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 2020 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. Latest IWF news.

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Members in the News  

January 11, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Susie Medak on her remarkable 32 years at Berkeley Rep! She will be stepping down from Berkeley Rep in August and plans to work as an executive coach when she moves on. She "helped build Berkeley Rep into a major institution: a reliable purveyor of daring, form-breaking art; a draw for artists around the world; and an incubator of the next generation of playwrights, actors and leaders.” – The SF Chronicle. Don't miss the interview where Suzie discusses her legendary run at Berkeley Rep and "how the social contract has changed."

In Memoriam

January 24, Last week, IWF NorCal Member Lisbeth McNabb’s son passed away unexpectedly. Max was only 29 years old and recently married. Max and Catherine lived in Austin and had dreams for this year. Lisbeth, with her sons and daughter-in-law had loving and harmonious holidays. One blessing is that all were in a good place with Max. Lisbeth is in shock and heart broken. She needs our love and support at this challenging time.

Recent Events

Fireside Chat with Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann

January 11, IWF NorCal Member Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, former CEO and author of "FitCEO: Be the Leader of Your Life," was joined by her friend and former Deloitte executive Sandra Shirai for an intimate fireside chat. Together, they shared personal stories and strategies for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It was an engaging and informative event and the perfect way to kick off the new year. Members may view the recording here.

Regional and Virtual Holiday Parties

December 14, Members gathered at four Bay Area locations for regional in person holiday parties as well as a virtual celebration with Broadway stars. It was a festive evening of delicious food and drinks, laughter and friendships, and singing and holiday cheer. Happy holidays! 

East Bay Holiday Luncheon

December 8, Members gathered for a lovely holiday luncheon at the Round Hill Country Club, as part of our annual regional holiday parties. Organized by Ann Blackburn and Mary Jo Potter, attendees also participated in a holiday book exchange and had a festive time.

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Andrea Cope


Belinda Stubblefield

VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative 

Brigid McCormack

Deputy Director
Tempest Advisors LLC

Vanessa Washington

Independent board member

Community Partner Engagement Opportunities

Get involved with our Community Partners! Year Up Bay Area is inviting us to join their 2022 Winter Graduation ceremony on January 29th, and Girl Scouts of Northern California is seeking volunteers to speak at upcoming conferences, after school programs and Exec Connect events in February through May. Learn more.

Annual Meeting Cocktail Reception

January 24, over 50 members joined us for a virtual cocktail reception on the eve before our Annual Meeting. Cheers to all as we celebrate our 2021 accomplishments and look forward to an engaging and exciting 2022 for our community!

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members 

    Van Ton-Quinlivan's "WorkforceRX" 
    Wednesday, February 2 | 4:30 pm

    Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, February 15 | 5:30 pm

    Marin/North Bay Book Club
    Monday, February 21 | 5:30 pm

    Peninsula Book Club
    Tuesday, March 15 | 5:30 pm

    Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, March 21 | 5:30 pm

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    > Stay informed The Scoop #40 - It's been an honor... and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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