International Women's Forum Northern California

IWF Northern California is a vibrant community of accomplished and diverse women leaders and part of a global network of 7,000 members across 34 countries. We strive to be agents of change to advance women’s leadership and champion equality worldwide. Through our curated events, we bring together multi-generations of women to learn, share perspectives, and support one another in intimate settings. We are a true sisterhood of extraordinary women whose foundation is built on our core tenets of leadership, friendship, community and inspiration.  READ MORE >  

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IWF-Northern California is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, member organization comprised of more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF OVERVIEW VIDEO

The Legacy Foundation

Legacy works to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders. READ MORE > 
Our 4th Annual Celebration - Celebrating 25 Years!


On October 21, IWF NorCal member Heidi Kuhn was honored as one of three women whose "Ideas Are Remaking the World!"

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Members in the News 

October 29, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Kirsten Wolberg, Chief Technology & Operations Officer at DocuSign, the Enterprise winner of the 2020 Bay Area CIO of the Year #ORBIE Awards! “The BayAreaCIO ORBIE winners demonstrate the value great leadership creates. Especially in these uncertain times, CIOs are leading in unprecedented ways and enabling the largest work-from-home experiment in history,” according to Lourdes Gipson, Executive Director of BayAreaCIO. Read more. 

Recent Events  

IWF West Coast Celebration

November 24, Members of the IWF West Coast forums -- British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Northern California, and Southern California -- gathered to toast and celebrate the three 2020 IWF Ideas Remaking the World honorees who are all from one of the west coast forums: Shimi Kang, M.D.  Psychiatrist, Best-selling Author and Founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future Ready Leaders, Member of IWF British Columbia; Heidi Kuhn – Founder and CEO, Roots of Peace and Best-selling Author, Member of IWF Northern California; and Geraldine Richmond, Ph.D. – Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon and Founder of COACh, Member of IWF Oregon. And a special thank you to IWF NorCal member and award winning journalist Cheryl Jennings for moderating a spectacular and inspiring evening. Members may watch the recording here.

Virtual Conversation with Felicia Gaston 

November 12, IWF NorCal members had a wonderful and inspiring evening with Felecia Gaston, the non-profit executive director of the Performing Stars program for children and Phoenix Project for young adults in Marin County. Through an interview with member and award winning journalist Cheryl Jennings, we learned about Felecia's passion and commitment to the community, to our youth and to so many in need. Felecia is a true treasure to all who know her and we were so fortunate to have her touch all of our hearts. Members may view the recordings and presentation slides here. 

Powering Up the Virus of Positivity 

November 5, IWF NorCal members Christi Haley-Stover and Suzie Woordward Morris led an uplifting and inspirational webinar on POSITIVITY by sharing personal stories, experiences and science. They discussed the ways in which NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), a pseudoscientific approach to thoughts, language and patterns of behavior can guide successful individuals to reach their personal and professional goals all the while utilizing these POSITIVITY skills to ELEVATE others with the telling of their stories. Members may view the recordings and presentation slides here. 

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President / Director

Legacy Foundation - Legacy Stories

We need your help to achieve our 2020 fundraising goal of $50,000 to support Legacy's mission and programs. To inspire you, over the next several weeks, we'll be sharing personal stories of Legacy leadershipimpact and community

November 24 -- Making an IMPACT
We are honored to highlight the stories of two of the amazing California leadersApril Grayson and Hibaq Suleimanwhom we've met through our Legacy Partners. The beauty of Legacy's Partnership Project is that our investments have leverage, advancing the leadership of thousands of girls and women. Read more.

November 17 -- Inspiration from COMMUNITY
We are excited to share the stories of two IWF NorCal members who've generously shared their time and talent with Legacy Partners. Harnessing IWF NorCal member talent was the vision of our Legacy leaders in launching the Legacy Partnership Project five years ago. What we love about the stories of Christi Haley-Stover and Kathy Anderson is how their giving inspires further givingby themselves and others. Read more. 

November 10 -- LEADERSHIP Starts with Friendship
We start with stories from IWF NorCal members who've served as early Legacy leaders. It is striking how each member highlighted a friendship with a fellow member, which sparked partnership toward long-term impact. Read more.

What IWF Means to Our Members

A word map representing what IWF means to our members based on a recent member pulse survey. 

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    IWF NorCal Thanksgiving Mini-Gathering 
    Thursday, November 26 | 12:00 pm

    New Year Forecasts: Fashion & Retail 
    Wednesday, December 2 | 5:00 pm

    Navigating Uncertainty with Bobbie LaPorte  
    Thursday, December 3 | 4:00 pm

    Virtual Book Passage Holiday Book Review 
    Monday, December 7 | 5:00 pm

    Equal Pay Salary Negotiating Workshop 
    Tuesday, December 8 | 11:45 am

    Peninsula Book Club: Holiday Book Exchange
    Tuesday, December 15 | 6:00 pm

    Signature Event: Virtual Holiday Party  Thursday, December 17 | 5:00 pm

    U.S. Supreme Court Update (Session 1) 
    Monday, January 18 | 5:00 pm

    U.S. Supreme Court Update (Session 2) 
    Thursday, February 4 | 5:00 pm


    Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 


    > Stay informed The Scoop #20: With Gratitude this Thanksgiving... and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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    Visiting IWF Global Members

    Are you an IWF member visiting the San Francisco Bay Area? Please contact IWF Northern California's President at to connect with local members while you are in town.

    Contact us at           1040 El Camino Real #205, Burlingame, CA 94010            415-227-9987