About Us


The Pass The Torch for Women Foundation was formed out of an Indianapolis organization launched in 2011 called the Mentoring Women’s Network, founded by Alison Martin-Books. The network was made up of seasoned professionals who joined together to share best practices and to support each other professionally, in the hopes to grow women leaders. The network of professionals continued to increase in size with hundreds of executives. What do you do with an impressive Rolodex of executives passionate about supporting women in business? Of course, you harness that enthusiasm and professional knowledge in order to give back to women in the community that don’t have access to mentors and support. In the summer of 2014, the nonprofit organization, now known as the Pass The Torch For Women Foundation was formed with a vision of a world where ALL women are equitably represented at all levels of leadership in business and government. The mission of the organization evolved to address the needs of women throughout their career life style. The funds raised through individual donations, grants, and corporate sponsorship allow the Foundation to provide mentors and professional training for female college students with the goal of transitioning them into the workforce successfully. The student program, called Project Grow, included over 150 female students from Ivy Tech Community College, IUPUI, Indiana University and Bay Path University. Today, the Project Grow Program serves over 300 students.

The Pass the Torch for Women Foundation is creating a unique and powerful community galvanized by a shared belief in the value of women’s leadership. Our approach in supporting women throughout their career pathway with mentoring relationships, networking, and leadership training sets us apart from other organizations. Our mentoring program allows you to connect with mentees not just in your area, but from around the nation too. To join the Pass the Torch for Women community as a mentor, visit our Become A Mentor page.


We envision a world where all women are equitably represented at all levels of leadership of business, organizations and government.


We will create a community that guides women as they navigate their career pathways by providing mentoring  and networking opportunities.


VP, Programming and Development
Community Relations Director




Our fundraising efforts enable us to provide our community with opportunities to contribute to our shared vision of equality in the workforce through their mentoring efforts. Funds are also directed to our mentoring and leadership development program for female college students, as well as our programming for emerging women leaders. Corporate sponsorship opportunities allow organizations to financially support the vision of equality in the workplace while engaging their employees in the cause.