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 > 

Legacy's 2020 Annual Report

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Welcoming New Members

April 22, IWF NorCal members gathered for a special edition of our monthly virtual community meet up to welcome five of our 2021 new members: Adriane Armstrong, Valentina Glaviano, Nicole Kelsey, Jill Nash, and Amy Saxton. After hearing from each of the five new members, we held smaller breakout sessions so that each of our new members could meet a few other members.

Recent Events

Transitions...As We Mature...I Wish I Had Known... 

May 11, IWF NorCal members Yvette Hollingsworth Clark and Dr. Valencia Ray helped to unpack the aging process and the multiple transitions we as women may experience. This informative conversation helped answer many questions on aging transitions, functional medicine, diet and healthy living. Members may view the webinar recording here

Bi-Coastal Cocktail Cafe  

May 6, IWF members from IWF British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Southern California, Northern California and the Caribbean/Bermuda attended our first "Bi-Coastal Cocktail Cafe." With up to 8 IWF members in each of the 22 Cafes, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know some of our IWF sisters in other West Coast and Caribbean/Bermuda forums. 

Spring Dine Arounds

April 28, we held five virtual spring dine arounds for IWF NorCal members, each hosted by a member with fun and creative themes, including the Academy Awards, Mediterranean Delights, New Beginnings, and Derby Day. Thank you to our hosts and all who participated for some "Fun, Friendship and Food!"

Thought Leadership Workshop

April 27, IWF NorCal member Denise Brosseau, thought leadership consultant and author, led an informative and inspiring workshop for members of the five west coast forums (British Columbia, Northern California, Oregon, Southern California, and Washington). Through workshop participants, we saw and heard how IWF thought leaders are sharing their opinions, amplifying ideas/people/events, convening the community, serving as a spokesperson, sharing the microphone, and codifying lessons learned. Members may view the recording here.

NEW Members see more>

Adriane Armstrong

Juma Ventures

Amy Saxton

The James Irvine Foundation

VP, Program Development

Jill Nash

Nash Communications Group


Legacy Foundation 

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

Regional Mini Summer Day Camps

In lieu of our traditional summer camp weekend, IWF NorCal member Camp Counselors are hosting small group outdoor summer day camps in five locations around the Bay Area on Saturday, June 5th. Learn more and register here

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members 

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

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

    Women and Wealth - Let's Discuss 
    Tuesday, May 25 | 5:00 pm

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

    Regional Mini Summer Day Camps 
    Saturday, June 6 | 12:00 pm 

    SPACtion Update: The Insider's Perspectives 
    Wednesday, June 16 | 12:00 pm

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

    Walk and Talk in Tiburon 
    Saturday, June 26 | 10:00 am

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    IWF Global Event Calendar available here.


    > Stay informed The Scoop #30 - Thank you for your Feedback on Summer Activities and other messages from President Barbara Adachi 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 to connect with local members while you are in town.

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