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

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Celebrating Women's History Month

March 3, Karen Zehring is a disruptive innovator who used her vision and persistence to help change the content delivery for business publications. Karen began her publishing career at Businessweek and McGraw Hill, becoming the only woman in the senior ranks before eventually starting four publishing and information companies, including flagship publication, Corporate Finance Magazine, between 1978 and 1995. 

March 2, Linda Moriarty broke barriers by being the first female architect hired by Gensler in 1972. As Principal, Linda hired and mentored staff and founded the Gensler Seattle office. She defines success as more than achievements but the value she has added to the people and causes she has interacted with and pursued. Linda’s mantra is “five I’s + 1”: Integrity, Initiative, Intellectual Curiosity, Innovation, Influence, and a dose of HUMOR. 

Celebrating Black History Month

February 26, IWF NorCal recognizes and honors our own black women leaders who are leading the way: Kimberly K. Brandon, Linda Calhoun, Paula Collins, Belva Davis, Darolyn Davis, Nuria Fernandez, Sandra O. Floyd, Kaye Foster, Yvette Hollingsworth Clark, Pamela Joyner, Musimbi Kanyoro, Latanya Mapp Frett, Shawnte Mitchell, Rhonda Morris, Tomiquia Moss, Eva Paterson, Debra Plousha-Moore, Valencia Ray, Maxine Reynolds, Deborah A. Sims, and Fran Streets. We are so proud to have you part of our community! 

Recent Events

Webinar: Economic Forecast

February 25, members welcomed special guest Liz Ann Sonders, special guest Liz Ann Sonders, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Strategist of Charles Schwab for an economic forecast discussion. Through an interview with IWF NorCal member Heather Pelant, Partner at Baker Street Advisors, Liz Ann shared her perspectives about current economic events and the impact of the pandemic. Members may view the recording here.

Webinar: US Supreme Court Update 

February 4, IWF NorCal member and attorney Barbara B. Creed held her second discussion of upcoming US Supreme Court cases. Members learned of, discussed and voted on the outcomes of three cases on the court's docket. Barbara will follow up again in a few months to let us know the court's rulings. Members may view the recording here

NEW Members see more>

Valentia Glaviano

Strategic Investment Group
Managing Director

Margot Micallef

GABY, Inc.
Founder & CEO

Nicole Kelsey 

Amyris, Inc.

General Counsel and Secretary

Monika Parikh 

Partnership for Trauma Recovery
Board President

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.

Reflections and Discussion

February 11, Members came together to reflect on and discuss events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 with the CoRE Task Force. The next discussion on March 9 will focus on "Language and Microaggressions" -- register here to join the conversation.

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    by members, for members

    IWF SoCal: Where Women Made History 
    Thursday, March 4 | 5:00 pm

    CoRE Event: Language & Microaggressions 
    Tuesday, March 9 | 5:00 pm

    Women's History Month Special Toast 
    Wednesday, March 10 | 5:00 pm

    IWF NorCal Virtual Speed Networking 
    Friday, March 12 | 5:00 pm

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

    Virtual Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, March 16 | 5:30 pm

    IWF NorCal Virtual "Meet Up" 
    Friday, March 19 | 4:00 pm

    An Insider's View: US Rep. Jackie Speier 
    Tuesday, March 23 | 4:00 pm

    Virtual Peninsula Book Club 
    Tuesday, March 30 | 5:30 pm

    Videos from past webinars available here.

    IWF Global Event Calendar available here.


    > Stay informed The Scoop #25 - Celebrating Women's History Month and other messages from President Barbara Adachi are available here.

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