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 2022 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 7,800 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

Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Heidi Kuhn, founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, who received the world-renowned Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice on September 6th during the celebration of the United Nations International Day of Charity at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York. Read more

Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Barbara Adachi who has been appointed as Ascend Pinnacle's New Executive Advisor! Barbara has been an Ascend member for over a decade, is a proven business leader in professional services, and seasoned board member. She is excited to bring her passion and expertise to Ascend and drive impact in the boardroom.

Recent Events

Walk & Talk: Lafayette Reservoir

September 17, A casual and fun early morning walk at the Lafayette Reservoir. Thank you to members Beth Devin and Marcia Linn for organizing this nice weekend get together.

Personal Storytelling Workshop

September 12, Members and guests attended a virtual personal storytelling workshop led by Anna Roberts, Manager at MothWorks at The Moth. It was an interactive, informative and fun experience for all!

Pop Up! Garden Party

September 7, Members and guests gathered for a lovely evening in the beautiful home and garden of IWF NorCal member Karen Derr Gilbert. A special time for connecting and enjoying IWF friendships.

Investing Sustainably and Making a Difference

September 6, IWF NorCal member Marsha Vande Berg moderated an informative and interesting discussion with two sustainability investment stars: IWF NorCal members Janine Guillot, a pivotal leader in the global effort to create corporate sustainability disclosure standards and Jennifer Grancio, whose leadership as chief executive of Engine No. 1 helped bring the mighty Exxon to its corporate knees over the energy behemoth’s slow response to climate change. Members may watch the recording here.

Hippest Trip - The Soul Train Musical

August 31, IWF NorCal members and guests enjoyed a fabulous and fun evening at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) to watch Hippest Trip – The Soul Train Musical. The performance was preceded by a special reception hosted by ACT Executive Director and IWF NorCal Member Jennifer Bielstein.

2023 IWF Western Region Retreat

August 11-13, members from IWF British Columbia, IWF Northern California, IWF Oregon, IWF Southern California, IWF Utah, and IWF Washington gathered in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC, for the first IWF Western Region Leaders' Retreat. It was a fabulous weekend connecting, learning and exploring with fellow IWF women.

2023 Summer Camp

July 14 - 16, IWF NorCal members gathered once again at the beautiful grounds of Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg, CA for our annual summer camp weekend. It was a relaxing time getting to know each other and deepening connections over a variety of fun activities. 

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Karilyn Van Oosten

Vice President Strategic Business Development Executive
Unitek Learning

Beth Mora

Mora Employment Law, APC

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 additional engagement opportunities for members. Please stay tuned.

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    Behind The Scenes: ABC7 News Studio 
    Friday, September 22 | 10:30 am

    San Francisco Book Club 
    Wednesday, September 27 | 6:30 pm

    Avoiding Scams and Protecting Yourself  
    Thursday, September 28 | 4:00 pm

    Human Optimization Center 
    Saturday, September 30 | 10:00 am

    Hear About the IWF WL Conference 
    Tuesday, October 10 | 4:30 pm

    SCOTUS: Key Decisions from Last Term 
    Wednesday, October 11 | 4:00 pm

    Fall Brunch-Arounds 
    Saturday, October 14 | 11:30 am

    Marin & North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, October 16 | 6:00 pm

    Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, October 17 | 5:30 pm

    Your FBI at Work 
    Wednesday, October 18 | 4:00 pm

    The Everyday Feminist @Book Passage 
    Sunday, October 22 | 2:00 pm

    Maximize Your Executive Compensation 
    Thursday, October 26 | 4:00 pm

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