Our Community

We are a true sisterhood representing collective values and interests. We serve both the IWF member community and the external community where we live and work, with a shared goal of giving back, including advancing the next generation of young women leaders. View our 2021 Annual Report. 

Our 2021 Community Celebration was held on November 10th. Members may view the recording here.

IWF Northern California is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, member organization comprised of more than 7,500 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations across 74 local forums. View the IWF Brochure and latest IWF news.

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Members in the News

August 4, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member and Senior Executive Vice President of First Republic Private Wealth Management Susie Cranston, who was named Chief Operating Officer of First Republic Bank, effective September 1, 2022. Read more.

July 22, Congratulation to IWF NorCal member Min Chen, who is featured on the cover of Forbes Centroamérica presenting the 100 Most Powerful Women. Her startup Wisy is considered one of the most successful startups born in LATAM with headquarters in Silicon Valley. Wisy's breakthrough technology enables the consumer goods industry to leverage AI and predictive analytics to reduce out-of-stocks at physical stores, solving a $1T annual problem.

July 20, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Karen Derr Gilbert, partner at FTV Capital, who was named one of The Top Women Leaders in Growth Investing of 2022 by GrowthCap. The individuals selected for The Top Women Leaders in Growth Investing of 2022 are those who have demonstrated deep expertise in private company investing, portfolio management, firm operations as well as business expansion strategy and execution. Read more.

Recent Events

2022 New Connections Luncheon

July 23, we met at The Olympic Club, in-person as a group, for the first time in way too long. Members old and new enjoyed seeing each other and re-connecting, updating on our lives, changed hairstyles, and how we’ve adapted to this new normal. Some beautiful things persist, as we welcomed our new members and celebrated the spirit of our Forum camaraderie to “come as you are” for inspiration, friendship and community.

2022 Summer Camp

July 15 - 17, Summer Camp 2022 was spectacular! It was so good to get back together in person again, and as always, the friendships formed and renewed over the weekend were amazing. Everyone had a great time and Summer Camp shows that whether you are a 2 month member or a 40 year member we all have that special quality that makes us a community. 

An Escape Room Adventure

June 12, IWF NorCal members and guests went on an Escape Room adventure at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The group successfully solved the puzzle challenges in the Great Houdini Escape Room, and proved themselves worthy of the title Master Escape Artist! What a fun way to get to know one another! 

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Kirsten Garen

Chief Information Officer
CDK Global

Jody Mahoney

Five Sisters Consulting

Community Partner Engagement Opportunities

Meet the members of our Community Committee and learn more about our existing Community Partners! The Community Committee is currently working on more engagement opportunities for members. Please stay tuned.

Commemorating 2-Years

In June 2020, we created our Champions of Racial Equality (CoRE) Task Force with a goal of providing a safe place where we could have the difficult conversations around race, while building a community to share stories, learn from each other and ultimately share this experience with our fellow IWF NorCal members. Read more.

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members 

    Marin/North Bay Book Club 

    Monday, August 15 | 5:30 pm

    Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, August 16 | 5:30 pm

    Pop Up: Summer Outdoor Mingle 
    Monday, August 22 | 5:30 pm

    What I Did On My Summer Vacation 
    Thursday, September 1 | 5:00 pm

    Presidio Tunnel Tops Exploration & Walk 
    Saturday, September 10 | 10:00 am

    San Francisco Book Club 
    Monday, September 12 | 6:30 pm

    Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, September 20 | 5:30 pm

    Pop Up: New Member Welcome 
    Thursday, September 22 | 3:30 pm

    It’s Our Vote, Yet Is It Our Right? 
    Thursday, September 29 | 4:00 pm

    Webinar: Leadership Success 
    Wednesday, October 26 | 5:00 pm

    IWF World Leadership Conference 
    November 1 - 3 | Las Vegas, NV

    Videos from past webinars available here.


    Visiting IWF Global Members

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

    Contact us at iwfnorcal@gmail.com           1040 El Camino Real #205, Burlingame, CA 94010            415-227-9987