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Independent Women’s Network Launches Nashville, TN Chapter

NASHVILLE, TN — Today, Independent Women’s Network (IWN), the national grassroots community activist arm of Independent Women’s Voice, celebrated the launch of its Nashville, Tennessee chapter. This chapter joins 22 chapters around the country and an online community of more than 32,000 IWN members.

“As a Christ follower deeply rooted in my faith, I prioritize my role as a disciple of Christ in everything I do.  In the words of Allie Beth Stuckey, ‘Politics matter because policy matters because people matter.’ Driven by a desire to protect women and girls from erasure, combat the indoctrination of children with Marxist ideology disguised as ‘social emotional learning,’ and safeguard our freedoms, I felt compelled to establish the Nashville chapter of IWN,” said IWN’s Nashville Chapter Leader, Michelle Parker. “My vision for the Nashville chapter is to secure a future for my nieces that affords them the same opportunities and freedoms that previous generations fought to protect.”

Parker continued, “The Nashville chapter will actively partner with other likeminded organizations to advocate for common-sense policy that benefits our community and upholds our values and will serve as a platform for women to collaborate and take action for good. Together we will challenge prevailing narratives, stand for truth, and work towards a society where common sense prevails.”

A strong background in community service, Parker is a retained Executive Headhunter and strategic hiring advisor to Middle Market Private Equity Investors and their Operating Companies in identifying key Investment Firm and Portfolio Company leaders. Parker’s advocacy work has been centered around championing women and children. Prior to moving to Nashville, Parker was one of the founding members of the Young Professionals Board for a non-profit supporting At Risk Youth in Denver Public Schools while also serving as a volunteer mentor and member of a fundraising board for the organization. 

Riley Gaines, Independent Women’s Voice advisor and 12x NCAA All-American swimmer, attended the launch of the chapter and said, “Independent Women’s Network’s Nashville chapter is eager and ready to get to work championing women and fighting for the critical issues of our day. This is an amazing group of leaders who understand the value of coming together as a team to enact meaningful change. I’m excited to see all that the Nashville chapter will accomplish, and I’m honored to be part of this launch.”

IWN was created to build a supportive community for women and to give them the tools they need to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods and our country.  

“We heard from thousands of women from across the country who said they wanted a community where they could connect, share ideas, and take action,” said IWN’s Carrie Lukas. “We launched the Independent Women’s Network to stand shoulder to shoulder with women who are ready to turn our economy around and fight to save our freedoms by countering the woke mob and standing up to cancel culture and out-of-touch bureaucrats.”

An engaging and growing community of independently-minded women work together to advance shared principles through chapter gatherings and the IWN online movement. Membership to IWN opens access to message boards, curated news, smart content, a resource center, exclusive events, and an action center.

“IWN members are happy warriors who stand up to bullies – bullies with positions in school boards; bullies on social media; bullies in corporations and in politics,” said IWN Director Julie Gunlock. “We support one another, and our members are not alone when they stand up to lead on issues critical to our country.”

Members of the community who are interested in joining Independent Women’s Network should email IWN Membership Director Jenny Avis ( or visit for more information. 

Independent Women’s Network, a project of Independent Women’s Voice, in partnership with Independent Women’s Forum, is a positive, supportive community of engaged, informed, and activated women working together to inspire, interact, influence, and have impact.