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

January 26, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Jill Nash, a senior public affairs and corporate communications executive, who is being appointed by President Biden as a Member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Read more.

January 26, Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, Wall Street leader and long-time ethical investing advocate, who has been named President of Known Holdings, a finance company that manages assets, while deploying, structuring and shifting capital to fuel the next economy and close the racial wealth gap. Read more. 

Recent Events

New Member Welcome

January 24, At our Annual Meeting, we welcomed four new members: Laura Heisman, Ellen Jacobs, Sonita Lontoh and Julie Petrini. Each new member was introduced by one of their sponsors and shared fun facts about themselves. A warm welcome to our new members.

Walk & Talk: Lafayette 

January 21, IWF NorCal members and guest enjoyed a lovely walk around the Lafayette Reservoir on this beautiful Saturday morning and many also went on to have breakfast together. It was so nice to get out and enjoy some sun and great company after all of the rain the past few weeks!

Reflections on the Repeal of Roe 

January 11, IWF NorCal member Barbara Creed was joined by fellow member Stacy Cross, President & CEO at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in part 3 of Barbara's Supreme Court series. Together, they discussed the June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision to reverse Roe v. Wade, focusing on the human impacts and legal implications, providing context with relevant state specific legislation, and exploring the potential implications of the Court’s decision on other rights that are not constitutionally protected. It was an educational and important discussion. Members may view the recording here.

San Francisco Book Club

January 9, IWF NorCal's San Francisco Book Club held our first event of 2023 with a discussion of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett at the lovely home of IWF NorCal member Lori Whitney. It was a wonderful way to start the year!

Holiday Open House & Toast

December 20, For our final event of 2022, members gathered for a virtual toast and heard from Community Forward SF's CEO Kara Zordel and Felecia Torrez, Director of Development, regarding the critical work they do for women who are homeless in San Francisco. It was a privilege to partner with Community Forward SF for IWF NorCal's 2022 Holiday Gift Drive.

Virtual Holiday Cocktails

December 15, IWF NorCal members from both near and far gathered to catch up and connect. Our Out-of-Area and Dual members are an important constituent of IWF NorCal and we value opportunities to touch base and hear from them. Happy holidays! 

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Janine Guillot

Special Advisor to the International Sustainability Standards Board 

Theo Schwabacher

Executive Director & Senior Institutional Consultant
Morgan Stanley

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.

2023 Annual Meeting

The 2023 Annual Meeting was held in two parts: a virtual business meeting on Tuesday, January 24th and a cocktail reception on Wednesday, January 25th. Members may view the recording and other related materials here.  

     PROGRAMS see all >

    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    Global Demographics Behind the Headlines 
    Tuesday, February 7 | 5:00 pm

    Discovering What Matters Most (Virtual)
    Wednesday, February 8 | 5:30 pm

    Dinner and Theater in Berkeley 
    Saturday, February 11 | 6:00 pm

    Discovering What Matters Most (SF) 
    Tuesday, February 14 | 12:00 pm

    Dinner and Theater in Walnut Creek 
    Thursday, February 16 | 5:45 pm

    JUSTICE: A New Musical 
    Sunday, February 19 | 4:00 pm

    Marin/North Bay Book Club
    Monday, February 20 | 5:30 pm 

    Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, February 21 | 5:30 pm

    Discovering What Matters Most (Peninsula) 
    Tuesday, February 28 | 5:30 pm

    Game Night! 
    Tuesday, March 7 | 6:00 pm

    San Francisco Book Club

    Monday, March 13 | 6:30 pm

    Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, March 20 | 6:00 pm

    Videos from past webinars available here.


    > Stay informed IWF NorCal Year-End President's Message...and other messages from the President 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 President.IWFNorCal@gmail.com to connect with local members while you are in town.

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