International Women's Forum Northern California

IWF Northern California is a vibrant community of accomplished and diverse women leaders and part of a global network of 7,000 members across 34 countries. We strive to be agents of change to advance women’s leadership and champion equality worldwide. Through our curated events, we bring together multi-generations of women to learn, share perspectives, and support one another in intimate settings. We are a true sisterhood of extraordinary women whose foundation is built on our core tenets of leadership, friendship, community and inspiration.  READ MORE >  

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IWF-Northern California is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, member organization comprised of more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF OVERVIEW VIDEO

The Legacy Foundation

Legacy works to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders. READ MORE > 

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Celebrating Women's History Month see all >

March 31, Judith Johnson was an officer of an international oil and gas exploration and contract drilling company in the 1970s, an industry dominated by men. She was the first Western business woman that men in the United Arab Emirates had ever encountered in a professional setting. Judy made it a personal goal to recruit new talent, groom young stars and provide leadership opportunities for women in her field. Judy served as IWF NorCal president in 1980.

March 30, Dianne Snedaker enjoyed a successful career in marketing and advertising, working on prominent campaigns described as breakthrough and memorable. She was President of Ketchum Advertising, and EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at First Republic Bank. Dianne takes real pride in the colleagues she has inspired and helped develop over the years, always reveling in the success of teammates. Dianne believes that focusing on loving what you do is the magical path to achievement. 

Recent Events

Webinar: The Future of Work

April 14, IWF NorCal members Marion McGovern, Board Chair of Myers-Briggs, and Van Ton-Quinlivan, CEO of Futuro Health, were joined by special guest Susana Covarrubias, Design Principal from Gensler, Seattle, for a panel discussion on “The Future of Work.” They covered current issues in the workplace, workforce and education, and how the pandemic has impacted all facets of working. Members may view the recording here.

The Rising Tide of Anti-Asian Sentiment

April 12, the Champions of Racial Equality (CoRE) Task Force held a discussion with members on "Dignity of Each Person: The Rising Tide of Anti-Asian Sentiment." We are grateful that IWF provides a safe haven for members to have deep and intimate conversations on important topics around racial equality. Our next session will be held on June 8. Members may view past discussion slides and CoRE resources here.  

An Insider's View from US Rep. Jackie Speier

March 23, IWF NorCal member and award winning broadcast journalist Jan Yanhiro led an intimate conversation with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who provided an insider's view of the important work she is doing as well as her thoughts on the current administration and pressing issues facing our nation. Joined by members from other IWF forums, we all left inspired and encouraged! Members may view the video and presentation slides here.

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Make a Difference for Girls and Local Heroes with Cookies!

February 12, Key tenets of IWF NorCal and the Legacy Foundation are Community and Impact. We are excited to kick-off an initiative to help girls increase access to Girl Scout experiences and address racial and economic equity by creating opportunities for girls living in low-income communities to build competence in STEM, the outdoors, life skills, and entrepreneurship and to develop the leadership outcomes available through Girl Scout programs. We are supporting this initiative by buying Girl Scout cookiesLearn more.

IWF NorCal Author's Corner 

Introducing the Author's Corner, celebrating books written by IWF NorCal members. Learn more.

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members

    IWF NorCal Special New Member Welcome 
    Thursday, April 22 | 4:00 pm

    West Coast Workshop: Thought Leadership 
    Tuesday, April 27 | 5:00 pm

    Virtual Spring Dine Arounds 
    Wednesday, April 28 | 5:30 pm

    IWF Bi-Coastal Cocktail Cafe 
    Thursday, May 6 | 4:00 pm

    IWF NorCal Virtual Speed Networking 
    Friday, May 7 | 5:00 pm

    Webinar: Transitions...As We Mature... 
    Tuesday, May 11 | 5:30 pm

    IWF SoCal: The Economy Post-Pandemic
    Wednesday, May 12 | 12:30 pm 

    Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club 
    Monday, May 17 | 5:30 pm

    Virtual Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, May 18 | 5:30 pm

    IWF NorCal Virtual Meet Up
    Thursday, May 27 | 4:00 pm 

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    IWF Global Event Calendar available here.


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    Contact us at           1040 El Camino Real #205, Burlingame, CA 94010            415-227-9987