HBA Indianapolis Executive Advisory Council member, Rupal Thanawala lead the breakout session “Seat at the Table" during the Integrating Women’s Leadership (IWL) Conference on 28 August 2018. The IWL conference had more than 1,200 participants and the HBA breakout session was a packed room with both men and women. HBA Indianapolis board member, Andrea Bartlett moderated the session and engaged the audience in interactive dialogue.
To align with the IWL conference theme “Now is the Time”, Rupal shared her story of professional growth through board roles and the impact she could make in society. The key message for participants was loud and clear – you have earned the right and credibility to get a seat at the table in corporate, government and community. You can change the status quo by raising your hand, championing each other, building a quorum and volunteering in nonprofit boards. By taking a leadership role in boards and committees, you can develop skills that are not part of your day to day job and you can pivot your career and propel in new directions. Participants were given helpful tips and resources to develop the board leadership and training tools to run for the office.