million to over $800 million, with the majority being between $25 -$50 million.

    Haley began her career as an associate at Ice Miller in the Business Group. She expanded her corporate and venture capital financing experience at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in California. Originally from Indianapolis, Ind., Haley moved back to Indiana and rejoined Ice Miller LLP in 2010. Haley graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and political science in 2002. While at DePauw, Haley was a Science Research Fellow. She attended Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she earned a juris doctorate, cum laude, in 2006.

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    Don Cates


    Don Cates is the President and CEO of 3 Rivers FCU, and $780 million, 70,000 member Credit Union in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He joined the Credit Union in October of 2011 as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to coming to 3River he was President/CEO and served on the board of Directors of AmericanTrust in Peru, Indiana.  At 31 he was the youngest Bank CEO in the State of Indiana, and served in that capacity for 10 years.   His previous experience includes sales management, branch administration and commercial lending.  He was Chairman of the Miami County Economic Development Corporation for 5 years, and has been active in Economic Development for over 15 years.   He is involved with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnerships Regional Opportunities Council, United Way Campaign Cabinet Chairman, and is on the board for Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana.



    Linda Matkowski


    Linda Matkowski serves as executive vice president at City Securities. Having spent the bulk of her career in Chicago, Linda recently joined City Securities to manage the Fixed Income Capital Markets division, which comprises Public Finance Banking, Underwriting, Institutional Trading & Sales, and Retail/Taxable Trading. Linda is a graduate of the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana. She holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 52, 53 and 63 licenses. Additionally, she is involved in a number of governmental and industry organizations nationally as well as in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Prior to joining City Securities she was employed by Raymond James and was located in Chicago Illinois.

    Linda has been involved in number of volunteer activities including serving two terms as an elected board member for a school district in Illinois.  She served two years as an appointed board member on the Financial Oversight Panel for East St. Louis School District 189.  In previous years she also served on various committees for the Illinois State Board of Education dealing with financial and educational policy issues.  She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences addressing financial policies and procedures for local governmental entities.

    Staff and Market Directors


    Alison Martin-Books


    With impressive background work and roughly 17 years in nonprofit work, Alison Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others.

    After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her launch Mentoring Women’s Network and the Mentoring Women’s Network Foundation.  She is also the author of the book, “Landing on My Feet: Learning to Lead Through Mentoring” and speaks regularly on behalf of the organization.

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    Samantha Lawson


    As a founder of a non-profit, author, and motivational speaker, Samantha harbors deep passion for giving back to the world through inspiration and motivation. Her journey, thus far, has led her to the wonderful opportunity of working for Mentoring Women’s Network as the Director of Corporate Partnerships. Samantha values the notion of leveraging opportunity for women in the workplace and hopes to make a difference by helping women live their full potential through mentoring relationships.

    With a high-energy and persistent personality, Samantha will be developing the corporate market in order to utilize the resources that Mentoring Women’s Network has to offer women of all ages. While harboring and maintaining relationships are at the top of her agenda, Samantha is up to the challenge of wearing different hats and trying new things- perhaps even skydiving one day!

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    Julie Petr


    Julie has a vast amount of experience developing mission-related partnerships with companies, having served most recently for five years as the Go Red for Women Luncheon Director for the American Heart Association in Indianapolis.  She has a passion and commitment to wanting to see women succeed and has dedicated her career to the advancement of women through health and developing meaningful relationships.  In her role, she was accountable for raising $750,000 and has a strong track record of success, exceeding her goals and increasing revenue consistently year after year.
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    Elcira Villarreal, PhD


    Dr. Elcira Villarreal was born in Colon, Republic of Panama. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Oregon State University. She spent more than 25 years in advanced roles in the pharmaceutical industry and has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience to help advance other women leaders. In her role, she consults with organizations to align strategies to support this.

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    Toni Widman


    Toni Widman is the CEO of Integrated Talent Solutions. An industry expert with more than 20 years of successful experience in full life cycle Recruiting and Business Development, Toni Widman has a proven ability to foster relationships with C-Suite and senior executives in the Financial, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Non Profit and Retail Industries.

    Toni co-founded Integrated Talent Solutions, an Executive search firm specializing in placement of Executives (including Presidents, CFOs, CEOs, COO’s Division Presidents, VPs of Operations, and Director level positions) in a variety of Industries. She has successfully completed hundreds of successful searches, helping professionals grow and advance in their careers.

    Toni offers both clients and candidates exceptional professional service, absolute confidentiality, and the most ethical values in executive search. For almost 20 years, Toni has guided the careers of many candidates; helping them with their career transitions. Toni has developed an exceptional background in people and project management and a professional style based on excellent interpersonal communications and has an ability to make the best use of her personal network.

    Contact Toni today or learn more about upcoming events in Fort Wayne.

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    Kim Kelley


    Kim has over 34 years of professional business experience in various positions and industries. Her background includes Administrative/Office Management, Human Resources Management, and Financial Services. Her HR career includes generalist/employee relations management positions at large companies like Mercer and Equifax, as well as two start-up companies.

    Kim changed careers in 2005 and is now a financial services representative with Wealth Design Group, LLC helping individuals and business owners establish strategies to fulfill financial goals and stay financially organized and balanced. She also specializes in providing a wide array of business owner, executive and employee benefit solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses.

    She is very involved in the woman business owner market and has a heart to help women succeed and fulfill their life calling, whether they own a business or are on a corporate career track. She knows that identifying and utilizing mentors and “cheerleaders” that support and encourage us as we progress is absolutely critical to our success.

    Kim has a history of serving on non-profit and professional boards, as well as serving on various committees and ministry projects. She is the current President of the Houston Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and was NAWBO’s “Woman of Excellence” honoree in 2010. She is a charter member of the Houston Lady Lions Club and is very involved in her church.

    Kim has a MA in Human Resources Management and a BBA in Personnel Administration.

    Contact Kim  today or learn more about upcoming events near Houston!


    Annette Tirabasso


    Annette is an experienced advisor to the highest levels of executives. Her expertise results in value creation in strategy and operations, business transformation, and the advancement and retention of women. Annette engages and works effectively with diverse cultures and management teams using creative problem solving skills. She is a former Partner from Deloitte Consulting who served in numerous industry, geography, and service line leadership roles. She is currently an independent consultant, coach, and business advisor and board member of OnBoard, the leading authority and catalyst for women in the boardroom. Annette has 30 years of experience across multiple industries and positions of influence at financial services and healthcare companies selling, advising and delivering measurable results within budget.

    She is a sought after speaker on topics of business transformation, the retention and advancement of women and most recently two of her programs called “Selling to Women” and “Creating Purposeful Life Plans”. Annette was a Task Force Member for the creation of the first Executive Women’s Day at The TOUR Championship sponsored by Coca-Cola, the PGA Tour and the Eastlake Foundation. She was also recognized for her leadership and people development skills as a recipient of the “Woman of Inspiration” award from the City of Atlanta.

    Contact Annette today or learn more about upcoming events near Atlanta!






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