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 2023 Annual Report. 

Members are invited to join the IWF NorCal Speakers Bureau as a way to give back to the community. Read more.

IWF Northern California is an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an invitation-only, member organization comprised of more than 7,800 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

Congratulations to IWF NorCal member Amy Schioldager who has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Office Depot (ODP). Read more.

Recent Events 

Summer Camp

July 12 - 14, Over 40 IWF NorCal members gathered at Bishop's Ranch in Healdsburg for Summer Camp, which is one of our very special events that members of all generations attend and love. It is an opportunity for members to spend quality time together in a relaxing and beautiful location.

A Day in the Life

July 9, IWF NorCal member Denise Brosseau led an engaging discussion with IWF NorCal members Mary Huss and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl about a day in the life of their professional careers. We were drawn into the world of publishing, investment banking with a focus on providing underserved communities access to capital, and filmmaking. Members may watch the recording here.

San Francisco Book Club

July 8, IWF NorCal members gathered at the lovely home of Lisbeth McNabb for a meeting of the San Francisco Book Club. They discussed two books: Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead and The Cloisters by Katy Hayes, and enjoyed a potluck dinner together.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration

June 30, IWF NorCal members celebrated Pride Month at the San Francisco Pride Parade. The morning started with a lovely breakfast at The Battery and then the group marched in full color, showcasing our diversity and solidarity with vibrant attire and flags.  

All You Want to Know About Burning Man

June 27, IWF NorCal member Carol Sands Langensand and her husband Leif shared their 15 years of experiences and observations from going to Burning Man, the amazing creation of a complete community that only exists for one week every year. Members may watch the recording here.

Introduction to Generative AI Tools

June 26, IWF NorCal members Denise Brosseau and Beth Devin introduced and de-mystified some of the AI tools in the headlines today, focusing on practical use cases and tips for getting started. It was a helpful and informative session! Members may watch the recording here.

Filoli: Tour of the House & Gardens Visit

​June 13, IWF NorCal member and Filoli President and CEO Kara Newport hosted members for a private tour of the Filoli House. Members also enjoyed lunch and the amazing gardens afterwards. It was a truly special time in a historic and beautiful location.

A Day in the Life

June 12, IWF NorCal member Denise Brosseau led an engaging discussion with IWF NorCal members Betsy Erickson and Barbara Bylenga about a day in the life of their professional careers. We were drawn into the artistic world of ballet and the business of running a successful global nonprofit organization for women. Members may watch the recording here

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Dorothea Dutton


Evercore Private Wealth Management

Jennifer Garrison

Assistant Professor
Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Lillian Samuel

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

Staci Anderson

President & CEO
PRO Youth & Families

Community Engagement Opportunities

Meet the members of our Community Committee

Members are invited to share your expertise and experiences via the IWF NorCal Speakers Bureau, which was launched in February 2024. Learn more and join the speakers bureau here.

2024 New Connections Luncheon

June 22, The IWF NorCal annual New Connections Luncheon is a signature event held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. It is a special occasion where members gather to welcome new members, connect with each other, and hear the wisdom of our cherished sustaining members who have been with IWF for 25 years or more.

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    Exclusive access; shared experiences; 
    by members, for members 

    Walk & Talk: Lafayette Reservoir 
    Saturday, July 20 | 8:30 am

    Pop Up! Master Make-Up Class
    Saturday, July 20 | 11:00 am

    Pop Up! Olympics Watch Party 
    Thursday, August 1 | 6:00 pm

    East Bay Supper Club 
    Wednesday, August 7 | 6:30 pm

    Walk & Talk: SF Presidio 
    Friday, August 16 | 9:30 am

    East Bay Book Club 
    Monday, August 19 | 7:00 pm

    Discover Equine-Assisted Leadership 
    Wednesday, August 21 | 10:00 am

    Utah Shakespeare Festival 
    Thursday, August 22 - Sunday, August 25

    California Legislation 101 
    Tuesday, August 27 | 4:00 pm

    Impact Event: Advise Female Entrepreneurs 
    Thursday, August 29 | 5:30 pm

    San Francisco Book Club 
    Monday, September 9 | 6:30 pm 

    Marin/North Bay Book Club
    Monday, September 16 | 6:00 pm

    Peninsula Book Club
    Tuesday, September 17 | 5:30 pm

    Rosie the Riveter Museum & Ship Tour 
    Friday, September 20 | 10:30 am

    Psychedelics and Religion
    Thursday, September 26 | 3:00 pm 

    Videos from past webinars available here.


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