Julene Allen is a military veteran, and former insurance professional turned women's rights activist, journalist, author and is the Executive Director of Women For Action, a 501(c)(3). She founded the multi-media non-profit which elevates the work of under-recognized women trailblazers through interviews.
As a self-taught interviewer with over eight years of experience, Julene has recorded the stories of approximately 100 women leaders. She has interviewed innovators such as Lori Lyons, the first black woman to shoot the cover of Fortune Magazine; Bonnie-Jill Laflin, the first and only woman NBA Scout; London-based Champion boxer Marianne Marston, prodigy of the late legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World, Smokin' Joe Frazier; Peggy Llewellyn, the first woman of color in the world to win a professional motorsports event; Kamala Lopez, producer of the women’s rights documentary, Equal Means Equal and Shaili Chopra, an award-winning business journalist and one of India’s top television editor-presenters.
Allen is also a LEAN IN regional leader and serve as director of the global network, LEAN IN | Women of Color which aids in the advancement and retention of women of color in leadership and high-ranking positions. The program provides bridge building resources for communities and organizations. In June 2017, LEAN IN | Women of Color’s company discussion tool kit was launched inside the workplace of Procter and Gamble. Allen has been recently honored by LEAN IN for organizing outstanding programming out of more than 100 other regional leaders and their networks which collectively when put together, captures 41,000 LEAN IN circles across the globe.
Other initiatives she spearheads are the the petition to Elevate August 26th, Women’s Equality Day to a Federal Holiday on Change.org, the Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day Awareness Project and the Latinas Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project in which LEAN IN | Women of Color reached out to organizations such as the Hispanic Executive, The National Diversity Council and The Alumni Council and asked them to partner with the project by nominating an outstanding leader at their organization on Latina Equal Pay Day. The nominees also offered advice to the project to inspire more women of color to leadership.
Allen’s panel and speaking experience include equal pay for women and women of color, the crabs in the barrel syndrome and building bridges and allies for women and women of color in the workplace and society.
Publications: Lean In Ohio 100 Women Archives: A Keepsake of Women Innovators
Awards: LEAN IN's "Make It Great Award"
Sub-specialties: Diversity and inclusion, women in the workplace, women of color in the workplace, intersectional feminism and women’s advancement
Interview with Prolific Journalist in India, Shaili Chopra
Lean In Women of Color [March 6, 2017]
LONDON: Interview with Marianne Marston
Women For Action [September 2016]
Why the National Women's Equality Day Road Trip is Necessary and Needed and a History Lesson About Labor Day
Women For Action [September 2016]
Interview with Filmmaker, Actress and Writer Kamala Lopez
Lean In Women of Color [August 24, 2015]
Interview with Vogue's New Talent, Chiara Cola: An Italian Digital Artist in Rome Italy
Feminist and Women's Studies Association Blog [December 13, 2013 ]
Global Girls honors women who give back
Chicago Parent [April 16, 2012]