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 

Register for our 2021 Community Celebration on November 10th! 

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  

October 7, Congratulations to IWF NorCal members Jennifer Bielstein, Ana Pinczuk, Kirby Rattenbury and Melinda Yee Franklin, who are being celebrated as the San Francisco Business Times' 2021 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. You are an inspiration to us all! Read more.

October 1, 2021, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Amy Schioldager who was announced as Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient for Cal State East Bay College of Business & Economics. Read more.

Recent Events

Virtual Book Launch: Ellen Snee's "Lead"

October 7, IWF NorCal member Ellen Snee provided members with an exclusive "virtual" book launch discussion of her recently published book Lead: How Women In Charge Claim Their Authority. Through an interview with Jan Yanehiro, Emmy Award winning broadcaster and fellow IWF NorCal member, we learned about Ellen's earlier life as a Catholic nun, her groundbreaking research on women’s leadership development, and her coaching and consulting work with executive women. 

$avvy Screening and Discussion 

September 29, members were treated to a screening of the award winning documentary $avvy and then engaged in an intimate discussion with the film's producer and director and IWF NorCal member Robin Hauser, who was joined by IWF NorCal members Linda Calhoun, founder and executive producer of CareerGirls.org, Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Board Chair and President of the Charles Schwab Foundation, and Valerie Corradini, Chief Investment Officer of La Hoja Capital Management.

Virtual Community "Meet Up"

September 14, after taking the summer off, members joined us once again for a casual virtual "meet up" where we break out into smaller groups to catch up and connect with one another. We look forward to seeing you again in October!

NEW Members see more>

Kari Nadeau

Professor and Director
Stanford University 

Erin Bradrick

NEO Law Group


Lisa Spivey

Executive Director
NACD, Northern California 

Nichole Walker

City National Bank
SVP & Sr. Wealth Strategist

Community Partner Engagement Opportunities

Several of our Community Partners have their annual fundraising events scheduled in the upcoming weeks. IWF NorCal members are invited to join and support these wonderful organizations. To learn more about engagement opportunities, click here.

November 3 - GirlVentures: Annual Gala and Community Celebration
November 4 - Rise Up: Annual Breakfast Gala
December 10 - Fresh Lifelines for Youth: Annual Showcase Breakfast

Hispanic Heritage Month

Honoring these amazing IWF NorCal members in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month: Min Chen, Denise Raquel Dunning, Jilma Meneses, Ana Pinczuk, Amy Saxton and Linda Villarreal-Paierl. We are so proud of your leadership and to have you part of our community! 

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members 

    2021 Community Celebration 
    Wednesday, November 10 | 5:00 pm

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, November 15 | 5:30 pm

    IWF Bi-Coastal Virtual Cocktail Cafe 
    Wednesday, November 17 | 4:00 pm

    IWF NorCal Virtual "Meet Up" 
    Thursday, November 18 | 4:00 pm

    Virtual Book Launch with Maryles Casto 
    Monday, November 22 | 6:00 pm

    Thanksgiving Day Mini-Gathering 
    Thursday, November 25 | 12:00 pm

    US Supreme Court Cases to Watch 
    Tuesday, November 30 | 4:00 pm

    Virtual Cookie Decorating Experience 
    Thursday, December 2 | 6:00 pm

    Virtual Book Launch with Van Ton-Quinlivan 
    Thursday, December 9 | 5:00 pm

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    IWF Global Event Calendar available here.


    > Stay informed October 4 important announcement and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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    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.

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