Julene Allen is a Chicago native, 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. She is also editor-in-chief of the women's rights newspaper, Women For Action Times.

As a self-taught interviewer with over eight years of experience, Julene has recorded the stories of approximately 100 women. 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. Julene Allen is also a champion for the advancement of women and has volunteered to launch local chapters for key organizations such as the United States National Committee for UN Women and LEAN IN.

Allen is also a LeanIn.Org regional leader serving as Chair of the Lean In Ohio Chapter and has pledged to interview 100 women leaders throughout the state of Ohio. The three-part historical book series, Lean In Ohio 100 Women Archives: A Keepsake of Interviews with Women Trailblazers, features interviews with Ohio’s prominent female leaders. Volume one has been completed.

Other initiatives she spearheads are the petition to Elevate August 26th, Women’s Equality Day to a Federal Holiday on and the new global program, 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 discussion resources for communities and companies. In June 2017, Lean In Women of Color’s company discussion tool kit was launched inside the workplace of Procter and Gamble.

Sub-specialties: Diversity and inclusion, women in the workplace, women of color in the workplace, intersectional feminism and women’s advancement



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