Become a Member


Become a Member



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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with the Mentoring Women’s Network


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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    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 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

    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

    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 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


    Corporate Mentoring


    Corporate Mentoring Clients


    Learn more about the becoming a corporate client of the 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!

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    Here are some of our clients




    Who We Are


    National Board


    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.

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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.


    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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    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.


    Darlene Slaughter



    Darlene Slaughter is leading efforts to expedite and advance worldwide diversity and inclusion strategies, partnerships and initiatives working closely with community-based United Ways, as well as corporate and community partners.

    Prior to joining United Way Worldwide, she served as the Principal Consultant and Chair of Linkage Institute for Leading Diversity and Inclusion where she trained corporate leaders on developing and leading diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. Before Linkage, she led an integrated strategy to utilize and support the talents at Fannie Mae and designed the first Executive Diversity Council as its Chief Diversity Officer.

    Her work in diversity and inclusion has been recognized in various ways. She has won many awards and honors including SAVOY’s 2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America, Profiles in Diversity Journal’s list of Women Worth Watching, Black Enterprises’ Top Executives in Diversity and Heart & Soul’s Women of Substances in Finance. She is also a frequent speaker on topics such as changing management, women’s initiatives, financial literacy, leadership development and concepts on diversity and inclusion.

    She holds a M.S. in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from American University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Howard University.


    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.

    Don Cates

    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.


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    Laura Haynes



    Laura Haynes is Vice President and Relationship Manager for Stock Yards Bank & Trust Commercial Banking division. She has worked in the commercial banking arena for more than 27 years. Laura has extensive experience and expertise in all facets of lending including middle market, small business, asset-based and floorplan lending.

    Outside of banking, Laura keeps active in her community serving various organizations including being the Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Board for Mentoring Women’s Network in Indianapolis, Treasurer and Past President of the Central Indiana Chapter of the Risk Management Association (RMA), Rotary Club of Indianapolis member sitting on various committees and member of Executive Women in HealthCare. She was an active volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana for 14 years where she served as troop leader and Treasurer for the Pike Township Service Unit. Laura is listed as one of the Outstanding Young Woman of America.

    Laura is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Mathematics. She is married and has two daughters.

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    Melissa E. Buck



    Melissa Buck is a Relationship Manager and Vice President for Comerica Bank in the Texas Market. She received her B.A. Degree from Florida Atlantic University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Retail Management. She started her career in clothing retail with Banana Republic and ran the third largest location in the country with over 14,000 square feet and over $14,000,000 in sales. She transitioned to banking in 2004 and helped establish a new bank in the Indiana market. Melissa has excelled in the transition winning numerous awards and in her first year of banking was awarded one of the top Branch Manager awards. Her success in banking started early, as she was asked to be on a panel that discussed the retail environment of banking to the executives of Charter One Bank just three months after her hire date. Melissa is a certified Business Banking Advocate and has spent the majority of her volunteer efforts being an advocate for women’s initiatives. She is an active member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and Comerica’s Women’s Forum. In 2015, she was elected to serve as Chairperson of the Dallas chapter of Mentoring Women’s Network.






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