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About the International Women's Forum-
Northern California

Our members are trailblazers, dynamic and diverse thought leaders forging connections, inspiring leadership, helping the next generation of leaders across the Bay Area from Sacramento to Monterey since 1979.   
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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 2019 Annual Report.


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Members in the News

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and Women’s History Month, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is honoring women who have risen above the challenges and barriers of advancement in order to achieve success in the legal profession. On March 31, MCCA honored IWF NorCal member Michelle Banks, Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore LLC where she specializes in providing executive coaching to corporate general counsel in development. Read more.

March 30, IWF NorCal member and Roots of Peace CEO and Founder, Heidi Kuhn was featured on ABC7 News to talk about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has made on her family as her son and daughter-in-law are both doctors who are treating COVID-19 positive patients every day without the proper protective gear. She is calling on Silicon Valley and companies in the Bay Area to rally together to help healthcare workers on the frontline. Watch interview here.

Recent Events

Webinar: Rachel Mueller's Survival Tips

April 6, IWF NorCal member Rachel Mueller shared her list of “must have” items, as well as tips to survive our current shelter-in-place. Based on her personal experiences with 5 evacuations – 3 times for fire, 1 road closure and 1 bridge collapse, including being air lifted to safety by a Chinook helicopter, Rachel had tons of advice and tips on how to stock up, prepare, and stay calm. Members may view the webinar recording and download Rachel's "survival" lists here.

Webinar: Impact of Coronavirus on Community and Most Vulnerable Populations

March 30, IWF NorCal Members Kaye Foster, Jilma Meneses, and Leah Toeniskoetter (moderator), with special guest Jennifer Loving, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on our communities. Representing the Glide Memorial FoundationCatholic Charities, and Destination Home, Kaye, Jilma, and Jennifer provided an overview of their respective organizations and how their priorities have changed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. They discussed actions that have been taken, current and immediate needs, as well as how members and their networks can help at this critical time. Members may view the webinar recording here.

IWF NorCal Events Have Gone Virtual

March 24, During this time of shelter-in-place, IWF NorCal members are staying connected through virtual meetings. Our book clubs and supper clubs are still getting together and we have established a weekly Virtual Community gathering for members to check in and share stories with each other. We are also offering member-led webinars on timely topics. Members may sign up for virtual events here

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Linda Farley

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California


Legacy Foundation

Legacy Announces Grants to our Partner Community

April 1, We hope for the safety and wellness of all in our our community. In a challenging time, IWF NorCal exhibits the power that comes through community. The Legacy Foundation extends that community to San Francisco Bay Area non-profits aligned with Legacy's mission of furthering the status of women and the development of women leaders. Our Legacy Community includes vetted non-profits--former Legacy Partners and finalists to whom Legacy has made previous grants. At this critical time, they are in dire need of our support. The Legacy Board is proud to announce our decision to grant $10,000 to be shared by GirlVentures and Year Up Bay Area to support the economically vulnerable in their communities in the time of COVID-19.

IWF NorCal Community Corner

April 7, As we continue sheltering in place, our members have been providing great suggestions on various topics from keeping active, dealing with home schooling and staying current on COVID-19 news. We have now created a new section on the website called the Community Corner where we share these great tips and resources from our members. If you have any to share, please contact us.

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by members, for members

Videos from past webinars available here.

IWF NorCal Virtual Community
Thursday, April 9 | Webinar

Virtual Dine Around #1
Tuesday, April 14 | Webinar

Webinar: LIFT Your Social Media Skills
Wednesday, April 15 | Webinar

Book Launch: Heidi Kuhn's Breaking Ground
Monday, April 20 | Webinar

Virtual Dine Around #2
Tuesday, April 21 | Webinar

Webinar: Stock Market & COVID-19 Chaos
Thursday, April 23 | Webinar

Virtual Dine Around #3
Monday, April 27 | Webinar

IWF West Coast Virtual Dine Around
Tuesday, April 28 | Webinar

Virtual EBSC: A Cosmic Perspective
Wednesday, May 6 | Webinar

Virtual Marin/North Bay Book Club
Monday, May 18 | Webinar

Summer Camp
June 5 - 7 | Healdsburg

IWF NorCal Travels to Utah
August 18 - 23 | St George, Cedar City & Zion


New Connections Luncheon
Saturday, June 20 | San Francisco

Legacy Celebration
Thursday, October 1 | San Francisco

Holiday Party (at the Aviation Museum)
Tuesday, December 1 | Peninsula


> Stay informed The Scoop #7: A True Community 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 President.IWFNorCal@gmail.com to connect with local members while you are in town.

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